Pads, cups or tampons? Ladies, it’s time to choose your fighter!

menstrual hygiene - choose your fighter

We took a poll, and let’s be real—women can’t stand getting their periods. Sure, it’s an excuse to crave snacks and chocolates, and there’s that relief of not being pregnant, but periods are like that annoying itch you just can’t scratch. It’s like having a pesky mole on your grandma’s back—irritating and impossible to ignore.

Every month, we (read women) shed the lining of our uteruses, turning it into a 3-7 day blood event, depending on our flow. While I can think of a hundred better ways for this to happen, we’re stuck with this method and must make the best of it. So, in honour of Menstrual Hygiene Day, we asked a few women what they preferred to use as their “period heroes” (or menstrual hygiene products for the uninitiated). Here’s what they had to say.


I use Tampons, but I like Kotex pads when my period is nearing its end. I prefer Tampons to pads. I haven’t used cups because I think I will feel the cup in me. That’s my only grievance about menstrual cups.


I have never used tampons or cups. I have only used pads. However, I’d love to try out tampons sometime. I’m wondering if the pull-out rope doesn’t get too deep and get lost there.


I love tampons. From the first time I used it, I knew I would never use pads again. They’re very comfortable and remove the feeling of sitting in blood that comes with wearing pads. I don’t have any data point for this, but my pain level also reduced when I started wearing tampons, and I’ve heard people mention this, too. Menstrual cups sound cheap and sustainable but are also stressful. I have no interest in trying them out because the thought of pouring out blood and washing and sterilising a cup every month is simply not appealing to me. My period already stresses me; I don’t need additional sources of stress.


I used pads when I got my period at 11. Then I switched to “tampons” at 22

The tampons were getting too expensive and weren’t working for me because I had heavy periods. I was tired of being stained all the time, and the price wasn’t worth it. My mom and sister had been telling me about Comfit and Ladysept for a while, but I ignored them. Finally, I decided to try them out, and I haven’t gone back since.

They hold better than regular tampons and are relatively cheaper than regular pads and tampons, even though the economy is affecting the price now. When I started using it, it was N400, now it’s N1,500. It’s easy (for me) to use and dispose of. I don’t get stained at all, although it took a couple of months to get the time correctly (it stays 6 hours for me). 

Interestingly, Nini also visually demonstrated how she uses the product.

“It is also important to ensure you leave out the end of the pad so you can pull it out when it is time to change,” she explained.

Okay, let’s talk about period hygiene

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Even though periods are a regular part of life, women must constantly get creative to manage them. It’s all about finding ways to stay clean during a messy time. Some women double up on pads, while others use unconventional solutions like diapers or cloth napkins. This chaos highlights a desperate need for better menstrual hygiene options.

Curious why keeping up with menstrual hygiene is so crucial? Let’s break it down for you.

1. Infection prevention

Good menstrual hygiene plays a vital role in preventing infections. Poor hygiene can lead to various infections, including urinary tract infections (UTIs), reproductive tract infections, and skin infections. Using clean, sanitary products, changing them regularly, and maintaining genital cleanliness can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. For instance, bacterial infections like bacterial vaginosis can arise from using unsanitary materials, while fungal infections such as candidiasis can develop in damp and unclean environments.

2. It reduces the risk of reproductive health issues

Good menstrual hygiene practices also help reduce the risk of reproductive health issues. Neglecting hygiene during menstruation can contribute to conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can have long-term effects on fertility and overall reproductive health. For example, PID can occur when bacteria from the lower reproductive tract ascend to the upper reproductive tract, often due to poor hygiene. Maintaining proper menstrual hygiene can also help protect cervical health by preventing infections that, if left untreated, can lead to more severe reproductive health issues.

3. Prevents discomfort and irritation

Good menstrual hygiene is also essential for preventing discomfort and irritation. Proper hygiene helps to avoid rashes, itching, and general discomfort in the genital area. Using clean and appropriate menstrual products and changing them regularly can keep the area dry and comfortable. For instance, prolonged use of a single sanitary product can cause friction and moisture buildup, leading to rashes. Maintaining good hygiene practices can also help manage and reduce menstrual odour, contributing to a sense of cleanliness and confidence.

4. Supports mental and emotional well-being

Good menstrual hygiene supports mental and emotional well-being. Feeling clean and comfortable during menstruation can positively impact mental and emotional health, reducing anxiety and stress related to menstrual hygiene. This can affect daily activities and self-esteem. For example, proper menstrual hygiene helps individuals feel more secure and confident, alleviating anxiety about leakage or odour and allowing for better focus on daily tasks and responsibilities.

5. Promotes gender equality and education

Promoting good menstrual hygiene is essential for gender equality and education. In many parts of the world, poor menstrual hygiene management can affect girls’ and women’s participation in education and work. Providing access to sanitary products and proper menstrual hygiene education ensures that menstruation does not hinder their development and opportunities. For instance, girls with access to sanitary products and proper facilities are more likely to attend school during their periods, and women are better able to engage in economic activities without the fear of stigma or discomfort associated with poor menstrual hygiene.

Periods should be easier

This Menstrual Hygiene Day, let’s envision a world where women can access top-notch sanitary products with various options that make managing periods a breeze. Imagine ultra-thin yet super-absorbent pads and menstrual cups that fit perfectly, are easy to clean, and are comfortable and eco-friendly tampons. In this world, periods wouldn’t be a monthly dread but a manageable part of life. With the right products, women can stay clean, fresh, and confident, reducing the stress and discomfort that often accompany menstruation.

So, share with us—which period fighter is your favourite? And what’s your go-to creative hack for staying clean and fresh during your period? Let’s spread the word about how great menstrual hygiene products can transform our experience and make periods a less daunting ‘time of the month.’


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