Post # 1
They are not my preferred choice but let’s face it, some days you just need a little “backup” if you know what I mean.
I try not to use them often, unless it’s at nighttime (when it has a tendency to be messy) or when I work out and know that I’ll be doing high-intensity cardio, but even then wearing them worries me. I know TSS is only a slight risk, and it is usually caused by wearing them for an extended amount of time without changing them, but still it really freaks me out.
Also (and this might be the Too Much Information part) sometimes right after it is inserted, I start cramping. Seriously, it happens almost instantly, which makes me wonder even more “Is this thing safe?” but if I don’t wear them at night (at least the first couple of nights which are the heaviest) things get messy. Changing icky sheets at 3 am is so NOT fun, and I’m sure my husband wouldn’t think so either!
What do you ladies do/use during your period?
Post # 3
I only wear tampons. I have never had a problem with them, I usually need to change less than every 4 hours. Thinking about going on Paragard which would mean super tampons every few hours I hear. I wear pads at night but I have never had a problem with the blood leaking, maybe because of the way I sleep?
Post # 4
Always tampons. I have NEVER had to use “super” only “normal” and “light”. I HATE pads. I feel so unsexy with one slapped on the undies… plus they don’t really fit on thongs, which is most of what I have.
Has anyone used the cup thing?
Post # 5
@Miss Pizzelle: I have heard really great things about the Diva Cup.
Post # 6
If you are cramping, are you sure you are inserting them at the right angle? Also I can only use plastic applicators (Playtex), as the cardboard ones hurt too much, especially if not inserted correctly at first.
I’ve been using them since I was 16 when I was going to Hawaii for 10 days that would coincide with that time of the month. I’m 22 now and have never once had a problem. I could never use a pad now because it just feels weird to “sit” in the mess.
That being said, everyones body is different and yours just may not like tampons :/ Have you looked into the diva cup? I’ve heard good things about them.
Post # 7
@Pizzelle and AsB: I see we were all on the same wavelength with the diva cup 😉
Post # 8
Tampons freak me out! All my girlfriends make fun of me for it but I seriously hate them. I am always afraid I will put it in wrong, so no tampons for me. I know I am lame LOL
Post # 9
i wear them the first three days of my period. i really need a tampon and a pad all together.
Post # 10
I use the DivaCup. Love it. I’ve used it for years.
I also use the NuvaRing. So I guess I just like sticking things up there? Haha
Post # 11
Tampax is the best for heavy flow, if you can get past the cardboard. I put that it’s all I use, but sometimes I combine it with a pad for added protection if its the beginning and I am working and moving a lot…
Post # 12
Sometimes I use tampons, sometimes I use pads– depends on how I feel and the situation. I tend to use tampons if I’m going out at night, if I’m going to the gym, etc. Otherwise, I’ll use pads. My flow is pretty light so I have no problems wearing pads overnight.
I’ve heard of the Diva Cup, but I don’t know anyone who uses it.
Post # 13
I don’t like pads, but I REALLY don’t like tampons. I buy one box at a time and it lasts me for months, because I use only one or two per period, (or none, if I am not doing any activities where a tampon would be the better choice).
I use pads at night and have never had a problem with messy sheets. The worst I’ve had happen is having the pad shift at night and having a small amount of dried blood on my underwear in the morning. My flow is very light, almost non-existant at night. Is the amount of bleeding you’re experiencing normal? It seems like an awful lot of blood to make a mess to the point you would wake up and need to change the sheets in the middle of the night.
ETA: Those Diva Cups SCARE ME!!!
Post # 14
@ILikePink Do you ever have problems with the DivaCup and NuvaRing overlapping and causing problems? I’ve been thinking about getting a DivaCup and will either be using an IUD or NuvaRing with it.
I use tampons (pretty heavy flow most of the time on it) and sometimes back it up with pads, but I really like using panty liners right near the end when it’s pretty much done as a bit of a backup.
Post # 15
@ babyboo – I use the plastic ones too (Playtex sport – regular) and I try to relax and all that beforehand, but sometimes even if I’m relaxed and it goes smoothly, the next thing I know I’m cramping. Like you said, I think maybe my body just doesn’t “like” them or something.
I don’t like pads for a couple different reasons (they hold odor & “sitting” in the mess) but I feel safer wearing them, and they don’t hurt. I know tampons are the preferred method for many women, but I have never once felt 100% comfortable wearing them.. about the Diva Cup, I had never heard of it, and was just now reading some info on it. Very interesting, but I don’t know if it’s for me..
Post # 16
tampons only… even when sleeping, i’ll set an alarm if I have to. pads gross me out and are not comfortable… i don’t care what brand