Tampons Versus Menstrual Cups – Which Way to Go?- Femica
January 28, 2023

Tampons Versus Menstrual Cups – Which Way to Go?

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.

Female Hygiene

  • Menstrual Cup Large (Only Cup) Menstrual Cup Large (Only Cup) ₹700.00
    Product Description : ISO Certified 31485:2016. Find joy in little things, everyone says! And we help you find that joy. Rustic Art menstrual cup is as small as a cup cake, sparking even more joy in women. Waking up to a new comfort everyday, Rustic Art Menstrual Cup is the treasure that we'd love to share with the world. Rustic Art Menstrual Cup is a reusable sanitary wear, which collects the menstrual fluids, 25-30 ml at a time. It's made out of medical grade silicone, which doesn't react with the either the body, or the vaginal fluids. Since it goes entirely inside the vagina, the ease of body movements is at the maximum, making it a pit stop for most of the sportswomen. It is smartly designed for most comfort and made in India (Satara, Maharashtra). It saves pollution caused due to the disposable pads, saves luggage storage while traveling, saves money, removes the irritation, itch and foul smell caused by the disposable pads. The cloth pouch is hand stitched by local women, providing them employment. Rustic Art Menstrual Cup Wash! Now say good bye to odour, stains and .... with your portable sterilizing kit! It takes care of the maintenance of your cup for 2 years. Use it once before your period and once after for a menstrual cup as good as new. It is made with natural and non toxic ingredients. You can buy it here. How to use : Refer instruction Manual provided along with the pack Benefits of using this product : Rustic Art Menstrual Cup is a reusable sanitary wear. Best Suitable for Sports Women and Outdoor Working women Size Selection: Small: Women below age 30 years; Large: Women above age 30 years Shelf Life : Best Before 24 months Country of Origin : India Brand Name : Rustic Art
  • Organic Cotton Day Pads | Pack of 12| The Woman’s Company | Biodegradable and Rash Free | 280mm Organic Cotton Day Pads | Pack of 12| The Woman’s Company | Biodegradable and Rash Free | 280mm ₹279.00
    Product Description: The Woman's Company Biodegradable Organic Cotton day pads are your answer to rash free periods. The pads have a 100% organic top sheet, are non- bleached, and are gentle on your skin. TWC pads are dioxin-free hence, reducing the chances of cervical cancer. The pads are ergonomically designed to avoid any leakage and manage your flow in the best possible way. TWC pads are biodegradable and good for the environment. How to Use: Stick the pad in your underwear using the sticky strip on the back. Some reusable pads are held in place with snaps or elastic in your underwear. Change your pad every few hours, or when it's soaked with blood. Wrap used pads in the wrapper or toilet paper and throw them in the trash. Flushing used pads or wrappers down the toilet will clog it up. SIZE: 1 piece, Large (Also available in Small) Benefits / Features of using the product: Ultra-Soft Chemical Free Biodegradable Individual Wrapping Country of Origin: India Brand Name: The Woman's Company
  • Large Menstrual Cup - Made of Medical Grade Silicone, Rash free, No Leakage, FDA Approved| The Woman’s Company Large Menstrual Cup - Made of Medical Grade Silicone, Rash free, No Leakage, FDA Approved| The Woman’s Company ₹550.00
    Product Description: Wishing for a pad-free period? Well the The Woman's Company Menstrual Cup is the answer. Our FDA approved menstrual cups are made of 100% medical grade silicone making it soft and flexible and easy to use. It does not use any chemicals hence is gentle on the skin and keeps you free of itchiness and rashes during your periods. It lasts for upto 10 years saving you money the hassle of disposing pads every month- Good for you and the environment. It is leakproof and does not hinder your daily routine. How to Use: This soft and flexible menstural cup is easy to insert and remove anddoesnt need to be removed during peeing. In between changing just remove the cup,empty out the blood, wash it with water and reinsert SIZE: 1 piece, Large (Also available in Small) Benefits / Features of using the product: Skin Friendly Eco Friendly Pocket Friendly Country of Origin: India Brand Name: The Woman's Company
  • Organic Cotton Panty Liners| The Woman’s Company | Pack of 30 | Rash Free and Biodegradable Organic Cotton Panty Liners| The Woman’s Company | Pack of 30 | Rash Free and Biodegradable ₹249.00
    Product Description: Organic Cotton Panty Liners Avoid that moisture in your panty which invites in bacteria and UTIs and use a pantyliner! Ideal for that spotting with an oncoming period, or in your last days. Also works as an extra layer of extra protection over a menstrual cup or tampon. no chemicals or dioxin used, made of certified 100% organic cotton suitable for everyday use. How to Use: Panty Liners are similar to sanitary napkins albeit thinner they can be used on a daily basis to avoid extra discharges. Remove the paper from the back Place it on your panty Enjoy a carefree day Benefits / Features of using the product: Skin-friendly Rash free Ultra-soft Country of Origin: India Brand Name: The Woman's Company

Tampons

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.

Product Description:  TWC Tampons are made from Certified Organic Cotton, with an absorbent core, which has the removal cord sewn into it. This core is wrapped in a special safety layer, which prevents the fibers from remaining inside your body. These tampons also come with a cardboard applicator for an easier insertion process. TWC's Tampons are a great choice for women who lead an active lifestyle. By Women For Women Founded by Women from the Healthcare industry.

 How to Use: The compact applicator is made of two tubes, with the tampon inside. Extend the inner tube until you feel it come to a stop. It won't click, like other tampons you may have used. To insert the tampon, just push the inner tube until it meets the end of the outer tube.

Benefits / Features of using the product:  

  • Skin-friendly
  • Rash free
  • Ultra-soft

Country of Origin: India

Brand Name: The Woman's Company

 

Pros:

  1. Tampons make swimming possible during your periods
  2. If inserted properly, you can hardly feel them
  3. They are discreet because of their size and can fit easily in your pocket or small sling bags
  4. No rashes caused due to friction, unlike pads
  5. Allow you to be more active during your periods, as compared to pads

Cons:

  1. The greatest disadvantage of tampons is the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), which is a deadly form of bacterial infection. This can occur due to lack of hygiene owed to infrequent changing of tampons. If you choose to opt for tampons, you must remember to change them frequently.
  2. Inserting them can be difficult, messy and uncomfortable.
  3. They can dry out your vagina and make it itchy and change your vaginal pH.
  4. If you are a heavy bleeder, they may leak and cause an embarrassing mess.

Tampons are the way to go if:

  • You are usually extremely active and like to work out and be on the move during your periods.
  • You’re planning to take a dip in the ocean or the swimming pool.
  • You prefer discretion and don’t have too much space in your bag /pocket.
  • You’re on a tight budget and don’t have enough funds to make the one time investment on a cup.

Making the right choice: Going organic!

Pros of organic pads/tampons:

  1. Made of 100% organic cotton
  2. No chemicals (such as chlorine) used to bleach the cotton
  3. No dioxins
  4. No plastic used (our tampon applicators are made of cardboard and pads are plastic-free as well)
  5. Biodegradable, sustainable and eco-friendly
  6. They are super soft as they are made of organic cotton so cause less irritation and rashes

Menstrual Cups

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 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.

Product Description: Wishing for a pad-free period? Well, The Woman's Company Menstrual Cup is the answer. Our FDA-approved menstrual cups are made of 100% medical-grade silicone making them soft and flexible and easy to use. It does not use any chemicals hence is gentle on the skin and keeps you free of itchiness and rashes during your periods. It lasts for up to 10 years saving you money the hassle of disposing of pads every month- Good for you and the environment. It is leakproof and doesn't hinder your daily routine.

 How to Use: For a comfortable insertion, the cup needs to be folded in certain ways. The cup once inserted will pop open inside for a leak-proof experience. Once you've managed to do one of these folds, keep it in place and insert the cup into your vagina, directing it towards your back.

Benefits / Features of using the product:  

  • Menstrual cups are safer
  • Menstrual cups hold more blood.
  • They’re eco-friendly

Country of Origin: India

Brand Name: The Woman's Company

 

Pros:

  1. They are environment friendly (in case you opt for reusable menstrual cups) and you will have a zero-waste period
  2. They can be worn for up to 12 hours unlike tampons
  3. You can sleep with them overnight
  4. They really go easy on your pocket – menstrual cups are a one-time investment. You can use them for up to 10 years if they’re kept in proper condition
  5. You can wear them during sex
  6. No need to put away your sexy lingerie
  7. You can swim with them
  8. They aren’t uncomfortable – you can barely feel the cup if worn properly
  9. No more rashes and irritation
  10. No more period smell (we all know that smell!)
  11. It keeps your vaginal pH balanced

Cons:

  1. If you have a heavy period i.e. you bleed heavier than most women, you may have to change your cup more often, which can be a hassle at times.
  2. Menstrual cups take some getting used to – insertion isn’t the easiest task.
  3. Removing the cup is also slightly tricky the first few times. However, once you get the hang of it, you will never switch back to pads or tampons!
  4. If you have fibroids, insertion can be uncomfortable and difficult.
  5. It can be messy when you change the cup, as you need to use your fingers to take the cup out of your vagina. Then you need to dump the contents and rinse the cup before inserting it again.
  6. Even though TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) is mostly associated with tampons; menstrual cups, if not used properly have a very slim chance of giving you TSS.
  7. Menstrual cups are slightly costlier than other period products such as pads and tampons. However, it is important to remember that it is a one-time investment and saves you tons of money in the long run.
  8. It is essential to boil your reusable menstrual cup before and after your cycle to sterilize it and avoid infection – one extra but necessary step.

Menstrual cups are meant for you if:

  • You care about the environment and wish to reduce your environmental footprint.
  • You hate having to change pads and tampons frequently.
  • Want to have sex during your period but don’t want it to be messy with all that period blood.
  • You have a little extra cash in hand and want to save money in the long run.
  • Do not want to limit activities such as swimming while you’re on your period.
  • You are prone to itchiness from using tampons.
  • Your priority is enjoying a long night’s sleep.

Also Read: 6 Reasons To Shift To Organic Sanitary Pads

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