Y’know, you can’t call your blog “My Women Stuff” and then never talk about that most awful time of being a woman, right? 😀 Whether you breeze through that dreaded TOTM (Time Of The Month) or whether you take to your bed with debilitating cramps, it’s that one week in a month that, I don’t know about you, but always makes me feel like crap.
But feeling like crap aside, what is your pick when it comes to dealing with your menstrual period? Do you go for sanitary pads, be they the more common disposable ones or reuseable cloth pads? Or are tampons your choice for more freedom? Or perhaps you shun both these conventional methods and use something else? There’s been a resurgence in the use of menstrual cups in recent times, I’ve noticed.
Me, I do pads. The “Super Value Pack” above should have given you a hint LOL!
I’ve tried using cloth pads, an experiment which I documented here, but the truth is that I never quite got the hang of it. It wasn’t as awful an experience as I thought it would be, but life just got to the stage that I didn’t really want to wrestle with cloth pads anymore. So I do regular disposable sanitary pads – always ultra-thin and always, ALWAYS with wings. I can’t imagine not having a pad with wings. Ugh!
Recently however, I’d taken to swimming regularly and I didn’t really want to interrupt my routine, so I tested tampons after some urgent whatsapp conversations with a friend whom I knew was a regular tampon user. Every girl needs a friend with whom you can discuss the latest beauty and fashion in one moment and then talk about pads and tampons in the next moment 😀
Using a tampon was new to me (yes, at this advanced age, but we’re never too old to learn!) and I have to admit that I appreciated the freedom of movement and the fact that I could go swimming even while having my period. No, you can’t get into a pool with your pad on – just think about that logically, yes?
But I worried about things like toxic shock syndrome which can happen if you leave your tampon in too long and I’d be watching the clock like a hawk so I didn’t forget to change so, it felt a little like too much work. I’d still use it when I swim, but I decided, not otherwise.
As for other methods, primarily menstrual cups, I guess, I’m just not ready to go there. I can’t say I didn’t toy with the idea, just for experimentation purposes, but the high costs and the steep learning curve just put me off. If you do use them, I’m very curious to hear of your experience so please please share your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
Pads, Tampons or Other… what’s your TOTM pick?
You know mine and if you have horror, funny or any stories to share about your experiences with either, please share! 🙂