Tampons or pads

Some women prefer to wear sanitary towels (pads) during their period, others favour tampons. You should use pads with the lowest possible synthetic fibre and highest possible natural fibre content (see panty liners.)

In certain situations, your gynaecologist may recommend that you use pads only.

Good hygiene in the external genital area is especially important during your period.


  • using tampons during a vaginal infection
  • using tampons outside your normal period (they dry out the vagina)

Appropriate intimate hygiene

  • change tampons every 3–6 hours in the first 2–3 days of your period, then every 4–8 hours