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Sanitary products for your period

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When a girl gets her first period a lot of things float in her mind and one of the most obvious thoughts is – “how to choose the best sanitary product for myself”.

So here’s the deal…It’s natural for you to get confused after seeing so many new varieties of products available in the market. Since you are a newbie here, we first introduce you to the products and let you know how to choose the right one.


Types of sanitary products

Use and Throw Pads

The most widely used sanitary products are disposable pads. A lot of brands are displayed in store and initially you can apply the trial and error technique till you find the best one suited for you. Some popular variations are with/without wings, thick or thin for heavy or mild periods, with/without strings.

The biggest advantage of sanitary pad is – their easy use. You just need to attach it in your panty and wear it. Remember not to flush or wash your pads, you only need to discard them after wrapping in paper or polythene.


Once you get used to your menstruation you can try out tampons. Girls prefer tampoons because they find it lot less messy. A tampoon is nothing but a technically designed tube of cotton that goes inside your vagina to absorb menstrual blood. You have to insert it with your fingers or an applicator might come along with the kit for the same use. A string is attached at one end which you need to pull out while changing tampoons.

Tampoons also come in different varieties just like sanitary pads and you can choose one depending upon your menstrual flow. Light or junior, regular, super thick and super plus thick are some terms used to describe the absorbency potential of tampoons.

If you are using it for the first time then make sure you go for junior, regular or slender type as you might find the thicker ones difficult to insert in the first go.

The advantage of tampoons is- you can wear them while swimming, performing water activities without worrying about leakage or stains.

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Menstrual cups

They are flexible dome shaped cups that you can wear inside your vagina. The cup is made from medical grade silicone or latex and it collects the blood instead of absorbing. You get different types of cups which could be reusable or disposable. Most women prefer using polyethylene disposable cups and they need to change them after 4, 6 or 12 hours.

Traditional cloth or homemade napkins

You mom and granny must have used them and with introduction of latest technology, they have almost become obsolete. Nonetheless, you can make one for yourself in case of emergency or if you do not have anything handy.

You can stack some washable sanitary clothes at home; they are readily available at departmental stores or online stores. Look for reusable, eco friendly and organic products that are gentle on your skin and do not irritate your vagina.

Points to remember while using sanitary products

Read the instructions on the packet before using. Always change your pad and tampoon at an interval of 4 hours (maximum 6 hours). If your flow is heavy then do it more often. This would protect you from infections

If you have a problem of contact dermatitis then avoid using products infused with artificial scents or perfumes, instead choose eco friendly and organic versions

Choice of pads depends on your comfort levels and necessity. If you are uncomfortable wearing something in your vagina then sanitary pads are the best choice.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: September 03, 2014