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if your at the age of getting your periods and you havent got it and your worried what if you get it in school and you wear a skirt and knee high socks would the blood run down is that ok or would i have to wear a trousers
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Hi there,

Thank you for writing to me.

Starting periods can often be a worrying time and it's normal to have concerns about what might happen and when you will start. It seems like you may be worried that it will come at a time when you least expect it.

While no one knows exactly when their first period will start, there are things you can do to feel more ready for it. Maybe talking to the person you live with or a trusted adult about your concerns and if they would be able to buy you sanitary towels or tampons which you might want to keep in your bag.

You might also like to consider wearing a panty liner to protect you against any leaking that may happen if you unexpectedly have a period as well as having a spare change of underwear.

You’ve asked me whether or not it’s ok to wear a skirt when you’ve got your period.
Wearing pads or tampons should catch the blood, so it’s fine to wear whatever clothes you feel most comfortable and confident in.

You may find it useful to look at information about puberty and periods in Explore. You might also find it helpful to ask other young people about their experiences, by posting a message in the puberty message boards.

If you would like to talk more about this with a Childline counsellor, you can do this by calling 0800 1111, logging in for a 1-2-1 chat or sending them an email.

Take care,


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