Menstrual cups, tampons and pads in a nutshell

Pad Tampon Menstrual cup
Use is annoying


Yes No
Hinders your freedom of movement Yes No No

Risk of allergic reaction

Yes Yes No

Material allows microorganisms to multiplyMaterial allows microorganisms to multiply

Yes Yes No
Unpleasant smell Yes No No
Needs to be attached Yes No No
Possible sweat rash Yes No No
Associated with TSS No Yes Minimal risk
Known medical issues Yes Yes No
Unlimited use (sauna, shower, nudist beaches) No Yes No
Lasts during whole night Yes No Yes
Bathing allowed No Yes Yes
Waste-free solution No No Yes

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