Vaginal Dryness: Tampons Don’t Work, Now What?

Vaginal Dryness: Tampons Don’t Work, Now What?

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When your period starts, you probably want to be as carefree as possible. With your active lifestyle, you don’t want to deal with the mess and fuss that comes with menstruating.

So you’ve used tampons, but you feel so dry down there and wonder if you have other options. The type of period care that won’t stop or stall your activities. Well, here’s something different: a menstrual cup.

Let’s investigate the causes behind vaginal dryness and why using a menstrual cup benefits you.

A Closer Look at Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness is a condition that happens when your vaginal tissues lack moisture due to insufficient lubrication. 

This leads to discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse, and may also bring pain when sitting, exercising, or peeing.

Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Hormonal changes are the main causes of vaginal dryness. Specifically a drop in estrogen levels


Estrogen is the hormone that promotes the production of vaginal fluids. These act as a natural lubricant and keep your vaginal linings healthy, thick, and elastic. Now, a decline in estrogen levels means less vaginal lubrication—making your vaginal walls thin and dry.

Likewise, these hormonal changes mostly occur during menopause, childbirth, and breastfeeding. They may also result from taking medications or undergoing medical treatment (i.e. hormone therapy).

Note that there are also other causes of vaginal dryness, such as:

  • Underlying conditions (i.e. diabetes or Sjogren's Syndrome)
  • Irritation from perfumed soaps, detergents, lotions, or douches 
  • Smoking
  • Latex Condoms
  • Tampons

The last one may surprise you, so let’s explore it further.


In a previous study, one of the key observations from tampon usage was vaginal dryness. It was evident in most cases, but even more so when using tampons with higher absorbency.

Fact: Higher absorbency is detrimental to vaginal wellness, as the lubrication that’s good for vaginas is also taken away.

If you want to do away with vaginal dryness for your period care—you can turn to a
menstrual cup instead.

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First, let’s see how a menstrual cup compares with a tampon:


nixit Menstrual Cup



Medical-grade silicone, BPA-free

Cotton, rayon, or cotton-rayon blend

Method of collection

Collects menstrual fluid

Absorbs menstrual fluid

Amount of fluid collected

Up to 70 ml per cup

Light: 3 ml 

Regular: 5 ml 

Super Tampons: 12 ml 

Super Plus: 15 ml

Ultra: 18 ml

Usage instructions

Change after 12 hours

Change every 4-8 hours

Life of material

Use repeatedly for up to 5 years

Single-use only

Menstrual cups are designed to collect fluid and not absorb it. They’re made out of silicone, a non-porous material that allows the moisture your vagina needs to remain intact.

With menstrual cups, you also don’t have to worry about harmful synthetic fibers.

For example, concerns that rayon—the synthetic fiber in tampons—promoting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) were raised in a journal published in 2014.

Furthermore, concerns about dioxin—an endocrine disruptor—were also cited as a by-product of rayon/cotton bleaching. Even though its presence is in trace amounts, exposure through regular tampon usage may build over time.

Menstrual cups do away with these issues since they’re constructed with BPA-free« Back to Blog


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