Pads and tampons are two of the most popular ways to deal with period blood- if not the most popular ways-and for good reasons: they work really well. Easy right?
Your choice is definitely not one-size-fits-all here. Going to a beach? Grab a tampon. Just had a baby? Maybe use a pad. It varies according to the protection you need, and depends on what makes you feel comfortable.
Here we lay out all the different factors that should go into your decision of choosing between tampons verses pads.
What is a tampon?
A tampon is a small, cylindrical bundle that is made of cotton, rayon or a blend of cotton and rayon. It is inserted inside your vagina with an applicator or digitally, where it absorbs menstrual blood before blood has a chance to come out of your body. It is fully inside your body with the exception of a small string. It is invisible protection and virtually unnoticeable. Just remember that you should not wear a tampon for more than 8 hours.
Tampons come in different sizes because your flow changes every day. Tampons are pretty small so you can easily stash a few in your bag or purse for on the go protection.
What is a pad?
A pad is made of absorbent material that sticks to your underwear and you can wear them day or night. Like tampons, pads come in variety of sizes to meet your flow needs. Using pads is really easy but they are not for everybody. Since they are worn outside your body, people often complain about a wet feeling, the stress of constantly checking for leaks.
Some pads are thinner and shorter while others are thicker and longer. It all depends on each person’s preference and protection needs.
What are safety risks?
There are not many safety risks that come with the use of pads or tampons. Tampons are associated with an increased risk of menstrual toxic shock syndrome, a rare life-threatening medical condition that occurs when normal bacteria in your system release toxins. It is serious stuff, it’s possible symptoms include a high fever that comes on suddenly, low blood pressure, a sunburn-like rash, vomiting confusion, muscle ache, headaches and seizures.
Make sure you are wearing the lowest absorbency for flow and remember to wear your tampon for no longer than 8 hours.
What is better for your flow?
Really it depends on a few factors and your personal preference, obviously. If you are torn, check this chart to compare different benefits. Also do not forget that you can wear a tampon and a pad at the same time, if you want. It’s all your call!
How to use
Pads are external, so all you have to do is stick it onto your underwear. Done!
Tampons need to be inserted inside the boy. Once that is done, they are invisible.
Usage and comfort
Pads are worn externally. Just put them in your underwear.
Tampons are worn internally. That means you need to be comfortable inserting, wearning and removing a tampon from your vagina.
Pads can be worn for almost any activity. Really it is all about what is most comfortable for you.
Tampons can be worn for almost any activity or with any outfit, since they are worn worn internally. It is all about what is most comfortable for you.
Light flow to heavy flow
Pads come in a range of sizes for your unique shape and flow. Pick the size best for you based on your panty size and when you are wearing it-day and night.
Tampons come in five sizes to help give you great protection on your heaviest days and comfort on your lightest. Your flow changes every day, so your tampon can too. Pick the lowest absorbency that matches your flow each day.
There are pads designed for overnight use, so if you want to sleep in, turn off your alarm and do your thing.
Day or night, tampons can be worn for up to 8 hours. They can stay in place no matter how you toss or turn.
You know your considerations and your preferences. Use pads or tampons accordingly because feminine hygiene protection is the most required one.
Stay hygienic and fresh all day long in those days of every month because your health matters.