pads and tampons

Pads vs Tampons. To every woman nature has given to bear the burden of menstruation. If you are a woman, then you should know that every month, your body produces eggs to prepare for pregnancy.

(One of the greatest burden or miracle depending on how you see it, every woman who is willing will have to bear).

When no pregnancy occurs (i.e. If no sperm is available to fertilize the produced eggs during that period), the lining of the womb or the uterus sheds (the menstrual flow is half blood and half tissue) and then passes out through the virginal.

This process usually starts when a woman’s body is ready, which is mostly from the age of 10 to 16 years.

Research has shown that some girls see their monthly circle from the age of 8. (If a woman’s menstrual circle is yet to start by the age of 16, then she seriously needs medical attention)

And it continues till menopause, which is usually around 51 to 55. Some women get to be 58 to 60 before entering their menopause stage.

Since every woman must experience menstruation every month except they get pregnant, it now begs the need to know how to deal with it.

Women in the 20s use all sources of commonplace items such as fabrics, scraps or whatever is absorbent and it must have been a terrible experience for the ladies in the 20s.

Then in 1921, the very first disposable sanitary pad called Kotex hit the market. Kotex was made of Cellucotton, a hyper-absorbent plant-based material developed during the World War 1 for use as medical bandaging.

Nurses repurposed the material for menstrual pads, and the practice has continued to improve since then.

We all know about the pads which comprise absorbent material that sticks to your underwear and you can wear them day or night Using pads is really easy, but they aren’t for everybody.

Since you wear them outside your body, people often complain about a wet feeling, diaper booty, and the stress of constantly checking for leaks.

Some pads are thinner and shorter, while others are thicker and longer, it all depends on each person’s preference and protection needs.

They are everywhere in different verities and different sizes to meet your flow needs, but we don’t all know about the pads alternative the TAMPONS.

In the 1930s, some physically active menstruators, like dancers and athletes, needed a more comfortable and lithe pad and the tampons was born.

The tampon is a small, cylindrical bundle that comes from Cotton, Rayon or a blend of Cotton and Rayon.

It’s inserted inside your vagina with an applicator or with your fingers where it absorbs menstrual blood before blood comes out of your body.

It’s fully inside your body, except for a small string (which is there to help you pull out the tampon).

It’s usually unnoticeable – and if you’ve inserted it properly, you won’t feel that it’s there, which is the best-case scenario when you have your period and want to be comfortable.



Just to be clear, both pads and tampon serves the same purpose. Which every you wear will depend on your preference.

Both tampon and pads come in different sizes and thickness. You have the light absorbent which doesn’t really absorb much and preferred by people who are always uncomfortable during menstruation.

And need to change their pads or tampons constantly. While the thick ones are for those who don’t mind wearing their own up to half or full day. The thick ones absorb more flow.

Pads are external. All you have to do is Just put them in your underwear and you are ready.

Though Some women say that’s great since they feel it–so they’re reassured they’re protected. Other women don’t like that feeling and think it’s like wearing a diaper. While Tampons are internal.

Which implies that you need to get comfortable inserting, wearing, and removing a tampon from your vagina.

Many women say this gives them an invisible experience since they don’t feel them. While other women don’t feel comfortable doing that.


For those people who wear pads, simply check your pad to see if it is full or not. Also, ensure that you use the right pad size and type for you as studies have constantly shown 60% of women wear the wrong size pad which often leads to leaks.

If that’s happened to you, it is very advisable that you try another size until you find one that is more comfortable for you.

For those who prefer tampons, knowing when to change it can be tricky since they’re worn internally.

You must change a tampon every 4 to 6 hours depending on the individual and should not remain inside the body for over 8 hours.

Having a soaked tampon inside of you for too long might increase your chances of contacting TSS. (menstrual toxic shock syndrome) a rare life-threatening medical condition that occurs when normal bacteria in your system release toxins.

If you discover your tampon is leaking, try a different size until you find the type that gives you the comfort and the feel you want.


 You can wear both pads and tampons for almost any activity. It’s all about what’s most comfortable for you.

If you’re going swimming, or self-conscious about a pad not being yoga pant-approved, consider a tampon instead.

Also, since Tampons is internal, they best for any outfit and a great option to use when you want to swim during your period.


 There are no known health risks associated with using pads or tampon. Just make sure you change them regularly as wearing a wet pad or wearing a tampon for long periods of time can cause mild skin irritation.

Also, you can still get TSS when you’re using a pad, but the risk is the same as not using any feminine hygiene protection.

Remember to change your tampons every 4-6 hours; use up 8 hours’ maximum.AND

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