Today in school, I realized that my Lilac Cup + 1 cloth pad were not going to protect my pants for 3 hours + 3 hours (the times in my day between possible bathroom breaks). My pants were light enough that a bloodstain would show; and while I did have a sweatshirt I could have wrapped around my hips, I had a decided preference for not ruining this particular pair.
I actually tried going to the school nurse to see if she'd give me a Stayfree Mattress in a Box, but as luck would have it, the nurse's office was closed all day. (Fun fact: this made it extremely easy to determine who was ditching one of my classes in order to have lunch twice.)
So I slapped a cloth pad without PUL (a waterproofing layer) on top of/around a pad with PUL. Along with my cup, this mostly took care of the problem. I'm not counting the blood that got onto my panties because it was not much, all things considered -- and none got on my pants.
This accomplished 2 things. First, I remembered how very heavy blood-soaked pads can be. Second, I started thinking of all the makeshift menstrual products (to catch the blood, to absorb the blood, to hide the blood) I've tried over the years. So far, I've come up with:
1) Toilet paper -- Generally, this involves wadding up about half a roll into the crotch of my underwear. It lasts about 10 minutes. I feel like I should try extra absorbent paper towels, but those are not usually found in bathrooms.Um. I would type more, but I'm pretty sure I have to go change my pad.
2) Black pants.
3) The aforementioned wrap-around stain-hider. In cases where extra extra protection is needed, it's helpful if this is also a dark color. (Ask me how I know.)
5) Socks -- Hey, they're totally the right shape! Plus, you know how people always seem to lose single socks in the dryer? Can't hurt to put the mismatched ones to good use!
6) A good friend to walk closely behind you and shield your bloodstained ass from less kind eyes.
7) A towel -- to hold between your legs as you hop from the shower across the bathroom to where you left your more traditional (and discreet) menstrual product. And then to wipe up the blood that's running down your legs from the few seconds it took to put on/insert.
So, quickly, any other solutions for "Oh shit!" menstrual moments?