Sanitary Pads, Tampons Or Menstrual Cups: Which One Should You Choose?

Well, enough said. We’re already having a thousand emotions within us during our periods. And above all, is the frequent urge to check if there is any leakage. While this might actually come as a surprise to you, but a woman uses as many as 10,000 sanitary products during her lifetime. And thus, it obviously makes sense that you choose your monthly partners properly. Agree?

Sanitary Pads

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With one or two brand advertisements of sanitary pads in every break, sanitary pads definitely don’t demand an introduction. They are what we have grown up using!

A sanitary napkin comes in various absorbency levels. Thus, you can choose as per the blood flow you have. If you have high blood flow, it obviously makes sense to go for larger absorbencies in order to prevent any leakage and keep your butt area dry. Using sanitary pads is comparatively easy as compared to the other two options where you need to have significant knowledge about your female part before using them.

You need to change the sanitary pads every two or three hours depending on the flow you have.

Advantage

  • Easy to use, carry and dispose

Disadvantage

  • Higher chances of leakage
  • Not suitable when you are involved in physical activities which might end up displacing your pad
  • If you have a sensitive skin, you might end up having skin rashes

Tampons

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Tampons have been voted as one of the most popular choices among women younger than 41. The tampon is basically a plug made up of a soft material with significant absorbing properties. In other words, it is a piece of cotton rolled together to give it a cylinder shape. This plug is inserted into the vagina. And tan tan ning… it soaks your menstrual blood.

Since a tampon gets inserted into the vagina, they are very comfortable. Women using the least absorbent type tampon should change their tampon within six hours.

Advantage

  • Super comfortable
  • Reduced risk of leakage
  • You don’t need to stop yourself from having that beach party or rain dance

Disadvantage

  • Increased risk of urinary tract infections
  • Difficult to insert, especially for first timers who don’t know where the ‘hole’ is!
  • Take too much care of hygiene and insert it only with washed hands

Menstrual Cups

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Menstrual cups are somewhat similar to the tampons, except for the fact that menstrual cups would collect the blood rather than soaking it. There are two kinds of cups available in the market today – one, that are soft and disposable; two, that are made up of silicone or latex and can be reused again and again.

Advantage

  • They don’t come with any chemicals, fibres or bleach – and thus are safe.
  • You can carry them for as long as 12 hours
  • Serve as a perfect way to know more about your body. You get an idea how much blood your body loses when on periods

Disadvantage

  • You need to have considerable knowledge about your body parts while inserting them

Overall Verdict

At the end, comfort wins! Choose whatever you feel comfortable with. Take care of hygiene with whatever you use. All – pads, tampons, and cups are easily available both online and brick and mortar shops.

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