Types Of Period Products: Know Your Options

Types Of Period Products: Know Your Options

Menstrual hygiene products are necessities, not luxuries, and not something to create fuss about.

We need to address the stigma around menstruation and we need to really talk about it publicly to spread awareness among the young girls. 

Feeling shy or embarrassed while talking about periods refrain people from advocating for themselves and we fail to address the issue faced by several young girls.

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Due to insufficient resources and knowledge of menstrual hygiene the girls face several physical and mental challenges.

If the menstrual products are publicized, promoted, and affordable, more women may choose them according to their period type.

In Fact the schools should provide free pads and tampons to young girls.

There are a range of products to keep you feeling comfortable and dry. 

What are the factors to consider while identifying the perfect product for your body?

  • Cost effective: How much are you willing to spend for a period product every month?
  • Time efficiency: How efficient is it to wear and use your product?
  • Your flow: What is the intensity level of your flow?
  • Physical activity level: What all activities do you carry out throughout your day?
  • Disposing method: How do you dispose of your product after usage?

Let’s compare the various period products available in the market so that after reading this blog hopefully you can determine your perfect period product.

 

Tampons-

Tampons are designed to absorb the menstrual flow and are inserted into the vagina.

Tampons are disposable period products. They are available in different sizes and absorbing intensity depending on your menstrual flow.

Tampons are made up of rayon fibers, cotton fibers, or a mix of both materials. 

Tampons come in both disposable and reusable forms.


Pros–

  • Tampons are one of the few menstrual hygiene products you can swim with.
  • Tampons are small and portable and you can easily carry them with you.
  • They can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time.
  • Most women tend to find tampons more comfortable to wear than sanitary pads.
  • Tampons do not cause any foul odor.

Cons-

  • It can be a bit uncomfortable to use as it is inserted in the vagina.
  • Tampons can cause bacterial infections and vaginal irritation.
  • There is a risk of toxic shock syndrome.
  • Non-organic tampons contain harmful chemicals and are not eco-friendly.

Sanitary pads–

Pads are designed to be placed on the garments and are made up of absorbent material like cotton and polymer.

Pads are available in different sizes, you can also select your perfect type on the basis of your flow.

Most of the  sanitary pads available in the market are disposable and for one time use only. Reusable sanitary pads are mostly made up of cloth.


Pros–

  • Very convenient to use.
  • It is perfect for heavy flow.
  • There is negligible chances of toxic shock syndrome.
  • You don’t have  to insert anything in your body, so it is much more  comfortable.
  • Moreover, nighttime-specific pads are also available.

Cons–

  • You need to change the pad every 5-6 hours.
  • You can’t jump in water after wearing them.
  • Pads can cause vaginal infection, skin irritation, and UTI.
  • They can shift out of place and can be uncomfortable.

Menstrual disc–

A menstrual disc is inserted in vagina and collects blood and is supposed to provide 12 hours of protection.

Menstrual discs are placed between your cervix and pubic bone. 

There are both reusable and disposable discs available in the market.

Most of the menstrual discs are made up of body-safe polymers and medical-grade polymers.


Pros–

  • Easy to insert and remove once you are thorough with the process.
  • It can be worn upto 12 hours and it’s very comfortable.
  • You can easily carry your day to day activities like gym, swimming, and sleeping.
  • Menstrual discs are ok to use with IUDs, because they don’t follow the suction method.

Cons–

  • Females with obstructed hymen or vaginal infection can’t use this.
  • Discs can be more messier to remove and  can be very uncomfortable.

Menstrual Cups–

Menstrual cups are small, flexible, made up of medical grade silicone or rubber and it is designed to collect the blood instead of absorbing it.

One cup may be reusable for up to 10 years.

Menstrual cups come in a variety of sizes and shapes.

Most of them are reusable, but some are disposable also.


Pros–

  • It does not contribute to the production of landfills and is eco-friendly.
  • A menstrual cup can last for a longer time. 
  • It is cost effective.
  • It is more reliable than tampons or pads when it comes to holding the amount of blood.
  • Moreover, it doesn’t cause any rashes or skin irritation.
  • It does not cause any foul smell or odor.

Cons–

  • They can be more difficult to insert and can be more messier.
  • On the contrary disposable menstrual products, you need to take care of your menstrual cup.
  • Inserting any object into the vagina can irritate the urethra and can cause urinary issues.
  • It can cause skin allergies.

Period Underwear–

These are like regular garments, but very absorbent. These absorbent underpants have multiple layers of microfiber polyester and they soak the menstrual blood.

It can be used if you have a light flow.

The fabric used to make period underwear contains a moisture-wicking fabric which consists of thousands of small filaments.

Period underwear does not stop the flow of your period blood. 


Pros-

  • Period underwear is useful in absorbing both light and heavy blood flow.
  • It really  doesn't bother your physical activities.
  • It is eco-friendly and is easily disposable.
  • It prevents leakage onto your skin and clothes.
  • They produce less waste, because you can reuse them.

Cons–

  • It can cause foul odor.
  • It is a bit expensive.
  • It has only a limited variety and styles.

Conclusion:

Try different types of period products and select which suits your lifestyle and what will best fit your needs.

Finding the right period product is a process full of trial and error.

‘’Maybe this year you use tampons, and next year you use period underwear. You should have all of these options and tools’’. Your period, your choice!

Choosing the right period product is as essential as food and it is a necessity for all of us.