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Must Read: Sanitary Napkins or Tampons? What’s better for you?

Updated on January 18, 2016

We do care for feminine hygiene and therefore feel the urgency of discussing some major concerns and questions that every woman is anxious about. Which are those safer personal hygiene products in India? Especially products related to feminine hygiene. Whether to use sanitary pads or tampons? Let’s evaluate!

While talking about personal hygiene products in India, one thing that strongly strikes our mind is feminine hygiene products which are used during menstrual days. Every woman goes through menstruation for nearly 2400-2500 days of her life. Therefore it is quite vital to give serious consideration to their menstrual coping approaches.

No matter what’s your age, the health and hygiene of your pelvic portion requires utmost care and caution. However, if something goes wrong in your private organs, it can be deadly or will cause a lifetime issue. Considering this, let’s now talk about a much serious concern that most women are anxious about.

Which personal hygiene products in India are best for usage? Whether to use Sanitary napkins or Tampons during menstrual days?

Harmful effects of using Tampons

According to prominent research and study, tampons consist of toxic ingredients which are significantly harmful for women because tampons are used internally and are in direct contact to your sensitive area. Many hazardous substances are traced in the making of tampons which can pose long term health risks and have deadly impact on a woman’s body.

Ingredients used in making tampons

  • Numerous allergens
  • Tissue wraps
  • Super absorbent gels
  • Rayon or cotton fiber
  • Polyethylene overwrap
  • Fragrances
  • Alcohol ethylates
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole
  • Synthetic musk etcetera.

Adverse health outcomes such as

  • Removal of uterus due to internal injury
  • Scented tampons can lead to vaginal damage
  • Vaginal infection
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Immune system suppression
  • Reproductive issues
  • Uncomfortable and painful insertion
  • Even cancer

Alternative of Tampons- Sanitary napkins or menstrual pads

Sanitary pads are the earliest form of feminine hygiene products which are widely used and are even suggested over the use of tampons. Albeit, wearing same sanitary pads for long can also lead to irritations and infection. It is suggested that you must change pads from 4-5 hours even if the blood flow is minimal. It is due to the fact that even sanitary pads contain fragrances and is in close contact to the vagina.

However, sanitary pads are undoubtedly safer than tampons.

Advantages of using pads over tampons

  • More comfortable
  • Causes no irritation
  • Easy to use
  • Painless to use
  • Provides extra protection than the tampons
  • Can be replaced easily
  • Great absorbency levels

It makes absolute sense to discuss about feminine hygiene and spread information regarding which personal hygiene products in India can be harmful and which are safe to use.

A woman requires more than 5000 pads or tampons in her lifetime to manage her menstruation cycle and therefore it is indeed essential for women to understand the potential health risks related to the use of tampons. It is an urgent need to inform women about alternating the usage of tampons with menstrual pads or cups which are safer to use.


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