Believe it or not, pick and choosing a menstrual pad can be quite the hassle and at times, it's done incorrectly. The pad influences your blood flow, your lifestyle, and changes the activities you have during "those days." Whether you're at the beginning or the end of your period, the flow demands thinner, less uncomfortable options. At other times, you will need a larger reinforcement, such as a pad with wings, which keeps the flow from sticking to your panties. Here are some common mistakes and tips:
Menstrual pads to avoid
Avoid pads with color and perfume as they can irritate the bacterial flora of the vagina, causing discharge and even inflammation.
In addition to the scents, some coating can cause allergies. Cellulose-based absorbents, which is a natural fiber, are most suitable. Plastic-based propyl ethylene may cause an allergic reaction. If any absorbent causes itching, disregard it.
If you have sensitive skin, you should not invest in very dry-type absorbents that look like plastic. Opt to buy cotton ones.
Options that help
Wings protect whoever is more prone to leaks when bleeding runs down the edges. The thickest pad is not always the safe option. There are technologies that ensure optimal flow absorption without adding bulk.
Ultra-thin is ideal for when you decide to wear a bodycon dress or tight clothing. It's also a popular option for when you're period is in its last days.
Overnight pads are ideal for night time because their large size prevents stains on the mattress or while you sleep.
Whether you have a heavy or light flow, it's important to change your pad at least three times a day. In the summer, change it more than three times since the hot weather can cause discomfort and sweat.
Warning: Using pads for a long period of time can cause unwanted infections.
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