5 women share their experience with feminine hygiene products
The right sanitary pad makes all the difference for women on their period.
Unfortunately, it is not a very kind visitor, many women complain of cramps, feeling sick, and getting stained.
The most important thing every woman needs when she is on her period are feminine hygiene products: pads, tampons, period cups and so on. Nowadays, women are prioritizing their comfort and looking for the best products.
I asked five women about the menstrual products they use and how they dispose of their products in a superstitious country like Nigeria, where a few women wash their pads or burn them for fear of being attacked spiritually. Here are their answers;
I use Molped pads because they are quite comfortable. When I want to dispose of my sanitary pads, I wrap and burn them. It doesn’t matter if I am away from home, I can never leave my sanitary pad anywhere. I will take it along with me and burn it at home because I am an African and from childhood, I have been taught to dispose of my pads properly.
I don’t use sanitary pads. Before I used a very popular sanitary pad brand in Nigeria, but I was always getting itchy because I was allergic to it. It was very uncomfortable to be on my period and my vagina would be itching me. So now, I use Kotex tampons. Ever since I started using tampons, I hardly feel menstrual pain. When I am done, I roll it up in a tissue and throw it in the trash.
I don’t use sanitary pads anymore and have stopped using them since secondary school. Plus, my flow is usually so heavy and using pads means sitting on something wet, and I don’t enjoy the feeling - even though they say pads are absorbent. I use Tampax tampons. When I am done with my tampon, I flush it down the toilet.
Because I have three kids, I am on a contraceptive injection that stops me from seeing my period. When I used to menstruate, I used a very popular sanitary pad in Nigeria, but I was always getting stained, and I couldn’t use the pads for the whole day. I had to find a place to change. I dispose used pads by wrapping them in a polythene bag and dumping them in the trash.
I switched from another sanitary pad brand to Molped and I use Diva sometimes because they are soft and absorbent. The former one I used always got me stained. I remember one time I wore a pad on G-strings and I got stained — maybe that one was my fault, but ever since I started using these ones, I feel very relieved. I dispose it by throwing it into a trash can.
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