tampons vs pads

Tampons Vs. Pads - Which One Fits Your Lifestyle?


When we’re talking about menstrual hygiene, the right menstrual product is very crucial for maintaining comfort, confidence, and hygiene during your menstrual flow. Tampons and pads are two popular products for managing menstrual flow. While both serve the same purpose, they have different characteristics that serve individual preferences. These are the two most common products to handle your period flow.

In this blog post, we'll discuss tampons and pads, discussing their usage, comfort, absorbency, convenience, and other important factors to help you choose between both products.

So, let us understand the term tampon & pads:

Tampons- Tampons are menstrual hygiene products that are designed to absorb the period blood flow by inserting it into the vagina.

Pads- Sanitary Pads are also menstrual hygiene products designed to absorb the period’s blood flow by placing and sticking them on the center of the underwear. 

Let’s understand pads and tampons in this blog post. 

Tampons Vs Pads Usage 

Tampons and pads can differ in terms of usage. 


  • Tampons are inserted inside the vagina to absorb the period flow. 
  • It requires the proper insertion into the vagina.
  • We can use the panty liners along with tampons, as a backup for preventing it from leakage in the beginning.
  • It is necessary to change the tampon after 4-6 hours or as and when required in order to avoid Toxic Shock Syndrome.
  • If you’re a beginner & don’t know how to use tampons? You can visit step by step user manual blog for tampons.


  • Pads are commonly used during periods and can be worn on the underwear.
  • Pads should be stuck properly on the center of the underwear in order to prevent any leakage.
  • They should be changed every 4-6 hours or as and when required in order to prevent leakage.

Tampons Vs Pads Comfort and preference

Comfort and personal preference play a significant role in choosing between tampons and pads. 


  • Tampons are more comfortable due to their internal placement
  • Tampons allow for a greater range of physical activities, such as swimming or exercising. 


  • Pads prevent leakage and may be preferred by those who prefer not to insert anything into the vagina or have concerns about discomfort.
  • It provides reliable protection and is suitable for overnight use as well.

Tampons Vs Pads Absorbency and Sizes

Tampons and pads come in various absorbency levels and sizes to match different period blood flow levels. 


  • Tampons absorb the moderate to heavy menstrual blood flow directly inside the vagina.
  • They range from regular(6-9gm), super(9-12gm), and super plus(12-15gm). 


  • Pads are available in two sizes regular(280mm) and overnight(315mm) which have different absorbencies.
  • It can also absorb the moderate to heavier period blood flow as tampons do.

Pads Vs Tampons Convenience and Portability

In terms of convenience and portability, both have their own advantages.


  • Tampons are compact, and easy to carry.
  • Tampons are suitable for traveling and also allow for various physical activities without the feeling that it might get displaced, like a pad.


  • Pads are portable
  • They may be more noticeable under certain clothing, which can affect the level of convenience for some individuals.
  • If changed regularly, pads are comfortable to wear. They are also easy to carry.

Tampons Vs Pads Leakage and protection

Both tampons and pads aim to provide protection against leaks, but the risk may vary depending on factors such as correct usage. 

  • Tampons, when inserted correctly and changed regularly, can be effective in preventing leaks.
  • Pads are worn on the underwear, and if changed regularly, are effective and prevent leakage.
  • Choose the appropriate absorbency level for both tampons and pads to ensure adequate protection throughout your menstrual cycle.



When deciding between tampons and pads, consider your specific needs, flow intensity, and comfort preferences. Pads have absorbency and coverage levels, making them suitable for moderate to heavy flows during the menstrual period, while tampons are small in size and can be inserted into the vagina. To know more about pads and tampons, explore the Pee Safe website.


This blog is written by Nisha Prakash

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