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firewallflower
6 hours ago, Serran said:

Not tried any other products like reuseable because putting blood covered pads in with clothes sounds ... dangerous for the other clothes. 

As in laundry? I rinse the pads first (by hand and then with the pre-wash cycle on the washing machine - though really, one or the other would probably be enough), then add other stuff in for the regular spin cycle. So by the time other clothes come into the picture, they're water-saturated no-longer-blood-covered pads.

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Nowhere Girl

I hate washing anything by hand due to my allergy (generally, doing it without gloves is dangerous for me) and I just don't want to wash something bloody. Sorry, as I said - I believe that I have a right to some comfort.

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Feys&Florets

Pads only. There's an old wives tale in my hometown that states a woman shouldn't stop the period from flowing out of the body. It's too ingrained in my conscious for me to switch. 😁

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Biblioromantic

I have an abnormally heavy flow. I'm talking saturating-an-overnight-pad-in-an-hour-on-a-heavy-day heavy. I also had trouble with tampons either being uncomfortably large or not staying in place, and they always freaked me out about having something made of bleached cotton up inside me that was a breeding ground for bacteria. 

 

I finally tried a cup about a year ago, and it's been life-changing for the better. A cup holds the flow instead of absorbing it, so it holds 5 tampons worth, doesn't smell, and doesn't have bleach or other chemicals that affect body chemistry. My largest cup means I can actually go two hours between bathroom visits on a heavy day, which is a relief. Cups are reusable, so I just wash it carefully with soap and hot water twice a day, then boil it once a week to sanitize. I still use the overnight pads as backup, but instead of using an entire box in a day, it's more like one or two pads. Ca-ching! 💰

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BambooRiver

I'm on the shot so I don't get periods anymore (yippee!) But when I did i used pads. Pads only bebe. When I first learned about tampons I was horrified. Being an asexual, sex/genital repulsed preteen i was not about sticking things up my hooha that I would much rather pretend wasn't even there. I'm still like this to this day. As an agender/ asexual person, I wish I didn't have any genitalia (or any other reproductive organ). The shot is nice because I can forget I have "female" parts. 

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briones

Haha, this is such a matter of fact, ace-ideal topic. It's the ideal place to admit, embarrassingly, that I own a cup but have never figured out how to get it up there. It was a painful experiment - maybe my folding abilities are nil, but I hate sticking anything up there. Never had intercourse, don't see the situation changing anytime soon. I also have a short cervix so it could be a matter of size (ha!) or cup shape but I'm not interested enough to keep trying. I'll only use tampons if I'm going for a swim - I can be pretty forgetful about changing tampons.

 

I used to use clip-on cotton pads, but they were a pain to wash. I ended up throwing them out when I was traveling in New Zealand - it was humid, they didn't dry, so they went moldy.

 

I got an IUD so my periods have been blissfully inconsistent and relatively light. So back to pads for me. I'd like to try something more eco-friendly, maybe something easier to wash than my old pads.

 

My mom recently gave me some underwear and now that I'm writing this post, I've realized they might be purposely made for periods. There's no point for me to keep mental track of when my periods are coming (as it's really just a fake period because of my IUD) so they got bloody but were surprisingly easy to wash in the sink.

 

Btw, for people who don't want to invest in Thinx, Thinx basically got their idea from Asian underwear - period-friendly underwear from Asia could be easily bought online and is cheaper. I've never bought any myself since I thought my periods were a little too heavy for them to handle.

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A Cool Fool

This has been a wildly comforting thread to read. 

I have only ever used pads and the few times when I was younger that I tried to use tampons (three times total, I believe), I ended up in tears for a number of reasons. Never had an interest to try again after the experiences, but it always did bother me that people around me made such a large deal about someone not using tampons. I don't know why it was such a stigma where I was from, but it was expected that after a certain point you would switch to tampons.

I never really brought it up back home, but it's encouraging to know that other people don't use tampons/ cups either. 

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briones

@A Cool Fool ahh, I can relate. I think it took me at least three tries to figure out how to use a tampon, learned it online right before a swim class. I was a little embarrassed I was already 20 or 21 and had no clue how to use them.

 

But don't be embarrassed about not using tampons. At least you're not at risk for toxic shock syndrome...

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Fighting_For_Us

I've only ever used pads and tampons, but I highly prefer tampons. They're smaller and easier to carry around, but mostly I just feel cleaner than with pads. I do use pads often at night though, just so I don't have to worry about having a tampon in for too long. I'd like to try a cup at some point, but for now I'm just sticking to what I know. 

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