A pad is meant to absorb blood, vaginal mucus, and any other materials that your body may discharge during periods. Depending on how heavy your menstrual flow is, you may need to change the pad every 4 hours or as needed until your flow stabilizes. During the time in which your flow is the heaviest, you may need to change your pad more frequently, such as every 2 - 3 hours. This will vary depending on each person.
Panty liners are thin, absorbent pieces of material that adhere to the inner lining of the underwear. The panty liner acts as a barrier against a variety of vaginal discharge types, including small amounts of menstrual blood.
Tampons are designed to absorb menstrual blood from within the vagina. Tampons are made of absorbent material pressed tightly into a small cylinder shape. Some tampons may have applicators for insertion but can also be utilized manually with your hand.
Menstrual cramps may occur before or during the time of the menstrual cycle. These cramps may be felt in the lower belly or back and may vary from mild to severe. A pain reliever may help with the pain relief. The application of heat may also help such as a heated pad placed on the lower back or stomach.
During some months, your menstrual cycle may last longer or be shorter than the previous month, or it may start earlier or later than expected. If your cycle is on the shorter end of the spectrum, you may have your period at the beginning and at the end of the same month, which is not typically a reason for concern. It is important to determine if you are experiencing spotting or a normal menstrual cycle as some vaginal bleeding may be caused by a more serious health problem. Consult with your doctor if you are unsure or if you have any additional questions.
It is common for women to experience heavy flow days and cramps when they have their period. However, if you are experiencing a menstrual cycle with heavy flow for a prolonged length of time, this may be a result of a condition known as Menorrhagia or other underlying health problems. If you notice that you soak through a pad or tampon every hour or so on a regular basis, consult with your doctor.
If you notice that after your period, you still see a few spots, you’re not alone. Women may experience spotting between their periods. Make an appointment with your doctor if the spotting concerns you or if you experience spotting with other symptoms such as pain in your lower abdomen, fever, if symptoms get worse, or if you have vaginal bleeding after you’ve gone through menopause.
The pH level of a vagina is important to understand to determine the person’s health. pH is the measurement of how acidic or alkaline a substance may be. This scale runs from 0 to 14. A normal pH level may vary depending on the person’s stage of life. A moderately acidic vaginal environment relates to protection against unhealthy bacteria and yeast that may multiply too quickly, causing infection. pH balanced feminine care products are designed not to disrupt the vagina’s natural pH balance.