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Leak: To become known unintentionally; a disclosure of secret information*

Yep. That about sums it up for me. It’s that unintentional trickling wetness you feel when your period protection has failed you, the leak that makes your heart beat hard and fast. It’s the leak that backs you into a corner or makes you desperately wish grunge-style flannel shirts around your waist were vogue.

The truth to the “unintentional” matter is this. Most of us have had a leak at one time or another. They are, like most embarrassing moments, committed to memory for life. What I’ve come to discover is that most of the time I’ve had a “leak,” it was more user error than protection failure. (Though you wouldn’t catch me admitting that at the time)!

So, moving on to prevention. Let’s call these the Rules!

1. Always be prepared. Keep protection in your purse, backpack, glove box, bathroom or suitcase; you will always be thankful when you need them.

2. Never underestimate the length or heaviness of your bleeding. Ever. Careless decisions about the type of protection and absorbency you need can get you in trouble!

3. Dress to suit your protection and visa versa! By all means, wear a white dress, but be sure your pad is in the right position and held in place with some good fitting undies or Spanx.

4. Change your protection regularly, about every 4 hours.

Not every leak can be prevented, and when they happen, rest assured you are not alone. I had my first “leak” on Christmas Day at my grandparent’s house and my uncle alerted my dad. (REALLY! And I was 12!) I vowed NEVER to let that happen again. Guess what? It has. None were as memorable or humiliating, but it has happened. So, follow the rules, be thankful you have many protection choices, share ideas with your girlfriends (no matter your age) and know that if the unintentional happens, you will survive.

If you’re not into leaks, try U by Kotex CleanWear® Pads with 3D Capture Core*, a one-of-a-kind center that locks away wetness. Check them out here: http://bit.ly/SaveTheUndies



Girlygirlgracie, Thanks for sharing your experience!! I think many girls would feel relieved when they hear they are not the only ones who have embarrassing moments!

" - Sandy
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