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Last updated: 24 December 2018

When you get your period it's important to use products that keep you feeling comfortable and protected. Our sanitary pads buying guide will help you work out what to look for and how we test explains our testing rigour. 

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Need to know: Only products of each type (regular, super and liners) can be directly compared with one another, so use our filter tool to sort by type.

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Our tests results will tell you which sanitary pads:

  • absorb the quickest
  • stay damp on the surface
  • have a strong adhesive system to keep them secure
  • leaked during testing.
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We tested regular and super pads as well as liners. Pads that are labelled as super, overnights or maternity have all been tested as super pads. Only products within each type are directly comparable to one another.

Costs

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The cost per pad is the price we paid divided by the pack size tested.

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Scores

Absorbency score

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Each product is tested for its absorbency speed. A specific amount of saline solution is dosed into the centre of the sanitary pad using the dosage pump. The amount of time it takes for the liquid to disappear is recorded and the process is repeated once more after waiting for three minutes. The total time for both gushes to absorb is taken as the absorption speed.

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Leakage observed

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We look for any leakages during testing and note if a leak was observed. This isn't scored.

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Wings are the extra material on the sides of the pad that fold over the sides of your underwear. 

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Suitable for sensitive skin

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Odour control

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  • Wet feeling score
  • Velcro strength score
  • Velcro strength comment
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  • Adhesive
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  • Individually wrapped
  • Warning not to flush
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