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Tampons, Pads, and Other Period Supplies

Tampons, Pads, and Other Period Supplies

When you get your period, you'll need to use something to soak up the menstrual blood. There are lots of different products out there. It might take some experimenting to find what's right for you.

Most girls use on or more of these:

pads (or sanitary napkins)


menstrual cups

What Are Pads?

Pads are rectangles of absorbent material that attach to the inside of a girl's underwear and catch menstrual blood. They're sometimes also called sanitary pads or sanitary napkins. Some pads have extra material on the sides. These "wings" fold over the edges of your underwear to help hold the pad in place and prevent leaking.

There are many different types of pads, including:







Dealing with a range of menstrual flow, from light to heavy days, can be overwhelming for some. It might take trial and error to find the perfect pad that offers enough protection without feeling too bulky or uncomfortable. Although there is an array of scented choices available on the market today, these may not always be suitable as they could cause irritation or allergic reactions in certain individuals - it's better to err on the side of caution.

How Do You Use Pads?

For maximum protection and freshness, women should swap out their pads every 3-4 hours. Even if your flow is light, it's best to err on the side of caution by changing regularly - this helps reduce bacteria buildup and any unwelcome odors! But keep in mind that if you're dealing with a heavier period some days, more frequent pad changes may be necessary to prevent leaks. There are two types at your disposal – find one that works for you so you can stay comfortable while taking care of business.

Feeling protected and secure while on your period can be done in an easy, hassle-free way - just grab a disposable pad! When you're ready to use it, simply peel off the paper strip covering the adhesive before pressing and wrapping around (if applicable) with extended wings. After usage is complete, dispose of safely by unwrapping from underwear into toilet paper then placing directly into garbage or special disposal box found most public restrooms; avoiding any potential clogging disasters that could result if trying to flush down them toilet.

Looking for a more eco-friendly and affordable way to manage your menstrual cycle? Consider reusable pads! These comfortable, easy-to-use options are available online and in natural health stores. After each use, simply snap or clip the pad off of underwear before washing — perfect for girls who want an economical solution that won't harm the environment. Make it you own with personal customization based on comfort preference.

What Are Tampons?

Tampons come in a variety of sizes and absorbencies to meet the needs of every menstruating person, providing reliable protection for heavier or lighter flows. It's important to note that tampons without deodorant are best - not only is there no need for it anyway, but deodorants can irritate delicate vaginal tissue and even lead to allergic reactions. Change your tampon regularly so you don't have any unpleasant odors.

Some tampons come with an applicator. An applicator is a plastic or cardboard tube that guides the tampon into the vagina. Other tampons are inserted using a finger.

Some girls find that a slender size, applicator-style tampon is easier to use when they first start their periods. An applicator with a rounded top can be especially helpful for beginners. The first time you use a tampon, try to do so on a heavier flow day. This will make the tampon slip in easier.

How Do You Use Tampons?

Taking care of your feminine health can be a breeze - just remember to keep it clean! Make sure you always wash and dry your hands before putting in or taking out a tampon, following package instructions carefully. It's great practice to swap them out for fresh ones every 4-6 hours so that you're using the right absorbency level for yourself.

Instead of flushing them away, gently tug on the string attached to a tampon and remove it from your body. Then wrap up in toilet paper before throwing it into the trash - no plumbing problems or unexpected surprises.

Keeping up with your menstrual cycle is an important part of taking care of yourself. Don't be afraid if you can't locate the string on a tampon - it's most likely still there, and all you have to do is reach in and feel around for it! It may take some time but don’t worry – even though things seem scary at first, no matter what happens a tampon won't get lost inside your body because the cervix will never let that happen.

What Is a Menstrual Cup?

Menstrual cups provide an easy and discreet way to manage your period. They are made of flexible materials like rubber or silicone which, when inserted into the vagina, catch your menstrual flow before it exits so you don't have to worry about any embarrassing messes. Monitor how often you need to empty out the cup several times each day by following instructions that come with its purchase; however, keep in mind that these gentle vessels do not serve as a form of birth control.

How Do I Decide What to Use?

When it comes to period protection, girls have the freedom of choice. Tampons are great for those who need something discreet and convenient to carry in a purse or pocket - perfect for swimmers too! On the other hand, pads provide an easy-to-use option that lets users keep track of changing them due to visible blood absorption. For girls with heavier periods seeking greater security against leaking, using combinations like tampons plus pantiliners can be very helpful.

Many girls switch back and forth depending on:

their situation

where they're going to be

their menstrual flow

time of day (day or night coverage)