A middle school teacher figured out an awesome way to help her students deal with getting an unexpected visit from the menstruation fairy, and wrote a post about her method on Facebook that went viral for its inspirationally easy trick.
"I have been doing this for a little bit now," the post says. "I use my old ipsy make up bags and make "menstruation care packs" for my students who start their periods unexpectedly. In middle school this happens A LOT. I put a few pads in the bag and a couple tampons and panty liners, and I also add a few prewrapped disposable wipes. The students know that they can come ask, and they get a really pretty bag with their needed supplies inside. It's discreet and more fun that being handed a giant pad. I make sure to tell them to take as much as they may need for the whole day. I make a point to ask if they need more to take home."
The post was shared on Facebook over 10,000 times, and has inspired some teachers and parents to follow suit. Like this adorable grandpa: "Me be male, and not need such items, however, I do have a daughter (and 2 granddaughters) that have seen those days. I had to deal with the fluctuating hormones though! I will be putting together some of these "care" packages, and giving them to teachers in my area!" (He's not sure what an Ipsy bag is, though—y'all, it's a cheap makeup bag that comes every month as part of Ipsy, a makeup subscription box).
It's a great reminder that young girls getting their periods doesn't have to be a big dramatic thing or a source of embarrassment—it can be a normalized part of their day, as long as they're set up for that.
After all, getting your period sucks enough as it is without worrying that you don't have a pad or tampon available.