Every woman’s body demands menstrual hygiene. The first step towards maintaining the menstrual hygiene is using a suitable kind of sanitary method. All the women across the world experience a monthly blood flow called periods or menstruation. Earlier women used to apply pads during menstrual bleeding. However, sanitary pads were the reason behind rashes in many ladies. With the emergence of a new era, these practices also changed.
Gynecologists use to refer menstrual cups and tampons to the ladies experiencing problems with pads. Women who have never applied a tampon or menstrual cup always have a fear of using it. They mostly do not use it due to the hesitation of using a new product. The one who are ready to use are usually confused if they should use a tampon or a menstrual cup. Both of these things have their benefit. Let us look at some important points related to good menstrual cup and tampon:
1. Briefing about a menstrual cup:
Menstrual cup is a bell-shaped cup made from silicone to collect the menstrual fluid. Some of them sit in the vagina, while others sit in the lower part of the cervix. There are many varieties in the market; you can choose according to your convenience.
2. Briefing about a tampon:
A tampon is a cylindrical shape absorbent material made from a cotton-like framework. You have to insert it into the vagina with the help of the applicator. Once it gets into the vagina it expands and soaks all the menstrual fluid. It may come with or without an applicator. Tampons also have a range of varieties which enables you to select out of them.
3. Which one of them is better?
Menstrual cups are costlier than tampons. However, you can use a tampon only once. It means that, for every day you will require at least 3 tampons in 24 hours. On the other hand, a single menstrual cup could be used for 2-10 years, depending upon some other factors. Therefore, if we total the cost, tampons will charge you more than a menstrual cup. Imagine how many tampons you will require per year!
- Material used
Materials used in a tampon are cotton, polyethylene, polyester, rayon, and polypropylene. Some tampons are also organic, but they will have less absorbent capacity. While the substance used to make a menstrual cup is silicone/latex. These substances give a flexible characteristic to the menstrual cup, which helps in application.
- Environmental friendly
You need to discard a tampon after every use. Imagine how many tampons you would discharge in your entire lifetime! It impacts the environment negatively and increases the burden of landfills. The menstrual cups are long-lasting. Therefore, you will have to discard them once in every 1- 10 years
Tampons are known to cause toxic shock syndrome if left for more than 8 hours inside the vagina. There is no such possible risk in the menstrual cup.
- Odor control
Menstrual cups are better in odor control as compared to tampons.
Menstrual cups can hold double the amount of menstrual blood in comparison with the tampons.
If we look at the overall ratings, menstrual cups are better than the tampons.