Pads help absorb and contain blood during your menstrual cycle, so it’s important to change them regularly to prevent leaks and stains on your clothing. Some people change their pads at the end of every day, while others wait until their pad starts to feel heavy or soggy before changing it again.
Before you start
The best way to keep you safe from infections when changing your sanitary pad is to make sure it’s a clean and private place. If you can, it might be worth going into your bathroom or somewhere more private than a public toilet cubicle.
Make sure you have all your equipment nearby – a new sanitary pad, water, and soap. These are two things that will help prevent infections – clean hands, which helps wash away bacteria, and good hygiene practices like washing with soap before touching or changing your sanitary pad.
The right way to change your pad
Changing your pad every 3 hours will help ensure that you’re always at maximum absorbency. When you go longer than 3 hours, there’s a chance that your pad can lose its power.
If you find yourself leaking around the edges, change your pad as soon as possible so that there is no risk of soaking through and causing stains on your clothes or bed sheets. To keep odor at bay, wipe clean after each use and change pads when wetting becomes irregular.
What should you know before changing your pad?
Always wash your hands with soap and water before changing a pad to avoid infection. If you are on your period, it is important to change pads as soon as they get full so you don’t have to worry about leakage.
When changing a pad, try using a fresh pair of panties to avoid spreading bacteria between underwear. Also, be sure that it isn’t sticking to you or anything else when removing your old pad. It is important when removing them not to get any blood on other areas of skin or clothing, especially on soft fabrics that can stain permanently.
When to change your pad
To avoid infection and potential embarrassment, you should change your pad at least once a day. This means changing it as soon as it is visibly wet or soiled. If you are going out for a long period, it may be best to carry a spare pad.
It can be helpful to stock up on super-absorbent pads, which will allow you to go longer between changes without fear of leaks or other issues. Wearing dark pants may help hide stains if you need to wait until later in the day to change your pad.
Common mistakes people make when changing their pads
- Changing your pad too often isn’t any better than changing it too rarely.
- If you change your pad every time you think about it, then it’s not doing its job of absorbing blood.
- If you go a long time without changing your pad and end up with a leak or foul odor, then you’re not protecting yourself from having to carry around something smelly.
- It’s important to remember that when using pads for protection against unwanted discharge, your own body is part of what protects you.
- Every person is different, so there are no rules for when to change or leave alone your menstrual product – be aware of these common mistakes and make adjustments accordingly.
Frequently Asked Question
How many pad changes a day is normal?
There’s no set number of pad changes a day that’s considered normal. While many women find their needs are similar to those they had while menstruating, it varies from person to person.
Keep in mind that how often you change your pad also depends on what kind of pad you use, whether you’re using both sides of your pad, and whether or not you have any leaks when you go to change your pad.
Suppose your period comes with heavy bleeding, leaking, or other issues that might cause more blood than usual to be released over time. In that case, it might take some trial and error before you determine how often you must change your pad.
Do I change my pad every time I go to the bathroom?
No. Most women don’t need to change their pad every time they use it. It’s normal for your pad to get damp, but if you feel like you’re experiencing excessive leakage, that might be a sign that you need a new pad—in other words, it means it’s time to consider replacing your current one.
As with tampons, women generally only need to change their pads when they are soiled or saturated with blood. A general rule is to replace your pads and tampons after 4-8 hours of regular wear and tear. This means regardless of how much fluid is absorbed by the pad, whether there is a lot or a little leakage, replace them regardless after 4-8 hours.
How many pad changes are too many?
It’s not always easy to tell if you’re wearing a pad for too long. Before you change your pad, your body will begin sending signals that it’s time to do so. Learn how to listen to and interpret these signs and decide when it is appropriate for you to change your pad.
The following are some of these signs. Look at what color your blood is:
- If it’s dark red or brownish, chances are you need to change your pad sooner rather than later.
- A normal period should be closer to light pink or slightly reddish—even if there’s more blood on your pad.
- This is because blood tends to get darker over time, especially when exposed to air and light exposure.
- That said, it may be helpful for you to bring a clean panty liner with you just in case!
How often should I change my pad?: While everyone experiences periods differently, changing your pad every 2-3 hours is typically sufficient for most women.
What happens if you wear a pad for 24 hours?
Wearing a pad for more than 24 hours could cause problems with your skin. Experts recommend changing your pad every eight hours, especially when wearing one overnight.
While pads aren’t likely to cause redness or inflammation, it may be a good idea to go for less-absorbent pads if you have sensitive skin and are prone to irritation. This will help reduce exposure time and lessen any potential side effects of extended wear.
Your vaginal health is very important to you. No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with everything about your body—and changing your pad is one of those things. I know it seems simple, but knowing when and how often to change your pad will keep you safe and secure down there. The same goes for all other parts of your body: be aware, take care of yourself, and treat yourself right!