Sanitary Pads, Tampons Or Menstrual Cups — What Is Your Choice?
Period — a word that drastically hits the life of women every month. It is that unwanted time that no girl wants to face in her life but the sad reality is that whether she wants or not, the nasty of period comes every month like an unwelcome guest and stay for a week around. To give the best protection to this period problem, women use different types of products like sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual cups and so on but they are often confused which type of product will best suit to their needs. If you are also not sure about the uses and features of these menstrual products, just go on reading. The below said details will help you a lot in understating the different menstrual products available in the market today.
• Sanitary Pads — Sanitary pads are one of the earliest and most common forms of menstrual protection items used for female hygiene during those 5 down days. Sanitary napkins come in various absorbency levels and lengths. Though menstrual pads are widely used by women to protect their period, it is best to used on light-flow days when you might be spotting between periods. On heavy flow days, women often combine their pads with a tampon for extra protection. The disadvantage associated with sanitary napkins is that it isn’t suitable for certain types of physical activity and not comfortable for longer use.
• Tampons — While sanitary pads are the oldest form of menstrual product, the use of tampons is also not a new phenomenon. It has been around since 1930 and indeed the most preferred choice of feminine protection. Girls prefer to use tampons over pads to get greater physical freedom during the down days. Like pads, tampons too come in various sizes, lengths and levels of absorbency. It is wise to keep changing the tampons after every four to eight hours for the best protection. The disadvantage associated with tampons is that women who use tampons always may have an increased risk of urinary tract infections.
• Menstrual Cups — The last and probably the most efficient options is menstrual cups. The use of menstrual cups is as old as of tampons but currently they are not as widely used as tampons or pads. The only reason behind it is the unawareness on its uses. Women want to use this economical and eco-friendly product to protect period but due to the lack of skill in its use, they move their hand on the other easy options. However, there is no rocket science to sue the menstrual cups. It comes with a user manual guide which will help you in proper inserting and removing the product and once you use it rightly, you will be confident enough to use it over and over again. It is the healthy and hygienic way to protect the period as it does not absorb the fluid like tampons or pads, it is specifically designed to collect the menstrual fluid. Since menstrual cups don’t contain any chemicals, bleaches or fibers, they don’t cause any sensitivity or allergic reactions.
So as per my opinion and experience, menstrual cups are the best and safest option to protect the period but if your interests rest on any tampons or pads, you can go on using them also. No matter what type of feminine hygiene option you prefer to choose, make sure to wash your hands before and after using the product of choice to prevent infections.
Have a happy menstrual cycle!