They were the first I ever saw. I can’t remember the day my periods first started, the same way I don’t remember the day I broke my virginity (funny huh). What I remember was that I wasn’t prepared for it. I had seen pads but didn’t know how to lay them on my panty. I had to ask while afraid and disappointed. Periods to me meant I wasn’t going to be a child anymore. Goodbye childhood. I was now a young woman who can give birth. The thought of that brought fear inside of me (I feared being called a woman). I wanted growth that allowed me to eat as many chapatis but not the growth that comes with responsibilities. In my state, I had to ask the most difficult question. “How do I place it on my panty?” Accepting that state was the hardest for me. Have you ever thought of turning back time? If only we could go back to our younger selves. Unfortunately, every other thing can be manipulated but the fact that you are growing old. The changes are so overwhelming and when they decide to come, they come in all angles (unapologetically). I remember a few weeks later my pubic and armpit hair started having their way to the outside world. My breast was not left behind. All these changes in one body can be so overwhelming with no prior preparation.
With time I grew to love and embrace every change in me. Having in mind that I wasn’t alone. Every other lady had to go through them. Pads started to be a part of my life. Every month we had to bond. It has been the most consistent friend to ever be in my life. Even though it is a friend that has a price on it. Without money, I can’t access it. I can say it does so much with helping me do everything thing comfortably. Silently acting as a barrier for all the shame I could get when my blood was left to flow out. Unless not properly placed, it disappoints. But that’s on you.
To choose is a good fit for you. You must consider the following factors:
- Know your periods- you must observe and know whether your periods are light or heavy. This helps determines whether you can use either regular or Maxi sanitary pads. A period tracker can come in handy to know how long it lasts when it starts and ends.
- Composition- Before buying sanitary pads make sure you check on their composition. There are some that cause irritation to the skin, skin rashes, and infections. Cotton pads are the best for all skin types.
- Good absorbency- Sanitary pads must be changed every 4 to 6 hours depending on your flow.
I noticed that the size of your bottom can also be a factor to consider. People with big behinds tend to settle on thick and long pads rather than regular pads. What do you ladies think? Comment down below what you always consider? One that dangles when you walk is not advisable to use. It can lead to period leaks. Price can also be a factor. The ones they sell at fifty shillings tend to be my favorite with this economy.