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Not to be gruesome about it but when I hit puberty in school my periods were all over the place and unlike if you are at home or at work you can't just go to the bathroom, you had to ask! Some teachers not being the kindest about it saying "you should have went at your break" or "wait until after school " despite the fact that you did and your hormones are just severely unpredictable. It seemed difficult to try to rationalise your needs to a middle aged male PE or history teacher especially in front of a class full of judgmental teenagers.
The extra surface area on winged always definitely helped me from having unnecessary embarrassment since I could wait for a little longer due to the extra absorption ability, unfortunately some of my female friends were not as lucky to discover these as I was.
On non-winged ultra pads I would have to run to the bathroom every 3 periods/classes which would be roughly every hour and a half whereas the winged alternatives allowed me to hold on until the designated class breaks most of of time apart from when my periods were really bad or during PE or Game sessions but due to the changing rooms having bathroom facilities this wasn't as bad.
Other than the great absorption power I also found that the pads are very secure and they don't slid around during times of large physical activity such as PE or running to get the bus or a lift or going out to the cinema with friends. In comparison to alternative brands I also think that Always products in general are very slim and invisible under your clothes and they make relatively little noise at all I found at the time which was great since so much bullying goes on in schools as it is. At the time I was trying different brands but these did seem to be the best especially since my local chemist only charged £1 per pack and still does almost all the time as it was either these or the Lidl versions for the same price which I thought were really noisy and almost like cotton wool in consistency which didn't do much for their consistency.
Now however my periods have settled down but due to the good experience I have had with Always I now use their regular pads on a monthly basis as I really do think they are one of the best on the market.
When it comes to buying sanitary products, one brand that I do trust is the Always brand, as I have found that their products are of a high quality and meet my own needs rather well. This brand is often subject to various promotions in a variety of stores, and at these times I do try and stock up on a variety of the Always Pads to keep a small stockpile at home.
During a recent promotion in Tesco, where I could buy three Sanitary products for the price of two, I purchased several items from the Always brand, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Always Ultra Normal Pads with Wings."
I have used these pads a few times, and in actual fact I regularly buy them from a local independent pharmacy for around £2, for a square-shaped pack that contains 14 individual pads.
The most recent pack that I purchased was from Tesco, where it cost me £1.99, although I was buying the product on a 'multi-buy' deal so it ended up costing a little less than this. You can also purchase these pads from good chemist shops and drugstores such as Boots, who also stock a 'double pack' of the product for around £3.85, for a pack containing 26 pads. (Info correct as @ January 2014).
The packaging is fairly average for a product like this one, comprising of a square-shaped pack that can be ripped open at the top. Inside, the Always Sanitary Towels are individually wrapped, supplied in a green wrapper, with the folded Towel being enclosed inside. I do prefer to purchase individually wrapped towels for those times when I am out an about, as they can be discreetly popped into a handbag pocket quite easily, tucked away until needed. I did think too that the 'Ultra' design of these particular towels made them quite 'thin' and they certainly look - and feel - quite 'compact' when folded up in their little plastic wrappers.
Opening one of the Always Towels is fairly easy, as the outer wrapper has a small sticky 'tab' on it that simply needs to be lifted to open the wrapper. Doing so will reveal a hygienically-wrapped sanitary towel that is ready to use.
One thing that I have found with the Always Towels is that their adhesive is of an extremely high quality, and in my opinion, this makes them worth their slightly-higher-than-average price tag. I have used cheaply-branded sanitary protection in the past and it is often the case that the adhesive used is of a poor quality, which can result in the pad becoming loosened when it is being worn. This can not only threaten to cause leakage, but can also be quite uncomfortable, not to mention highly inconvenient for obvious reasons.
The Always Ultra Pads, in comparison, remain firmly stuck to underwear once applied and pressed on lightly, meaning that the pads remain firmly in place throughout use. This result IS worth paying a little more for, in my view. To apply, I simply need to remove one of the pads from it's wrapper and sit it adhesive side down on my underwear's surface, before pressing lightly. The attached wings allow further security and keep the pad firmly in place during use. These design features allow the Always Pad to sit neatly in place where it should be, although if I need to adjust it for any reason I can simply peel it off my undies and stick it back down in its new position, and I've found that these Pads cope fine with this practice. I don't recall a time where the Always Ultra with Wings Pads have ever become unstuck during the time they have been worn, nor have they curled up at either end during use, so I do feel that they are of a good design and quality, and are very well-made in this respect.
I have these pads in two versions; one WITH wings, and one without. The version I am reviewing here are the pads that are supplied with wings attached at the sides. In some cases, I have found that some brands of Sanitary Towels have wings attached that are rather bulky or slightly too big for their required purpose. Again, this can feel uncomfortable to wear, and I do also feel slightly more 'aware' of the pad being worn if this feeling is present. In comparison, I have found that the Always Ultra Pads With Wings feel 'lighter' and with a more notable 'compact' design that has allowed the product to fit nicely into my lifestyle without causing any unnecessary discomfort.
Another valid point to note, I think, is that I favour using Sanitary Towels with wings incorporated into their design at night time, or specifically-designed 'Night Time Towels' as I find these variations are preferable to my own needs, as they tend to 'stay put' a little better than more 'normal' towel designs and shapes. The Always Ultra with Wings have worked very well for me when used at this time of day, allowing for full protection without interruption to my much-needed sleep.
Furthermore, I have found that the Always Ultra with Wings contain materials that are very soft to the touch, so I have never found that they are uncomfortable or at all 'harsh' feeling when they are being worn. This result has allowed the claims on the product's packaging, that the towels have a "Cotton-Like Feeling" to ring true, and I don't feel this is particularly exaggerated.
The other claims on the packaging are:
"Super fit" and "Secure guard" and, lastly, "Super absorbent." I have no reason to question any of these statements as I have never felt disappointed at the product's ability in terms of freshness or absorbency; I don't ever recall experiencing any leakage or incidents of being let down by the pads at all.
Taking everything into account, I do only have positive experiences to share about the Always Ultra Normal Pads with Wings, and I will definitely keep buying them, finding that their high quality and suitability to my own needs allows their slightly higher-than-average price tag to feel entirely justified.
As a woman, I require sanitary protection each month. When younger, I tried several different brands and types of towel and Always has been my consistent favourite and choice when I am able to buy it.
---About the product:
Always Ultra Normal Plus with Wings is part of the Always range of sanitary towel protection. There are several different products available in the range which can be used at different points during your period. This particular product is designed to be used for 'normal' flow days. It comes in a darker green packet (the lighter green ones don't have wings) and each towel is wrapped in green plastic to keep them separate. Once opened, the packet has the pad attached to it and the wings are folded in. The pad is white in colour and is slightly curved to follow the lines of your body when fitted. It has a soft top layer which is designed to draw 'moisture' away from the skin and has a 'cotton' feel to it. The wings can be folded under and stick to the underside of your knickers which can help to hold the pad in place.
Always Ultra have always been my favourite pad as they are very thin and yet seem to hold a lot in them! The Normal Plus Wings are good for normal use throughout the day but I don't use them at night on heavy nights as I find the night time ones are better for this as they are longer and hold more in them. During the day though, I am happy to use these and they keep me feeling fresh even during 'yucky' days. I find that they are general very good at drawing the 'moisture' away from your skin and locks it away underneath so the top section feels fresh against the skin. They are nicely shaped to fit my figure and stay stuck in place well. I like the addition of the wings as they give extra protection and make sure that there is no movement throughout the day. The wings are soft against the skin so I have no problems with them rubbing at all. At the end of use, I have found that occasionally they have stuck too well to my knickers and don't want to come off, but with a little persuasion they usually see sense! The plastic wrapping of the new one you put on can be used to wrap the old one in which is a good use. I like having them individually wrapped as I can just put them in my bag and not worry about them getting dirty etc. in there.
I am very happy with these sanitary towels and will continue to use them as needed. I'm sure you used to get 14 in a pack, but they seem to come in packs of 13 now... They generally cost around £2, but you can get them on offer for around £1 quite often so I stock up when on offer. They also do them in duo packs which makes them slightly cheaper. At full price they are quite expensive, but everything seems to be nowadays! I am very happy with the quality of these and would definitely recommend them.
Warning!! As this review is for a menstrual care/vaginal bleeding item there will be information about such bleeding.
This review may be similar to other menstrual products I have reviewed.
~~~The Back Story~~~
I've been interested in and fascinated by women's health for all my life. I realise that this may seem bizarre to some people, but I'm sure that women around the world would prefer a doctor who is passionate about the subject matter than one who is not.
My interest had also led me to use all types and brands of menstrual items over my 30 years' of aunt flow's regular visit, including the previously-reviewed menstrual cup and this item: Always with wings.
When I reached menarche over three decades ago, there was a limited range of products. My feminine product of choice in the first few years of my menstrual "career" was Always sanitary towel product called "Ultra Thin Normal". "Wings" had not yet been invented.
Many years later, and not that long ago, the impending delivery of our child meant that I had to consider which sanitary towels would be suitable post-natally.
Several friends recommended the Always brand and I was happy to go with their suggestion. I really preferred to avoid the huge maternity towels, but I had a few available in case they were needed.
~~~ Always Ultra with wings ~~~
Made by Proctor and Gamble, these menstrual towels are designed for medium flow.
They come individually wrapped in a pack of 14, and are folded in three sections therefore taking up minimal space in a handbag or nappy bag.
These towels are very easy to use. Firstly peel off the long, central sticker to open the pad, then peel the pad out and place on the gusset of your underwear. Next peel off the sticky backing from the side winged sections. Fold these wings around to the outside of your underpants.
~~~ My Experience and Thoughts ~~~
These sanitary pads are very easy to apply. They stick very well and I was always confident that they would not move. The wings prevent unbecoming clothing stains, and certainly do provide the wearer with added confidence.
The feel of the pad itself is comfortable. It is sooth and soft. It has a dry-weave top sheet and a backing that is supposed to be leak-free.
These towels were very appropriate for my level of post-natal vaginal bleeding. I had no leaks or causes for embarrassment when using them. I noticed no smells or offensive odours.
Finally, at times they were a little too adhesive, and I had to spend more time than expected when disengaging the pad from my knickers, and they obviously require disposal in a bin.
~~~ Recommended? ~~~
These sanitary towels worked very well for me. I used an earlier version in my teens. If I were to recommence using pads for my menstrual flow then these pads would be on top of my list.
Available at all supermarkets for around £2.
I always use Always sanitary towels they are by far a superior brand to any others I have previously tried. In particular I use Always ultra with wings.
Always ultra with wings are nice a discreet they are thinner than the original ones so no bulky pads. The wings on these pads are long offering more security than others. The long wings help prevent leakage.
Always ultra-pads have a large adhesive area which still securely to you knickers and very rarely move out of place even when plating sport or walking distances.
Most supermarkets sell these for in the region of £2 for a pack of 14. 1 pack of these will normally be more than enough for 1 period. However I consider my periods quite light and short, approximately 2/3 days and I also used tampons.
The towels come in a plastic pack with the always logo across the top, a picture of the towel and a green background. The towel itself comes in individually wrapped in a purple plastic sleeve, these open easily with a small pull. The idea behind them being individually wrapped is you can use the wrapper to dispose of you old towel.
They are small and idea to keep in your bag or pocket for when needed.
This towel is good for between 2-4 hours and I always feel dry when wearing them, I've never had a leakage from these towels even when doing exercise, they stay in place extremely well I believe the wings and strong adhesive aid this. They are soft and discreet to wear you hardly notice you're wearing them.
I would recommend this pad if you wear sanitary towels however I've never challenged them to a heavy period.
Apologies in advance if I post too much information.
Back in March I had to have a colopscopy after a smear test showed I had severe abnormalities. This resulted in me needing a procedure which removed a fairly large area of my cervix. The result of this procedure is that unfortunately you can bleed and have discharge for up to a month. You are not allowed to use tampons.
I haven't used a sanitary towel for years, I am lucky that with the contraception I use I don't get periods and previously when I did I used tampons.
I tried a few brands the initial one being Bodyform, unfortunately they really irritated me and left me feeling very sore and a little itchy down there. My friend recommended Always and so I went to Tesco and got a pack. The packet cost me £1 they are frequently on offer. I noticed they had several absorbencies and also double packets available.
The packet is bright green, it is a slightly darker green than the unwinged variety. You get 14 towels in a packet.
Each towel is individually wrapped this makes them convenient to pop into your bag.
The packaging states that the towels have odour neutralising active pearls designed to make you feel fresh. The towels are also described as having a silky coating and an absorbent core to lock away moisture.
To use the towel you simply peel it off the wrapper and attach to your underwear there is a separate tab to peel to attach the wings. The normal pad is designed for a medium flow so it is quite thin and not too bulky. I could barely feel it and I felt protected like the towels was moving with me.
In terms of absorption these performed really well, the first few days after the procedure I was bleeding heavily and there was also a lot of fluid which these absorbed well. The most important thing for me was comfort, they didn't irritate me down there. I needed to use these for just under 4 weeks day and night so I didn't get a break if I was having my period. I felt confident to carry on as normal. I didn't experience any leaks. It is recommended you change the pad every 4-6 hours although I changed more frequently.
Once you have finished with the pad you simply attach it to the wrapper and roll it up, there is a little white tab to stick and then it can be disposed of in the normal household rubbish.
If I needed to I would use these again, they are good value and provide protection as well as not irritating a sensitive area.
5 out of 5
Always Ultra normal with wings
When it is that time of the month I prefer to use a combination of tampons along with pads and when buying sanitary products I do tend to be quite brand loyal to Always. I have been using various Always sanitary towels for years and I have found them to be reliable time after time, which in my opinion is exactly what you need from any sanitary product.
Personally, I tend to have periods that are on the heavier side so I don't always use the Always Ultra normal with wings, but instead opt for one of their other longer and more absorbent pads. But at the beginning or end of my period I prefer to use the Always Ultra normal sanitary towel with wings, they are just a smaller and less noticeable pad. They are comfortable to wear and when the pad is in place it's easy to forget about it and just get on with your day.
I do when available usually opt to buy the sanitary pads with the option of wings, as they just give me that added extra peace of mind that the pad is going to stay in place. I have never had a problem with the Always Ultra normal pad with wings and I have found that they adhere to most underwear material and when in place don't move around, which really makes them more comfortable and more reliable to wear.
The only thing I don't quite like about the Always Ultra sanitary pad and this probably goes for all the Always products these days is the strange fragrance of pot-pourri you get when you unwrap one of the pads. It's odd. It is also something that I could quite happily live without and go back to the days when there was no included fragrance. And really I don't think I have noticed any additional benefits of the fresher for longer fragrance aspect.
The Always Ultra normal sanitary pads with wings are available from most supermarkets or chemists for around £2 for a packet of 14 or you can buy them in duo packs.
Always Ultra normal with wings - Four out of five stars.
Whenever I am having my period, I tend to swap and change between using both sanitary pads and tampons, depending upon how I am feeling, what I am doing and how heavy my flow is. Sanitary pads are perhaps not my first choice, but they do have their place and if I am going to be using them, then my first choice is always going to be Always Ultra Normal With Wings. I will wear these particular pads during the day time but as for night time, I have to use something which is longer and which is going to be able to cope with a heavier flow throughout the night whilst I am in bed.
I pay £1.99 for a pack of 14 individually wrapped pads from Tesco's whenever I do my weekly shop. They are well packaged pretty easy to spot on the shelf in the supermarket. These pads have wings - I personally wouldn't choose to use a pad without wings as they make life far easier for me in so many ways.
Each pad has a strong sticky underside which adheres well to tight fitting knickers and doesn't move about or slip no matter how active I am being. They are comfortable to use and don't rub or chafe. I love the dry weave top sheet that is used on these pads as firstly they ensure that no leakage occurs (even during my heaviest days) and also they have an odour neutraliser on the top sheet which prevents any nasty smells and help to make me feel fresh, dry and much more confident whenever I am having my period.
They are discreet enough when still wrapped, to be able to fit neatly inside the zipped section of my handbag so I can take them out with me if needs be. Overall, they are a pad I am happy to use and one which makes me feel comfortable and confident. They are very effective, very absorbent and comfy to use, even with tight trousers.
Not the cheapest sanitary wear out there but they do come highly recommended.
I have tried many brands over the years but always come back to Always and Bodyform as my pad providers of choice. The reason is simple. Their products do provide the most reliable and comfortable products for a time when a girl wants nothing but reliable and comfortable.
To be honest, I don't think there is much to split the photo finish between Bodyform and Always, and, as a result, I do tend to snag the one which has the best three for the price of two, BOGOF or other offer when I peruse the shelves of Boots of the big Sainsbury's. As a result of this policy and keeping a stash of different products for different times of the periodic misery, I do tend to mix and match.
One product always in the mix for early and late in the period day time use is Always Ultra.
The main reason for this is that they are long enough and comfortable enough to use on those days, while not being long enough for night time. They are winged, which helps reduce the need to apply Vanish to deal with stained clothing and avoid embarassment at the time of use. They stay in place even during quite active use. They stick to the knickers well, while not causing damage when peeling them off for disposal. The wings help this and also stay put well, while adding reassurance without adding significant discomfort.
The normal ones are not the choice for heavy days. But Always provide for those days with their other pads.
The feel of the pad itself is comfortable. They are advertised as having a cotton feel and they do. They are soft and do not tend to cause discomfort in use. The core is fluff, but fluff which does its job of absorbing and not leaking. The dry-weave top sheet helps this and is ably backed up by the leak-proof backing.
What does make these pads different from the competition, and the factor which means that they win the photo finish with Bodyform, is the odour neutralising pearls. These are easily disernable on unwrapping the pads but do seem to help in avoiding unpleasant and/or embarassing odours getting out, even in the present heatwave.
These are not products which are low on packaging, much of which cannot be recycled. The pads are individually wrapped within the plastic wrapper. Peeling the pad lets you stick it to the pant to be used, but does leave over a lot of plastic. This is added to by the wings factor and their covers. Then there is also the disposal issues involved with pads. But if you can live with this, as many of us have to, these are great pads.
They are not cheap, though they can be reasonably priced when snagged when on offer. At present, one pack of 14 pads will set a girl back £1.99 at Tesco. Though both they and Boots are running a 2 packs for £3.00 offer, which brings them down to a less painful £1.50 a pack. Which is not cheap does make these fine products much less expensive.
Which helps in living life. As these pads do. Always.
Periods can be a miserable time for us women, so I'm a firm believer in using products that reduce the unpleasantness as much as possible. I may scrimp and save on products in most areas of my life but not when it comes to sanitary products!
I use a wide variety of tampons and towels depending on the type of period I'm having (heavy or light), the time of year (more tampons in hot weather; more towels in cool) and that nondescript 'meh' factor that always hits me for a week every month.
Always are my towel brand of choice. They're more expensive than most but they're thin, stay secure (thanks to the wings) and have a soft dryweave top which makes them more comfortable than many other brands.
This review focuses on the Always Ultra Normal with wings.
Always Ultra Normal are one of the smaller, shorter towels in the Always range. They come in winged and wingless variants but I always choose the winged towels so that I know they'll stay securely fastened in my undies! These towels are available in packs of 14 for around £2, but multipacks (called Duo packs) are widely available and Superdrug, Boots et al often sell them as part of multibuy deals.
The towels are individually wrapped, the plastic sleeve opening easily to find the towel within. The sleeves are handy as you can dispose of a used towel inside the wrapping of your next towel; a more hygienic option. The wings unfold on either side of the product. Wings and central section both have adhesive strips which stick well to cotton underwear.
The towel itself has a cotton-like, soft fabric top making it comfortable to wear. Always claim the towels contain 'actipearls', an odour neutralising component which is always useful when you're feeling smelly and yucky due to menstruation. Sanitary towels these days are big business and a lot of money has been ploughed into various patented technologies. These towels alone boast Super FitTM, SecureguardTM, Super AbsorbentTM and InstantDryTM, not to mention the actipearls, which should probably have a TM after them too!
These towels tend to be my go-to product for my due-to-start-period and I-think-I've-almost-finished-bleeding phases. They're the lightest and smallest towels I use but I know that if I get a bit of bleeding these will absorb it and protect my clothes. I wouldn't use them overnight or at very heavy stages of menstruation as I'd be terrified of leaking, but nevertheless I buy 2 packs of these towels for every 1 pack of overnight or super-size towels.
Always Ultra Normal towels are a great product and I always make sure I have some in stock.
When it comes to the time of the month, I much prefer to use tampons, I'm not sure why but sanitary towels just feel big bulk, almost like an adult nappy! However, during the night I use sanitary towels in partnership with a tampon, just incase I don't get up in the night to change the tampon and to avoid leaks. The ones I'm using at the moment are these Always Ultra.
The packaging for Always Ultra has the same design as all of there products, just a different colour for the different absorbency. There are 6 little teardrop shapes at the bottom of the packaging, the amount of these that are filled in indicate what kind of absorbency these pads take. For these Always Ultra normal, it's 4 teardrops out of 6.
Inside the initial packaging are the 14 sanitary towels, each individually packaged into their own little pack. The good thing about this part of the packaging is that the packaging is secured with a little sticky strip, this then can double up as something you can roll your old pad up in and secure before putting in the bin, making the bin look lots better than a used sanitary towel just sitting in there.
Using the sanitary towel is easy, after taking it off the packaging simply put it in the centre of your knickers and then peel the sticky bits from the wings and pull them around you knickers, securing the towel in place. The wings have a nice shape so they can stick around the shape of your knickers without kinking and coming unstuck again.
The sanitary towel is quite thin, but when being used the blood sort of gets sucked into the pad and it absorbs it well, despite only having a small thickness. They have a cotton like feeling to them so they are very comfortable to wear. The wings hold the pads in place securely, and as I use them during the night this is paramount as I often toss and turn a lot and using a pad without wings would be hopeless.
There are a variety of different absorbencies of Always Ultra available but the normal absorbency suits me fine as I only use them as a back up during the night. They are widely available from any places that sell female sanitary products. There are often offers on in supermarkets where this pack only costs £1, but without an offer they cost around £1.80.
I'd definitely recommend these Always Ultra, they are comfortable, thin and don't feel like you are wearing a huge adult nappy! The wings are an added bonus and keep the pads in place securely, giving you peace of mind that it isn't going to fall off and you end up leaking.
I am most definitely a tampon girl when it comes to my period. I think they are more hygienic, easier to use and just make the whole horrible event a bit nicer. However, I do not wear a tampon overnight as it is recommended you don't wear one for more than eight hours and overnight can take you past eight hours. Plus sometimes if you put one in just before bed you may forget about it in the morning.
So for overnights I wear these Always ultra towels with wings. I find these pads are perfect for my overnight needs. According to the packaging they offer 5 signs of protection. These signs are:
1. Super absorbent core - locks fluid away
2. Cotton like feel top sheet - super soft on your skin
3. Stay put wings - double curved wings that keep your pad in place
4. Secure guard protective contours - keeps fluid in check
5. Instant dry effect - so you keep dry in an instant
I definitely find these pads very comfortable to wear and always feel safe and secure in them. I have never had any leaks overnight even on my heaviest days which is great. You want that feeling you are going to be protected all through the night and these give you that.
I definitely agree that they are comfortable and the cotton top sheet is nice and soft on my delicate parts and not scratchy at all. I find these absorb well and I never feel wet or uncomfortable in the morning. What's more you can see that the towel has soaked up the blood well and taken it away from the surface of my skin so they are quite hygienic and do not make me smell which is a very nice bonus.
After a night tossing and turning these pads never move either and stay in place well. I do think it's the wings that help with this as they secure the pad in place as does the sticky strip on the back of the pad.
All in all a nice pad to use during your period. A pack of 26 cost £3.49, good value in my opinion for a pad I recommend.
I switch between this brand and Bodyform normally. I have tried Asda's own brand of Towels but they just seemed a bit plastic-y on the top so I now just go for the branded ones. The last time I bought these I bought the double pack of these as it saved a little buying it this way. I think I paid £2.40 for the double pack whereas the single pack was selling for £1.40 I think. In a single pack you get 14 towels in the pack.
As it states these are Normal pads so they are for a normal flow and are a normal lenght.
These comes individually wrapped and are folded up so they are slimline and easy enough to pop into your bag.
Just unstick the back of this and stick in place. The wings on this are a little stretchy and the pad sits in place easily. These fit on "comfy" pants as well as other pants and who wouldn't want to reach for some comfy pants when it is that time of the month.
I can't say that I notice a big difference between these ones and the long ones. Yes, the Long ones are around 1mm longer and I tend to use the Long ones at night as I fidget a bit so just think the long ones are more for night use anyway. The top covering on these ones are comfy enough and are just a thin covering of Cotton (I think).
A good pad at an alright price and there isn't really anything else to say about such a product i'm afraid.
When it comes to my time of the month, I generally prefer tampons as my means of protection. However, there are some occasions when I prefer to use a towel - when tampons become uncomfortable or at night. For these purposes, I buy Always Ultra Normal Pads with wings.
A packet of 14 towels usually costs around £2. The packet is a dark green in colour with a plastic wrapper. This has a clear plastic window through which you can see the towels, which are individually wrapped with a dark green wrapper. The wrapper around the towels in easily ripped open to reveal the towel which has a sticky backing for attaching to the inside of your knickers.
The towels are quite thin and discreet. When wearing you certainly don't feel like they are bulky or obvious. They are also soft to the touch and comfortable to wear. The wings offer extra stability and I find that these really help to hold them in place, no matter how much I move.
The towels are said to neutralise odours and not just mask them. They have a super absorbent core to lock fluid away and 'instant dry effect' so they always feel dry to the wearer. I have to say that I find these towels very absorbent, despite their deceptively thin appearance. They are, as I say, comfortable to wear and they never feel damp to me. They also have no odour, as long as you change them regularly (as you should!). I have a medium flow, which is why I find these normal pads sufficient for my needs, and I have experienced no leaks when wearing these. For me, the wings are the best feature here as they really hold the towel in place and let me feel confident when wearing these. The towels also have a very sticky backing so the whole towel is held in place well.
These offer me everything I look for and need in a sanitary towel. For me, a sanitary towel will never be completely reliable and comfortable like a tampon can be but I would say that this is as close as it gets. Very good absorbency and discreet and comfortable too, recommended.
Unfortunately us women do have the joy of our time of the month and I like to ensure that my cupboards are full of feminine hygiene products for when this arrives. This is because for one I am an absolute hygiene freak, however you can never be too safe when it comes to unexpected arrivals and whatnot. Although I do sometimes vary the range of sanitary towels which I use, I do always seem to come back to Always as you can expect a high quality for a decent price. My most popular one is the Always Ultra Normal With Wings.
Always are one of the most popular brands when it comes to sanitary towels, and they do offer quite a wide range. I don't particularly take an interest in which ones I buy, however I just always grab these as I am familiar with them and I know they do the job. I purchased mine for just over £2.00 in a local pharmacy which I feel is a fair price, and these are widely stocked throughout many chemists, pharmacies and supermarkets. You get fourteen in the pack which I feel is a decent amount for the price, and also look out for the duo packs that are sometimes available.
The pack is easy enough to open neatly, and each sanitary towel comes wrapped up as you would expect. You simply have to peel off the sticker to open the pad and then peel the pad out and apply as necessary to your underwear. These ones are effective to get in to, as well as the wrapper being of a good size to dispose of your previous sanitary towel in after use.
The one thing which I am extremely impressed with these towels is just how sticky they are. Because of this, they stick on exactly where you would like them to, and despite performing various tasks throughout the day including exercise, they do not seem to budge at all until I change them which I find excellent. One of the reasons this might also be is due to the wings which are added on to them. These are fixed on to the side of the pad so that once you have stuck it in place, you can wrap these around your underwear, and I have found that this helps you to feel much more confident that it will stay in place throughout the day.
Something to note is that they have a blue absorbent core and side barriers, and these help to absorb fluid safely and keep you as dry as possible. Where this is absorbed helps to lock odour away and make you feel much more fresh. They are also very comfortable to wear, and even though you do notice that you have them on, they are still much more comfortable than others I have tried.
Obviously there are cheaper brands available, and although some are still quite effective, I would rather pay for a reliable brand such as Always because you know they will do the job well, and I feel that when it comes to products of this nature that it is worth paying more for your comfort and reassurance. I am a huge fan of Always and I will continue to use their products in the future. These are my favourite sanitary towel which they provide, and I would definitely have to recommend these to others. Thanks for reading.
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