Menstruation is something every girl experiences at one point in life. Menstruation is a part of the menstrual cycle, the part where the lining of the uterus is eliminated through the vagina under the form of mixed tissue and blood. Normally menstruation lasts from 3 to 7 days. The amount of blood lost during the menstrual cycle or period is very small; about 10 to 80 ml of blood loss during a period is considered normal.
Because of blood loss it is necessary for women to find protection, protection which will absorb the blood and allow women to feel comfortable during the period. With time several products have been designed to make the entire menstruation period more comfortable. It depends on what women prefer as protection and how they feel.
There are 3 basic types of protection found under different forms: pads, tampons and menstrual cups.
Pads are the most popular menstrual protection products available on the market today. They are made out of absorbing materials and placed on the underwear to absorb the menstruation.
There are several brands available who manufacture these type of products. They can be designed to suite different menstrual flows from regular to abundant. They can be regular or with wings which stick to the sides of the underwear for better positioning. There are two types of pads, disposable or reusable, depending on each persons preference.
Tampons are cylindrical menstrual protection products which can come under different lengths and widths to suite every womans needs. These tampons need to be inserted into the vagina to absorb the blood. A string is attached to the end of the tampon in order to allow you to pull the tampon out for changing.
You can find tampons which come with an applicator to help the insertion or tampons which need to be inserted using your fingers. They are great because they don’t show and they allow certain activities like swimming during a period to be performed.
Menstrual cups are cup shaped flexible cylindrical objects which are inserted into the vagina to collect the menstrual flow. They are not made out of absorbing material they are made out of latex, silicone or other non absorbing safe materials.
They come under two forms, reusable cups which can be reused for up to 10 years although it is recommended to change them after 1 year, and disposable cups which need to be discarded after each use.
Choose the right menstrual protection for your needs to feel more comfortable during your periods.