On average, a woman  has her period once every month, usually up to five days, and this will last until she’s 40 (for some, even more). During this time of the month, women know they need products that will keep them clean and fresh.

One of these things is a tampon that most women choose over the bulky pad. Tampons are such gifts to womankind as they allow being freely active even while wearing skinny jeans during their menstruation cycle.

But a study that came out very recently shows otherwise. Tampons are not so much as a blessing as we think. Based on the results, which were gathered by the team of researchers from the Menstrual Hygiene Day, there were indeed changes on women’s periods after they switched to menstrual cup and pads.

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According to the study, which surveyed 1,500 women who were asked to swap from tampons to menstruation cups, the following were observed:

  • 84% of the female participants became more confident even while they were on their period
  • 46% of the participants also said they could sleep better as they used the alternatives to tampons
  • 26% of the women in the study also mentioned how their sex life improved in which they have noted that dryness of the vagina was decreased, while improving the tightness of their privates or vaginal tone

From the study, one can deduce that tampons have a number of negative effects, particularly on the vagina. If dryness and looseness are not enough, there are even more reasons why you should quit using tampons the next time your period comes:

1. Unregulated Materials Used

The FDA astonishingly doesn’t regulate the materials used to produce these feminine hygiene products. Chemicals and pesticides actually exist in the tampons and the scented ones could be worse since most companies don’t disclose the ingredients used.

2. Absorbent Vagina

The unregulated ingredients should even be a bigger concern because the vagina is very absorbent. The chemicals found in the products can be easily absorbed into the body.

3. Chlorine

There are some tampon companies that state that their products are “chlorine-free.” The bleaching process uses chlorine to whiten the cotton that is found in tampons. While there is no proof yet regarding the long-term effects of absorbing chlorine in the body, the chemical can leave dioxin residues that are actually carcinogenic.

Next time you buy tampons, go for those that use organic cotton or foam. Another good option is a menstrual pad that has reusable cotton. But the healthiest option that can help you avoid the health risks is a reusable menstrual cup. These cups are hypoallergenic and make use of medical-grade silicon, so no harmful chemicals or even fibers can be found.