Your period is a monthly occurrence, happening once every 28 days, or somewhere in the range of 24 to 35 days. This span of 28 days is known as the menstrual cycle. During the menstrual cycle, the levels of the hormone estrogen rise as the ovaries prepare and deliver the egg, the uterus lining thickens in preparation for pregnancy, and the egg travels down the fallopian tubes to meet the sperm. If the egg is not fertilized, it gets absorbed back in the body. At this point, the lining of the uterus leaves the body through the vagina mixed with blood. The process of the lining leaving the body is the period, also known as menstruation or menses. Your period can last for a period of three to seven days on average. In order to prevent blood from staining your clothes and to stay clean, you need to use sanitary napkins. How do you choose which to buy, among the many varieties available?
Tips on Choosing Sanitary Napkins Based on Your Requirements
- The napkin you choose will depend on the amount of blood flow. Usually, the first one or two days are the heaviest, after which the blood flow gradually tapers off. Since the amount of blood and the length of the period differs from woman to woman, companies have created sanitary napkins to suit every variation.
- During the heavy phase, you will need the thickest and most absorbent variety. This is known as the maxi pad. The maxi pad comes in a variety of lengths, with the option of wings included. The length will depend on your flow and activity level. During the night or when you are playing sports or when at school/work, you may prefer a longer length. Wings offer additional protection; they keep the sanitary napkin in place and prevent overflows from the sides.
- As the flow lightens, you can opt for thinner sanitary napkins. This kind of pad is usually known as the ultra, as it is ultra-thin. While the pad is thin, it is still pretty absorbent. The ultra can make you forget that you are even wearing a pad. The ultra also comes in a variety of lengths and with or without wings.
- The third variety of sanitary pad is the liner. This liner protects you from vaginal discharges, and generally keeps you feeling clean and fresh between periods.