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Jul 21, 2009

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I have to admit that I haven't ventured out too much. I've been very faithful to the Pearl tampons. It was the 2nd brand after the cardboard applicator tampon that I tried (which I absolutely hated...and still do) and I stuck to it ever since. I found it easy to use and not as invasive. Maybe I should try other brands though. As a smart consumer, it's the way to go. Although, I don't know about the o.b. tampon...that sounds messy!

My mother never used tampons so I didn't. I saw how she dealt with her menses and followed the same route down to the granny panties. I do remember her telling me it was for use after I had lost my virginity. One time I tried a tampon in college and it totally sucked.

Now though, I use cloth pads and LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE them. I don't think I'll ever go disposable anything again. One of these days I'm going to get myself a Diva Cup. http://www.divacup.com/

So let me give you my opinion...I didn't speak to my mother about those things...I gave her enough trouble by asking her what was masturbation (at the age of 11)..and nearly made her drop the plate she was washing...and then asking what was an afrodiziac was...a few days later..I was taking a health class and those things came up...crazy huh? Anyways...getting back...I learned by my super cool aunt (or so I thought at the time) that tampons was the way to go...at the age of 15...well I was a virgin so you can imagine the huge...no i mean unbearable pain I was in when I tried it...sitting down made me see stars...and foolish me tried again thinking I had not done it right...so as for me that experience will last me a life time...so the pads...will have to do...my nana (v-jay jay) will never speak to me again if I tried tampons again!!!

That's so funny you wrote about this! My stepdaughter is almost 14 -- and like twice as big as me -- I was noticing a tampon wrapper in the garbage the other day. I thought it weird as I did not have my period. Sadly, I didn't get a chance to talk to her about it -- but i was pretty curious! She's the type of kid that just does things without telling anyone or asking permission. I know she's hasn't requested any so I don't know if she was just "trying" it or what.

But it brought me to my own horrifying teenager, uh, trial with a tampon. I remember being scared to even try it. I didn't tell my mom (they were hers- and yeah, we're white!) about it. I snuck in the bathroom to do it. I read all the directions. It seemed really complicated. Then it was in and - viola! ONLY -- It never said to not try this UNLESS YOU HAVE YOUR PERIOD! OMG! That was so painful not to mention SCAREY to get that damn thing out! Almost as bad as when I later tried to use hot wax to wax my legs.

I have since made my peace with the tampons, although I'm somewhat superstitious about wearing them at bedtime. I still use as giant a "pillow" as I can find.

Hi Ingrid,

Cloth pads, huh? What do you love about them? Are they bulky? What are the advantages/disadvantages? Do you hand wash them? I would imagine that if they're anything like cloth diapers, they're more environmentally friendly. Although the thought of having to clean them is a bit...unappealing to me. That's just me though.

Best,
Gloria

Hi B. Margarita,

I think your "v-jay jay" will thank you for it...if you gave it another shot. Now, that your thirtysomething, you should consider experimenting again. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Seriously, I spoke to Micaela...and she says she'll never go back.

Best,
Gloria

Hi Joy,

Welcome to the girly network.

First of all, your stepdaughter is 14?!! OMG, I can't believe that! She's a young lady.

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm cracking up about your tampon experience. Trying it when you didn't have your period? Ouch!!

Hope you're doing great!!

Best,
gloria

"Cloth pads, huh? What do you love about them? Are they bulky? What are the advantages/disadvantages? Do you hand wash them? I would imagine that if they're anything like cloth diapers, they're more environmentally friendly. Although the thought of having to clean them is a bit...unappealing to me. That's just me though."

I love their dryness without the "hot plastic" feeling. Mine are bulky because I have really heavy days but there's all kinds out there on the internet. Yes, very environmentally friendly. And cheap too! I bought mine 9 years ago and they're still going strong. I wash mine alone in the washing machine. No big deal, although I really have no sqeeves about my blood. I actually enjoy taking special care of them. It's like I'm pampering myself. lol

Hi Ingrid,

I just checked out www.divacup.com...and it's pretty interesting. I'd never even heard about it! Thanks for sharing that tidbit.

I don't miss anything about the "hot plastic feeling", that's for sure. It's yucky.

I didn't realize that cloth pads (I'm assuming they're 100% cotton) lasted that long. The washer machine thing though...I'll have to pass on that. (Minimal blood contact for me...thanks!) I know that the plastic applicator tampons are far from being environmentally friendly...but couldn't they possible make a plastic applicator that one could re-use? I guess the divacup is an alternative. Maybe I'll try it in my 40s...lol.

BTW, I thought the granny panties stuff was pretty funny. Isn't there a certain comfort in knowing you're completely covered when it's that time of the month?

Best,
gloria

Well the thing about the diva cup is that you do have to put your hands in there to take it out... I imagine the same would be true with that reusable applicator since you need to rinse your blood off of it once you put your tampon in, right? So you will have more blood contact with that than just throwing your pads in the washer.

My pads are a hemp/cotton blend. Granny panties are key with cloth pads because there's no glue on the back of your pads to keep them from moving around.

Hi Ingrid,

Do you have baby pins holding the cloth pads? How do you jog with them?

After your explanation, the diva cup sounds too much for me personally. I still think that I would be open to a plastic applicator that I could wash at home. There's no digging involved or pools of blood...if you know what I mean.

Best,
Gloria

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