Realizing that you've got your period and not having a tampon on hand is a desperate and embarrassing situation. Calm! Before you get stressed, know that there are simple ways to solve the problem until you can get one with someone or buy one. With a little waistband, you can create your own intimate protection product with materials like toilet paper, a washcloth or even a sock!
Method 1 of 2: Using toilet paper or paper towels
Step 1. Fold several pieces of toilet paper or paper towels
The important thing is that you have enough to make an amount at least 1.5 cm thick and the same width as a conventional pad. If you can't find paper towels, which have a slightly thicker sheet, fold several pieces of toilet paper.
- Towels are a more appropriate choice as they are more absorbent and more durable, but if toilet tissue is the only available option at the moment, don't be afraid to use them. The only thing you'll have to watch out for is frequent exchanges to avoid possible blood leaks.
- With a tissue pack you can also create your makeshift pad.
Step 2. Place the folded amount of paper in the panties
After folding the toilet paper or paper towel, place it in the middle of the panties where you would normally put the traditional tampon. If the width exceeds the lingerie, don't worry: just fold the leftovers down, as if it were an absorbent with flaps.
If you have duct tape, take a piece and glue the temporary absorbent pad from one end to the other underneath, to better secure the material to the lingerie
Step 3. Wrap a long piece of toilet paper around the pad
This technique of passing the paper over the temporary tampon will serve to hold it over the panties. For this you will need a very long piece of toilet paper, enough to wrap four or five times around your underwear.
To make you feel even safer from possible leaks, wrap more paper around your panties. The more paper you use, the better. Just be careful not to make the makeshift protection too bulky
Step 4. Change the temporary pad at least every three to four hours
In fact, the amount of change will depend on the intensity of your menstrual flow and the durability of the paper. When the shield starts to get too wet or to disintegrate, it's time to replace it. Throw the product in the bathroom trash and make a new amount with the chosen material.
Even if your flow is light, it's good to change it from time to time to avoid leaks and bad odors
Method 2 of 2: Improving with Other Items
Step 1. Wrap a clean sock in a piece of toilet paper
For more effective absorption, wear a thick sock, wrapping it with a large piece of toilet paper. After placing the absorbent in the panties, pass a few more layers of paper to make the product firm in the lingerie.
Socks are made with materials that absorb sweat from the feet, so they are able to absorb menstruation as well
Step 2. Try using a washcloth
A small towel can also serve very well as a temporary absorbent pad. Fold the fabric until it's a reasonable size to put in your panties.
- For hygiene reasons, after using the towel for this purpose, the ideal is that it is no longer used in the toilet. Also, it is likely to get stained.
- Before using it, make a test to see if the fabric really absorbs the liquid well by wetting a piece of towel. If it absorbs water, you can use it for whatever purpose you need; if water runs down the sides, look for another alternative.
Step 3. Use gauze or cotton from the first aid kit
Cotton and gauze are highly absorbent materials that can be used in emergency situations. Roll up the cotton ball to make the material evenly stretched, or fold a generous piece of gauze. Line the material with toilet paper to keep it from shifting when you move around.