There are no hard and fast rules for what to wear and when — it’s really about wearing what is comfortable for you. I was playing a lot of sports when I first started my period (soccer and softball) and at the time I wasn’t able to find something that wouldn’t bunch up on me, or worse, turn sticky-side up from running (ouch).
The good news is that pads have come a long way since then. The adhesive is better, the wings are better and they’re not all 3 inches thick! The only way you’ll know what works best is by giving it a try. And finally, if the pads prove to be too much trouble, tampons are genius. If you’re not familiar with using them check out our Education section article on how to use them for the first time.