There are certain things in our lives that we don’t feel comfortable in sharing with others. Especially when it includes our genitalia, the subject becomes even more of a taboo. But they still need to be talked about – or else we might never know what we are doing wrong.
One of such ‘taboo’ subjects is the menstrual cycle. Periods are a normal and natural part of any girl’s life. And still, people refrain from talking about it without having a cringe on their face. Every young girl experiences her first period sometime during her pubescent years, typically between the ages of 11-13. Periods are nothing to be ashamed of and learning as much as you can ahead of time helps.
Like, without talking about it, we’d never know how the sanitary napkins are supposed to be used. So, let’s take one for learning today.
#1 Different types of sanitary napkins
There are so many types of sanitary napkins available in the market. Some are standard front-to-back pads while others have wings that wrap around your undies to stay securely in place and avoid side leakage. They all come with adhesive backing.
Many girls place the sanitary napkin too far back and experience leakage. Place the front of the sanitary napkin closer to the vulva for maximum protection.
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om the adhesive backing of the pad and press the pad firmly onto the surface of your underwear. If you are using wings, then press the wings underneath the sides of the crotch of your panties to keep it firmly in place.
#4 Thong placement
If you wear a thong underwear, make sure that the thicker part of the pad is to the front while the tapered part is facing the back towards the fabric.
#5 Test it
To see if it is a good fit and securely in place, pull up your panties and see if the pad is covering you from front to back. Make sure the coverage is maximum at your vaginal opening
#6 Changing time
Check your sanitary napkin every two hours to see if you need to change it. You will know if it needs changing if it is heavily soiled. It’s important to stay healthy.
#7 Disposing off of your sanitary napkin
When you remove your sanitary napkin, roll it up like the way you found it when you first opened it. Wrap it in the liner of the new sanitary napkin and dispose of it in the trash can.
#8. Do not flush the sanitary napkin or the tampon.
Never flush sanitary napkins into the toilet, and remember to wash hands frequently. Disposition is a responsibility.
#9. If you cannot wash the labia frequently, use a toiled paper.
This helps in maintaining hygiene down there and to curb the odour. This gives a fresh feeling every time you change the napkin.
#10. Pad rashes are also a major concern among women today.
This occurs when the pad has been soaked too much and rubs against the tender skin. An antiseptic ointment and regular cleaning can help if you often get those rashes.