When selecting feminine hygiene products, there are several factors to take into consideration. Active women may consider using tampons instead of pads, as it absorbs blood before it leaves your body and promotes freer movement. The part that absorbs blood is made of rayon and cotton mixture. They are available with or without an applicator and in plastic or cardboard materials.
On the other hand, a sanitary pad is worn on the outside of your body. They soak up blood and need to be changed every four to six hours. These products are made in various sizes and shapes with several absorption levels. Some women use them with tampons to prevent overflow and at night while asleep.
Every woman has their own amount of blood flow during menstruation. The blood loss during a woman's menstrual cycle is due to the amount of endometrium it contains. The endometrium is the uterine lining and is shed during menstruation. The average woman will lose between ten to thirty-five milliliters of blood during her period. The average length of menstrual bleeding is four to six days. This takes, on average, seven to ten normal sized pads or up to twenty regular tampons per cycle.
Some women have light periods and do not lose a large amount of blood, whereas others bleed heavily. These women tend to lose more than eighty milliliters of blood and may have periods that last up to seven days. When blood loss is heavy, clots and clumps may appear that contain tissue. This tissue is the uterine lining and is a common part of menstruation. Heavy periods often require heavy or overnight pads or heavy or super tampons to soak the blood adequately. With these products, the woman will likely use the same number of super tampons or pads (perhaps a couple more) than the average period would take using regular products.