We live in a fast-paced world and teenagers face many challenges as they navigate their journey towards adulthood.

One common issue that many young individuals encounter is teen period anxiety.

When will they get their period?

Will it happen when they’re out in public?

Will it happen at a sleepover?

Will it be sore?

Will they be able to manage?

Not knowing the emotional and psychological discomfort that can come with a menstrual cycle can also add to their anxiety and can sometimes make their worry seem overwhelming.

Teen period anxiety can negatively impact a young person’s overall well-being. It can affect their daily routines, social interactions, academic performance, as well as their mental health.

Understanding the causes and effects of period anxiety is crucial for both teenagers and their support systems.

Lack of Information and Education

Insufficient knowledge about menstruation can contribute to anxiety among teenagers.

Inadequate sexual education programs, cultural taboos, or societal stigmas surrounding periods often leave adolescents feeling unprepared and anxious when they experience menstrual changes.

Talk to your teens

Remind them that you know more than their friends do and having open dialogue about something that is COMPLETELY normal is important.

Body Image Concerns

During adolescence, individuals undergo significant physical transformations, including the onset of menstruation.

Society's emphasis on body image can exacerbate anxiety in teenagers, as they may fear judgment or criticism regarding their appearance during this time.

Hormonal Fluctuations

Hormonal changes – leading up to and during the menstrual cycle - can cause mood swings, irritability, and emotional sensitivity.

These fluctuations, coupled with the challenges of teenage life, can intensify anxiety symptoms related to periods.

Peer Pressure and Social Expectations

Teenagers often feel pressure to confirm to expectations set out by society. They compare themselves to their peers and often have concerns about fitting in or being embarrassed, which can contribute to period anxiety.

Recognising Symptoms of Teen Period Anxiety

It is essential to identify the signs of period anxiety in teenagers to provide appropriate support and interventions.

Some common symptoms to watch for include:

  • Excessive worry or preoccupation with upcoming periods
  • Fear of leakage or staining
  • Avoidance of social activities or school due to period-related concerns
  • Mood swings and emotional instability
  • Physical signs such as headaches, stomach aches, or fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing on daily tasks
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns

Coping Strategies for Teen Period Anxiety

Empowering teenagers with effective coping strategies can help alleviate period anxiety and promote a healthier mindset.

Here are some suggestions:

Education and Open Communication

Promote comprehensive sexual education programs that cover menstruation, it’s biological processes, and emotional aspects.

Encourage open dialogues with trusted adults, peers, or support groups to address any concerns or questions.

Share information on different menstrual products that can help get them through their period comfortably, like Period Panties, Reusable Pads, Period Cups and organic tampons.

Our Modibodi TEEN range covers every day wear, period wear, sleep wear and swim wear to make sure the stress is taken out of your teen’s day and night. A teens period can be quite irregular at the beginning and by having a little bag packed into their school bag can give them all the confidence they need.

We would suggest they pack a pair of Modibodi period panties and some eco friendly wet wipes into one of our discrete waterproof bags. This will allow them to clean themselves should they experience a leak at school and place their wet panties into the waterproof bag for rinsing when they get home.

Teens also often experience discharge and we have Modibodi bundle packs that have moisture-wicking pairs included. These moisture-wicking pairs absorb light leaks like discharge and sweat and can help keep your teen dry during this time. When menstruation starts, they would change to the Modibodi period panties that are more absorbent and leak proof.

When it comes to sleeping, we have beautiful teen Modibodi sleepshorts that come in a heavy-overnight absorbency. These paired with a PJ top makes for the perfect, comfortable PJ set.

Lastly, swimming is the ultimate stress provoking sport for a menstruating teen. Pool parties, gala’s, beach holiday – timing doesn’t always work out. With our Modibodi swim range, we’ve got your teen covered. We have a swim bikini bottom that can go underneath your teens school costume and nobody will be the wiser. For private events we have a beautiful range of patterned and plain racerbacks as well as bikini bottom and top sets. Our patented swim technology keeps all leaks locked into the gusset while the waterproof costume fabric keeps the water away from the leaks. All our swim comes in a light-moderate absorbency which takes up to two tampons worth of liquid (10ml).

Self-Care and Stress Management

Self-care is important and the sooner you teach your teens, the better. Encourage them to do regular exercise, learn about balanced nutrition and to get enough sleep.

Introduce stress management techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or journaling to help reduce anxiety levels.

Normalising the Experience

Create a supportive environment where teenagers understand that menstruation is a natural part of life.

Normalise discussions about periods, encouraging empathy, and fostering a sense of community among peers.

Seeking Professional Help

If you feel your teen is just not coping with their daily life, we recommend you seek professional help. Mental health professionals can provide valuable guidance and coping tools to guide your teen.


Teen period anxiety is a common issue that many young individuals face.

By understanding its causes, recognising symptoms, and implementing effective coping strategies, we can support teenagers in navigating this challenging phase of their lives.

We recognise the significance of this milestone with your teen as well as the importance of providing comprehensive information and resources to empower teenagers and help them overcome period anxiety.

Together, we can create a world where adolescents thrive, embracing their journey towards adulthood with confidence and resilience.

July 25, 2023