Choosing between a tampon or a pad is one of life’s eternal questions.
Each has its own benefits. Each has its own quirks. We’re here to help you make sense of the ultimate period showdown –tampons vs pads.
Right up front, let’s establish one very important factor in the tampons vs pads debate. It’s totally up to you! That’s right. It’s all about you and your personal preference. Whichever works for you on any given day or during any given activity is the one you should go with.
There is nothing inherently better about a tampon vs a pad and vice versa.
But let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
Tampons are great but not necessarily better than pads. It all comes down to what you feel comfortable with and what types of activities you’ll be doing. Here are some of our favourite things about tampons:
Both tampons and pads are super easy to use. To use a pad, peel off the back wrapper and press the pad sticky-side-down into your knickers. If the pad has wings, wrap them around the sides of your panties. You’re good to go.
Whatever makes you feel most comfortable and protected is completely and 100% right.
To insert a tampon, while holding the grip marks between your thumb and middle finger, slide the applicator into your body, slightly angled toward your back. Keep going until your fingers touch your skin. Use your index finger to press the plunger up into the outer tube of the applicator. Gently pull out the applicator leaving the tampon inside your body. The string will stay outside your body. Wrap up the applicator and bin it. That’s it! Easy as pie.
Most girls start out wearing pads when they first start menstruating and transition later to using tampons. Some jump straight to using tampons. There’s no right or wrong.