Are you at the point when you know you’d like to start using tampons? Then it’s worth knowing the facts about them first, before deciding which ones might be right for you.
Before you choose, let’s dispel a few myths first. Tampons are easy to insert once you’ve got the hang of it, and you can use them whatever your age and flow. Some women find them more practical for certain types of physical activity – especially wearing tampons for swimming – and a convenient and easy way to deal with periods. So how do tampons compare with the alternatives? Well panty pads are just as absorbent and effective, but you may prefer the familiarity of a sanitary pad, finding tampons tricky to insert and remove. Although for most women this does give easier with practice. Unlike menstrual cups that collect menstrual blood, tampons absorb it, which means they are less messy to use. Menstrual cups can also be extra tricky to insert and remove. Period pants look like regular underwear but absorb menstrual blood. And you have to buy lots of pairs if you don’t want to spend every evening of your period rinsing them out.
Deciding whether tampons are right for you is very much a personal choice. Some women use tampons for their convenience and the fact that they’re discreet. While others prefer them because they don’t like the sensation of passing blood or the visible reminder on their sanitary pad when they go to the bathroom. Tampons are also a great option if you lead an active lifestyle or take part in activities or wear tight-fitting sportswear. And they make swimming much easier too.