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Jun 13, 2011

Girl Talk. Dealing with Mother Nature.



Mother nature's monthly gift is difficult enough to deal with without having to worry about wearing a leotard and tights and moving... A lot. I've heard several different methods of dealing with all that girl stuff and I think the best way to discover what's best for you is to experiment. I'm gonna give a last "girl talk" warning here. :P

The way most girls see it is, if you want to be a dancer you have to wear a tampon. I have a few friends who opt not to but it is much more difficult to work around especially during a show when you CANNOT stain your costume!

However, if you don't or can't wear a tampon then you can find a way around it. Many dancers today are finding themselves fond of trash bag shorts.

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If you wear a pad with a leotard and tights you can undoubtedly see it. Some teachers don't like it when their students wear shorts so I would discuss it with your instructor beforehand and let them know why you need to wear them, they'll understand. However, if you wear a pad the risk of leaking through is greater and I find it immensely more uncomfortable. But everybody has a different situation and I suggest experimenting and seeing what you like best. If you have a really heavy flow it is safer to wear a tampon.

During a performance in which you only have one costume and can't wear shorts to hide a pad, you really do need to wear a tampon. I have an over-twenty-year-old friend who gets her period during every show without fail. She has yet to figure out why but just to be safe she usually puts in a tampon before putting her costume on.
At my school we have a story that's been told for a decade. During a dress rehearsal for Swan Lake one of the corps de ballet dancers was wearing a white swan tutu and suddenly got her period. She was on stage at the time and the other dancers let her know as soon as she was in the wings. Incredibly embarrassed she went down to the costuming room and they bleached the tutu before opening night. Our motto in the dressing room for every performance since then has been: "when in doubt, put in a tampon!"

In the end it's totally up to you as to how you're going to handle that "time of the month".

Hope this helps girls! If you have any more comments, questions or requests then leave a comment below :)

Ballerinablogger ~

16 comments:

  1. Does anyone wear a menstrual cup, like Divacup? Diva works great for me.

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  2. I agree; tapons are the way to go! I am also very fond of shorts during this time of the month. Luckily we are allowed to wear them!

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  3. How do you deal with the pain from menstrual cramps when you need to be performing or dancing in class?

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  4. Hi Ballerinablogger! Thx 4 this post! Uhmmm to the commenter above me: If you run really really hot water over your lower back while your in the shower 4 like five minutes it helps with cramps and i also find that it will make your flow a little lighter.

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  5. loving the idea of trash bag shorts - never heard of that before !!! Loved your post - great information here. thank you

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  6. what should you do if you start to bleed through your leotard, and you can't wear shorts...... :\

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  7. Well, I would suggest requesting to leave class to change/do what you can to clean yourself up. If you can't wear a skirt and shorts then you may just have to endure it :/

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  8. I was reading through some of these older posts and to anonymous, that happens to my firend sometimes and she often packs an extra pair of tights with her during that time of month, and when it starts to bleed through she goes to the bathroom, switches the tights shes wearing, then puts the clean tights over her leotard so the stain is covered. :-)

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  9. Yes. Extra tights are a must! But instead of trash bag shorts which induce sweating, try wearing cotton shorts. They allow your body to breath and keep you dry in all the right places! :) No one wants to sweat down there, especially during that time of the month.

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  10. A friend of mine wears a Divacup and it works great for her... Safer than a tampon.

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  11. My period is supposed to start one day before my recital. I'm twelve years old and I don't like the concept of wearing a tampon? What should I do?

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  12. I too don't like tampons but instead what I do is wear a pair of underwear, a pad and then another pair of underwear on top. You can find flesh coloured underwear and I even have some that is higher cut then a leotard and I've never had a spillage. I have an audition today and I got my period yesterday so I'm a bit worried about it. It should be fine though because i will have a few layers it will have to leak through before my leotard.

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  13. Hi ballerina blogger! I have very heavy periods...as in soaking a pad in,maybe, half an hour? I am very worried as I have a class today which is 6 hours and you are not allowed to go to the bathroom. You are also not allowed any undergarments as this detracts from the line. I'm very worried and I'm also quite shy so I don't know what to do. I can't talk to the teacher, I just can't. Please help!!! Thanks x

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  14. Yo yo yo yo girls what up?

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  15. Has anyone gotten a yeast infection from tights and leotards

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    1. Hi, Anon!
      Yeast infections can be common when wearing leotards and tights for long periods of time. Make sure you are showering regularly, and consider changing your clothes partway through the day to reduce moisture and bacteria growth.

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