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The pros and cons of pads

Disposable pads are made using absorbent (spongy) strips of disposable material, such as plastic, cellulose or cotton. Each pad sticks to the inside of your underwear to soak up period blood. They can be worn for a few hours before being removed, thrown away and replaced.

You can buy pads—sometimes called sanitary towels or menstrual pads—from most pharmacies, supermarkets and corner shops. They’re also free in schools. So speak with your school nurse or the teacher you feel most comfortable with if you think you need one.

❤️ Why do some young people choose to use pads?

  • Available in different sizes and shapes to suit how much you bleed

  • Easy to use – you don’t need to put them inside your vagina

  • Low risk of infection

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