What products should I use?
This is a great question!
There are many different types of products you can use during your period, and it really depends on what you feel comfortable with.
It’s really important that you feel comfortable because it’s your body and nobody can tell you what you should and shouldn’t use.
When you first start your period, it’s all a bit unknown. Most girls start by using pads and work themselves up to using tampons, and the most common reason to start using pads is to continue playing sport.
So, what are the different products?
Pads - they come in various shapes and absorbencies and they’re easy to use! Simply remove the outer packaging and stick them in your undies.
Liners - they’re like smaller pads that are good to use on light days, such as at the end or beginning of your period.
Applicator tampons - these like pads, come in different absorbencies (to be used at different times during your period). The minis, like liners, can be used at the beginning or the end of your period. What’s great about applicators, is they come with a device that aids insertion, so they’re super popular with girls starting out and for girls who have never used tampons before.
Standard tampons - these are the same as applicator tampons in terms of the different sizes and absorbencies, but they don’t come with an applicator, so you need to manually insert them using your fingers. Due to this, most young girls prefer applicators.
Cups - many women swear by cups, for their long term cost effectiveness and their durability. However, cups can be tricky for beginners to use. When you first start your period, your cycle can often be unpredictable, meaning it isn’t synced to a traditional 28-day cycle. This can also make it hard to judge when it will start, and because of that, most girls starting out prefer to use liners and pads.
For more information on what’s in our packs and the different phases they cover, see our first starter kit for girls who haven’t started their periods. We call this pack the New Moon pack.
Phase 1, which only contains periods pads and liners, also ideal for girls who have just started their first periods.
Phase 2, which introduces applicator tampons combined with pads, ideal for girls who want to start using tampons for the first time.
Phase 3, which introduces standard tampons and pads, mainly nighttime pads, for girls who want to start using standard tampons.
Luna is here to make this experience positive and fun (ya fun) for you. We've got your back, and know you’ve got this too!
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