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Shelf Life of Sanitary Pads

By Tanya Gulliver ; Updated July 27, 2017

Menstruation is a natural part of growing up for young women. There are two main products to assist in hygiene: sanitary pads or napkins, and tampons.

Expiration Date

Unlike food products, sanitary pads do not have an expiration date. Kotex explains, "as a paper product they do not 'go bad' and can be used indefinitely." As a result, you will not find a "best before" or "sell before" date on the packaging.


To maintain the quality, store sanitary pads in a cool, dry place. Keep them out of direct sunlight. Heat and humidity can cause potential problems.

Product Problems

Many sanitary pads come individually wrapped. If you buy them in bulk and they change color, this will not affect the quality. Exposure to excessive heat may weaken the adhesive on the back of the pad; you can substitute safety pins to hold it in place. If the product gets wet or otherwise damaged, discard it.

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