Avoid period surprises. Surprises can be fun. Not period surprises, though. When your period sneaks up on you, you could be left high and dry... wait, no, that's not right. It's more like moist and icky - and that feeling is the opposite of fresh! So, whether you're in class, at the gym, on the bus, or 36,000 feet in the air on your way to spring break, you should always be prepared for your period. Keep a stash of tampons, pads, and panty liners tucked in your backpack or purse.

Get to know your body. Month after month, you get more acquainted with your menstrual cycle, the flow of your periods, and all the other little blessings of being a girl. Take notice of the patterns and track when your period starts. That way, you'll get an idea of how long your cycle is and when your next period might arrive. You'll also become more familiar with your flow so you can adjust which type of tampon or pad you use on the different days of your period. But until you get the hang of it, shield your shorts! Daily-wear liners, will protect your panties and keep you fresh and dry all day.

Can anyone tell by my smell? You are definitely not the only girl to wonder about her "below the waist" scent! It's totally normal to think people might somehow be able to sniff out the days you're on your period or when you're otherwise not so fresh. But don't sweat it: No one will catch a whiff of you - even if you notice the scent. Just change your pad or tampon often, swap out new undies each morning, and shower or bathe so the rest of your body smells fresh, too. If you're still sensitive about the scent, try a daily-wear odour locking panty liner.

What if I, ahem, leak? Yep, it happens. It's a true blush-worthy moment when you feel or "spot" a period leak. Say you're in class, and you just feel like a leak is happening. Stay calm. Grab your period stash from your purse and ask for the washroom pass. If you've made it in time, simply freshen up your tampon or pad with a new one. If you spot trouble, use a new tampon and add a pad for extra protection. Once you're home, change and pre-treat the stain and launder your panties based on the washing instructions. And if you're prone to leaks, consider changing your tampon type or absorbency.