Cartwheels, leotards, THE SPLITS – it sounds like taking part in gymnastics on your period could be just about the most dangerous hobby around. But for those of us who love it and don’t want our bodies to hold us back (like, evereverever) you can totally still participate. Yep, even if you’re bleeding.
How, you shriek? What if my pad looks massive and slides out of place, how the heck do I even attach it because I can’t use wings, or what if my tampon string hangs out in the middle of a backbend? The period terror is real.
Well don’t fret, back-flipping dreamers. One of team betty actually used to be a fancy pants gymnast and has a few helpful tips for you…
If you’re a bit of a pro, you’re probably used to whipping off all your underwear before you slip into your leotard – after all, knickers on show underneath your super glitzy competition outfit is not the one. But if you’re on your period, an extra layer between your vagina and your costume could be the difference between a flawless floor routine and one that’s accessorised with blood. Just try high-cut knickers if you’re worried about flashing and go for a pair that’s the same colour as your leotard.
Prep your pants
If you think you might-maybe-possibly-a-tiny-bit be about to come on your period, prep those knickers! You can still do gymnastics on your period if you use those high-cut undies to the max and make sure you stick in a panty liner – even if the chances of you coming on are literally 1%. You can’t be too careful, especially if your feet are going behind your head at any point.
Never tried using tampons before? Well, this could be the perfect time to give them a go. Ask your mum to pick some up from the supermarket or pop to the shops after school then block out some bathroom time to perfect your technique. Chances are you probably won’t nail it first time, second time, probably even third time, but if you stay super-relaxed you might be able to slide it in just fine. All you need to think about come competition time is tucking in your string and smiling!
You do you
No matter how much you want to do gymnastics on your period, compete or take part in your fave weekend club, if you’re not feeling up to it just stay at home! There’s absolutely no shame in looking after yourself and giving your body what it needs to get through your time of the month, whether you’re suffering from cramps, headaches or you’re just tired out. Period.
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