Menstrual Cups Vs Pads Vs Tampons : Which One Should You Choose?
When period strikes the uterus, which is your go-to product? Do you reach out for a menstrual cup, tampon or sanitary napkin? Which one is better for your health? Keep on reading while we break the science behind it so that you can decide which one is right for you!
Sanitary Napkins Or Pads
Most girls are conditioned to use sanitary napkins for maintaining menstrual hygiene. Sanitary napkins or pads come in different lengths and absorbency levels. Pads are often preferred by women when they are experiencing a light flow or spotting. While there were a lot of health problems linked to pads, such as the presence of Dioxin (a highly toxic pollutant), pesticides, and an impermeable layer of plastic at the bottom of the pads, there are many companies that are coming up with biodegradable sanitary pads that are free of harmful chemicals, synthetic fibres and are made out of corn starch and bamboo fibre making it completely safe for the user.
If you want to continue using sanitary napkins for your period flow, switch to biodegradable sanitary pads!
Tampons are little cylindrical pads that can fit into your vagina, and primarily, women who find sanitary napkins uncomfortable use tampons for their period flow. Like sanitary napkins, tampons come with different absorbencies for light to a heavy period. Though tampons give you physical freedom, not changing tampons every eight to twelve hours might lead to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Don’t get paranoid as the syndrome is not just caused by tampons, and it’s really rare, but precaution is always better than cure, right? There is also a risk of bacterial infections if you forget that you have one inside you for a long time. Tampons are generally made of cotton, rayon or a blend of the two. Many theories had said that the bleaching process done while making tampons produces harmful chemicals such as dioxins, but the bleaching process is not used anymore.
Using tampons is perfectly safe if you follow the 8-12 rule! Tampons might cause problems only if not used correctly or as directed.
Menstrual cups are relatively new to the picture, and even today, most girls are sceptical about using one. Part of the reason can be lack of awareness about menstrual cups. While sanitary napkins absorb the fluid, menstrual cups are designed to collect the fluid for disposal later. Menstrual cups are a great option as they don’t contain any chemicals, bleaches or fibres that can cause sensitivity or allergic reactions. The cups can hold more fluid than pads or tampons, so they can be used on the days when you have a heavy flow. However, menstrual cups can be a little difficult to work with initially, but it’s a great way to know more about your own body.