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Hannahpads vs Disposable Pads: Size, Absorbency, Slippage

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Whether it’s the Jerry Springer Show, WWE, or Hell’s Kitchen, everybody loves a good face-off. In this article, we’ll be exploring yet another interesting (and informative) kind of face-off—one that involves the size of hannahpads vs. the size of disposable pads.

 This comprehensive guide is great for anyone who is thinking about making the life-changing shift to hannahpads and/or anybody who is using our online store for the first time. By the way, since you’re most likely new to using hannahpads, welcome aboard! Even if you’re just considering this positive change, we’d like to congratulate you on being a few steps closer to making a really great investment for yourself and for the planet!

So, why is size so important for menstrual pads anyway? The answer… safety.

Appropriately sized menstrual pads help us women feel a whole lot safer during this special time of the month. This is why we at The Brand Hannah have designed a variety of pads to give you that feeling of protection regardless of what you’re wearing, what you’re doing, how long you’re sitting, and so on.

But size isn’t really the only thing that keeps those leaks at bay. After all, what good is a well-sized pad if it cannot stay on properly? What good is a well-sized pad if it cannot absorb enough? So as a bonus, we’ll also compare the absorbency and staying-on power of hannahpads vs. disposable pads.

Round 1: Sizes

Let’s start by comparing the sizes of the different hannahpads with their disposable pad counterparts. We’re going to start with the smallest size and then work our way up.

Note: If you want to check out what’s available in our store for the following sizes, simply click on the size and it will take you directly to our catalogue.

Thongliner

The Thongliner is perfect for everyday use as well as for days with a light flow. For heavy days, these can be paired with a menstrual cup for added protection. Thanks to the shape of this cotton pad and its soft and flexible texture, it is super comfortable to wear with any thong underwear.

This one’s going to be great—let’s get ready to rumble!

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  • Hannahpad’s Thongliner dimensions: 5 inches for the wings and 7.5 inches for its length.
  • Dimensions of disposable thong liners: around 5 inches for the wings and around 7 inches in length.

The extra half an inch that you get with a hannahpad goes a long way!

Additionally, did you know that the absorption capacity of the Hannahpad Thongliners doesn’t just exceed that of disposable thong liners - but also rivals that of most regular sanitary pads? We’ll talk more about this in the next section.

Pantyliner

The absorbency of the Hannahpad Pantyliner with its 2 internal layers is perfect for everyday use, spotting, and light menstruation. These can be used as a backup if you choose to wear a menstrual cup during heavy days.

  • Hannahpad Pantyliner dimensions: 6.65 inches for the wings and 8.25 inches for its length.
  • Dimensions of disposable pantyliners: commonly without wings and around 7.5 inches in length.

You get the added benefit of wings on your Hannahpad Pantyliner and more coverage compared to its disposable counterparts.

Longliner

The Hannahpad Longliner provides extended coverage and a higher absorption capacity compared to the Hannahpad Pantyliner. It also has 2 internal layers.

This hannahpad is great for everyday use, spotting, and light menstruation. It can also be used as a back up if you’re using a menstrual cup during heavy days.

  • Hannahpad Longliner dimensions: 6.65 inches for the wings and 10.65 inches for its length.
  • Dimensions of disposable long pantyliners: commonly without wings and around 8.5 inches in length.

The additional inches of coverage that you get with hannahpads equates to added comfort and more freshness.

Small Hannahpad & Medium Hannahpad

The Small Hannahpad, equipped with 4 internal layers, is best for light flows and can work as a backup for menstrual cups if you have a heavier flow.

Meanwhile, the Medium Hannahpad, with its 5 internal layers, is the pad of choice for light to medium flows.

The Small Hannahpad and Medium Hannahpad are the counterparts of regular disposable sanitary pads in terms of size.

Small Hannahpad dimensions: 6.65 inches for the wings and 8.25 inches for its length.

Medium Hannahpad dimensions: 7 inches for the wings and 10.65 inches for its length.

Dimensions of the counterpart (regular disposable pads): 6 inches for the wings and 9 inches for the length.

If you are comfortable with the size of regular sanitary pads, your best choice would be the Small Hannahpad. For added coverage, go with the Medium Hannahpad. Either way, both of these reusable cloth pads offer an exponentially higher absorption capacity (and comfort) compared to their disposable counterparts.

Overnight & Ultra Overnight

Soft, comfortable, and ultra-absorbent with its 5 internal layers, the Overnight Hannahpad gives you the complete coverage that you need for you to sleep soundly, without worrying about leaks.

Taking it a step up, the Ultra Overnight Hannahpad, with a larger size and 5 internal layers, is perfect for those who have heavier flows or those who move a lot during sleep.

  • Overnight Hannahpad dimensions: 7.5 inches for the wings and 13 inches for its length.
  • Ultra Overnight Hannahpad dimensions: 7.5 inches for the wings and 14.5 inches for its length.
  • Dimensions of the counterpart (overnight pads or large-sized pads): 7 inches for the wings by 11 inches in length.

Hannahpads don’t only have a major advantage in terms of size but also in absorbency - as you will see in the next section.

Super Ultra Overnight

The largest of all these cotton reusable pads is this behemoth called the Super Ultra Overnight Hannahpads. Equipped with 6 internal layers, this pad has the highest absorption capacity. It is a perfect choice for particularly heavy flows on the heaviest days and can also be used for your postpartums needs.

Close up of a rose placed on varying sizes of hannahpads.

  • Super Ultra Overnight Hannahpad dimensions: 7.5 inches for the wings and 16.5 inches for its length.
  • Dimensions of the counterpart (maternity pads): 7 inches for the wings and 13 inches in length.

Super Ultra Overnight is not just a winner in terms of size and coverage but also in its breathability and comfort - two very important things if you are going to use this for the postpartum period.

Round 2: Absorbency

So let’s talk about the absorbency of the different sizes of hannahpads. It was fairly easy to compare the size of hannahpads to disposable pads because most disposable pads gave that kind of information. However, most disposable pads don’t promise any maximum number of millilitres that it can absorb so we’ll need to work with average figures for select sizes.

We know for a fact that even the smallest-sized hannahpad (the Thongliner variant) can hold more ml of blood than most regular-sized disposable sanitary napkins.

A soaked regular-sized sanitary napkin generally holds just 5ml of blood. Meanwhile, the Hannahpad Thongliner can hold a maximum of 11ml of blood.

In terms of size, the hannahpad counterparts of the regular-sized sanitary napkin (which is 9 inches long) are the Small Hannahpad (which is 8.25 inches long) and the Medium Hannahpad (which is 10.65 inches long). These reusable cloth pads hold a maximum of  25ml and 35 ml respectively - an exponential difference!

Now, let’s compare larger pads. The hannahpad counterpart of the overnight or large-sized pads (which are usually 11 inches long) is the Overnight Hannahpad (which is 13 inches long.) Overnight or large-sized disposable pads can generally hold 10-15ml when fully soaked. Meanwhile, the Overnight Hannahpad can hold a maximum of (*drumroll*) - 45ml of blood. That’s more than 4 times the absorption power of its disposable counterpart!

To put these above numbers further into perspective, the average amount of blood that a woman can lose during her period totals to around 20 - 80 ml. During the first few days of the period, when bleeding is the heaviest, women, on average, lose 5-15 ml of blood each day.

We’ve got a wide range of hannahpads that you can choose from to match your unique needs - including the kind of flow you’re having. Here are the absorption capacities per hannahpad size:

  • Thongliner = 11 ml
  • Pantyliner = 15 ml
  • Longliner = 20 ml
  • Small Hannahpad = 25 ml
  • Medium Hannahpad = 35 ml
  • Overnight = 45 ml
  • Ultra Overnight = 55 ml
  • Super Ultra Overnight = 70 ml

Round 3: “Staying-On” Power

In terms of preventing leaks, yet another tangent factor with the size is how the pad stays on. As we all know, disposable pads have a layer of adhesive under the pad and on its wings (if it has wings).

No matter what size these disposable pads are, the adhesive can weaken as the pad twists and bends while you’re sleeping or while you’re carrying on with day-to-day activities. Hannahpads are yet at an advantage since these reusable cotton pads have wings that clip or lock together to stay on the underwear. This means that whatever sleeping position you take or whatever you do within the course of the day, the pad stays where it should be.

Ready for Worry-Free Periods?

In this article, we’ve only scratched the surface of the practical benefits of switching over to hannahpads. Now you know that the size, absorbency, and staying-on power of these pads are exponentially better than that of disposable ones—and these attributes synergize to give you comfortable, worry-free periods. Hannahpads can also help you save money while also contributing to your health and to the health of the planet. Feel free to read our article on why hannahpads are a great investment for you. If you’re already excited to make the shift, it’s time to determine how many hannahpads you need!

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