Aren't You Glad for Sanitary Napkins/Tampons?

Finland
October 23, 2007 8:45am CST
I feel SO blessed to be able to wear sanitary napkins ever since I started my period years back. During my Mom's age, she had to use a piece of cloth as sanitary napkin and she had to wash it and re-use it. Yikes! I personally love the way they make sanitary napkins these days...they're highly absorbent, thin, and winged!!! I can't wear the un-winged ones 'coz the blood tends to run to the sides of the panties, too. How about you? Or do you prefer tampons? I've never tried tampons before 'coz I find that sanitary napkins are practical enough for me. I found this info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanitary_towel: Menstrual pads have been mentioned as early as the 10th century, in the Suda, where Hypatia was said to have thrown her "feminine rags" at an admirer in an attempt to turn him off. Gee!!! I didn't know that menstrual pads were used THAT early already!!! I also read something here: http://www.mum.org/pastgerm.htm. It said that German women almost never used commercial menstrual pads in the late 19th century. So when they had their period, they left a trail of blood behind them. Oh dear...can you believe it? I guess it was still common back then to leave "trails of blood" he he he he...but still I'm SO GLAD there are wonderful sanitary napkins these days!!!
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
24 Oct 07
Interesting discussion.Yes i am glad we have all those sanitary napkins, i was always thinking what ther were using before, so thank you for you discussion with a little bit history.I asked my mum and she said they were using cottond instead.But I didn't know they were famous in 10 century.But I also read about something new is now in market, some kind of sponche from antural material.Can't imagine using that.
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• Finland
24 Oct 07
Hi, laurika! Your Mom used cotton, eh? Yeah, I also didn't know they used it already in the 10th century. Sponge? Hmmm...I haven't heard about that he he he...would love to try it, though, as long as it's not expensive ha ha...
@laurika (4536)
• United States
25 Oct 07
Yeah I think they were using cotton, i think todays sanitary napkins are from the same material, no??that sponge should be cheap, becuase you can wash, but it seems groos to me a little bit.But where I read about it woman, says it is good for our heath.
• Finland
25 Oct 07
Hmmm...I don't know about materials ha ha ha...So sponge is actually better than sanitary pads? Interesting. We'll see if I like it if I can find it he he...
@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
30 Oct 07
i am too... i have a heavy period so it is rather a blessing to have sanitary pads always available in the market.
• Finland
30 Oct 07
Hi, shiloh! Yeah, esp. for a heavy period. I used to have a heavy period during my teenage years, but nowadays it's getting lighter and lighter. I hope yours'll get lighter along the years, too. :-D
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• Philippines
30 Oct 07
that's good news...as of now, it has been a big bother... well, it's like this...can't live with it, can't live without it...to put it simply..good day
• Finland
30 Oct 07
Yeah, you're right...can't live without it, can't live with it...but my friends have also said the same thing...that their period gets lighter as time goes by...so GOOD LUCK to you! ;-D
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• United States
25 Oct 07
Hi Ailema! You really schooled me here, I had no idea there was so much history behind sanitary napkins. I just never thought about it til I read your discussion. Im a tampon user myself. I dont like the pads, they dont leave me feeling really clean. The tampons are better for this reason. I think if you gave them a try, you might just like them better. Bay xx
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• Finland
25 Oct 07
Hi, Bayleigh! So you like tampon better than pads? Yeah, maybe someday I'll try using tampons, but I sleep a long time at night and they say it's not good wearing tampons for more than 8 hours non-stop, right?
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• United States
25 Oct 07
Hi Ailema, Yes you sould change them every four hours, and there is a risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome or TSS if the absorbtion rate is more than your flow. I was just commenting to Laurika about this, and how I was thinking of trying the sponge type protection. Im able to sleep at night without them because Im very irregular and my flow is pretty light. Thank goodness! If your sleeping a long time then I dont recommend them. Your probably better off with using the pads. Bay xx
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• United States
25 Oct 07
Here you are, I thought you might find this useful in your decision. http://www.obtampons.com/know_01.shtml
@overhere (516)
• United States
30 Oct 07
Oh how times have changed in my life time. I started out with the belt/loop/pad setup definitely not to be recommended (think 10/20 times thicker than todays thin liners) from there we progressed to special panties with like a buckle that held the pad in place (they hadn't expanded the use of sticky tape yet lol)then eventually I got brave enough to try tampons(does anyone insert them right first try?)stopped using them during the TSS scares of the 80's and have been a liner girl ever since! Oh how lucky men are never ever ever to have to go through this monthly ritual (there again would I swap a daily shave for no periods nope don't think so)
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• Finland
30 Oct 07
Hi, overhere! WOW!!! I didn't know anything about special panties with a buckle!!! Yeah, I know what you mean. I used to envy men, too, for not having to experience menstruation he he he he...but nowadays I don't think I envy men anymore he he he...They have different "challenges" indeed. ;-D
@overhere (516)
• United States
30 Oct 07
"Specially challenged" what a beautifully perfect way to describe a man HAHAHAHA
• Finland
31 Oct 07
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...LOL!!! Yes, it is, isn't it? HE HE HE...Have a GOOD day, my friend! ;-D
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
31 Oct 07
Unique choice of discussion, I like that. I am SO thankful that there are sanitary napkins and tampons out these days, who ever created them is a lifesaver! I cannot even stand to wear a sanitary pad, it feels to much like a diaper so I opt for the tampons instead, I cannot imagine having to sit on a "rag".
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• Finland
31 Oct 07
Hi, Jshean! So you can't stand wearing a sanitary pad, eh? Yeah, gladly there's another option for that he he he he...THX for sharing and glad you enjoyed the discussion! ;-D
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
25 Oct 07
SAme here friend. I am so thankful that we have sanitary napkins/tampoons today. My Mom used a piece of cloth too before, during here teenage life and he said it's not as comfortable as what we have today. Likewise, thank you for the lil FYI here.
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• Finland
25 Oct 07
Hi, Marie! Yeah, washing blood on cloth would be tough to do, as well he he he...So it took hard work ha ha ha ha... My pleasure to share info. THX for sharing! ;-D
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
24 Oct 07
hahaha nice topic nice pic also i like the one with the wings but i use also tampons once before when i have my 1st period and its not comfortable specially when you are walking i feel it will fell down hehe glad there is a sanitary napkin now but i feel little allergic to some other brand:-(
• Finland
24 Oct 07
Hi, pinay! Ohhhh...I can imagine the feeling though I've never tried tampon before he he...Yeah, we should know which sanitary napkin brand is the best for us, 'coz not all of them are suitable for us. Gladly there are different types that we can choose. ;-D
@new_waver (199)
23 Oct 07
Yes, I'd heard that about 19th century German women. Hm. I wonder if that has anything to do with Freud's rather odd view of women? But yes, I'm very glad for sanitary napkins. I've heard you can make washable ones out of cloth so you don't have to keep throwing them out month after month. I'd be interested in that---it appeals to the hippie in me!
• Finland
24 Oct 07
Hi, new waver! Yeah, in the wikipedia site (I think) there was this washable ones...or was it in another site I found? I saw the washable pad out of cloth. It looks like sanitary napkin but a bit thicker. So you're a hippie??? COOL! ;-D
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
23 Oct 07
Wow. That's a very thorough research on Sanitary Pads. I have always wondered how the girls from olden times handle menstruation. I feel blessed to be born in this current times too. We are enjoying much more convenience than our ancestors. Thanks for sharing the information. =D
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@glamgrl (384)
• Ireland
15 Nov 07
hi ailema hate to be a downer but they are generally (there are biodegradable ones though-u can get them in health stores) very bad for the envoirnment ditto nappies on a lighter note the germans must have been freezing if !
• Finland
15 Nov 07
Oh, really? They're bad for the environment? Gee...I didn't know that. It seems your comment's chopped off...hmmm...the Germans must've been freezing if...??? Well, I can't imagine going anywhere without any panties or anything while having my period he he he he... THX for sharing your view anyway!
@rimsha (806)
• Pakistan
24 Oct 07
It is not good habbit.