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How to put on a pad

Pads are great for beginners!

Always Infinity

The Always Infinity pad in Overnight, Heavy, and Regular.

Many girls choose to use pads for their first period because they are the easiest to use and wear. A pad is kind of like a diaper except instead of wearing it like babies do, the pad sticks onto your panties like a sticker. They can be removed and changed throughout the day.

By the end of this How-To guide, you will learn how to put on a pad and how to choose the right pad for you.

Step 1: Unwrap and unfold your pad. Peel back any adhesive paper.

It should look something like this:

how to put on a pad

Peeling back the adhesive paper will reveal the sticky part. It’s exactly the same as a sticker :)!

Step 2: Stick the pad onto your panties.
how to put on a pad

how to put on a pad

Wrap the wings around to the back so they stick to the underside of your panties. The wings will hold the pad in place better so it doesn’t shift around and unstick when you’re going about your day.

I like to center mine so that I get the same protection in the back as I do in the front. You can stick yours closer to the back or closer to the front, depending on where you need more protection.

And that’s all there is to it!

Choosing the right pad for you
  • Regular Flow Pads
  • Heavy Flow Pads
  • Overnight Pads
  • Wingless Pads
Suitable for light to regular flows. If you’re wearing this on a heavy day, you may need to change more frequently.
Suitable for regular to heavy flows. You can even wear these for overnight protection if they are long enough for you.
Suitable for heavy flows or overnight wear. Overnight pads typically are longer and wider in the back to provide more protection while you sleep.
Wingless pads are great for snug fit boyshorts but when worn with regular panties, they are more prone to creasing, shifting, and unsticking.
If you’re having trouble or have any questions, leave a comment below!

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About Dedy Wong

Dedy is the founder of The Period Blog and creator of The Little Red Kit. Her period is around 30 days long and likes to use pads and tampons -although she has tried just about everything including menstrual cups and period subscription boxes!


  1. i just got o my period and my pad is uncomfortable. im still wondering if i put it on right

  2. How frequently do you have to change your pads? I’m 11 if it makes any difference.

  3. So when I wear a pad it the blood always sticks to the sides of my legs I cant figure out what to do and its really uncomfortable for me. So do you have any tips please. Thanks

  4. So if pads are better absorbers, why would you use pantyliners? Or are they just for when you haven’t had your next period yet? Please answer! I’m SO confused…
    I am 12 years old if that makes a difference.

    • Hi Rayna,

      That’s a great question! Pads are better absorbers and you would wear these for days that you have a flow to absorb your period. Panty liners absorb less and can be worn daily to absorb vaginal discharge, light spotting, or as a tampon back up. Panty liners are also sold in higher quantities (for example, you will usually find them in 30s, 60s, 90s, 120 packs). Pads come in smaller quantities (for example, 16, 18, 36 packs). I hope that helps Rayna. If you have any more questions, feel free to post them here :).

      Your friend,
      The Period Blog

    • Hey Rayna I am also 12 years old and heres the thing panty liners are for daily use and spotting. Spotting is when you first start your period and dont have quite a heavy flow. But i am not a complete expert like Dedy since i am only my second. But dont worry you can use panty liners for light flow if u need

  5. Whats the difference between a pantyliner and a pad?

    • Hi Lexi!

      Great question! Pads and pantyliners are similar. They both stick onto your panties to absorb period or vaginal discharge (that white stuff you see on your panties). Pads are used to absorb your period and come in different sizes to fit your menstrual flow. They come in regular, heavy, night or they can be thought of as regular size, long, longer! Pantyliners are used to absorb your vaginal discharge and can be worn daily to keep you feeling fresh. They can also be used for light period days, spotting, or as a tampon back up. Pads are more absorbent than panty liners. You can find more information here: Period Supplies

      Your friend,
      The Period Blog

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