THE CONVERSATION; Tampons vs Sanitary pads

If one is prone to waking up to sheets that resemble a crime scene, then the biggest pad with wings should probably be at the top of the list, but if one wants to go to a beach without a big panty on, Tampons!

SANITARY PADS are rectangles of absorbent material that sticks to the underwear and you can wear them day or night. Some have extra material on the sides (called “wings”) that fold over the edges of your underwear to better hold the sanitary pad in place and prevent leakage. Sanitary pads are really easy to use but they are not for everybody. Since they are worn outside your body, people often complain about a wet feeling and 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.

TAMPONS are also made of absorbed material and it is a small cylindrical bundle that is made of cotton, rayon or a blend of cotton and rayon. It is inserted directly into the vagina with an applicator or digitally where it absorbs the menstrual blood before it has a chance to come out of the body. If inserted properly, you won’t feel that it is there, which is pretty much the best-case scenario when you are on your period and want to be comfortable.

Sanitary pads can be useful for light to heavy days, but one would have to change them every 3 to 4 hours during the day to avoid discomfort and period odor. They are a good option for bedtime use. Many women like sanitary pads because they are easy to use and it is easier to remember when to change them since you can see them getting soaked with blood.

If you have a medium to heavy flow, tampons are a good choice but they aren’t great for overnight use as they can cause irritation for some people. Tampons can be worn for almost any activity or with any outfit, since they are worn internally. It is all about what is most comfortable for you. They are also a great option to use when you want to swim while on your period.

 For safety and hygiene purposes, it is recommended that one should change tampons every 4 to 8 hours. Because leaving one in too long, like all day or all night puts you at risk of a rare but very dangerous illness called “Toxic Shock Syndrome”.

Symptoms of TSS include high fever, vomiting or diarrhea, severe muscle aches, a feeling of extreme weakness or dizziness and a rash that looks like sunburn. If one ever have these symptoms while wearing a tampon, remove it and go for a medical checkup immediately. But remember that TSS is very rare and most women never become ill from using Tampons. Tampons are good for Daytime use.

Many girls worry that tampons might get lost inside them, luckily, that can’t happen. The opening of the cervix (located at the top of the vagina) is just too tiny for a tampon to get through. Tampons typically have a string attached to one end that stays outside the body and can be used to remove the tampon at any time and easily.

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