Close to ninety percent of Lebanese women have a restricted social life during menstruation, according to a research paper published in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practices in September 2015. What do women dread the most during their periods, other than cramps and stomach aches? Well, the answer is the stains. Choosing the right sanitary napkin is the answer to keeping yourself fresh and clean. No two women have the same kind of experience of menstruation or the same flow. Therefore, there are various kinds of products sold in the market to suit the needs of different women.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Sanitary Pad
Often, it becomes a daunting task to find an appropriate product to suit your needs. Here is how you can choose a reliable sanitary napkin.
1. Absorbency – One of the most important features of a good pad is its ability to absorb large gushes of blood in the shortest possible time. Quick surface drying is a good sign of good absorbency. Good absorbency also ensures no backflow of blood when pressure is applied as is the case when you sit down. This in turn minimizes the chances of staining. Also, there are generally two types of sanitary pads: liners and towels. Liners have minimal absorbency, while towels can absorb large quantities of blood flow easily. Liners should ideally be used in the beginning or at the end of your period when blood flow is minimal. It can also be used during vaginal discharge.
2. Style – Sanitary pads can differ in their length and type. Some may be extra long and wide at the back. These are ideal for use during the night, when you need to lie down for hours. They also come with and without wings. Wings are extra projections around the centre of the pad that goes back and sticks to your underwear from the other side. It makes sure that the sanitary pad stays in place. It is especially useful if your day requires physical activity or during the night when you toss and turn in bed.
Sanitary napkins may come in plastic netted form or in cotton material. You must determine which suits your skin the most. You must make sure to maintain maximum levels of dryness and comfort during your periods. Pads must not be damp all the time and they must not rub harshly against your skin and cause abrasions. You must also make it a point to change to a fresh one every 3 to 4 hours. However, during those heavy flow days, you may need to change sooner. Keep a check to avoid staining and remain fresh.