Pads: how to use them correctly
What is a pad?
A pad is an external method of absorbing the menstrual flow. It's a rectangle of absorbent material which is stuck inside the underpants by an adhesive strip. Pads usually contain cotton and liquid-absorbing crystals, they also have a plastic lining to prevent any leakages. Pads come with or without wings, which attach around the edge of the underpants. Wings are used to hold the pad in place better and give extra protection from any leakage.
When to use specific sanitary pads
There are different-sized pads (regular, super or overnight), which generally applies to the length rather than the thickness. These days, pads have improved and are quite slim and flexible, which make them a lot more comfortable than the 'surfboard' pads that a lot of us mums grew up with!
How to use a pad
Pads are stuck inside the underpants. They should be changed regularly during the day. As blood becomes exposed to oxygen it can begin to smell, regular changing will prevent any odour or leakage.
- Before using a new pad, make sure you wash your hands.
- Remove the backing of the pad from the adhesive strip.
- Put the sticky side of the on the crotch of your underpants. Make sure it's not too far forwards or back.
- The used pad should rolled up and wrapped in toilet paper and placed in the rubbish bin. They should never be flushed down the toilet as they will cause blockages.
At bedtime, a super or overnight pad can be used. As the menstrual flow begins to lessen, a smaller pad can be used or even a liner.