It is amazingly common how often this question gets asked and debated. I know tampons are the easiest and that you can walk around without worrying. You can go swimming and exercise and generally not worry about nasty accidents. But and this is a BIG BUT… they are being inserted into you. This means they will naturally inhibit the flow of blood out of your body. Think about it for a moment: when we are trying to get rid of all this extra blood, which shouldn’t be in our abdominal cavity, do we really want to stick a plug up there making it even harder?
Here are some other factors why I choose the pad over the plug:
1. Less pain
I used to use tampons from the time I first started my period. It was what my mom told me to use and it was easier and less disgusting than using pads. However, every time I took the tampon out, I felt such an instant pressure release from the abdominal cavity. It reduced the swelling feeling and naturally the pain that came with that. You will notice it even more when you haven’t used them in ages and then when you suddently find yourself unprepared… as I did last month. I had to use a tampon and—wow! Was it painful for my whole abdominal cavity!
2. You have to look at it
It is important to know what your body is doing. You need to see it. I know it is yucky but it gives you an indication of whether it is getting better or worse. Signs to look for are the colour and whether there are clots or stringy bits. This is not normal. It should look like normal blood, red and liquid—sorry to be graphic ladies, but this is important. You need to see it and make sure it is right so you can fix it and notice it if it is getting worse.
3. Foreign ingredients
Even if they are made from organic cotton, I am still hesitant on what we are putting in one of our most absorbent areas of our bodies!
What can you use?
I have personally gone with organic cotton disposable pads. They are the easiest and I have had no bad reactions from those.
The other option I tried was the Diva Cup but to be honest I never figured out how to use it and sticking that thing in there at the right angles and trying was too painful on my first day, which is the only day I really needed it. If you have tried it, let me know.
The other option, if you are living somewhere permanently, is to buy reusable pads. I got these from Australia and they were lovely. The first day didn’t really work as I just bled too much for the pad to absorb but they were great on the later days as they are much more comfortable than cotton pads. They are soft and feel like you are just wearing undies. Here is the website for more info on the ones I mean.
Have you thought about it? What do you use? Did changing make a difference? Feel free to share.