Pads Vs. Tampons | CharlotteBehappy

I've always been someone who's never been embarrassed about periods. I went to an all girls school and periods was a sort of common ground which everyone could relate to. Pupils have nearly always talked about it frankly, even sometimes with teachers. This kind of chat about periods also really raises awareness about how different everyone is.

So before I start, this sort of 'battle' has been comprised of my own experiences and I completely acknowledge that everyone has their own preferences, beliefs (religious or otherwise) and experiences as well as their own unique bodies. Pads and tampons are the most common sanitary product and there are other things to use such as menstrual cups but since I've never used them I can't really say much about them. I'm also not a sexual education expert so I'm really not the right person to tell you how and why tampons don't break your virginity but here are some channels you can look at to answer some questions (hopefully): SexPlanations, LaciGreen and this Emma Blackery video.

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So this is what most people start off with. There's a myth in the media etc where it seems like tampons are most widely used but I'm pretty sure most people use pads although obviously I can't say for sure. This are sort of toilettes that stick to your pants. They can be scented, come with wings, be long for the nighttime or short like pantyliners for lighter days or discharge. 
This is pretty easy to use and can be changed as frequently as needed depending on how often you need to. They're pain free and are pretty convenient when you're out and about. 
On the downside, they're noisy, but I don't think much more so than tampons and I mean no one's going to think you're eating crisps in the toilet. They don't really prevent leaking and that's the main reason I tend not to use them but if you sleep for over 8 hours (which when you're on your period, most people do) you can't really use tampons and pads are a must. You can't swim with these and they can give you a sort of nappy feeling and you can feel your period literally coming out. 

So these are a little bit scary. Definitely have a try if you want and don't make my mistake of accidentally using your mums ones which are designed for people who have had babies, start with smaller ones for lighter days (unless you feel like you don't need to). On the little tampon leaflet it says to put your leg up but seriously I would just do it sitting on the toilet. It's weird but you need to almost put the tampon on horizontally not straight up (something I also tried to do many times). It's also easiest to take it out when sitting on the toilet.
You leave tampons in for 4-8 hours and the longer it's in the easier to take out. When I first tried I had no clue when to take it out but here what I've learnt: 1) when you start to feel like you're on your period again, although this doesn't mean you're leaking but it means the tampon's reading to come out, or 2) when you pee and then wipe and see some blood on the tissue, or see blood on the string.
There's a slight chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome but my mum once worked with a doctor and the doctor said it's more common for women to come in complaining about how their vaginas smell and find that they're accidentally left a tampon in for weeks then for someone to get TSS. 
If you're not too confident then using tampons when out and about can be a bit scary but it does mean that every time you wee (and I have an overactive bladder so this was convenient) you don't have to mop up and wipe up a lot of blood, even when taking your tampon out.

Can you think of any more pros and cons? Let me know down below!