Women know what they want when it comes to shopping. They go to atleast 10 stores before buying their ideal dress. They look for the perfect color, size, and comfort. But have you ever invested your time and energy in deciding which is the perfect sanitary pad for yourself? In our society, we often refrain from discussing menstruation and its issues. This justifies the fact that 60% of women wear the wrong size pads. Finding the right size is necessary for your comfort and protection from leakage.
You don’t buy the wrong size shoes then why pads? Observing your body while you are having your periods is the first step towards choosing the right sanitary napkin. Throughout your period, your flow varies. Thus, keep a track of the changes in your cycle. It is important to know what kind of pads you need in a cycle.
Size of Sanitary pads
There are a variety of sanitary napkins available in the market.
Panty Liners are like sanitary pads but think of them as the thinnest and smaller version. They absorb the vaginal discharge and light spotting (menstrual blood). Wear a panty liner when you feel moist down there, it makes you feel fresh and clean. You must use it when your period is about to start and after it ends. It saves you from spotting your clothes when the period suddenly arrives. Heavy lifting and cardio exercise like jumping and running increases vaginal discharge. Panty liners make your workout session dry, comfortable and pleasant.
How to wear a panty liner?
Wear your panty liner exactly like your sanitary pad. It sticks to your panties and makes you feel fresh and dry all day. It is advisable to remove it at night before sleeping. Do not wear them during heavy flow. Change your panty liners every 4 hours when it is damp and moist. Avoid wearing them if you have raches. Make your skin breathe. Use the organic and cotton panty liners if you have sensitive skin as scented plastic ones can irritate you.
Regular Sanitary Napkins
Sanitary Napkins come in different shapes and sizes. They are thicker and more absorbent than the panty liners. The pads have strong adhesive so they stick easily to underwear. When your flow is light, you must use regular sanitary pads. The size of a regular pad is below 21cm.
Large Sanitary Napkins
Use large pads for medium flow days. In order to keep these pads in place, they have wings. They are 21-24 cm in size. Some brands offer gel absorbent pores for long hours of protection.
Extra Large Sanitary Napkins
These extra-large (XL) pads are longer and thicker than the regular pads. They have extra adhesive and large wings, longer in length as compared to the regular pads. They are 24-29 cm in size. They also come with gel technology that protects from leakage. These pads are fit for heavy-flow days.
Choose the right sanitary napkin for yourself. Keep track of your periods to decide what size pad to wear according to your flow.
Here are Free and Useful tips for you to maintain menstrual hygiene
1) Change your sanitary napkin every 4-6 hours
Remember to change your pad every 4-6 hours on heavier flow days. Don’t wear a pad for more than 8hour, when the flow is light.
2) Keep your vaginal area clean
Wash your vagina properly as organisms stick to your body after you have used a sanitary napkin.
3) Don’t use soap and vaginal hygiene products
Using vaginal cleansing products is not a good idea during menses. Vaginas have their own cleaning mechanism. These products can hamper the natural process leading to bacterial growth.
4) Discard your used sanitary napkin properly.
When a used pad comes in contact with air, it smells foul. There are chances of spreading infection also. So wrap it properly with tissue or newspaper. Don’t flush the pad or tampon down the toilet. Wash your hands after you discard your napkin.
5) Avoid wearing a wet sanitary napkin
A wet napkin leads to rashes. You can experience it during heavy flow days. Thus avoid wearing wet napkins change them at regular intervals. Keep your skin dry. Apply antiseptic ointment on rashes and consult a doctor if it gets worse.
Follow these small and useful tips for safe and a happy period. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow Ladiesfirst.life on Instagram for interesting articles and posts.