Everything to know about periods and the menstrual cycle
Sanitary Pads and Panty Liners: What’s the difference?
It’s official! Your first period has arrived and you’ve taken your first step into womanhood. With this change comes the new responsibility of looking and feeling great no matter what time of the month it is.
From protective pads to refreshing panty liners, explore a wide range of solutions to keep you clean, dry and confidence every day.
What are Sanitary pads?
Sanitary Pads are absorbent towels that provide protection during your period. They attach to the inside of panties to avoid any leakage onto your clothes. Pads are made of cotton-like material with a waterproof surface that locks away menstrual blood to avoid discomfort. They come in different sizes and thicknesses, to adapt to lighter or heavier flows.
What are Panty Liners?
Panty Liners are “mini pads” that are convenient for light discharge and everyday cleanliness. For some girls, they come in handy at the beginning or end of their period, when the flow is very light. They are much thinner than pads and are available in different sizes to suit different body types and lifestyles. Pantyliners, just like pads, have a sticky backing and are made of absorbent material.
Pads: choosing the right one
Thick or thin: a matter of taste!
Pads are usually divided into two main categories: thick and thin. Both provide the same level of protection. Choosing between the two is just a matter of preference.
Thick pads, also referred to as "maxi", are made of thick absorbent cushion and provide maximum comfort. They are particularly recommended for heavier flows.
Thin pads, also referred to as "ultra" are made with a compressed, absorbent core which is only 3 mm thick, making it a more discrete option.
A perfect pad for every flow
In most girls, the menstrual flow intensity varies throughout the cycle. At the beginning and at the end of your period, the flow is usually light. You can choose a sanitary napkin for light flow.
In the middle of the cycle, when your flow is more abundant, larger pads are more convenient. If you’re a heavy sleeper, consider using a pad that’s adapted for nighttime. It is the largest in size and has higher absorbency power.
With or without wings?
Some sanitary napkins feature side guards, also known as wings which have adhesive strips which can be wrapped around panties to prevent leakage from the sides, and provide extra confidence on the move.
How to use sanitary pads
- Start by washing your hands.
- If the pad is in a wrapper, remove it and use the wrapper to dispose of the old pad.
- Remove the adhesive strip and center the pad on the bottom of your underwear. If your napkin has wings, remove the backing and wrap it on both sides of your panty.
- Wash your hands and you’re ready to go!
Don’t forget: pads should be changed at least every four hours. But you can replace them as often as you want depending on what makes you comfortable.