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Menstrual Periods and Pain Relief : Pads, Tampons and Cups! Oh My!

Updated on December 26, 2018
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So, imagine waking up one day with a thick, red puddle in your underwear. It's that time of the month when your period is here! At least you have options to reduce the frustration of how you handle the problem.

Pads

Pads are used to collect blood waste as it drips from the body. Most companies use cotton layer pads to absorb the blood along with an adhesive at the bottom to stick to the underwear. Options of sizes and scents are available.


Pros: Often used to give women more protection when menstruating.


Cons: Difficult to move around in.


Try reusable feminine products!

Not only will you be saving money, but you will be helping the earth! These bamboo carbon pads are great! The black portion is the bamboo charcoal. This is the area that collects the blood. They absorb very well due to the water resistance. It also serves the purpose to deodorize naturally.

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Tampons

Tampons are also a great method to absorb blood waste. Inserting the tampon may be unusual for most beginners. One may place the plunger, now known as the plastic applicator, in the orifice of the vaginal canal and remove the plunger. simply, it is cotton attached to a string for easy removal. Click here for more information.



Pros: Physical freedom to move around is the best pro here!


Cons: Increased risk for urinary infections.


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Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups are silicone products that can also be inserted to collect menstrual fluid. It is used to prevent leakage from the vagina. Click here for more information.


Pros: Menstrual cups can be used for us to 12 hours a day. That's twice the length of time longer than a pad or a tampon.


Cons: Since, it is holding the blood in, it gets messy once removing the cup. Also, since the menstrual cup is flexible, leakage from the cup is expected. Thus, many women use pads to protect their undergarments.


Pain Relief

As so far as pain relief, there are natural and alternative options to make things easier. When cramping, the abdomen muscles, as well as any lower portion of your body, may ache. Natural remedies may include laying on your back and extending the legs forward. Some say that drinking lemon water or lemonade helps reduce the day's pain.

Over-the-counter, products to relieve pain quickly include, ibuprofen (Advil) or Acetaminophen (Midol).


In conclusion, it is all about taking care of you. These are all methods that have been available for a long time. The way you move, what you are willing to do and how you budget plays a big part. Based on how you operate, each item will help reduce some stress and frustration in your daily life.

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