A couple weeks ago I conducted a poll asking readers: What do you prefer to use? Pads, tampons, menstrual cup or other?
Pads were the obvious favourite! For those of you who voted for pads, have you tried tampons yet? And if you have, what don't you like them? If you haven't tried tampons yet, why not?
For me, I have just always been scared of the whole process and also too lazy to bother trying! I've also heard a handful of things and stories about tampons that have both intrigued me and disgusted me.
Here is a list of some things and stories I've heard about tampons.... I am going to go in order of least disgusting to very disgusting... (NSFL!) CLICK ON READ MORE!
- They are more convenient than pads.
- They are so comfortable that you can't feel them!
- The plastic applicators don't decompose meaning they will sit in a landfill forever!
- They hurt when you put them in.
- They hurt when you take them out!
- They are leaky.
- You can swim in a tampon. The tampon may absorb some water but that is okay.
- You should wear a pantiliner to catch leaks.
- You can get Toxic Shock Syndrome.
- You cannot flush tampons.
- They can break your hymen.
- You can leave them in when you pee.
- When you pee, the string may get a little wet but that is okay.
- Most are bleached, have rayon, and many other chemicals that can be left behind inside you.
- It slides out easily when they are fully saturated with period.
- It is possible to sneeze so hard your tampon falls out.
- It is also possible to poop so hard your tampon falls out.
- Because you can't feel them, you may forget it is inside you and forget to take it out and then...
- ...You can lose it inside you and you will have to fish it out...
- ...And by a week's time it will look like a dead rat.
- If you pull the string to hard and the tampon is fully saturated, it may come out with such force that it will fling out of your hand and leave a bloody streak when it hits the bathroom wall (thanks reddit)
This post is part 1 of 3 posts of My First Tampon Story.
To read part 2, click here.
To read part 3, click here.