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Favorite menstrual products? - March 6th 2017, 10:01 PM

Do you have favorite pads/tampons or liners? My mom and I were just discussing this the other day and I've been wondering what your favorites are (if any).

I rarely ever use pads, but when I used them my favorite was Always Infinity. I have a few Always and some U by Kotex ones currently but I mostly use those as additional protection with tampons. Any pads are fine for me.

I will use pretty much any kind of tampon with the exception of Playtex. I especially like Tampax Pearl, though I sometimes have difficulty with their applicators. I also like U by Kotex Click or Sleeks. If your body has ever rejected tampons, try Sleeks. For tampons with a heavier absorbancy I usually use store brand ones because they are longer (name brand are thicker) and easier for me to insert. But when it comes to pads or tampons I'll use whatever.

I am extremely picky about liners though because I've had some bad experiences with them. I use them daily so I feel cleaner. Some of them are supposed to be "thin" but I have found that they're too thin and ineffective for me. I use Always Radiant liners. They are well made for my body. I also really like Kotex Lightdays (in long). I use them under tampons, with body memories, or right before (and after my period). Especially now because my period is changing on me. They are really hard to find and I am actually going to start ordering them online.

Do you use menstrual wipes? I shower more often with my period because I feel dirty, though that is from my abuse. I use them sometimes though. Recently on Amazon I found these bags I really like. You wrap your used products and then put them in the bag. I feel less self-conscious that way. Edit: I thought of something else. Therma Care makes menstrual heating pads you stick inside your underwear for cramps. They get a little pricey so I usually get them when they're on sale but they are really nice if I have to go out and can't microwave a heating pad for cramps.

Sorry this is long! Anyways, what are your favorite menstrual products if you have any?

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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 6th 2017, 10:52 PM

I've only ever used pads, and it's only been an issue twice in the 17 years I've had a period. I'm not too picky, I like name brands better, but I rarely use them. The only brand I don't use is Kotex because I need pads with wings and they use velcro, rather than adhesive for the wings (the pads themselves are sticky) that doesn't stick to itself, so the velcro was hurting me.

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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 7th 2017, 01:05 AM

Tampons and I don't agree. I have always used pads and I have never had a problem. I usually have light periods throughout except sometimes on my first day, so pads have always worked fine for me.

I am fussy when it comes to pads. I need Ultrathin overnight pads, antibacterial pads with wings and sometimes those with side walls. Since these are available in only 2 name brands, where I live, I always buy it in a bulk because I don't want to risk not having these specific pads when I am on my period. I won't name them or link them because I have a feeling one is a local brand.

I have always used Carefree ultrathin panty liners. Pantyliners were rare here until a few years back, maybe because I live in a fairly small town. The first couple of brands that I bought were horrible. I sometimes go for other types of panty liners but not other brands. I don't use pantyliners daily, I usually use them when I am traveling and away from home.

I have heard of the Therma care heating pads but I don't get them here. I am thinking of getting them online but they are actually pricey and add shipping charges, I can't afford it.

Every time I look up menstrual products online, I get these reusable pads with cute designs and they are so tempting. This is so hard to resist.

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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 7th 2017, 02:38 AM

I only use pads because my periods are super light and only last a few days so I'm not a tampon fan. I like the natracare ultra pads (regular) for during the day and organyc pads at night. That's what my mum always buys and the few times I have used always, I got itchy or a rash and I've never had the issue with what I usually use. I have sensitive skin though.

Another option instead of those therma care heating pads are little hottie hand warmers. The Costco where I live sells them in packs of 40 (but there are two heat packs in each so really there's 80 packs) for less than 15 dollars. My sister uses them instead of the therma care because they're impossible to find locally and they bugged her (the adhesive sticky part and they didn't fit her right). Kav, I can send you a few if you want to try them.
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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 7th 2017, 07:07 AM

I can usually get away with just pads. My favorite is Always Maxi. I usually use the extra heavy overnight ones with wings. I only use tampons (because of rejection) if I bleed through several pads within 30-45 minutes. If that's the case, my favorite is the Kotex Click variety because the round grip on the barrel is easier for me to hold. I found that the flat grip that Tampax has is very hard to keep a firm grip on, oddly enough. I wear pantiliners daily just for hygiene purposes. For that I use Always Dailies Xtra Protection with odor-lock, which are also extra long.

I tend to be allergic to things that are scented, so I avoid those.

This isn't menstrual related, but is still related to the under bits. I used to use Vagisil feminine wash regularly until my GYN told me to stop using it after I had severe bacterial vaginosis (that was likely a mild infection for a very long time). She told me that feminine washes also remove the good bacteria which is therefore counterproductive and could just prolong (or promote) the infection. The more you know, I guess.

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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 7th 2017, 12:43 PM

I was never introduced to tampons so I've never tried them, but stick to pads (pun not intended ) instead. I use Always Ultra with Wings. I prefer the winged version since it stays in one place than the one without wings, for me anyway.

I did not know there were such thing as menstrual wipes I might look into them now, since they sound handy. I do love the scented bags though!

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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 8th 2017, 12:21 AM

When I had my period I would you Tampax sport I think. But I lost my period like 6 months ago so I don't really remember what I use.

I hate pads I will never go back to those.

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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 9th 2017, 01:38 AM

Thanks to the implant i don't normally get a period anymore or when I do it is super light so I'm able to use Always Radiant pads a lot. If not I'll use Always maxi pads, either the huge purple wrapper overnight ones for sleeping, the green wrapper ones for a mild to moderate flow, or the orange wrapper ones for a moderate flow.

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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 10th 2017, 02:40 AM

I like menstrual cups. I work 12 hour shifts in an emergency room as a nurse and it helps. Tampons could have the risk of bleeding through and pads just don't always work as well.

When I was younger, I never heard of menstrual cups so I used tampons when I was sixteen. I liked them better than pads.
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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 10th 2017, 12:28 PM

I've been using pads for a long time and they're the best for me I guess. I've never really had a problem of pads not being enough since there is a wide choice of them in my shops. I usually have a few different packs at home and pick the thicker/thinner ones accordingly to the situation. Wings are important for me, as I tend to feel a bit inconvenient without them.
I don't pay attention to scent while choosing pads, although I like pleasant aromas

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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 10th 2017, 11:00 PM

Wings are important for me, as I tend to feel a bit inconvenient without them.
Same. It feels like the pad shifts if I don't have wings. The wings secure it in place.

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Re: Favorite menstrual products? - March 13th 2017, 02:18 AM

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I like menstrual cups. I work 12 hour shifts in an emergency room as a nurse and it helps. Tampons could have the risk of bleeding through and pads just don't always work as well.

When I was younger, I never heard of menstrual cups so I used tampons when I was sixteen. I liked them better than pads.
I always use tampons.
However, I also work 12 hour shifts in a hospital, so I have actually started switching to a cup as well. I only got to try it a bit, but plan to use it more next month.

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