Do You Know That Tampons Are Not Sanitary Pads?

I was having a conversation with a group of women recently and I discovered much to my dismay that all these years I was wrong for thinking sanitary pads are the same as tampons. Don’t get me wrong. Yes, they have the same function but they are not necessarily the same.

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Sanitary pads are rectangles of absorbent material that you stick to the inside of your underwear. Some have extra material on the sides (called “wings”) that fold over the edges of your underwear to better hold the pad in place and prevent leakage.





Tampons are absorbent materials pressed tight into a small cylinder shape. They are inserted into the vagina using an applicator or clean fingers.





How to use a tampon

1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and then unwrap the tampon. The slim applicator tip should be rounded and strings should hang out the bottom of the No-Slip Grip Applicator. If you notice any flaws, do not use.

2. Gently pull on strings to make sure they are firmly attached.

3. Get comfortable. Try sitting on the toilet with knees apart or standing with one foot on the toilet seat.

4. Gently insert the tampon applicator into your vagina: hold the No-Slip Grip applicator plunger using your thumb and middle finger. Place the applicator tip into your vagina at a 45˚ angle. Now, gently slide the smooth, tapered applicator all the way into your vagina until your fingers touch your body.

5. Push the tampon inside: push the plunger all the way into the barrel with your pointer finger. This will release the tampon. The plunger should now be inside the barrel. Still holding the No-Slip Grip® plunger, gently pull out the two-piece applicator. The tampon should now be comfortably inside you in its precise place with the strings outside your body.

After you have inserted the tampon, place the used applicator back into the discreet wrapper and throw away. DO NOT FLUSH THE PLASTIC APPLICATOR.

6. Any discomfort? The tampon may not be far enough inside. If this happens, just remove the tampon and try again with a new one. You won’t feel anything when the tampon is correctly in place.

7. Removal: relax your muscles. Try getting into the position you used during insertion. Gently pull down on the strings. The tampon should slide out easily and you can then dispose of properly.


Tampons may be popular or may not be basically because of its high price in this part of the country. You should, however, learn to alternate between pads and tampons. Never leave one in your vagina for more than 5 hours and it should never be worn overnight as it has been associated with TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). One great advantage tampons have over pads is that they can be used for sports, even swimming.

Sanitary pads and tampons both have their pros and cons which every lady and even man should be aware of.

Constance Onyeji - Jarret

Constance is a free spirit who roams the world with a paint brush and colors. She loves to read, is purpose driven and passionate about girl-child empowerment and Children with development disorders and is currently developing projects to help this cause. She enjoys a mind stimulating conversation and is always ready to eat fried yam and egg sauce.

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