Names, Brands & List of sanitary pads in Nigeria.

Menstruation (or period) is a monthly discharge of uterine lining (womb). The discharge consists of blood, vaginal fluid, endometrial tissues and unfertilised egg cell. Typical length of menstruation for most women is between 5-8 days but some may bleed up to 15 days.

Why is menstruation important?

It is a biological process of getting rid of what the womb no longer needs. Womb lining thickened to prepare the body for pregnancy. So if there is no fertilised egg, that means your womb no longer needs a thick lining.

How much do you actually bleed?

On average, each cycle will discard about 80ml of blood. However, some women may experience less or more depending on their flows. In my case, I’d bleed about 50ml on the first 3 days and around 10-20ml for the remaining days.

Types of Sanitary Products

• Disposable Pads
• Washable Pads
• Tampons
• Menstrual cup

1. Disposable/Washable Pads

most common types of pads are either wings and non-wings with options such as slim (for light flow), maxi (for normal flow) and or overnight (for heavy flow)

Sanitary pads
Rewashable sanitary pad

Below is a reusable sanitary pad

Always menstrual pads
Always disposable sanitary pad.

Maxi pads can hold about 5ml of blood while an overnight pads may hold up to 12ml.

Some scented disposable pads might cause irritation to vagina due to the fragrance and chemicals used so make sure to know your skin condition before buying.

Change or wash your pads every 6 hours or when it’s already soaked, whichever earlier. DO NOT wear your pads for more than 6 hours. It can cause irritation and bacteria buildups.

Disposable pads can only be used once while washable pads can be used up to 5 years on average.

2. Tampons

Tampons basically has the same function as pads where it absorbs bloods and has to be disposed regularly. It is inserted into the vagina with a thin thread to pull them out.


Similar to pads, tampons can hold up to 5ml of blood and super tampons can hold double the amount which is approximately 10ml.

However, if you opt for tampons, there’s a risk for Toxic Shock Syndrom (TSS) which is resulted from toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria. To avoid TSS, make sure to dispose the tampons every 4 hours.

You can get tampons at any pharmacies.

3. Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups are made of medical-grade silicone, rubber, latex, or elastomer and can last up to 10 years. The function of this cup is to collect the blood and discard it out of your “body” manually.

Sanitary pads in Nigeria
Menstrual cup

Meanwhile, menstrual cups and tampons are not as popular as disposable sanitary pads in Nigeria…. 👇

Brands Names and List of sanitary pads in Nigeria

1. Always Sanitary Pad

2. Comfit sanitary pad

3. Virtuous Reusable Sanitary Pads

4. Virony sanitary pad

5. Molped Ultra soft sanitary pad

6. Lady care pad

7. Softcare sanitary pad.

8. Pad- up (Washable and reusable)

9. Drylove

10. Soloria sanitary pad

11. Angelicare Sanitary pad

12. Angel Sanitary pads

13. Diva sanitary pads.

14. Sofy sanitary pads

15. Anions sanitary pad and pantyliners

16. Shiny girl

17. 7-layer sanitary pad

18. Simple sanitary pad.

This is was Sourced by from Amira.


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