Pro tip for people who get really bad cramps on their period but don’t have access to midol/tylenol/etc., massage around the center of your lower back. It will help your muscles to relax and relieve some of the pain.
Anonymous said: Would a tampon protect you from embarrassing situations during your period at the pool?
Yep. Some studies were done with people inserting tampons and then sitting in tubs full of blue-dyed water. When they got out, the tampon was removed, and it was still completely white. I tell you that to illustrate that water doesn’t get up into the tampon. Sometimes, depending on how heavy your flow is, you might still end up with spotting, but that can be managed by keeping an eye on it and changing your tampon as needed.
Another thing to consider is menstrual cups. They look like this:
They’re soft and made of silicone. You insert one into the vagina and the flexible rim of the cup pops open to make a seal against your vaginal walls. The blood being released from your uterus through your cervix collects in the cup until you remove it and dump it in the toilet or sink. Rinse it out and put it back in for the entirety of your cycle. It is reusable for as many as 20 years.
Find them here:
Have fun at the beach/pool this summer!
tmi: i bought some softcups and they are just perf 10/10 recommend
Anonymous said: Do you have any tips on how to insert a tampon? I feel sick whenever I try and slide it in.
Woof woof! Firstly you should wash your hands and relax. Tension makes it difficult to insert a tampon. Try to think of something that calms you.
Prop a leg up on either a toilet, or whatever you have nearby that will raise it pretty high. Corgi believes up to knee-height should be good, but if it’s too uncomfortable, try a little higher.
Remove the wrapping as directed, and gently press it inside. It helps to continue thinking about something calming as best as you can.
Usually your vagina lubricates itself, however if it helps, you can find some safe lubricant (available in pharmacies and such) that might help it slide into your vagina easier. You should put it around or on the outside of your vagina, as the tampon would absorb most of it.
When you remove your tampon, it’s normal to feel a bit of friction, so don’t be scared! Just remember, exercise caution and try to remain calm.
Anonymous said: What happens when a menstrual cup is full? How do you empty it and is it very messy to take it out once it's full? What happens if it fills while at work or a public place because I think you must sterilize it before reapplying? Thank you so much and I love your Blog!
hello! thanks for writing in and i’m really glad to hear that you like the blog! i hope it’s been helpful to you.
most people empty the cup by just pouring the contents into the toilet when they use the bathroom, it shouldn’t be messy at all really, unless you spill it in which case it could end up very messy, but then again you’re not exactly going to be walking around the bathroom with it, really you can just take it out of the toilet seat and pour it out then, so i wouldn’t really worry about spilling.
as for sterilizing it, i would say that it’s actually not necessary in that context. people using menstrual cups should *probably* be cleaning them daily at least, but it is definitely not necessary to sterilize them after every use. the way a cup works with your body, the part that holds the blood won’t actually be touching you at all, so you don’t have to worry about it being unsanitary or anything if you’ve just been wearing it for a few hours at work.
that said, if it makes you really uncomfortable to wear it again without cleaning it, some options include bringing a water bottle into the stall with you and rinsing it out a bit that way or using some toilet paper to wipe the inside of the cup a bit.
hope this helps! if you have any more questions, please feel free to write me again. :)
never ever judge a dfab person for having period stains on their underwear that shit is sneaky and most of us only have a general time frame that’s rarely more specific than “well it SHOULD be sometime this week”. there are 604,800 seconds in a week and it could literally be any one of those seconds. i have gone to sleep fine and woken up in a pool of my own blood because my body is a dickface and doesn’t adhere to my schedule. and guess what? sometimes red stains. sometimes it doesn’t wash out. and if i’m trusting you enough to let you see me in my underwear don’t you dare think i’m unsanitary or shame me because i couldn’t get a stain out.
My problem is clear. Where I can get one of those?? I haven’t heard of them till now an I bet they don’t sell them in my country
hello! although you can sometimes find menstrual cups in big stores like Wal Mart and Target they’re pretty rare, so most people end up buying them online. if you just google the brand (e.g. ruby cup, diva cup, lunette cup, the keeper, mooncup, meluna cup, etc.) you’ll probably be able to purchase it directly from the brand’s website and it shouldn’t take more than a couple minutes!
cups can be a bit expensive, so if money is an issue, look out for menstrual cup giveaways! there are more of them than you might expect, and lunette has a page on its website dedicated just to the giveaways that they do ( http://www.lunette.com/blog/category/giveaways/ ).
the main thing is that before you purchase a cup, make sure you look into the different brands and sizes available to decide what cup suits you best.
good luck! :)
Anonymous said: every time I get my period I vomit nonstop. is this normal
(While it is normal to experience nausea, if you’re vomiting this much, you should see a doctor.)
Hand-drawn menstrual cup insertion technique diagram from one of my lovely followers, cocomine.
I personally prefer the “pushdown fold” because you get a smaller tip for insertion, but it does have the tendency to spring open on you before you’re ready if it’s slippery. I never had much luck with the “U fold” though.
Cloth Pads Review
Hi gang! As some of you know, last year I took the plunge and brought some cloth pads. I know you can make them, but I was worried I’d stuff them up and they wouldn’t work right so I went online. I did a lot of shopping around, as many companies make them, but I ended up on etsy! I wanted to support individual people not companies. So anyway, I spent ages looking through them all, because trust me there is a huge variety, and I ended up with this etsy seller, because I liked the way they layered the pads and the fabric options. Because if you think there is hella variety of pads in the supermarket, well, it ain’t got nothing on the cloth pads! There is a type for every situation.
I went with a basic set, 4 regular absorbency pads and 4 liners. I got them made in tacky rainbow zebra print and a cute green snake print (reminds me of Slytherin) respectively. They cost me, with shipping, $44.
Some relevant background on me: I have long term problems with my reproductive system, so I bleed for very long periods of time, and very heavily. I also have very sensitive labia majora as well as enhanced sensitivity inside my vagina from my health issues. I normally have to spend $35-$50 dollars per period on disposable pads and tampons.
The pads arrived within 2 weeks of ordering, which I was thrilled with! They were very soft, and very sturdy with press studs to hold them closed. The seller also included an information sheet with basic cloth pad care and use which was fantastic for a newbie like me. My pads had a waterproof bottom layer and highly absorbent middle layers sandwiched between flannel, and my panty liners were the same, minus the water proofing and one layer of absorbency.
I’m going to do a pro and con list to try and cover as much ground as possible now.
Pros of cloth pads:
- They paid themselves off within 2 cycles
- They last up to 7 years with good care
- They are tough and easy to clean, you can literally throw them in with your regular clothes in the washing machine on any cycle. You can line dry them, tumble dry them, dry them on a clothes horse.
- You don’t need to soak them. The detergent will get rid of the blood. The most I ever did was on my very heavy days, I would rinse them with cold water before putting them into the machine.
- Here’s the thing- THEY DON’T SMELL AT ALL.
Because as people who have periods know, almost all disposable pads and tampons reek to high heavens. It really sucks because it smells so much you get paranoid everyone can smell it, not a nice feeling. I’ve worn a cloth pad all day and no smell at all period wise, they just smelt like a normal pair of underwear at the end of the day. Because there are no chemicals inside the cloth pads, the blood doesn’t react with anything!
- On that note, they are very quiet too! Another problems us menstruating people face is the embarrassment of having to quietly open a pad or tampon in a public toilet. Urgh, I hated that. I felt like. i may as well yell out HEY GUESS WHAT I’M MENSTRUATING EVERYONE. Cloth pads sound like you’re just fiddling with your pants/skirt whatever. Mine are silent except for the small sounds the press studs make, which isn’t much sound at all.
- Cloth pads are adjustable. So throughout the day as you need you can move them forward and backwards as many times as you need and it wont affect the pads ability to stay where you left them. So you can move them to the back if you’re going to be laying on your back at night, no more bloody sheets!
- Because they are made from fabric and chemical free- you will have happy genitals! I have no issues with my genitals anymore, I don’t get swollen and red and sore. My labia are happy labia!
- They feel like you’re just wearing underwear.
- The blood gets sucked into the middle layers, so you don’t feel gunky and wet.
- You can get special waterproof bags to put them in if you’re out and about and need to change- because of their design you can fold them up into very small cubes with the water proofing on the outside, nothing leaks! And again they wont stink up your bag/pocket/wherever you store them.
- They really are durable, mine have had a year now of heavy use, and they are still just as absorbent and comfy as they first time I used them.
Cons of cloth pads:
- They do cost more upfront.
- People will become judgy mcjudgepants when they find out you use them (be prepared to be called a filthy hippy and be told to go back to the dark ages,a lot)
- some of the thicker pads are more noticeable when you wear them with super tight bottoms, like leggings (liners barely show though!)
So there you go…. I think the pros and cons speak for themselves.
It’s been over a year and I have saved so much money, my genitals are happy, the earth is happy, and I have raved about them so much, my younger sister wants me to buy her some for christmas!
Seriously people, if you menstruate, look into cloth pads. You can get them in so many cute prints and styles to suit every need.
thanks so much for doing this review!
What the hell Tampax?
Anonymous said: Is it ok to wear tampons over night? Because I can't access pads and I don't want to ruin a bed.
(You really should not be wearing tampons overnight, leaving them in for more than six hours is ill-advised. At the least, put toilet paper down on your panties so that it is a makeshift pad.)