Imagine waking up in the morning with a red stain on your clothes and your bedsheet. Well, that’s not a happy morning. Now tell me, have you ever thought of switching your sanitary products just because you think that the alternative may be better? Don’t worry. Every girl has this confusion.
The ultimate answer for the question – “Which is the best during menstruation” is still unresolved. It is because the definition of “best sanitary product” differs from person to person. Sanitary products can be voted based on different factors like comfort, capacity, price, availability, etc.
Now let’s see, which is the best product during menstruation.
The solitary purpose of sanitary products is to make menstruation contained and protected. It gives women the comfort to walk in public on their days of period. To be comfortable in the public, sanitary products should be also comfortable and convenient.
When we talk about comfort, sanitary pads will be always the comfortable one for most women. This is because in most parts of India sanitary pad is the first sanitary product introduced to a girl who is having her periods for the first time. It is because the usage of sanitary pads is very easy and can be handled by even small girls very easily.
Like menstrual cups and tampons, sanitary pads do not have to be inserted inside the vagina. It is supposed to be placed outside the vagina. Let’s be honest, inserting a cup or cotton rod inside your vagina daily is not the favorite of every girl. But if started using, despite the discomfort in the first usage tampons and menstrual cups can also be as comfortable as sanitary pads.
When it comes to the safety of the user, a menstrual cup is safer than pads and tampons. Because the common sanitary pads and tampons contain other harmful substances to enhance the smell, color, absorbance of the product. These substances are hazardous for the skin and body. Unlike sanitary pads and tampons, menstrual cups are made from silica.
Among tampons, menstrual cup and sanitary pads, menstrual cup has the largest capacity. Pads ad tampons work on the absorbing mechanism and have to be changed every 3 or 4 hours. While menstrual pads work on the collecting mechanism and a single cup can be used for 12 hours maximum. To not change the product every few hours is the best advantage of menstrual cups.
As said, menstrual cups have a large capacity than tampons and pads. But if the cups or tampons are used for than supposed time, it can cause toxic shock syndrome. Toxic shock syndrome is caused by bacterial infection and can cause serious damages to the body. So the doctors always advise you to switch your sanitary products, to reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
Leakage is one of the unavoidable problems of periods. Women get paranoid in public during their periods. They keep on checking their clothes. If not used properly, there is a chance of leakage in every sanitary product. But if kept perfectly, menstrual cups are more reliable than sanitary pads and tampons. If not removed every few hours there is a chance of overflow and it causes leakage in the case of pads or tampons.
Sanitary pads are not only supposed to be user-friendly but also eco-friendly. Because if disposed of into the environment, sanitary products can be a very dangerous source of pollution.
An average woman has her period for 4 or 5 days. If she uses 5 sanitary pads a day, the number of pads a common woman use in a year will be quite large number. The single-use products if used, sanitary products can alone make a large percentage of the pollutants in the world.
A menstrual cup is an eco-friendly sanitary product when compared to non-reusable sanitary pads and tampons. Single-use pads and tampons are supposed to be disposed of. It can be also burned to avoid accumulation. Burned or thrown off, sanitary pads and tampons are pollutants due to their materials and the harmful ingredients added to them. But now reusable pads are also an alternative for such pads and tampons.
The price of sanitary products is an important factor in their consumption. Sanitary products are one of the most important daily use products. But sanitary products are quite expensive these days.
If non-reusable products like sanitary products and tampons are used, a good amount of money is required to buys them. But in cases of reusable ones, like reusable pads and menstrual cups, two or three of them would be sufficient for a few years.
A menstrual cup is the most affordable sanitary product. It may cost a few hundred but two or three of them will be enough for a few years. When compared to pads and tampons, menstrual cups are cheap.
The availability of sanitary products is a big factor. During this corona pandemic India faced sanitary pad crisis.
According to the studies, Indian women mainly rely on sanitary pads during menstruation. And due to this fact, sanitary pads are a wildly available product in India. But these days, menstrual cups and tampons are also becoming famous. Nowadays, awareness about the menstrual cup is given by sex educators and health workers all over India. The advantages of menstrual cups and the introduction of menstrual cups in the Indian market encouraged women to use cups.
Every sanitary product has its pros and cons. The experience of such products also differs from person to person. Always choose comfortable and safe sanitary products. Consider the factors mentioned above and find out the most suitable sanitary product for you.