Intimate protection in “these days” is important for every girl and woman. From the first day of the menstruation and before the menopause (end of menstruation), women are faced with the need to use special hygiene products to feel comfortable on the days of menstruation. Each person has a menstrual period and the strength of the excretion varies. There are girls who have their periods only a couple of days per cycle. In other people, menstruation can last 7-9 days. We are all of different sizes and everyone has different preferences in form and type of hygiene products. In this article I will tell you my experience in selecting pads, what I pay attention to and which pas I prefer to buy. About tampons, menstrual cups and other feminine hygiene products, I will make a separate post.
I talk about how to choose pads, what pads are on the market, what to look for. How to use pads. I compare sanitary pads of different companies, I advise how to choose pads according to the degree of absorption (drops). How to use pads? How to choose exactly the pads that you need? For men, this will also be useful — to be able to choose pads for your girlfriend or wife, choose the right pads in a store or pharmacy. What is the difference between pads? I show the pads that I have, tell you my impression of use.
What are the pads?
First of all, pads are divided into daily pads and pads for menstruation.
- Daily Pads can be worn every day, even when there are no periods. But I don’t like daily pads liners, how they sweat more heavily in panties, and I prefer to wear cotton ventilated underwear, it is easier for me to replace panties if necessary, than to buy daily pads.
- As for the pads for menstruation, these are more dense pads that can absorb more fluid, because during the period of menstruation we have “blood juice” released from the vagina, which was not used for the development of the embryo in this cycle. The fluids can be quite intense in the first days of menstruation, so you need to pay attention to the drops (the number of drops on the package).
Women’s pads have a different surface, mainly:
- mesh surface;
- soft surface.
I prefer a soft cloth surface, but I have to admit that the surface of the mesh often better isolates the menstrual fluids from the body, since the liquid passes through the mesh like a sieve and is trapped inside on the absorbent layer. But the net itself can be a little stiff, especially if you have a short intimate haircut. The soft surface is more like a layer of cotton wool or fabric, it seems to me, is better suited for owners of sensitive skin.
Products for menstruation can be “day pads” and “night pads”:
- daytime pads are shorter in size and more comfortable for active movement during the day;
- night pads are thicker, elongated, with wider wings and extensions in the area of the back of the underpants – this helps not to leak at night, being in a horizontal sedentary position.
What do the drops on the pads’ package mean?
Different brands of women’s period pads may indicate the absorbency of the pads in different ways, but on average, the more drops are drawn on a pack of pads, the better they absorb. The increase in drops and absorbency usually goes side by side with an increase in the size and thickness of the gaskets, but this is not always the case. Some pads are created using new technologies that use gels or “pastes” that can absorb more fluids, but do not add size to pads. For the first days of menstruation, I usually use daily pads with 5 drops, and I take the largest night pads that I can find in the store. For 2-3 days of menstruation, I use daytime pads with 3-4 drops, and nighttime I also take the largest. On the fourth and last day of menstruation, I use pads with 2-3 drops or take daily pads.
What pads to buy if the girl began menstruating?
If you don’t know exactly which pads you need to buy, and you were asked to buy something and as quickly as possible, then just buy any 4-6 drops daily pads in a soft bag of such well-known brands as Always, Kotex, Bella, Libress, etc. Take a small package, like a small square, on which there are drown pads with wings. This will be a universal option, which is suitable in most situations.
How to use menstrual pads?
Pads are glued to underpants. To understand how to stick the Pads exactly, it is better to practice on your own underpants, but the general principle is similar to diapers. Women need the pads to be located in the middle between the legs with the center near the vagina. where the period fluid comes from. During sleep, you can slightly shift the pad towards the butt, if you sleep on your back, this will help not to leak. Some pads have a front and back side, usually indicated on the packaging. You can also guess where in front and where the back of the pads by its shape – elongated and wider parts are usually located in the back side.
The guy glues pads for the first time:
If the pad does not stick well, you can usually peel it off and re-stick it. But if you unsuccessfully stick the wings, it will be very difficult to change something. So be careful with the wings, they are thin and strong glue is applied to them. Wings are needed, firstly, in order to fix the pads on the panties more rigidly so that it does not fidget when moving. Secondly, the wings provide additional protection against leakage along the edges of the underwear. I prefer pads with wings, and without wings I wear pads only in the last days of menstruation, when the menstruation fluids are very scarce.
How often to change pads?
For how long one pack of pads is working depends on the strength of the secretions, each person has their period individually. In any case, one pack of pads should be enough for a day or a little more. For other person one pack might be enough for 2-3 days and so on. Pads need to be changed as they are filled and according to your personal feelings, but not less often than every 3-4 hours (with not very large fluid release). If you have more fluids, you can change it once an hour or once every two hours. With very meager fluids, you can change the pads every 4-5 hours. But I try not to keep one pad longer than 4 hours in any case, since it becomes unhygienic and can negatively affect the health of the female genital organs.
How often to change pads at night?
Night pads are thicker and provide more protection, and our body does not sweat so much during sleep and releases less menstrual fluid, because we sleep and are in a horizontal position without active movement. I put on a new pad before bedtime, and in the morning after 6-7 hours sleep, I immediately change it. If at night I wake up to go to the toilet, then I also replace the pad with a new one.
Do not wear tight clothing during menstruation?
Today, with good feminine hygiene products, it is theoretically possible to wear any clothes on the days of menstruation, but the fact is that with menstruation, the crotch begins to sweat more, because the pads and menstrual fluids are next to the skin, rubbing against it during movement. So, in my opinion, it is best these days to wear looser clothes made from natural fabrics — replace tight jeans with loose pants or skirts, not wear nylon tights and too tight underpants made of artificial fabrics. I try to ventilate the panties with the pad as often as possible (quietly let the air in there so that the temperature in the panties does not rise too much and is not too wet), spread my legs wider during sedentary work.
Can I wash myself during menstruation?
I think that it is worth washing at least once or twice a day – with ordinary water or using special products for female intimate hygiene with lactic acid. I would not take a bath or swim in the days of menstruation, although there are girls who have switched to menstrual cups and can spend more fun their leisure time. The most important thing to remember is that during menstruation there is a “wound” inside the body from which “blood juice” is released, so on the days of menstruation it is much easier to bring some kind of infection into the reproductive system. Hygiene and reasonable precautions must be observed.