Tampons vs Pads - what to use?

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A lot of girls are unsure of what products to use when they first start their periods.

So, what should you use? 

The answer is, do whatever you feel comfortable with! But of course it's useful to know about the difference between tampons and pads in order to make an informed choice.


Pads came in a variety of different shapes, sizes and absorbances

Liners - these are perfect to use at the beginning or at the end of your period when your flow is light, and you only need a small pad. Liners are good for tampon and pad users, and also girls who use a combo of both tampons and pads.

If you think your period might start but hasn't yet, it's better to use a liner than a tampon - I'll explain why under tampons.

Daytime pads - daytime pads come in regular and super sizes and you can choose whether you want wings or not. Wings are little side pieces that you place under your knickers to ensure the pad stays in place.

We recommend using pads with wings when you first start as they help prevent leakages. Regular and super pads are good to use on Day 2 or Day 3 of your period when it's at its heaviest.

It's common to use between 2 to 4 daytime pads a day. But remember your normal is normal. 

Overnight pads - unfortunately, your period doesn't stop at night, so you need a longer (in width) and stronger (in absorbency) pad to ensure you don't need to wake up in the middle of the night to change your pad - you need your rest. 

Nighttime pads come with wings too, and again Luna recommends you use overnight pads with wings. These pads also come in an extra strength for your heaviest days. 


Like pads, tampons came in different sizes and absorbances. They also came in standard and applicator versions

Applicator tampons - these tampons came in an application device that does the insertion for you. Luna recommends first-time tampon users start with these.

Most girls feel a little uncomfortable using tampons in the beginning, and applicators help build confidence because they're so easy to use.

Applicators come in regular and super, which can be used on your heavier days. On lighter days, you can use a liner. It's common to use between two to four tampons during the daytime during your period. 

Standard tampons - standard tampons are tampons that don't come in an applicator and tampons that you need to manually insert into your vagina using your fingers. This is the reason why girls starting out prefer to use applicator tampons.

There are benefits to using standard tampons; they take up less space, are cheaper and are better for the environment. Most brands use single-use plastic for their applicators, which you use once and throw away after insertion.

Standard tampons came in regular and super sizes but also in mini size. Minis are great to use on lighter days, either at the beginning or the end of your period. Remember, only use minis or any size tampon when your period has actually started. If it hasn't, use a liner until it does. 

Tampon Hygiene Guidelines:

Most girls at same stage start using tampons, either exclusively or in combination with pads.

This is because they offer more freedom, especially when playing sport and are vital if you participate in water sports. So, it's really important you understand how to use them.

Because you insert tampons inside your vagina and therefore your body, you need to be mindful of them.
  1. Only use tampons when you have your period. If you're unsure of when your period will start, use a liner

  2. Use the correct size/absorbency to match your flow, so don't use a super tampon on a light day. This is because tampons are made of materials that are designed to soak up liquid. Where possible, you want this to be mainly period blood and not your natural moisture as you don't want to dry-out your vagina. Dryness can cause tears and abrasions which increase your chance of contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). It's extremely rare to get TSS, but it's bad news if you do. So, better safe than sorry Lunatics
  3. Change your tampon every four to eight hours - always, no excuses!
  4. Wash your hands before insertion (if using standard tampons) and after. Wear clean, breathable knickers (cotton is perfect) and generally practice high levels of personal hygiene. Shower daily, using soap and clean towels.

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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