There are many period product options to experience a comfortable and stain-free cycle, apart from the more popular options for a lot of women. From tampons, pads, menstrual cups and even period pants, we want to let you in on all the pros and cons that will help you choose the best period products for yourself.
So if you are sick and tired of your current period products or you just want to explore other available options then keep reading.
Choosing The Best Period Products
When it comes to choosing period products, every woman’s primary concern is a stain-free, convenient and comfortable option.
All the different products provide their own unique contribution to giving you the perfect period experience, however, choosing the best option for you is an absolute must.
Below are the various available period products for you to choose from;
- Sanitary Pads
- Period Pants
- Menstrual Cup
This has to be the number one go-to option for most Nigerian women. Coming in various shapes, sizes and levels of absorbency, these are the most common and traditional period product options today.
Pads are easy period products to use and that is why most ladies love them. They are convenient and can be worn for a way longer period of time than most other options. They are easily disposable and do not require any form of insertion.
In as much as pads are a great option, there’s still much to say about its downsides.
It can make quite a noise when you walk sometimes which can be very off putting. You are also likely to get an uncomfortable ‘wet’ feeling when in use which most ladies do not like. It is also restrictive in certain clothes and physical activities like swimming and exercising.
These are fluffy and soft absorbent materials inserted into the vagina to collect all the blood. They are usually made of a comfortable cotton product making them leave less of an awkward feeling than you might think.
They are very easy to use and can be your favorite if you value convenience over anything. It does not restrict clothing and swimming. It is also very discreet and easy to dispose of.
The only disadvantages include the discomfort and awkwardness that comes with insertion and use for new time users. And once you get used to it, you might get too comfortable that you could forget to take it out. This can result in several health risks and infections. Some ladies have also found that tampons could be increasing their cramps.
These are simply underwear that are absorbent and soak up blood during your cycle. They come designed for heavy flow, light flows and can be used alongside other period products. Period pants are easy to use and are very comfortable. They feel like your normal everyday underwear only comfier and they double as a period product. These pants are also pocket-friendly as well, and lastly, some ladies have found that period pants could be helping them reduce their cramps
On the downside though, except you are ready to do daily laundry for these pants, these might not be the best option for you. They restrict exercising and swimming alongside the uncomfortable wet feeling you get when using them. Changing period pants in public spaces can also be awkward and uncomfortable.
These are simply cups inserted into the vagina during the menstrual cycle that collect blood and after which, are properly cleaned before being reused. The soft silicone and/or plastic material makes menstrual cups a lot more comfortable than you might think. Menstrual cups are a one-time purchase making them pocket-friendly. They are also comfortable and easy to clean, and can be worn for a long period of time and can hold up to one or two ounces of blood. That’s the equivalent to 3-6 tampons. They also do not restrict physical activities like swimming and exercise as well.
The problem is that since these cups come in different sizes, it can be hard to make the right pick on your first try. You might end up wasting money on your first few cups but that’s the price you’ll have to pay for this period product.
We strongly advise that if you do go with this option, you must seek medical advice if you have an IUD in.
For most ladies, they go through the process of trying out all these options before settling on their favourite pick for as long as they want. We make it our job to keep you informed and open to all the various ways you need to keep an excellent health status in check.
For us, it’s all about providing you with the opportunity and enlightenment you need to enjoy a comfortable and stain-free monthly experience, so feel free to chat with a doctor here for more information. You can also check out our other articles on menstruation here