When you are on your periods, you usually opt for sanitary napkins or tampons. But do you know about something called menstrual cups? I am sure you do. Unless you have been living under a rock, you’d know about them. But have you tried them? See, that’s the thing- a lot of people I meet know about menstrual cups but are sceptical of trying them.
In this article, we will talk about menstrual cups and tampons. Sanitary pads I believe are passé. They are quite uncomfortable, and I mostly end up staining my bed sheet whenever I use them. I personally prefer something that is smaller and absorbs better. Both tampons and menstrual cups do that. So which one should you opt for? I will try to answer this question in this article to help you make an informed choice.
Tampons are not a newer addition to our society. In fact, they have existed in the western part of the world since the 1930s. Hence, almost 70% of women in the USA use tampons. Because of their size and better absorbing capacity, they provide more freedom to women. Women are recommended to change tampons every four to eight hours.
Menstrual cups, on the other hand, holds much more menstrual fluid than tampons. Unlike tampons, they can be reused after cleaning. Most menstrual cups can hold 30 ml of menstrual fluids. We lose 10-80 ml of fluid during a period across 2 to 7 days.
Let us list down the difference between menstrual cups and tampons for your better understanding-
- Menstrual cups can be reused, while tampons cannot
Tampons need to be changed every 4-8 hours, while a menstrual cup will easily last a day. You just need to drain out the fluid, once you think it is full, and reuse it.
- Tampons can cause dryness in the vagina
Tampons have the ability to absorb the natural moisture of our vagina creating an imbalance in the pH levels. A menstrual cup, since it is made from medical silicone, is quite safe and hygienic to use.
- Tampons can cause toxic-shock syndrome, while menstrual cups do not
Toxic shock syndrome is the name given to a condition caused by bacterial toxins. The symptoms are fever, rash, skin peeling, and low blood pressure. Earlier, women who used super-absorbent tampons were at a significant risk of toxic shock syndrome, but now it has reduced significantly. But menstrual cups are still a safer option because they do not house any bacteria that could lead to such symptoms.
- Menstrual cups are more gentle.
Tampons can cause irritation, and also deposit fibres in the vaginal wall. A menstrual cup made from medical silicone is not harmful to your vagina and does not cause irritation. Also, it can hold fluid for 12 hours.
- Menstrual cups are cheap and eco-friendly
Since they can be reused, hence you do not need to purchase them again and again. You just need to spend once on a good menstrual cup and you are sorted for a long time. They are also eco-friendly. Tampons need to be disposed off, which is not a good thing for our earth. Menstrual cups are a safer, more eco-friendly, and cheaper option.