Tampons versus pads: What are the pros and cons?

Did you know that the average woman uses around 10,000 sanitary products in her lifetime? It only makes total sense for scientists and experts to research on the right menstrual care methods to use, particularly the answer to the age-old question of whether it’s best use tampons, sanitary pads, or  a menstrual cup.

Here’s the lowdown on these three menstrual management techniques and how they stack up for optimum protection and comfort:

Sanitary pads

Also known as sanitary napkins or menstrual pads, these pads were among the earliest forms of feminine hygiene, providing various lengths and absorbency levels. Their top advantages are the following:

On the other hand, they have their drawbacks:


A menstrual management option since the 1930s, tampons are the most popular choice for women younger than age 41, according to a study. Like pads, they’re offered in different sizes as well as levels of absorbency, and they are recommended to be changed every four to eight house. Here are their main advantages:

Like pads, tampons have their disadvantages:

Read this Seventeen feature for girls’ candid revelations on their pad and tampon experiences!

Menstrual cup

We recently featured this pad and tampon alternative on the blog, highlighting how this small, funnel-shaped cup can hold the most amount of blood among the three choices and emerges as an eco-friendly choice since it can be reused over and over again. Depending on your period flow, these cups made of rubber or silicone can be worn for up to about 12 hours.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for anyone looking to use a menstrual cup involves figuring out the right size, inserting and taking it out, and doing proper aftercare to stop bacterial accumulation and keep it clean.

Now that we’ve discussed the pros and cons, do you plan to stick to your tried-and-tested period product, or are you keen on some change? Let us know in the comments!

Sara Bishop grew up in Queensland and lives on the Gold Coast with her husband Luke and their three children. She started working at age 14 and has performed administration, research, and advisory roles throughout her career. She has helped lead multiple companies, including a construction firm and a sales and marketing agency. She loves snowboarding, spending time at the beach, and hanging out with friends. She is the force behind Perfect Timing, a women’s wellness service that delivers customised parcels filled with feminine products to transform THAT time of the month into THE time of the month. Learn more on this page.

Posted December 3rd at 3:55am