Let’s talk about our periods for a moment! Periods shouldn’t be uncomfortable to talk about because all women have them, right? I think there are still some social taboos about talking openly about menstruation because it can be embarrassing for some girls and women. But it’s a natural part of being a woman, and over the years, our periods do change too.

The fact is, women have different flows, and are simply different sizes. Women aren’t “one size fits all” so why should they apply this thinking to their pad size?

Did you know that 60% of women are wearing the wrong pad size? Believe it or not, 60% of women wear the wrong size pad and more than two thirds of Canadian women experience leaks every month.

A new study from Always My Fit, conducted by MSLGROUP Research that surveyed Canadian women found while most women 18-35 (77%) say they no longer wear the same dress size from when they first got their period, but half of them still use the same size pad. I know I’ve tacked on a few dress sizes over the years! Also, menstruation changes from the teenage years, through to your twenties, and after children.

Fit Matters! Women Aren’t One Size Fits All

For some reason, many women have a misconception that all feminine pads are the same, and that they all leak. But they don’t! Unfortunately, when many women experience a leak they often blame themselves and not their period protection. The study revealed that the top four suspected causes of period leaks among Canadian women 18-35 are: They “just happen” (37%), I “didn’t use period protection properly” (33%), I “didn’t change period protection often enough” (27%) and I was “too active” (19%). Only 17% think not using the “right size” protection is what causes their period leaks.

To avoid period leaks, more than half of women say they check their pad every one to two hours and nearly half wear a heavier flow or longer pad. More than half of women would feel relieved (54%) and more in control (52%) if they could prevent leaks, and 70% say avoiding leaks would make them feel more confident. Also, nearly 8 in 10 (77%) women surveyed say they would wear a longer pad size if it meant experiencing fewer leaks.

Fit Matters! Women Aren’t One Size Fits All

That’s where the new Always My Fit sizing system comes in! Now, you can choose the right size pad for your body type and flow with an easy number system to make choosing the size easier. This new sizing system is designed to help girls and women who are wearing the wrong size pad, along with the many who experience leaks every month, find the coverage that is right for them.

Now, you can easily choose a number from 1 through 5 and recognizable by colour based on size for daytime and nighttime. The sizing chart, which can be found on the packaging, can help to make finding your size a breeze. Just as you would choose the right size for your underwear, you can do the same for your pad. It’s so easy and takes your flow and panty size into consideration.

Always My Fit

The new Always My Fit system is the latest advancement in the feminine care category to ensure girls and women experience the best comfort and the superior protection they’ve come to expect from Always.

As you can see, size does matter when it comes to pads!

Disclosure: This post is proudly sponsored by Always My Fit. As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. I couldn’t agree more. The fit and feel matters. You’ve got enough going on during that time of the month. You need to at least feel comfortable and protected.

  2. I didn’t know wearing the wrong pad size was so common! The MyFit system and chart should help a lot. The numbers make it much easier!

  3. This is very cool! I honestly did not know there were this many sizes. I always hated wearing them because it was uncomfortable but now I think I was just wearing the wrong size.

  4. Amy Desrosiers Reply

    I love that Always makes different fits! I find this really helpful since we are all different sizes.

  5. Claudia Krusch Reply

    I do not know why companies did not come out with this years ago. Women are not all the same size. Why should we be so limited in the selection of sanitary napkins.

  6. Always is the brand I buy all the time. The sizing chart is great! They make buying the correct pad so much easier.

  7. Always has been my go to brand for years! That chart is great!

  8. I totally agree!! Always has been my favorite brand for many years! They just make sure that every woman no matter of size and how active they are, they always have exactly what I need.

  9. I have always used Always pads. Nothing else compares. I will have to double check the size. I am probably using the wrong size.

  10. I had no idea that size was an issue (I guess it’s just not something I ever considered!) The chart is going to make it sooo much easier for women to choose the correct pad!

  11. Jennifer G Reply

    This is such a cool chart. The thing is, I am not big but I have to use 3 pads anyways to make sure there is no leakage as my cycles are usually really heavy. I have considered going to adult diapers for the week. 🙁

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