How To Use Sanitary Pads



How To Use Sanitary Pads
How To Use Sanitary Pads

Alright, so it’s finally that time of your life. when you first start menstruating and have to start using sanitary pads. I know getting your period can be nerve-racking, but it’s something EVERY GIRL goes through. Well, now when you first start your period, many girls opt for a pad since it may be the easiest before trying out a tampon.

Pads Four Components: 

How To Use Sanitary Pads
How To Use Sanitary Pads

So luckily using a sanitary napkin is super simple, but let me just break down the different types.

1. Thickness:

Thinner pads for periods are generally used for lighter days.

2. Absorbency:

On the box of the pad, it will tell you what the absorbency level is you’ll want something more absorbent on your heavier days, like a maxi pad.

3. Shape:

Since there are different types of underwear there are different pads. However, pads are usually built for normal underwear, not thongs. There are specific thong underwear pads but they are pantyliners which means you should only wear them on your super light days. Similarly, there are nighttime pads that are made longer, for when you are lying down.

4. Style:

Wings vs no wings. Wings are those little stick pieces on the side of your pads that stick around your underwear. They ensure that your pad stays in place and doesn’t lodge to the side. Personal preference here.

Okay so now that we got that out of the way, how do you put a pad on?

How To Use Pads (Step-by-Step Guide):

How To Use Sanitary Pads
How To Use Sanitary Pads
  1. So you can start by either sitting down or standing but pull your underwear down just below your knees.
  2. Remove the pad from the wrapper. You may want to keep it later to dispose of. Never EVER throw a pad in the toilet. They don’t flush.
  3. Remove the thin stick strip from the back. That is the part that goes down into your panties and place the pad directly beneath your vagina. You don’t want to have it up the front or too far back.
  4. To remove it, just pull the pad off your underwear. Remember to change your pad every few hours.

Now a pad can be a bit restrictive so you may want to wear looser clothes. Either way, the pad follows the curve of your body so it won’t be visible.


How often should I change my sanitary pad?

It’s recommended to change your sanitary pad every 4-6 hours, or more frequently if it becomes saturated. Regular changes help maintain hygiene, prevent leaks, and reduce the risk of irritation or infection.

How do I correctly dispose of used sanitary pads?

Wrap the used sanitary pad in the wrapper or provided disposal bag and dispose of it in a designated sanitary waste bin. Avoid flushing pads down the toilet, as they can cause plumbing issues.

Can I wear a sanitary pad overnight?

Yes, many sanitary pads are designed for overnight use. Choose pads with higher absorbency and consider changing it before sleeping and immediately upon waking to ensure comfort and effectiveness.

Should I use scented or unscented sanitary pads?

It’s generally advisable to use unscented sanitary pads. Scented pads may contain chemicals that can irritate, especially for individuals with sensitive skin or allergies.

Can I swim or exercise while wearing a sanitary pad?

While swimming, it’s recommended to use a tampon instead of a sanitary pad, as pads may not effectively manage menstrual flow in water. For exercise, choose a pad designed for active use and change it before and after the workout to maintain cleanliness.

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