WHAT IS A SANITARY NAPKIN?

You are first introduced to the concept of “periods” during puberty. This is the age when you (like almost every other girl) are likely to start menstruating, and a basic understanding about the what’s and how’s of periods can certainly come in handy at this juncture. Perhaps this is also the first time you’ll hear the words “sanitary pads” or “sanitary napkins” that you will need on a monthly basis to manage periods. During this time, an obvious question is - what is a sanitary pad?

It’s a strange term, but a “sanitary napkin” or “sanitary pad” just means an absorbent pad that you wear on your panties during your period in order to absorb menstrual blood. Made out of cotton to avoid rashes and skin irritation, sanitary napkins (or pads) come in a number of varieties and sizes. Depending on your menstrual flow and preference, you need to choose a sanitary napkin of appropriate thickness, length and absorbency. Don’t worry, after the first few times of trying to understand your body’s response to periods, you will eventually settle on the right ‘type of sanitary pad’ However, another question that pops up at this point is - how to use sanitary napkins?

HOW TO USE SANITARY NAPKIN?

Using a sanitary napkin is pretty easy. Here are a few basic steps on how to wear a sanitary napkin:

  • Remove the paper on the back side of the pad and place it on your panty
  • Remove the paper from wings. Wrap the wings around both sides of the panty and press firmly

Remember, it's equally important to know how to dispose after use.

HOW TO dispose SANITARY NAPKIN?

  • Remove the paper on the back side of the pad and place it on your panty
  • Remove the paper from wings. Wrap the wings around both sides of the panty and press firmly

By following the right steps for disposal, you can help waste collectors easily identify and segregate sanitary waste. This waste can now be handled in a hygienic manner and be recycled to ensure minimal impact on the environment.

WHEN TO CHANGE SANITARY PADS?

Now that the part on how to use napkin during periods is clear, here is a word of caution! For your comfort and to avoid odour, one thing you need to do is change your pad every few hours. This is very important considering that the blood, vaginal mucus and other material that your body is throwing out should not be in contact with your skin for too long! Hence, changing your pad every 4-5 hours is considered ideal.

As a young girl who has just started with her periods, it can certainly be a stressful time. This guide from STAYFREE® is meant to walk you through these days and how best to manage periods.

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With answers to some of the most common questions such as how to use pads during periods, we hope to make this crucial part of growing up easier and stress-free for you! With STAYFREE®, take on each day as a new adventure, any time of the With STAYFREE®, take on each day as a new adventure, any time of the month.

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