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Ultimately, what you need to know when it comes to different buffer sizes is that the size refers to their absorbency, not the actual length or width of the buffer body.
Do you still have questions? Read on.
What do the different sizes mean?
Tu type flow buffer Light / junior buffer Regular buffer Super buffer super plus buffer Super plus extra / ultra buffer
Light evenly soaked light white space a little white space a lot of white space most white space
Light to moderate evenly soaked to some overflow evenly soaked light white space some white space plenty of white space
Moderate a little overflow on the rope soaked evenly soaked evenly to light white space light white space some white space
Moderate to heavy a little overflow on rope or underwear soaked evenly to a little overflow soaked evenly clear Blank a little blank to a lot of blank
Heavy overflow heavy on rope or underwear heavy overflow on rope or underwear overflow to soak evenly soaked evenly soaked evenly soaked to illuminate the white space
Why does the level of absorbency matter so much?
Not all periods are equal. The flow that some people experience can differ greatly from the next.
But there’s more. Your flow may change throughout your period. You may find that your flow is heavier on the first day or two of your period and lighter towards the end (or vice versa!).
Because of this, some tampons are made to absorb more liquid than others to protect from leakage.
How do you know if you’re using the right absorbency?
That’s a good question.
If you’re menstruating for the first time, it might be best to use the lower absorbency tampon (usually labeled as thin, light, or junior). These sizes are usually more comfortable and may be easier to insert for those who are newer to the process.
If it’s not the first time, there are a few ways to know which absorbency to use.
If there is still a lot of blank space in the tampon after removing it for 4-8 hours, then you may prefer a tampon of lower absorbency.
If you tend to bleed through the entire tampon or drip into clothing, you may prefer a heavier absorption.
Should you use tampons with different absorbencies throughout your period?
That depends entirely on your personal preferences.
Some people prefer to keep a stock of different sizes to adapt the size of their buffer to their flow.
Others may prefer to always use regular-sized or light-sized tampons, because they know their flows are not particularly heavy.
If you’re not sure yet, you can always ask your gynecologist what he recommends during your next visit.
What about the actual dimensions: all tampons have the same length and width?
Most tampons are usually of the same length. Some may be slightly shorter in order to be better sized for travel or on-the-go use.
However, depending on their level of absorption, some tampons may be wider than others. Light or junior tampons can have a smaller width because there is not so much material.
On the other hand, super or ultra tampons can be wider or thicker in appearance. This is why they are generally not recommended for first-time users.
is ‘slim / slender fit’ the same as ‘light’?
This is a little complicated. Some brands market their lightweight or junior tampons as “thin”tampons. However, not everyone does that.
Some brands use the word thin or thin to describe a variety of different tampon sizes because it makes tampons sound more attractive to insert.
To know if your tampon is a light size, always read the sides or back of the case for more information.
What is the difference between an “active” buffer and a normal buffer?
Active or “sports” tampons are usually made for people who play sports or who might be more lively during their periods.
To provide safe protection, these tampons usually have leakage protection on the strings or a different method of expansion that covers more surface area.
However, this does not mean that you have to use active tampons while exercising. If you prefer regular, non-active tampons, they should work well.
On the other hand, you don’t have to be an athlete to use an active tampon. Some people prefer feeling or level or protection.
Does the type of applicator matter?
All Tampon sizes come in a variety of applicators. It’s up to you which type of applicator you prefer. But it is important to note that one type of applicator is not considered the best.
These applicators can be more comfortable or easier to insert. However, because they are made of more expensive material, they can also be more expensive than cardboard or alternatives without applicators.
This variation of plastic applicators is made for more discreet storage or travel. A bottom tube extends out and clicks into place before insertion, offering a shorter profile.
These can be much cheaper than plastic applicators. You can find them in tampon vending machines in public restrooms. The applicator is made of rigid cardboard. Some people find discomfort when inserting this type of applicator.
These types of tampons do not have an applicator at all. Instead, you simply insert them by pushing the tampon into the vaginal canal with your finger.
Does it matter if you don’t have perfume?
This is a hot topic of debate.
Many doctors say that scented tampons are unnecessary because the vagina is self-cleaning. External aroma or cleaning can alter the natural pH balance and eliminate good bacteria.
Because of this, many doctors recommend unscented tampons. It is always best to research before buying and read the tampon box to avoid added chemicals.
What kind of tampon should you use if…
Are you menstruating for the first time
You may feel confused or scared by an information overload. Know that you are not alone.
Many doctors recommend light absorption tampons for your first menstruation. Others recommend starting with compresses first and then moving on to tampons once you feel comfortable.
If you are nervous, talk to a doctor or other health care provider about your reservations and what your best move is.
Are you using tampons for the first time
If you are ready to get rid of the pads, you may want to start with something small at first. Try a lower absorption buffer for the first time. Then, once you have a better indicator of your flow and insertion, you can move to higher absorbency.
You have never had vaginal intercourse with penetration
You may have heard that tampons will “break your hymen” if you are a virgin.
Tampons can certainly stretch the hymen, but this is not always the case. Not all people are born with intact hymens, so many never “break” or ” pop ” at all.
Others may tear their hymen during non-sexual activities, such as dancing, jumping on a trampoline, or riding a horse. And even if people break the hymen, they may not even know it happened.
That said, it shouldn’t deter you from using a tampon if you’ve never had penetrative sex. Try to start with lighter absorption pads and move on from there.
Experience pelvic pain
Try to opt for a thin, light-absorbing tampon if you tend to have pelvic pain.
If you have not received a diagnosis, it might be a good idea to seek help from a professional and use a compress in the meantime. Something more serious might be going on, like an infection.
Because they have a more elegant shape, tampons are generally believed to be easier to insert and remove than menstrual cups. For tampon insertion, use your fingertip to push the tampon into the vagina as far as possible. Although not as common in Australia, some tampons come with a tampon applicator to help with insertion without the need to get your finger dirty.
Tampons should never be left for more than 8 hours, and most tampon manufacturers recommend changing them every 4-6 hours. This means that you need to change them more often than menstrual cups. It also means that if you sleep more than 8 hours each night, you may have to get up sometime in the middle of the night to change your tampon.
Although you change them more often, disposing of your tampon is relatively simple. You simply need to pull the rope to remove the tampon from your vagina, wrap the tampon in toilet paper and discard it in the appropriate sanitary container.
At first, it may take a little time to get used to the insertion and removal of the menstrual cup. To insert the Cup, fold it in the way that is most comfortable for you (the most common folds are the C or U fold, the punch down fold, and the 7 fold) and insert it into your vagina.
Many menstrual cup manufacturers recommend keeping them up to 8 hours, although some say you can keep them up to 12 hours, so you should empty the Cup at least twice a day.
Removing a menstrual cup can be tricky, as you have to pull the stem or pinch the base, making sure you keep it upright while you remove it so that your menstrual flow stays in the cup.
You will also need to flush the contents of your cup into a toilet and rinse the cup before reinsertion. Some people may feel uncomfortable doing this, particularly in public restrooms.
At the end of your period, you will also have to sterilize the cup according to the manufacturer’s instructions (this usually involves boiling it for at least 5 minutes). The Cup has two air holes at the top of the cup, making it easy to remove; you will need to take special care when cleaning the Cup, as blood can get stuck in these holes.
Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water before and after inserting and removing the tampon or menstrual cup.
Being on your period is not an easy job, and it does not help that, in addition to all the cramps, swelling, muscle aches, acne (the list goes on), you can also experience a roller coaster of emotions before, during and immediately after your period. That is why it is important to choose the right products that do not increase your stress and are comfortable for you.
Both tampons and menstrual cups should not be felt and therefore should be comfortable; however, because everything happens internally, making sure it is placed correctly can be tricky.
No two vaginas are the same, and no two vaginas bleed the same, so tampons and menstrual cups come in different sizes to suit different sizes and internal flows. Finding the right Cup or tampon size can help you on your way to feeling comfortable.
For tampons, most brands offer regular tampons for light to regular flows, as well as super tampons for heavy flows. You can also get mini tampons that are shorter and narrower, usually marketed as for girls who are starting menstruation and using tampons for the first time.
Like tampons, menstrual cup brands also usually offer at least 2 sizes. Smaller cups often contain around 25ml of liquid, and are said to be better for teens, those with lighter flows, and people with a low cervix. Larger cups typically contain at least 30ml, and are advertised as suitable for those with heavier flows.
For some menstrual cups, you can also trim the stem with a pair of scissors to make it more comfortable. Those with a higher cervix may not want to remove more from the STEM, while some with a lower cervix may find that the stem of their cup protrudes a little from their vagina and therefore may want to trim it.
Health and hygiene
With proper use, both tampons and menstrual cups are safe and hygienic. Menstrual cups are said to not disturb the pH level of the vagina or the natural flora, as they collect menstrual blood instead of absorbing it as tampons do. They are usually also made of medical grade silicone that leaves no residue in the vagina.
Due to their absorbency, tampons are believed to promote the growth of vaginal bacteria. Leaving a tampon for too long also increases the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Although TSS cases have occurred with the use of the menstrual cup, these incidents are much rarer than those associated with the use of tampons.
It is estimated that most people who use tampons will use around 10,000 of them in their lifetime. While tampons are more environmentally friendly than compresses, they are still disposable and will end up in the landfill. Menstrual cups are reusable and, when taken care of, can last up to 10 years.
The manufacturing process and materials used in menstrual cups are also more environmentally friendly than tampons. The plastics used to wrap tampons are made of polyethylene, which do not break down easily and release chemicals into the soil when they do.
Menstrual cups usually cost between 3 35 and 6 65. While this is a higher initial cost, they can last up to 10 years and during this time there are no ongoing costs. To put things in perspective, 12 packs of more expensive tampons cost the same as a more expensive menstrual cup.
Many menstrual cups can also be purchased in twin packs, which reduces the cost per cup, so you can get a deal if you rope a friend to buy one too, or if you just like to be prepared for the future.
Each person with a period is different. Adopt whatever your choice is in menstrual hygiene products, knowing that it adapts to your routine and helps you live your life to the fullest.