Every woman is troubled by the choices of menstrual wear. What to choose – pads, tampons or menstrual cups?
Periods are a monthly nightmare every woman faces. There is no escape from the pain of menstruation and the subsequent blood-loss. At least not until ‘Menopause‘. Often, there is no way to combat it beyond gritting your teeth and bearing the pain. Sometimes, painkillers, chocolate and similar distractions are used for some solace. Since they are such an important part of a woman’s life, they raise many questions. One of them is:
What To Wear During Periods: Pads, Tampons Or A Menstrual Cup?
Well, here we look into the pros and cons of all three and try to provide you with an answer.
Various options to choose from
Synthetic (Cotton options are available but few)
Physically visible when wearing thin clothes
Cannot be worn during swimming
Possibility of leakage and stains
Go for pads that are thin and with wings with a cottony soft cover. Apart from the two major brands – Whisper and Stayfree a lot of other brands that are cheaper and better have come up that can be explored. To prevent rashes, look for pads that are made of cotton or have a layer of cotton on top.
Can be worn during swimming
Zero possibility of leakage and stains
Not easily available (Availability is better in online markets)
Some women wouldn’t be comfortable with the idea of inserting it inside the vagina
Not recommended for teenagers or first-time users as it takes time to get it right
Most women would need an applicator for insertion
Stretches the vagina
Comparatively less hygienic
Inconvenient for night-time wear for most women
Choose the size of the tampons depending upon your flow – heavy or regular. Using the right one makes a huge difference. Indeed, there was a time in the 1930s when a link was found between toxic shock syndrome and tampons, however now this has been proven to be wrong. It is also believed that tampons may increase the risk of urinary tract infections but there is no concrete proof for the same.
Less expense (the same cup can be used for years if you are buying the reusable one)
It can be worn for twelve hours
Doesn’t contain bleaches, chemicals or allergens
Can be worn during intercourse
Unhygienic if not washed properly
Not easily available
Some women might feel uncomfortable inserting it inside their vagina
Difficulty in insertion and removal
The cup is available in two alternatives – disposable and reusable. They collect menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it.
Whatever be your choice out these three make sure you do not flush them after use and dispose them only in the dustbins. Also, make sure to wash your hands before and after wearing them.
Remember, Periods are you superpower, and not your weakness! Own it!
Article first appeared on knowlex.com.