As analytics show, many of you are menstruating women. Or identify as women, and are interested in topics like this. So, if it’s okay to ask, what are you using for your period?
For the past couple of years, I’ve solely relied on pads, which I often feel sheepish admitting. I’m not sure why I’m afraid to share that after using tampons most of my late teen and adult cycle, I’ve stopped. Cold turkey, grab the tissue and stock the pads, kind of stop. It feels like some part of the transition was going back to a younger version of myself I didn’t want to identify with. Or worse, that choosing to wear them again made me less of a woman. So silly, right? Of course, these are all the strange and familiar voices in my head. They aren’t real or representative of how empowered I feel by giving up my use of tampons just because I felt like it was time for me to do so.
The change started with an artical about tampons and toxic shock syndrome (and sitting with my natural forgetfullness). And before the artical, there was a cup sent to me in the mail to try. One that I attempted, and failed, and attempted again. But kept just in case I grew comfortable. The space between the two events, had me standing square in-between two aisles at the grocery store, sorting through female hygiene like some pubescent teen. There I was, scooting over boxes, reading labels, checking for thickness and length. Wings? No wings? And after a while I just grabbed the one that seemed to have the least amount of fuss and happened to be organic.
Shortly after, I stocked up on Lola pads, wipes, and even tampons (if I should change my mind). And for the trickles or odd early or late period days, I used the Natracare liners. In a pinch, the corner store always has the pad versions regulary stocked as well.
And of course there are no shortage of period panties like Knix , Thinx and Ruby Love. And in that case, the need for a pad is only a few days with a liner or nothing at all. Because I run on the nervous side, I always opt for a light pad or liner–even If I don’t need it.
TMI- Lately, something strange has happened though. Instead of getting all of those heavy soaked–through tampon days, I run on the light side afer day one of my cycle. This is even lighter than the pad day when I first started again, which was still less-than the tampon days. According to doctors, there’s no scientific reason for this when it comes to tampons vs. pads. It may just be a trick of timing, stress, life and cycles. But even sort of noticing (pads, how can I not?) what my body is doing has been helpful.
Pads? Tampons? Cups? I would love to know how you feel about the topic!
P.S remember when we talked about sex, too?
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