Today I had a totally unplanned photo op after getting out of the bathtub. Usually, I have some vague form of an idea in mind when I take pictures or I at least have my crappy digital camera on the ready. Today, all I had was my even crappier camera phone but I realized I just couldn’t pass up the awesomeness that was happening on the bathroom floor.
Here’s the thing about taking baths (for me, anyway, and I have no point of reference as to if this happens to other period-havers or not because we tend to not discuss things like this): When I’m on my period and I take a bath, I do not bleed in the tub. Not at all. None. I can be heavily mid-cycle and the moment I get in the tub, there is no blood that comes out to mix with the water. It’s bizarre, and I’m honestly not sure why. Maybe the water seeps inside a little and the pressure of it holds all of the blood in? Anyway, I’m sure there’s science behind it, but the point is - there is no blood in the tub.
But, the thing about taking a bath is that eventually when the water gets cold or you realize your skin it turning into a prune, you have to get out of the tub. If you’re like me, sometimes you’ll stand around naked for a while brushing your teeth, staring at the new wrinkle in your forehead in the mirror or simply wandering around the house. And in the case of today, I forgot that I was heavily on my period since I’d been staring at my naked, bathing body for the past hour and there was no blood in sight. So when I felt something warm oozing down my leg and looked between my bare feet at the puddle of red that was slowly forming on the floor, I realized with a bang - oh yeah, I’m totally leaking blood right now.
So of course I took a picture of it and decided that there must be someone out there who’s interested in what happens when a period-having-person climbs out of a bathtub and stands around for a while without immediately cramming in a tampon. Everybody is different, of course, but for me it looks exactly like this.