Part 1 Putting It On
1Choose a pad of the appropriate thickness, absorbency, shape and style. With nearly 3.5 billion women on this planet, there are a whole bunch of options needed to accommodate all our different needs. Here's the general rundown on your choices:
- Thickness. The lighter your period, the thinner your pad can be; however, absorbency of pads has improved dramatically, even in recent years. Some thinner pads can be quite absorbent. They're often more comfortable to sit on and you can even forget they're there!
- Absorbency. Look at the rating (light, average, or super) and length, and try a few different brands and styles before settling on one you like. Sometimes absorbency means different things to different companies and/or people.
- Shape. There are different shapes of undies out there, so naturally there are different shapes of pads! But your three main ones will be those for regular undies, those for thongs and night-time pads. Night-time pads are pretty self-explanatory (longer, made for lying down), but the other two? Well, wearing a pad while you're wearing a thong is sort of asking for trouble. You can try it, but if you're just starting off, stick with the regular ones.
- Style. Again, two things here: with wings and without. "Wings" are those sticky little pieces that adhere to your underwear. They keep your pad from lodging to the side and feeling like a diaper. In short, unless they irritate your skin or something, they're your friend!
- In general, stay away from scented pads, especially if your skin is sensitive. They can be irritating in areas you definitely don't want irritated.
- There are also panty-liners, but those are kind of a different animal. Stick to those bad boys when you think your period is starting or when it's ending -- that is, when it's really, really light.
2Get in position. Most girls change their pads when they need to hit the girls' room, but sometimes the desire strikes you at empty-bladder times, too. Whatever it is, find the nearest bathroom, wash your hands, and drop trou. The pad won't magically transport itself through your bottoms, unfortunately. Science is still working on that one.
- It'll be easiest if you're sitting down and your undies are around your knees. Standing is fine, too; you just want everything in an arm's reach.
Remove any wrappers or boxes from the pad. You could discard them, but it's a good idea to use them to dispose of the used pad you are replacing. No one wants to look at a used pad in the trash, you know? And never, ever, throw it in the toilet, it could flood!
4Fold out the flaps, or wings, and take off the long, center backing that covers the adhesive on the center. Expose the adhesive on the wings too, disposing these parts in the trash (you won't need them for wrapping).
- In some brands of pads nowadays, the wrapper doubles as the backing. It's more eco-friendly and simpler -- if this is the case, one less step for you!
5Stick the adhesive part to your panties. You want the pad to be directly beneath your vagina -- not creeping up your front or climbing up your rear! If you're going to do a bit of lying down, you may want to align it a little further back, but you probably have a good idea of where it would be the most effective. You'll get better with practice at centering the pad front to back very soon!
- Got wings? Make sure to fold those around the outside of your panties so that they stick. They'll keep the pad from moving around as you move, which will be way more comfortable and feel a lot more natural.
Part 2 Wearing It Comfortably
1Wear the panties as usual. Done! If your pad is itchy or irritating your skin at all, remove it and use a different kind. Wearing a pad should not be a problem. You can check when you go to the bathroom if the pad needs changing or if there are any issues brewing. Change the pad every few hours as needed to avoid odors.
- Let's say this one more time: change your pad every few hours. Obviously, part of this depends on how heavy your flow is. But not only will changing often give you peace of mind, but odors won't start worsening either. Win win!
2Opt for more comfortable clothes. Although it may feel strange at first, the pad will generally not be visible. It will follow the curve of your body and be well hidden. However, you may feel better wearing loose pants or a skirt. It's all about peace of mind! If you're worried, pick out your wardrobe carefully.
- A good rule of thumb is to bust out the granny panties when you're on your period. Save your cute thongs for the other 25 days of the month.
3Do a routine check, especially on heavy days. You'll shortly find that you know how often you'll need to take care of business, how long a pad lasts you on what days, and the second you start getting uncomfortable you'll know exactly why. But at least at the beginning, do routine checks, especially if your flow is heavy. A little time invested now could easily prevent an awkward situation from arising.
- No need to run to the bathroom every half hour, by the way. But checking in on your new buddy every 1-2 hours will be just fine. If anyone asks, you drank a lot of water today!
Don't use pads for no reason. Some women wear pads all the time because they think it keeps them "fresh." Nope. Don't do it. Your vagina needs to breathe! Shoving a wad of sticky cotton in between your legs allows bacteria to breed in the heat. So if you're not on your period, stick to light, cotton panties. There's nothing fresher than that -- if they're clean, of course! Well, except maybe for the Prince of Bel Air. He was pretty fresh.
If it's super uncomfortable, change it. Pads are not a girl's best friend, for the record. That being said, technology has come a long, long way, and thankfully we are not stuck in the diaper-belts that our mothers had (Seriously. Ask yours). Pads aren't pathetically terrible anymore. So if you're super uncomfortable, change it! It's possible it needs recentering, it's saturated, it smells, or that specific kind/size/shape isn't right for you.
Part 3 Changing, Disposing, and Becoming a Pro
After 4 hours or so, change it. And process repeated! Even if your pad hasn't fulfilled its purpose, change it anyway. It won't get existential on you. But it will smell better and you'll feel fresher. So grab another one, hit up the bathroom, and get fresh.
2Dispose of it the right way. When you're changing your pad, wrap up your old one in the wrapper of your new one. If your period is over or a wrapper is unavailable, wrap the used pad in toilet paper. Place it discreetly in the trash, leaving barely a trace. No eyesore in your bathroom!
- Never dispose anything that isn't toilet paper into the toilet. The sewer systems of the world aren't some magic pipeline where everything you put how to wear stayfree pads down it gets vaporized into oblivion; it all goes somewhere. So be kind to the world and don't flush your pads or tampons (or anything else for that matter).
3Stay hygienic. Periods aren't the cleanest of female habits, so it's important to stay hygienic. Always wash your hands doubly well when you're changing pads, and clean yourself up down there, too (unscented sanitary wipes can come in handy for this part). The less mess, the fewer germs, the healthier you.
- While we're sort of on the topic, don't be grossed out. This is a marker of your femininity -- a perfectly normal, monthly, annoying habit. You're staying hygienic because you want to be clean, not because it (or you) is gross.
4Always carry extras. Always. You never know when disaster could strike, your period is heavier than normal, or it comes when you don't expect it. Or when a friend will be in need! When you use your emergency pad, replace it immediately. Like a good Girl Scout, always be prepared!
- If you find yourself in the bathroom up the red river without a pad(dle), never hesitate to ask another girl. Seriously. You do not need to be cute and sparkly about it. We all know what you're going through. It sucks. We all love helping a sister out!
- While we're at it, you may want to carry some Midol, too!
In PE I tell the teacher my stomach hurts and I need to sit out, but they wont let me.
Ask if you can go to the nurse, or just tell the PE teacher exactly what is going on, there is nothing to be embarrassed about.Thanks!
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Are there bigger and wider pads I can buy someplace? The pads I get at the store are too small!
You can actually use the night pads -- they are really big and absorbent. They may feel weird at first (a little like wearing a diaper), but they can definitely handle heavy flow.Thanks!
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I see brownish discharge. Is that normal?
Yes, it's normal. At the beginning of your period, sometimes the blood comes out that color.Thanks!
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I have got my pubic hair, breast increase, and am also getting the sticky goo under my panties every day for more than a year, but my periods aren't starting. When will I get it?
Some people's discharge lasts a couple of years before their period comes. Be patient, yours will arrive.Thanks!
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If I make a pad out of toilet paper can I flush it?
I don't recommend making a pad out of toilet paper unless you absolutely have to, but yes, if you did, you could flush it.Thanks!
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How do I deal with my period in PE class?
Wear tights under your leggings/shorts if you are afraid of leaks. Bring Advil/Ibuprofen in case of cramps or discomfort. If you feel you cannot participate, don't be embarrassed to let a gym teacher know, it happens all the time.Thanks!
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I am afraid of bleeding on my pad, because of the fact that it may leak through. What do I do? I can't use tampons.
Use pads designed for heavy flow, which are more absorbent.Thanks!
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What happens if my pad folds up after an hour or so?
Go to the bathroom and try unfold it. But, if it is uncomfortable or saturated, change it!Thanks!
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How do I take a pad to the bathroom without it being noticed?
Hide the pad in your pocket, or stuff it up your sleeve. You can also try taking your bag with you as well.Thanks!
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I heard that I can flush the cotton part of a pad. Is that true?
No, it's not. Flushing even the cotton part of a pad will block the toilet. Just throw it in the bin.Thanks!
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- If your period started unexpectedly, remember to remove blood stains in cold water; never hot.
- Carry a spare or two. You can keep them secretly hidden in an inside pocket of your purse, backpack, or makeup bag, according to what you prefer to carry. Your periods may be irregular at first, so it might be a good idea to have one on hand.
- Wear regular panties when wearing a pad. No thongs.
- Get pads that come with wipes so your lady area stays fresh. Or you can buy ones, making sure they are fragrance-free and non-antibacterial so that they don't irritate the sensitive skin down there. Do not use douches! This can cause yeast infections.
- If you are not ready to use tampons use a pad. No matter what your friends say it is your body not theirs, make your own decisions.
- Waste one or two. Do what they do in commercials and pour some water on the pad to see how much it will hold. There's no need for the blue food coloring, but you'll feel better knowing.
- If your period starts and you don't have sanitary towels with you, just use toilet paper, but change the toilet paper every hour or two.
- Always put a towel or old shirt at the place you will be sitting down or lying down for a long time. Therefore, you won't stain the sofa or bed and you can just easily wash the towel/old shirt.
- Consider using a tampon. Many people prefer tampons for use during physical activity or in general to avoid discomfort or smells.
- Use scented pads if you dislike the smell of unscented ones.
- Be careful when using scented pads, they can be bad for your hygiene and can cause yeast infections.
- Never flush pads or tampons. Dispose of them in the trash instead.
- Don't be afraid of tampons! It doesn't hurt when you put it in correctly. It may take a few times to get it right but it's a lot easier than a pad. Pads should normally be worn when you sleep at night.
- Not changing your pad regularly can contribute to yeast infections. Make sure to change your pad every 4 to 6 hours.
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