Author: Sheryne Nachawati
Hi babes, today we’re talking about something that all of us ladies have… periods.
When you first get your period growing up, you immediately introduced to a pad and a tampon. We all have a preference, but have we evaluated the options?? Here we go!
Pads are a classic. They are incredibly absorbent and you can, for the most part, count on them for not bleeding through. People, pads are a great option. It’s for the people that don’t want to deal with any insertion, which is the main deal breaker between the pad and the tampon. Toxic shock syndrome is less associated with pads then it is with tampons. This doesn’t mean that the risk of a UTI, rash, or an infection are completely out of the picture if you don’t change them every 3 to 4 hours (this goes for daytime pads). The most beneficial aspect of pads is that they are the best choice for overnight use. You can use them safely for longer, and we love safety.
Tampons take up such a small portion of space in your purse, you can always have them whenever disaster strikes. And it’s not that periods aren’t natural, but sneaking tampons to the restroom becomes much easier than hiding a pad. Especially when it comes to unwrapping a pad in a public restroom- that noise! Sometimes you just don’t want to feel like you’re wearing a diaper or that you’re not clean, so a tampon is your solution. Also, you have the freedom to move. It helps with being active and let’s you have more fun while you’re out and about. You just can’t really feel them! However, inserting it and taking it out can be slightly painful if you get the wrong size or if your body is sensitive.
But its not just about pads and tampons!
Have you heard of the menstrual cup?
Well it costs less and contributes less landfill waste. They are reusable so it sacrifices less trees to make. They also don’t have any odor problems and if anything actually reduces any odor issues because the fluid doesn’t touch the air. It allows good vaginal bacterial to remain in your vagina. Tampons can absorb the fluids and potentially disturb the balance. You can go up to 12 hours without emptying the menstrual cup (depending on your flow). You can have intercourse while your cup is in place. And they are easy to use. But, they are more messy and some people do have difficulty inserting them (even more-so if they have one that doesn’t fit as well to the individual). Removal can also be an issue because sometimes you just can’t find the stem. There is also maintenance required for the menstrual cup between cycles, that you have to decide if you’re committed to. Regardless, this is one of the best options for saving the environment, and who wouldn’t be on board for that? I'm going to be honest.. I haven't personally tried it. But, here's and insider scoop by someone who has: GREAT for festivals.
In the grand scheme of things, it all comes down to what is best for you to use during your flow. So choose wisely and be kind to your vagina.
Author: Sheryne Nachawati