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What is a sanitary pad used for?
Sanitary towels and pads absorb your period flow as it leaves your body. They stop your blood and menstrual discharge from soaking your ants and leaking through to your clothes. They have adhesive backs which help them to stick to the inside of your underwear, and some designs also have wings to securely keep them in place.
Do pads have different sizes?
As women come in all shapes and sizes so do sanitary pads. Choosing the right sanitary pad for you will help to decrease the likelihood of leaks and ruined underwear. You might find that you need a longer pad, one with wings to keep it securely in place or even a slimmer panty liner to fit the shape of your underwear. Finding the right fit for you may take a bit of trial and error, as there are so many options on the market. Popular brands of sanitary pads include Bodyform, Always, Lil-lets and TENA who all offer sanitary towels designed for different sizes and absorbencies. It’s also important that you chose a pad to suit your flow, whether this means you have different towels for different days in order to keep you comfortable during your period.
Can I use sanitary towels if I have heavy periods?
Yes, of course you can. It is totally your choice if you chose to use sanitary towels or tampons if you have heavy periods (menorrhagia). You will need to use sanitary products that have a higher absorbency and are designed for a heavier flow. You may also find that sanitary towels and tampons designed for heavy periods need changing more often to prevent leaks. Finding the right feminine products to suit your body and the different days of your periods can take a bit of practise, but once you know which products work for you your periods will feel that little bit easier.
Are there any reusable sanitary pads?
Yes, more and more women are looking for reusable sanitary towels which are both environmentally friendly and kind on their budget. Disposable sanitary towels can be expensive and there are arguments that say the chemicals used in them can be harmful to delicate genital areas. That’s why women are looking for cloth and cotton sanitary pads as an alternative. Crafted from naturally absorbent fibres, reusable sanitary pads are washable and like ordinary towels they come in a range of sizes and absorbencies. So you can find pads to suit your body shape and menstrual flow.
What are maternity sanitary pads?
Specially designed for women who have just given birth, maternity pads are thicker and softer than ordinary sanitary towels. They offer more absorbency which makes them effective in soaking up the blood and discharge which is experienced after you have had a baby. This blood is nothing to worry about it is your body’s natural way of getting rid of the tissue and blood that it no longer needs.
Yes, however you might find that you have to change them frequently and you’ll need to buy tampons that match the flow of your period.
There are certain signs that indicate when your period is about to start. These may occur one to two weeks before you start to bleed, and they include:
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Mood swings
There are numerous reasons why your period is late or hasn’t started when you thought it would. If you have had unprotected sex recently you might be pregnant although this isn’t the only reason for a missed period.