Very Fitting – Pads and Tampons

November 6, 2014By

menstruation calendar with sanitary pads and tampons, close-upChoosing what type of protection to use during your period can be challenging! Even though we have better period products today than girls did in the past and in other parts of the world, we know it does not make it any easier to decide what will work best for you.

You may know that typically, women and girls use pads or tampons when they have their periods. You have probably seen your mom buy them during a shopping trip. It’s likely that your mom grew up using pads and will likely offer you the same when you get your period. It is becoming more common now for many girls to want to wear tampons. Your mom may have expressed some discomfort to you about this idea, for any number of reasons. First, she might just feel uncomfortable by the idea because its something she herself hasn’t even tried out and may not be able to teach you. Second, she may just simply think you’re too young. Finally, it is a common misconception in many faith-based communities that using a tampon makes one lose her virginity. Whatever the reasons for her discomfort, its important to explore these options together with your mom, and decide what is best for you.

Here is some information that is important to know about pads and tampons when you are thinking about what to use:


  • Pads stick to your underwear
  • Check your pad every couple of hours to see if it needs to be changed
  • Change it before it is soaked with blood or starts to smell
  • Do NOT wear a pad when you swim. It will get very bulky and may leak or fall out when you get out of the water
  • Pads come in all absorbency levels: daytime, overnight, light flow, heavy flow, and pantyliners
  • Scented pads may cause irritation


  • Tampons are inserted inside the vagina. If the tampon has a cardboard covering, it is called an applicator, and do not leave this inside the vagina.
  • Change your tampon using the string at the end every 4-8 hours. If you sleep more than 8 hours, it’s not a good idea to wear a tampon overnight.
  • Tampons will not get lost in your vagina. You can wear a tampon when you swim.
  • Tampons also come in all sizes. If you are finding it hard to put one in, you might need one with a smaller applicator. If you really cannot get one in, you might need to see your doctor.
  • Scented tampons may cause irritation


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