The functions of sanitary napkins are to absorb and retain menstrual fluid, and isolate menstrual fluids from the body. Important and desired properties are: no leakage, no unaesthetic appearance or color, no odor, no noise, stay in place, comfortable to wear (thin body shape), and a high level of hygiene.
There are many types of Sanitary Napkins
Panty liner: Designed to absorb daily vaginal discharge, light menstrual flow, “spotting”, slight urinary incontinence or as a backup for tampon or menstrual cup for use:
Ultra-thin: A very compact (thin) pad, which may be as absorbent as a Regular or Maxi/Super pad but with less bulk and more comfort with motion.
Maxi/Super: absorb a large amount of secretions, useful for the start of the menstrual cycle when menstruation is often heaviest.
Overnight: A longer pad to allow for more protection while the wearer is lying down, with absorbency suitable for overnight use.
Maternity: These are usually slightly longer than a maxi/Super pad and are designed to be worn to absorb Lochia which is the vaginal discharge you have after a vaginal delivery. It has a stale, musty odor like menstrual discharge. Lochia for the first 3 days after delivery is dark red in color. A few small blood clots, no larger than a plum, are normal.
Famrelax Maternity Pads
Dry post Maternity Pads
Change pads every 2 – 4 hours
Use sanitary cotton pads. If you kept the same pad for more than 4 hours can cause harmful bacteria to multiply. Change your pad every two to four hours, so that you feel and remain clean, fresh and hygienic.
If you use tampons, you better be careful. Tampons should be changed regularly as they can cause toxic shock syndrome – a potentially fatal condition. Do not use tampons if you have any infections and never, ever sleep wearing one.