If you’ve ever had to deal with a heavy period flow, you’ll know all too well the nagging fear of leaking through your clothing or onto the bed sheets. Fear not, this handy and simple period tip has been labelled a ‘game changer’ for heavy flow and postpartum bleeding.

The clever tip was shared by Alice Williams, the founder of Ovira (a device that gives instant period pain relief), who has been hailed as some sort of demigoddess for the idea.

The tip is to place a pad like you normally would in your undies, but then get another pad and place that horizontally where your bottom goes. I know right?! The video has been viewed almost 20 million times, with women understandably praising the concept.

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“Horizontally is a game changer,” wrote one woman.

“I learn something new on TikTok every single time I come on here. Why didn’t I know this earlier?” wrote another.

“And I will finally be able to sleep on my back and not fear,” replied Eleanor.

“This would have been great for postpartum,” wrote Juliana Jones.

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Some women did point out that overnight pads are designed to stop leakage from behind, others said they’re simply not wide enough.

What do you think of this tip? Is it a game changer for you? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • How brilliant. Will keep this in mind if I end up with heavy periods


  • I have heard of this. I use a diva cup so haven’t had to use it


  • Such a simple solution and yet never occurred to me and clearly most of us!


  • I can relate to this. Years of heavy bleeding followed by a hysterectomy. I used to double pad but never thought of doing it this way . Makes a lot of sense!


  • Not for me, I have relied on pads for overnight bleeding and simply put on folded old towel underneath to make sure I would not stain our bed linens in case it leaked out


  • Good idea. I don’t need it now but when I was a teen and had super heavy periods this sure would have come in handy.


  • What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!


  • Can’t wait to whip this trick out when my daughter is older lol


  • This is a genius idea! Wish I knew it sooner


  • Such a great idea. Thank you for sharing


  • Well what a simple and good idea this is!


  • I have ridiculously heavy periods (endometriosis, blood thinners and I’m over weight) so I use u by kotex overnight long pads, I wear one the normal way but back a little further then normal and I add another backwards so the larger part of the pad covers the front. When it is at it’s heaviest I wear period undies over my regular undies with the pads in them just in case I have a leak from the sides, when I am working I can’t get to the toilet at regular times to keep on top of things


  • Just passing this onto my 13 year old daughter!


  • This would have been handy to know as a small child. This is something I’ve been dealing with since I was 9


  • It’s no longer relevant to me anymore but this would have been great to know back then. I would have to use those plastic knickers with my pads to guarantee at least a couple of hours sleep overnight.


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