Pads versus Tampons

Every girl knows the struggle of THAT time of the month. If it’s not clashing with your plans, it’s affecting your mood swings, and giving you unbearable cramps! I personally have an issue with how nature works sometimes, on some, “Hey, I’m here! Just deal with it.” kinda tip, but that’s a story for another day.

Each of us ladies prefer to use different sanitary products to help us get through our periods, and thank goodness we have options. Personally, tampons work perfectly for me because I feel nothing as the blood flows. What is more pleasant is the fact that, if you’re diligent, an accident is almost always preventable.

For this post, I will be sharing the good versus the bad, of two of South Africa’s most common sanitary products.

Pad Pros:

  • Pads are the first sanitary product that most of us are introduced to by our mothers or caregivers. They are familiar and almost feel natural to gravitate towards as soon as we’re hit with the reality that we’ve just become mini “women”
  • You don’t feel like you’re aggravating Punkie because the pad stays on your underwear, and everything that needs to leave your body is safely absorbed and almost out of the way
  • They are easy to use and remove without a hassle

Pad Cons:

  • My personal worst; you can actually feel the blood as it comes out! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฅ*cringes*
  • The fact that you sit on the blood doesn’t sit well with me (Sorry that you naturally just imagined that)
  • They make your skin irritable and can become uncomfortable
  • You can’t swim with them
  • A camel toe is almost inevitable when wearing leggings or tight fitting pants
  • No freedom of movement, which makes sleeping on the first few days uncomfortable and worrisome

Tampon Pros:

  • They are discreet. No one will know that you are on your period unless you drop the tampon
  • Personal favourite, you can’t feel when it’s inside you, and you can’t feel the blood come out. A huge plus for me!
  • Freedom of movement during the day, and night. Yey to peaceful sleeping! (I love getting my beauty sleep guys)
  • You can go by your day like it’s normal.

Tampon Cons:

  • On heavy days, taking it out can be a messy situation ๐Ÿ˜ท
  • Because you can’t feel the blood come out, if you’re not aware of your body, you might actually mess up your cute underwear, and other things
  • For some people, inserting a tampon is painful and uncomfortable, so I guess it depends on how your body is set up
  • They are too damn expensive! Literally everytime I pay, I think about how unfair it is that we women have to pay a lot of money for something we didn’t choose to have๐Ÿ˜’.

With all of that said , different strokes work for different folks, and thank goodness a girl has options than aren’t just limited to pads and tampons!

Let me know what you prefer, and why!



Photo by Sharon McCutcheon


  1. Woooo…. I prefer pads…… I tried tampons ๐Ÿ˜‚ it was a disaster….. I cannot bare the thought of something inside of me the whole day ๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜“ Yoh

    Pads are my absolute go-to ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

    1. Author

      Haahaa! I feel you. I honestly feel more in control with tampons. Thanks for the comment!

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