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We’re all different, so it might take a few goes to work out whether a pad, a tampon or a liner is best for you. It’s like trying a pair of jeans or a new top, try them all and see what fits! Have a read below and find out a bit more about each of them.
Using a light glue that’s already on the pad, these stick to the inside of your undies and absorb the blood and any discharge. Don’t worry, the glue is only strong enough to hold the pad, it won’t be left behind when you take the pad out. Pads generally come in 2 different thicknesses, Ultra Thin and Standard. Ultra Thin pads are sleek and slender, but are still really absorbent. Standard pads are thicker and some girls like the gentle cushiony feel of these. Most pads have wings that wrap around your undies and help them stay in place a bit better to help stop any leaks.
If you’re new to having periods and not yet comfortable with tampons, pads are a great place to start and get comfortable with the whole thing. They’re easy to stick in your underwear and easy to see when they need changing. You can also feel them (even though we promise they’re nice and soft!), which can be reassuring at first. If you’re doing sports it’s probably a good idea to wear some gym shorts for a bit of extra confidence.
And when it comes to bed time, there’s a pad for that too. They’re wider and longer at the back for extra protection and can be more comfortable while you sleep. As you can see, there are lots of different types, shapes and absorbencies of pad so it’s worth trying out some different ones until you find one you like. You’ll get the hang of it.
They might seem scarier than pads but once you get the hang of them they’re super easy to use. Tampons don’t act like a ‘plug’ (sometimes boys spread silly rumours), they act like a sponge and safely absorb the blood, which means they need regular changing. And the best thing about a tampon is that if you insert it correctly you won’t be able to feel it at all!
As a rough guide try and look for a tampon with a SILK-EASE® cover, which makes them easy to insert and remove*. The best thing to do is relax, if that’s with One Direction or some music on in the background even better. Find a position that makes inserting the tampon easy for you – that could be sitting on the toilet or standing and putting one foot on the toilet seat. And remember to breathe!
Once it’s time to change it, just pull on the string and dispose of it correctly. And don’t forget; don’t leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours. You should also wash your hands before and after you put one in.
*vs Standard CAREFREE® Tampons
There are two types of liners, period protection and everyday protection liners. So what’s the difference? The names give a hint but period protection liners are great for before and towards the end of your period. With their moisture proof backing they’re designed to absorb small amounts of blood. Everyday protection liners on the other hand have a breathable backing that lets the air circulate, making them great for days in between your period to absorb discharge.
Liners might seem a lot like a pad but they’re slightly different. They do stick to your underwear and absorb things like pads, but they’re not designed to absorb a lot of bloodfluid. Liners are great to have handy for those ‘just in case’ moments like when you think you might be getting your period but you’re not sure. Or if you think you’re coming to the end of your period but you still want some protection just in case.
Think of your liner as part of your daily routine, after showering and putting on deo, pop a liner into your undies to keep you feeling fresh and clean throughout the day. They’re just like a spare pair of undies, just swap them out anytime you want to freshen up.