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Which is Better, Tampons? A Menstrual Cup? Pads?

In today’s life, women have different choices for managing menstrual blood, including pads, tampons, or a menstrual cup.  It is surely much simpler than ancient methods of stuffing cotton in the vagina, or sitting put for a few days until the bleeding stops.

A common question we hear: is there an advantage to using one current method versus another?

The answer: it us up to you because it depends on several factors:

  • What is available where you live?
  • Are you able to use tampons? Women with vaginismus or vulvar vestibulitis may not be candidates for them.
  • Is your culture against any of these options?
  • Were you told not to use tampons or a cup until after you are married so as to remain a virgin?
  • Are you on a tight budget and need to sort out the most economical option?
  • Do you base your decision according to comfort? Functionality? Daily routine? Sports?
  • Do you have such heavy periods that a tampon is not enough and you need to also use a pad? Or just a very thick pad during the heavy days?
  • Are you one who opts for a thin liner during the very light days, and tampons or a menstrual cup during the heavy days?

While the list goes on, you can see that there is no definitive answer.  We can clearly say that women who can use tampons or a menstrual cup will prefer it over ‘a diaper between the legs,’  and that the menstrual cup is less popular than the other choices, yet as safe and effective.

Bottom line: make a choice that is good for you.

About The Author

vaginismus specialist Dr. Ditza Katz team member Women's Therapy Center

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