Sanitary napkin: everything you need to know to use it properly!
The sanitary napkin is one of the simplest sanitary protections to use, if not THE simplest! Today, alternatives are being developed around this sanitary protection for menstruation, we even talk about washable pads. But then how to put a sanitary napkin? And how long can we keep a sanitary napkin?
What is a sanitary napkin?
It is a sanitary protection that allows to absorb the flow during the period. It is an external sanitary protection, unlike the tampon or the cup which are internal protections. It is fixed directly on the underwear. It is a very popular protection for women, it exists since the 1960s. There are several types of models depending on the flow. In addition, sanitary napkins can also be used during urinary leakage, during a return of layer or for any blood flow.
How to choose your sanitary napkin?
As for tampons, there are several types: for different flows, in their composition, but also disposable and washable.
Thick or thin
You must choose the model according to your flow. For example, if you have a light to medium flow, a normal flow pad will do. But if you have a heavier flow, get a heavy flow pad. Absorbency is indicated by the drop symbols on the packaging. They have different absorption capacities depending on the flow you choose, and the size (width) you choose.
There are also overnight sizes that are much thicker and have a wider absorption area at the back for maximum protection when lying down.
Sanitary napkins have compositions that may not be optimal since some contain chemical substances such as chlorine, perfume or products that are supposed to neutralize odors. These products can cause irritation, vaginal dryness and itching by disturbing the vaginal pH. So, prefer one made of certified organic cotton, better for your body.
With or without wings
Sanitary napkins are available with or without wings. These wings fold down under the sides of the pad to provide better support and protection against leakage.
Washable sanitary pads
They are an alternative to disposable pads, a more ecological and economical version since they are reusable.
Washable pads work the same way as disposables: you just need to choose one that is adapted to your flow. They have the same level of absorption as the disposable version. So if you use 4 disposable pads a day, you'll need 4 reusable ones a day. In order to have some margin between washings, it is advised to have the equivalent of 3 days.
How to put a sanitary napkin?
It is a very simple means of protection to use. It is enough for you only to remove the sanitary napkin of its packing, as well as to unstick the adhesive strip. Then stick the sticky part (for disposables) on your underwear, or clip the clips/buttons of the reusable one under your underwear. For the disposable versions, you just have to fold the tabs on each side and stick them, and it will be in place.
How do I properly use a tampon?
As with sanitary napkins, tampons should be changed every 4 hours on average, to avoid the proliferation of bacteria and the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
How long should I keep a sanitary napkin?
A sanitary napkin should be changed on average every 4 hours, even earlier if your flow is important, to avoid any proliferation of bacteria or overflow. At night, it is of course possible to keep it for more than 4 hours!
The composition will lead to more or less high risks in terms of irritation, burning or allergy. However, unlike tampons, no link between prolonged wear and TSS has been established. The risk is even lower if you choose a sanitary protection made of organic cotton, without perfume and not bleached with chlorine.
What about at night?
As explained above, at night you can use your pad for up to 12 hours without fear. Since blood does not pool inside the vagina, there is no risk of developing toxic shock syndrome. If you are sensitive and often prone to infections, fungus or irritation, then opt for a washable version made of fabrics that respect your intimate flora.
As with all products that come into contact with a sensitive area such as the intimate zone, it is important to be aware of the composition of these products.
What are the best alternatives to sanitary napkins?
There are alternatives to sanitary napkins, more ecological and economical solutions. If you want to continue using them, then you can opt for the washable version. They work in the same way as conventional sanitary napkins, changing them every 4 hours. Opt for a washable protection with a healthy composition in organic cotton to offer your intimate area the best.
Another ecological alternative are the Elia menstrual panties. They are made of organic cotton, a breathable and antibacterial material, which prevents irritation or the development of bacteria. There are no bad odors either!
They adapt to all flows and needs during your cycle. The absorbent zone is made of eucalyptus fiber, a natural and respectful material, compared to bamboo which is responsible for deforestation today.
The advantage of the menstrual panties is that it is possible to keep it until 12 hours, it is thus more practical: you put on your panties the morning and you remove it the evening! Nothing could be easier!
FAQ about sanitary pads
When should I use a sanitary napkin?
It is a sanitary protection intended to be used during the period. But you can also use it at other times of your cycle, such as during spotting or heavy white discharge, using a thin layer.
Are sanitary pads dangerous?
There is no proven link between toxic shock syndrome and the use of sanitary napkins. To avoid any risk of infection or irritation, choose the healthiest possible composition: certified organic, without chemical substances harmful to health.
How do I know when to change my sanitary napkin?
We recommend that you change your sanitary napkin every 4 hours, even earlier if you have a heavy flow. When the sanitary napkin is full and you feel a sensation of wetness, you should change it!
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