Starting our periods can be a scary experience and the thought of telling your mom may freak you out. Don’t worry, most girls have been through what you are going through and being informed is the best weapon. Your mom has had her period too and she understands all your feelings and worries.
So you’re getting ready for your next period but you’re still unsure about what you can use to catch your flow. We have got a few options that you can choose from so that you can make an informed choice and possibly learn something new.
Pads are the most commonly used product by women on their period. They are found in almost every supermarket or pharmacy. They are also very easy to use. You just place the pad on your panty, aligning with your vagina. You can choose a pad that will support your flow. You can even choose between pads with wings and pads without.
However, for some girls they can feel uncomfortable at times and you cannot go swimming while wearing one. Pads can also be expensive and you have to frequently change them so that you don’t have any leakage.
Tampons have always been a touchy subject among our elders as myths of them breaking a girl’s virginity are very common. It’s just a myth though and although using a tampon may break your hymen, your virginity can only be “broken” when you have sex for the first time. Tampons, like pads, are found at almost every supermarket and pharmacy. To use your tampon, you must push it gently into your vagina (where the period blood comes from) aiming for the small of your back. Some women find tampons very comfortable since they aren’t as bulky as pads. Some girls can’t get used to the feeling of wearing one. You should also change your tampon frequently so carry a few in your bag.
The menstrual cup
The menstrual cup is one of the newer products that has been made available. The cup is a good option since you only have to buy one and you can leave it in for 12 hours so no frequent changing. You insert the cup the same way as you do with a tampon, the cup expands once inserted. The cup is also eco friendly so that’s a way for you to contribute to saving the environment. The disadvantages of using the cup include having to be near a bathroom when you take it out. The cup can also be a bit tricky to insert so you may have to ready yourself for it not being inserted correctly on the first try. Buying the cup is also a bit pricier than a pad or a tampon however, remember that you only have to buy one for a long period of time.
Now that you know what you can do, here’s to staying dry the next time Aunt Flo comes knocking.
Do you still remember the first time you got your period? Tell us about the experience?