Why women need to wear tampons at home
Women should be encouraged to wear sanitary napkins at home because tampons are “better for you,” a New York Times reporter wrote, citing a study published by a leading menstrual hygiene brand.
The study found that women who use sanitary pads or tampons during their period have fewer cramps, fewer sore backs, and less urinary tract infections than those who don’t.
But women should also consider using tampons as a way to keep their period from getting out of control, the article said.
In general, women should use sanitizing pads if they’re not menstruating, but they should also wear sanitising pads if it’s important to them.
And if they don’t have to, use sanitizer-free pads or sanitary wipes, such as tampons, according to the article.
“Tampons and tampons should be part of a women’s routine,” said Andrea Miller, executive director of the Women’s Health Network, a nonprofit that advocates for women’s health.
“They’re a tool, and they can be a lifesaver.”
A number of medical organizations and women’s groups have also weighed in on the tampon-free trend, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the U.S. Council of Chief State Medical Officers, and the American Public Health Association.
But in some cases, the advice is more straightforward than others.
For example, a woman who wears sanitary towels or sanitizers while using tampon pads can be “more effective at stopping bleeding and reducing discomfort,” the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a statement last year.
But some medical groups and advocacy groups have pushed back against this advice, including Planned Parenthood.
“The medical community is not in a position to endorse this recommendation for women who do not menstruate or who are not at high risk of getting a tampon or pad inserted into their vagina during their menstrual cycle,” the organization said in its statement.
“We are concerned that women will mistakenly assume that sanitary items that are not medically indicated are better for them.”
The American Academy also noted that women should “consider the risks of getting pregnant and the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID),” or pelvic inflammatory disorders.
The organization noted that the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynsicians also has a policy that encourages women to use tampons and pads, even if they aren’t menstruating.