Pads are made of cotton or other materials and are worn inside your underpants. They have a sticky strip on the back to help them stick to your underwear. Some pads also come with wings to keep them in place.
Pads come in various sizes and absorbencies to suit how much a person bleeds during their period. Someone who has a heavy period would use ‘super’ pads, whereas someone who has a moderate to light period might use ‘regular’ pads.
Some pad brands have specific ‘junior’ or ‘tween’ sized pads that smaller and made for a lighter period. These can be a good option if your child has just started their period. They are less bulky than a regular pad and can help your child get used to the feeling of having a pad in their underwear.
Pads are single use and cannot be reused. They need to be disposed of in a sanitary bin or wrapped in toilet paper and put in a garbage bin. They cannot be flushed down the toilet.
Pads are often a popular period product amongst people with disability as they are easy to use. However, some people find pads uncomfortable to wear or difficult to change on a regular basis. If your child does not like pads or finds them hard to use it can be good to try another option.
For social stories on how to change and dispose of pads see the resource list below. For more information on how to use a pad go to Using a Pad.