Tampons aren’t your only option!

When it comes to feminine hygiene products, tampons are probably the most popular option. Although there are some benefits to using tampons, there are also many downsides that can make some women uncomfortable. In our last blog, our OBGYN in Venice went over a few of the most common downsides to using tampons. If you are uncomfortable with using tampons, you’ve come to the right place! The following is a list of some of the top alternatives to tampons:

#1. Pads

Pads are more comfortable for many women because they eliminate the risk for toxic shock syndrome. Although disposable pads come with the same environmental and cost concerns as tampons, there are reusable cloth pads available. Cloth pads have been used for centuries, and due to recent environmental concerns, they have experienced a resurgence and are now readily available.

#2. Menstrual Cups

The menstrual cup is just what it sounds like, a flexible cup made out of silicone that is inserted into the vagina and catches the blood. Most menstrual cups can be worn safely for up to 12 hours, which makes them even more convenient than tampons that need to be changed frequently. Menstrual cups are very easy to clean, and they can last for years, which makes them ideal for women looking to save more money.

#3. Sea Sponges

If you go to a health food store, you may find sea sponges that are designed to be used like tampons or pads. These are biodegradable and naturally available, which are good things if you have environmental concerns about tampons. However, researchers have found bacteria and grit in some of these products, so if you decide to use a sea sponge, make sure that it is FDA approved.