We have come a long way in the world of feminine hygiene products – gone are the days when women had to choose from a range of bizarre and impractical period products in order to manage their menstrual cycles. When it comes to tampons and menstrual cups – they are both fairly similar products. So it can be extremely confusing when settling for either one of them to manage your periods. They both have their fair share of pros and cons that can help you make the right choice for your body.
Tampons are plugs made of absorbent fibers with a string attached to one end for easy removal. They are inserted inside the vagina to absorb the menstrual blood and once they’re full, they can be pulled out with the help of the attached string. There are two kinds of tampons – tampons with applicators and tampons without applicators. If you choose to opt for the ones without the applicator, you will have to insert the tampon with your fingers. The tampon applicator is usually made of plastic and makes this insertion process much easier and less messy.
Tampons are the way to go if:
Making the right choice: Going organic!
Pros of organic pads/tampons:
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A menstrual cup is exactly what the name suggests – a cup made for the days you menstruate. This cup is inserted into the vagina and gets lodged using a suction mechanism to stay securely in position inside your vagina, without leaking. This cup collects all the menstrual blood and can be worn for up to 12 hours.
There are two kinds of menstrual cups – disposable ones and reusable cups. Needless to say, if you’re shifting to cups to make a change and go easy on the environment, you should opt for the reusable menstrual cups.
The reusable cups at The Woman’s Company are made of medical grade silicone and can be used for up to 10 years, if maintained properly.
Menstrual cups are meant for you if: