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Menstrual Cups vs. Sanitary Pads: Which is better for Menstruation?

Menstruation is a natural process that every woman experiences monthly. It’s essential to choose the right menstrual products to ensure comfort, convenience, and overall health during this time. In recent years, menstrual cups have gained
popularity as an alternative to traditional sanitary pads.

Environmental Impact

Menstrual cups are reusable, which significantly reduces waste compared to disposable sanitary pads. A single menstrual cup can last for several years with proper care, whereas pads contribute to landfill waste. By choosing a menstrual cup, individuals can play a part in reducing their environmental footprint and promoting sustainability.


While the initial cost of a menstrual cup may be higher than a pack of sanitary pads, its long-term use makes it more cost-effective.

Comfort and Convenience

Menstrual cups are made of flexible, medical-grade silicone that molds to the body’s shape, providing a comfortable fit. Unlike pads, they don’t cause chafing or discomfort. Users can wear menstrual cups for up to 12 hours, depending on their flow, offering greater convenience, especially during busy days or travel.

Reduced Risk of Leakage

Menstrual cups create a seal against the vaginal walls, minimizing the risk of leaks compared to pads, which can shift or become saturated. This seal also reduces odour, enhancing the wearer’s confidence and comfort throughout the day.

Health Benefits

Menstrual cups do not contain chemicals, fragrances, or bleaches often found in sanitary pads. This reduces the risk of skin irritation, allergic reactions, and infections. The non-absorbent nature of menstrual cups also maintains the natural pH balance of the vagina, promoting vaginal health.

Freedom of Movement

Menstrual cups allow for unrestricted movement, including swimming, exercising, and engaging in various activities without concerns about pad displacement or discomfort. This freedom empowers individuals to maintain an active lifestyle during menstruation.

Consider trying a menstrual cup to experience these benefits firsthand and make a positive impact on both your well-being and the environment.

Dr. Lakshmi Ammal
Consultant Gynaecologist
SUT Hospital, Pattom