Pads, Tampons or Menstrual Cups – What’s the Best?

Every woman is different and has her own opinion of the hygiene products she uses during her menstruation. But eternal discussion is what is the best – pads, tampons or menstrual cups? Each of these products has its advantages and disadvantages, and we will list them all in this article and based on them, make the conclusion that is best for use.

Fights between pads, tampons and cups may stop because these are characteristics for each of them.

Sanitary Pads

The pads are made of several layers of absorbent material. Regardless of the position of the body and the actions they are doing, most cartridges will fulfill their function, which is protection from the passing of the period.
They are suitable for women who have no overflow of menstrual periods. Especially suitable for women who have no sexual relations. It is recommended that the cartridge be changed at least every 6-8 hours, and more frequently, if this requires a situation.

Benefits: They have different shapes and thicknesses, they are suitable if you have spasms during menstruation, different pads brands are available, you will not forget to change them, they are easy to put, they are easy to change.
Disadvantages: Not suitable for abundant menstruation, can be seen through certain clothing, can not go to the water, can pass unpleasant smells, can cause infections in the intimate area.

Pads, Tampons or Menstrual Cups - What's the Best?
Sanitary pads, source: IndiaMART

Tampons

They are popular among physically active women who are engaged in more difficult physical activity, sport, which is constantly on the move because it allows them greater freedom of movement. As the cartridge and the tampon comes in different sizes with different absorbing properties. The women who use them are much more discreet and comfortable than cartridges. Applied in the vagina absorbs blood before it exits from the body. Tampons are most commonly made of organic cotton or a mixture of cotton and silk.

Benefits: Small, can be used in water, easy to use, you not feel them when you use them, do not miss an odor, can be used at all times.
Disadvantages: Some women have problems with their application, easier to use in women who are having sexual intercourse although this is not a rule, can cause infections if not properly used, can potentially cause menstrual cramps.

Pads, Tampons or Menstrual Cups - What's the Best?
Tampon, source: Salon.com

Menstrual Cups

There are two types of menstrual cups – one is soft and flexible, placed as a diaphragm and used for one-off use. Other are either rubbery or silicone and are of a rewrite, approximately annual application. They are designed to collect menstrual blood, so they should be removed by a simple pull after 12 hours. Unlike tampons and pads that absorb, they collect blood and should be washed well after use. For the difference between tampons and pads, menstrual cups can be used during sexual intercourse.

Benefits: It does not release fibrous traces in the vagina, can be used during sexual intercourse, does not cause infection, does not dry out the vagina, is easy to use, can be used several times.
Disadvantages: Not suitable for use in people who have never had sex, not suitable for using out of the home.

Pads, Tampons or Menstrual Cups - What's the Best?
Menstrual cup, source: Gospodar Zdravlja

What to choose?

Pads, Tampons or Menstrual Cups - What's the Best?
Comparison of pads, tampons and cups, source: 123RF.com

After thoroughly presenting all the advantages and disadvantages of hygienic pads, tampons and menstrual cups we conclude that the best option is a menstrual cup. Although many women are unfamiliar with this method, those who start using it will no longer want to return using tampons and pads. The cup does not cause infection, it does not need to be changed for 12 hours, it is multifaceted and easy to wash. One menstrual cup can be used for up to one year, and the price of a single cup is about 200 hrk, which means that you are spending about 16 hrk each month on your menstrual period.

What are you using? Did you try a menstrual cup? Write us your impressions and comments.

 

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