I’m 11 years old, and I’m not sure when I’m supposed to start wearing a pad.
I have met lots of 11-year-olds with the same question – it’s a good one! If you are nervous about being surprised by your period, then you can wear a pad every day. But if you choose to do this, I would opt for a thin one (called a panty liner) because it will probably be more comfortable and less noticeable to you.
Also, even though you might opt to wear a pad when you don’t have your period, you need to change the pad regularly. You will sweat as you move throughout the day – that pad will eventually get a little damp and/or stinky. When you have you period, you will change your pad every four to six hours (sometimes more). When you are wearing a pad “just in case,” I would change it a couple of times per day.
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