Tampons Vs Pads: Pros & Cons
Should you wear tampons or pads? Which is better? The truth is, it depends! Let's chat about what considerations there are when making the decision.
Tampons and pads are both great to use during any menstrual cycle. What makes each unique and what do they each have to offer?
First up, Tampons!
Tampons are essentially a plug made of cotton used to absorb period blood during that time of the month. They are small, absorbent and designed to be placed in the vagina with a string that hangs out so you can easily pull it out when you need to replace it. What are the pros and cons of using tampons? Let’s get into it!
Compact - Tampons are the number one feminine product used because they are very small and comfortable when inserted correctly. They are also easier to discreetly carry around with you.
Easy to use - Once you’ve figured out how to insert a tampon correctly, it becomes second nature and it takes very little time to replace your tampons during your cycle.
Absorbency - Tampons are made specifically for absorbing period blood before it comes out, making it a perfect option for those that prefer using an internal feminine product.
Light weight - When your tampon is put in correctly, you shouldn’t feel a thing. You can do all of your normal activities and not have to worry about your period.
Sizes - Tampons come in sizes Light, Regular, Super and Super Plus, giving you plenty of options to choose from when your flow changes from day to day.
Learning curve - Newbies to tampons find that it can be difficult to begin with. Finding the right size and making sure that you are inserting it correctly plays a big role in whether or not tampons work for you.
TSS - Toxic Shock Syndrome happens when tampons are left in for too long, encouraging bacteria to grow in the vagina. This can be a life-threatening bacterial infection if you are not careful with your tampon use. Also consult your healthcare provider for any further questions.
“Tampons are essentially a plug made of cotton used to absorb period blood during that time of the month. They are small, absorbent and designed to be placed in the vagina with a string that hangs out so you can easily pull it out when you need to replace it.”
“Pads are placed in the underwear to absorb blood once it has come out of the vagina.”
Pads are placed in the underwear to absorb blood once it has come out of the vagina. They come in a variety of sizes and absorbency levels to help provide protection against leakage during your period. Here are some pros and cons of using pads as your feminine product:
Easy to use - Pads are simply placed inside your underwear and left there to absorb blood. Because they are so easy to use, most girls just beginning their menstrual cycles start off with pads.
Sizes - Pads also come in different sizes to help with all levels of menstrual flows throughout your cycle.
Comfort - Pads are soft and should feel comfortable as you go about your day and move around.
No TSS risk - Unlike tampons, pads do not create a higher risk for getting Toxic Shock Syndrome because they are used externally.
Less discreet - Because pads are used in your underwear instead of in your vagina, it can be harder to hide the fact that you are using a pad, especially when you use a higher absorbency pad.
Can move around - Unlike tampons, pads can move around as you do your regular activities which can lead to some leakage during the day.
Overall, tampons and pads are both fantastic resources for your monthly flow. Whether you prefer one over the other is really up to you and what makes you the most comfortable. Some women even use both simultaneously. Try them out and see what you think will be the most reliable for you and the different activities that you do during your period. You can’t go wrong either way!
“Overall, tampons and pads are both fantastic resources for your monthly flow. Whether you prefer one over the other is really up to you and what makes you the most comfortable.”