Tampons Vs. Pads: Which Is The Better Choice For You?

Every uterus-owning person goes through a right of passage where they start their period for the first time. It's both a blessing and a curse, the double edge sword of reproduction so to speak. For one, your body is working its magic in order to prepare to have a child, but tells you every month that you're not quite there yet by shedding your insides (literally) for a week or so. The beauty of the body is being able to sustain and carry life for nine months, the downfall is having to function like a normal person while you're bleeding for a week straight. 

Those who get their period know that there are few products you can use in order to clean up the mess down under during this week. The two most popular products on the market are tampons – absorbent pieces of cotton that go inside of you and soak up all the blood — and maxi pads, a cotton pad that lines your underwear and also soaks up all of the blood. 

There are many controversies and arguments about which is better, tampons or pads. Some believe tampons are superior because they are virtually invisible, while others believe pads are better due to their easy-to-use ways (via Insider). We're here to break it down for you really easily. 

Tampons and pads have different pros and cons

For many who get a period, tampons are their go-to choice during that time of the month. Tampons are vaginal inserts that soak up blood and are basically "hidden" while in use. So, you don't have to worry about seeing "pad lines" through your pants. In addition, tampons are also versatile and come in different absorbency sizes, depending how heavy your period flow is. Not to mention, you can do a lot of things with them, like swimming, exercising, and showering.  

While tampons are convenient, there are some downsides. Many dislike tampons because they can be an irritant if you are sensitive down south. They also can be hard to insert for some people. On top of this, wearing tampons increases your risk for toxic shock syndrome (TSS), which is a rare bacterial infection stemming from overgrowth in vaginal bacteria that can be fatal (via Mayo Clinic). 

On the other hand, pads have their perks. Pads are very easy to use and also come in different sizes and absorbency stages. In addition, they are easily changed and do not cause as much irritation as tampons because they are not internal, but stick directly to underwear. They also do not have any risks or increased dangers associated with TSS. However, some people dislike pads due to the bulkiness of them. 

Both tampons and pads have their up sides and down sides, it's truly about what you need and when you need it!