also? wake at 6 AM, find my pad absolutely soaked, clean up the resulting mess, change my panties and pad, go back to bed. wake at 11 AM, find my pad absolutely soaked again, repeat the procedure. wake at 1 PM and find my pad, while not as close to a catastrophe as the last time, still very, very full. (i prefer not to use tampons while i sleep because a) you're not supposed to keep them in for longer than 8 hours at a time and i do often sleep longer than that on weekends at least and b) i don't think it's healthy to keep your vagina clogged up that way 24 hours a day even if it's only for a few days. it is still a self-cleaning organ even when there's blood coming out of it and it should get a chance to do so.)
not funny, body. i don't have stronger menstrual products around, considering how, uh, my period is never this strong normally. i have no idea what i would've done if this had happened on a school day. i mean, i probably could've gotten something off one of the many other female-bodied people there - there's bound to be someone who carries stronger ones - but there's no way i'm going to walk around with panties and trousers that have been bled into this way, even considering that i avoid wearing light-coloured ones on these days to prevent the worst.
oh, apparently i also now get a full week of spotting, strong enough to need a pantyliner, prior to my actual period. fuck you, XX chromosomes.