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Tampons or sanitary pads.

In the past, women who were dealing with periods did not leave the house, because they dealt with periods with clothes. Rags were worn, to deal with blood, and then they were washed and dried for reuse. But now, better options are developed and so Tampons or sanitary pads is a choice. These two became the most common and effective ways to manage periods. Just like other days, you can carry out your routine normally with the help of these products. But choosing one of them is the main part because it depends on your comfort, safety, protection, and effectiveness. Therefore if you learn about each of these products, then you will be able to make a better choice. 

Here let’s see how these products work, and other different factors and so you can find the difference and choose what you prefer. 

What are Tampons? 

Tampons, the small cylindrical bundles, are made of cotton, rayon, or a blend of two that comes in different sizes due to the changes in the flow of periods.  They absorb the menstrual blood flow when you insert it into your vagina. This can be done with or without an applicator.

Tampons

It will be inside the body except for the small string which you can pull out to remove the tampon.  This helps in absorbing the blood before it comes out. They are unnoticeable and give invisible protection. You can only use them once and it is not recommended to reuse them, moreover, you should use them only for 4 to 6 hours a day. 

What are sanitary pads? 

They are thin rectangle-shaped materials that absorb the period blood. The material consists of tiny holes inside to suck the blood into itself, preventing leakage and spilling. They are used by placing it on the underwear, and simply it is not about inserting inside your body but it is worn outside. They come in different sizes, and you can choose the size based on the light or heavy flow of blood.

sanitary pads.

They have wings on either side which you can fold on the edges of the underwear to stick and keep the sanitary pad in place. They are meant to use only once and change you should change your pad every 3 to 4 hours even if you do not have heavy periods, in order to prevent the growth of bacteria and the smell. 

Which is healthier and better to use?

The choosing of the product actually depends on your personal preference, comfort, lifestyle, and safety. 

Tampons or sanitary pads?

Tampons 

Tampons suit best for athletes or swimmers.  Because it is less visible and will give you comfort where you won’t even feel that you have worn something if you have inserted it properly.  As it is worn inside your body,  you can wear any type of clothes there’s no need to worry about how it looks.  They come in 5 sizes to give great protection on your heaviest days as well as your lightest days.  As they are small in size,  it is easy to carry them in your small pockets or in your palms. 

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But on the other hand, tampons can be risky as they can increase the chances of toxic shock syndrome (TTS). This is a rare syndrome but can be life-threatening that can cause bacterial infections. To reduce the risk, you need to use the lowest absorbency tampon, change it frequently and try replacing it with pads when you have low blood flow, and moreover avoid wearing a single tampon at night. Wash your hands before and after using tampons. 

Sometimes you will feel uncomfortable, especially when you try new ones, or you might end with errors when choosing the right size. They can sometimes irritate or dry out your vagina making you find it itchy and uncomfortable. 

Pads

Women who don’t like the idea of inserting something into their bodies would find pads to be a great option.  It sometimes looks fine because you’re reassured that you are protected.  And is easier to Remember when you want to change it because of the feeling it gives. There are super-absorbent pads thin in size so that you don’t have to feel uncomfortable. And this is a better option for girls who are new to periods. Unlike tampons, they do not consist any risk of toxic shock syndrome. 

Although they are thinner in size, they can be visible under certain clothes and makes you feel self-conscious the whole day. You can’t swim with pads, instead, you have to replace them with tampons if you are to swim. You might feel uncomfortable because there are chances where they can shift out of place and wrinkle up in the center giving bloodstains in the underwear, and your clothes. 

There are not many health risks associated with using pads, but if you do not change them regularly, and if you are going to wear them for a long time, then it can cause mild skin irritation. And this sometimes can cause TTS, but this is the same if you are not using any hygiene protection.  So changing it regularly can reduce the above risks. 

Things to consider when using these products. 

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Tampons

Try using a low absorbency as possible, because although the higher absorbency tampons are convenient to protect, you won’t remember to frequently change your tampons. so if you have a low absorbency tampon, then you do not have to leave it for a long time. Do not use it if you are planning to sleep for more than 8 hours. If you are going to sleep with it, then you need to change it in the middle of the night. Wash your hands before inserting the tampon to remove bacteria from the hands. Use this only for menstrual blood and not for vaginal discharge. Use organic, and unscented tampons to avoid irritation. 

Pads

Choose the right pad, depending on the flow of your blood. Some people choose the wrong size and find it leaking. So it is important to choose the right one and place it properly on your underwear. Change your pad every 3 to 4 hours or when it is filled with blood. Wrap the used pads in a wrapper or toilet paper and throw them in the trash or burn them. Do not flush the pads in the toilet, as they can block the path. 

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