Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by Kotex Tween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

As if dressing and preparing for school was not stressful enough for teenage girls, throw in an unexpected monthly visitor. I am sure other ladies can understand.

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Signs Your Cycle is Near

My girlfriends and I had a code word. One would slowly get up and walk away, while the other would glance over and make sure all was clear. It was that bonding only other females could understand.

After so many years, you get used to your body and notice the tell-tale signs of an impending menstrual period. Once you begin to understand your body, you can be better prepared and ready for unexpected visits while away from home.

In order to spare my daughter from as much embarrassment as possible, I made sure to explain to her which signs to watch out for.

  • Bloating and Appetite Increase – Some women experience bloating in the days before their period. Plus, on top of that, they may also have an increase in appetite, therefore further enhancing the waist area during those couple of weeks.
  • CrampsAbdominal pain or leg cramps are also not unusual as you near the beginning of your cycle. Both can go from a slight tinge to an all out painful throbbing.
  • Fatigue and Mood Changes – The hormones and other changes going on within the body can cause both fatigue and mood changes. My family is typically happy to let me nap in order to shield them from my mood swings.
  • Headaches – The onslaught of hormones can also cause headaches. Personally, my head hurts for about 3 days prior to starting. Therefore, once the headache starts I know there is something else coming soon.
  • Acne – Probably every teenage girl’s worst nightmare: pimples. Acne is an outward display of what is going on within your body and can be a nuisance for self-esteem. Outside symptoms can also include swelling of the hands and feet, as well as breast tenderness, from water retention.

I have taught my daughter to always be prepared. To carry items such as the U by Kotex products in a purse or bag… just in case. They are small enough to stay out of sight, but big enough to get the job done well.

Knowing she is prepared for unexpected surprises while at school or elsewhere gives me a better peace of mind. It means less embarrassing moments for her and one more life lesson taught for me.