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Menstrual Options


What is your most preferred option and why? I would really appreciate your thoughts. I have always used pads but today I decided to try a tampon, after trying to figure out my own anatomy during my last cycle-- I know it sounds kind of embarrassing but we are all women here. 

The tampon feels kind of weird? I thought I pushed it far enough because it felt like it was, but then I went back to the bathroom to push it up further. I felt the sensation as if it was going to "fall" so that's why I tried to push it up further. I hope I didn't push it too far up so it doesn't hurt when taking it out :( 

Please let me know what is your preferred method (pads, tampons, menstrual cups, reusable pads etc.) and your reason being for it

Thanks ladies! :)
Aug 25, 2016 @ 06:33 pm

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I forgot to add this

This is sort of embarrassing? maybe? but I find it difficult for me to insert a tampon without squatting. It makes me wonder how the heck do you put a tampon in a public bathroom-- yikes! I think maybe it's because I am a newbie. Most of you are probably thinking I am young, and yes, I am still young but not that drastically young. I just never had any to talk to about this because everyone in my immediate family uses pads.

Thanks for reading!
Aug 25, 2016 @ 06:39 pm

Never using tampons again

Bloody hell (no pun intended) It was a good thing I didn't wait longer to take out my tampon because it hurt terribly. I was panicking that it wouldn't come out, took a deep breath and tried again. I had to bite down on a towel to distract myself from the pain. I'll be sticking to pads from now on.

I think I will only use tampons when taking a bath or shower. I read that tampons aren't so great for you anyway; bleached, absorb your natural lubricant etc. Yikes! I don't even wanna know what pain will be going on down there during childbirth!
Aug 25, 2016 @ 08:27 pm


I've tried different kinds of tampons at different points in my life, but I've never really found them to be comfortable. Not really sure why. So pads it is.
Aug 25, 2016 @ 08:57 pm


I have always used Tampons they are easier to use, no mess. It does take a while to get the hang of it. I found it much easier to insert after having children.
Aug 25, 2016 @ 09:23 pm


I use pads, but often feel guilty about the amount of waste going in the landfill. I have an as of yet undiagnosed gynaecological condition, so it's always been uncomfortable to the point of pain for me to use tampons.

I also worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome, since learning that it can occur if you don't follow the directions (such as waking up during the night to change your tampon.

You can make your own reusable pads to reduce environmental blueprint and I'm hoping to do that someday. The Diva Cup is also a great option compared to tampons for anyone who likes an insertable, but doesn't want the danger of TSS or the landfill waste.
Aug 25, 2016 @ 11:04 pm


There's no need to use a tampon while taking a bath or shower (only while swimming!) after a few minutes under water or the shower, your period will stop and only return after you get out of the bath or shower. Before going in a bath, just run the water on your genitals for a few minutes and make sure to wash off all the squicky blood and get out any that is near the entrance and then you can bathe without getting blood in the water easily!

I don't mind being straightforward about this, so if you have any questions feel free to ask me, haha!
Aug 25, 2016 @ 11:07 pm

pfft. tampons or pads!

My sister swears by the menstrual cup! I still don't know exactly how it works, but I do know they're reuseable and I don't think in the last three years my sister has even had to replace it. How's that for environmentally friendly? haha!

I have always prefered tampons over pads, and the only reason I don't have a cup of my own yet is because since getting my IUD put in, my flow has been next to nonexistent some months and I would rather spend a few bucks every now and again than spend $40 at once haha.
Aug 26, 2016 @ 12:05 am

Menstrual cup

There are some really great guides online. It's similar to a diaphragm (though I imagine most of us young girls haven't used those) and you just rinse it between uses. It's a silicone cup that does up there basically, instead of a tampon!

Cups are definitely expensive!

A tip on tampons, if you are worried about the health implications, I think for a little extra you can buy unbleached more natural tampons which are much safer and should be fine for a light flow!
Aug 26, 2016 @ 12:38 am


I tried using a Diva Cup but I couldn't get it in comfortably. It was actually so stressful because I put it in at the wrong angle so it was hurting, but the suction was so strong I couldn't get it out for a while. It was a struggle haha. I told my mom the story and she couldn't stop laughing. I have friends that swear by it though!

Honestly, not to be TMI or anything, but my periods are so light because I've been on the pill for several years, that lately I mostly free bleed at home (no products at all). If I'm going out or going to the gym or something, then I'll use tampons.

When I first got my period as a young teenager, all my mom had were really thick pads that felt like diapers, and I remember thinking, in a state of complete horror, "This is what it's going to be like for the next 40 years?" I was actually so upset with the universe until I discovered thinner pads, and other products.
Sep 08, 2016 @ 01:25 pm


I only ever used pads for the longest time because that was what my mother used, and I didn't know any differently. But when I hit my 20's, I decided to try tampons, and I've never looked back! I feel much cleaner and more comfortable that I ever did with pads. With a pad, you always know it's there - at least I did. I could always feel it when I moved and I always had problems with leaks (even with using wings!) With tampons, I never feel it once I put it in. I don't know what your situation is, and this isn't a judgement - but the pain/discomfort might come from your sexual experience? What I mean is - if you haven't had sex, or haven't in a while, it could explain why you feel pain when trying to insert a tampon. Again - this is just speculation. Every woman has the right to make her own choices. This is only my experience!
Sep 08, 2016 @ 01:37 pm

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