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What Is A Sanitary Napkin And How Do I Use It?

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 from now on. During this time, a fairly 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 a sanitary napkin that suits your needs best. However, another question that pops up at this point is - how to use sanitary napkins?

Using a sanitary napkin is actually 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 release paper from wings. Wrap the wings around both sides of the panty and press firmly
  • Before disposing the pad in a dustbin, wrap it in paper
  • Don’t dispose of the pad in a toilet or flush it as it may clog

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 impurities 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 help you select and use a sanitary napkin without any hassle or worry. 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 month! 

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