to want to be able to buy NORMAL sanitary towels???

(88 Posts)
Nottalotta Wed 02-Oct-13 21:27:54

NOT with wings, NOT extra long and definately NOT bloody well deoderised for extra thrushness freshness!!

So i've not had a period for almost 8 years thanks to the depo jab. Came off it last year , eventually got a period this june. Had tried to prepare by buying sanitary towels but is nigh on impoossible to buy normal non scennted non winged pads!! What has changed since last time ffs??

(can't use tampons as get toxic shock syndrome godddammit)

Passthecake30 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:29:21

Sainsburys basics? They do a thin one, but no wings etc

Natracare. I get mine on amazon or from waitrose. No gels or fragrance!

miffybun73 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:29:50

Bodyform do non winged unscented ones.

All the Always ones are scented so that you get a vomit inducing smell of cheap air freshener and blood mixed together.

I bought the scented ones once by mistake and had to throw them away after using one.

shazbean Wed 02-Oct-13 21:31:25

bodyform are alright..I just bought non winged by mistake, orange pack. They do the job no nasty fake itch inducing old lady perfume smell grin.

Nottalotta Wed 02-Oct-13 21:59:40

Thank you all. Just need to track the little devils down in this godforsaken backwater that i live in

3monkeys Wed 02-Oct-13 22:01:17

I buy non scented, non winged always for DD. They do exist!

SpiritOfTheBuskersCat Wed 02-Oct-13 22:03:09

didn't you know us laydeeeessss need to have freshly scented fannies? wink

rattlemehearties Wed 02-Oct-13 22:03:25

Boots own brand? I had to stop using Always despite using them loyally since my first period when they started making them all scented! Yuck. Yanbu - way too many to choose from!

EddieVeddersfoxymop Wed 02-Oct-13 22:03:26

Home bargains. A great source of bodyform, kotex and some own brand towels. I've given up on Always, hate them with a passion as the itch is just unbearable!!

miffybun73 Wed 02-Oct-13 22:03:59

Hi Nottalotta, do you have a Boots anywhere near you. You can order stuff online and have it delivered to any Boots store. Our local Boots is the size of an average front room in a house and I order loads on line and just pick it up there.

Otherwise I guess if you ever do online supermarket shopping you could do it that way.

DaleyBump Wed 02-Oct-13 22:05:28

Have you considered a mooncup? I bought one after hearing good things but I've not had a chance to use it yet because I'm 32 weeks pregnant. It rings k bell that you can't get TSS with a mooncup but don't take my word for it.

PresidentServalan Wed 02-Oct-13 22:05:37

Coop own, also most chemists seem to stock Kotex etc

dementedma Wed 02-Oct-13 22:14:09

I prefer the winged ones - keeps them in place

BeScarefulWhatYouWitchFor Wed 02-Oct-13 22:16:23

Wilkinsons do Bodyform and they're £1 a pack atm.

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 02-Oct-13 22:17:14

Wings are helpful holding everything in place and catching side seepage. I like Lilets towels no fragrance have wings and the night time ones have extra flaps t the back to secure everything.

lessonsintightropes Wed 02-Oct-13 22:18:50

Try having a look in your local corner shop - most of the ones round our way have only v basic 'feminine hygiene products' and they are pretty cheap too.

MmmmWhiteWine Wed 02-Oct-13 22:19:45

Genuine question....what's wrong with wings? I think they always make things feel a bit more secure....

ghostonthecanvas Wed 02-Oct-13 22:20:13

Always silk are unscented. Have wings though. I quite like wings. I feel like a fairy when I have wings. I thought that was why wings were added to towels. I also have a mooncup. It is a torturous device.

pointythings Wed 02-Oct-13 22:50:32

I use the Tesco or Sainsbury basic ones - no scent in those. I don't mind the wings so much, they prevent the glue from sticking to my thatch as they neatly fold around my ancient huge 'I Am On My Period' pants. grin

Always should just fuck off with their scented crap.

georgettemagritte Wed 02-Oct-13 23:51:29

Boots stock Cottons pads which are unscented (I've found they're about the only ones I can use which my skin doesn't react to! They all seem to have chemicals in now, even the ones which are meant not to be scented.) Oh and occasionally I buy maternity pads which are the old-fashioned kind and don't have scent or chemicals in. The Boots thin maternity ones are the best ones.

InThisTogether Thu 03-Oct-13 00:01:01

(sorry to be obstinate but I do prefer the scented ones, extra long, with wings!)

Each to their own though!

LayMizzRarb Thu 03-Oct-13 00:12:09

I wish you could buy them with loops and belts, for use at night.

Nottalotta Thu 03-Oct-13 06:46:07

I would LOVE to track some Kotex down!! I always used to use them but can't find them these days.

I don't like wings, they never seem to work properly and i end up with a bit sticking to me. I also don't like the scrunchy noise when i walk!! Never tried extra long - not seen the need.

I was put off the mooncup by the thread i saw on here once about someones cup smelling of rotting meat..... (and wondering how i'd manage at work? How do you empty and clean in work loos?)

Nottalotta Thu 03-Oct-13 06:48:11

pointy i actually had to go out and buy period pants!! Good old M & S.

meditrina Thu 03-Oct-13 06:50:37

Try Poundshops for Kotex.

Any brand except Always (nearly whole range scented) as apart from them, the only scented ST is one type of Bodyform; or any own-brand.

GobblersKnob Thu 03-Oct-13 06:54:23

Cup, all the way, you may find you don't even need to empty it at work, and even if you do it not difficult at all, just remove, tip down the loo, wipe with a tissue or tip a little water ever with a bottle (it doesn't need to be spotless, it going straight back where it came from grin) then a wet wipe for your hands, job done.

I cannot stress how much nicer they are they any other form of sanitary protection, I also use washable towels which I prefer hands down to disposable.

CrohnicallyLurking Thu 03-Oct-13 06:58:07

The MoonCup smelled of rotting meat because they never cleaned it!

I never had to change mine at work, I only worked 6 hour shifts and the MoonCup holds loads. But if you did have to, empty it down the toilet, wipe with toilet paper and reinsert, just give it a wash when you get home. Or you can take a bottle of water to rinse it with.

And at the end of your period, give it a thorough wash, you can use a short bath in Milton or boil the MoonCup, and then it won't smell, promise!

CrohnicallyLurking Thu 03-Oct-13 06:58:37

X post with gobblers

Jaynebxl Thu 03-Oct-13 07:09:05

White wine beat me to asking what's wrong with wings. I'd never buy them without because they cover more ground and stick on better in my opinion. I've never had a sound when I walk and I'm sure you would soon get used to how to actually put the things on!

Nottalotta Thu 03-Oct-13 07:21:32

Honestly, 8 yrs without a period and its like being 12 again! I did end up with wings because every fecking option had wings or scent. Wings were the lesser evil. Will go on a planned crusade round town in my lunch hour. I did try the pound shop but will try again. Thanks all.

pointythings Thu 03-Oct-13 08:27:45

I just found a big hole in one of my pairs of Period Pants... M&S, here I come! grin

Fifibluebell Thu 03-Oct-13 09:10:16

YABU I like wings but YANBU about scent! The Always brand smells absolutely disgusting and I want to heave before I even open the packet!

mrsjay Thu 03-Oct-13 09:20:01

our little chemist and corner shop sell Kotex I use them sometimes if they dont have bodyform in

mrsjay Thu 03-Oct-13 09:20:53

I dont mind wings though i feel secure with them i hate scents though and i noticed body form have started to put pretty patterns on theirs confused

Pointeshoes Thu 03-Oct-13 09:36:47

I use the mooncup and 'Charlie banana' lovely soft washable sanitary towels, easy to deal with and makes me feel cleaner without that horrible plastic. I'm not a hippy or anything I promise, so if you want to know more just ask

ghostonthecanvas Thu 03-Oct-13 09:44:04

Pointe I know its not my thread but I would like to know more. I really dislike the weird, draggy feeling I get with my towels. I have never heard of 'Charlie banana'.

ninilegsintheair Thu 03-Oct-13 09:57:04

I recently tried a softcup (a disposable mooncup) as I had a free sample. By god the thing was horrible. Hard to get in, hard to take out, felt bruised afterwards, didn't carry that much blood and the bathroom looked like an abbatoir (despite being really careful). No thanks.

I like the idea of washable sanitary towels but they're very expensive.

I must be the only one who can't smell the 'fresh' scent of an Always pad when you open it. Doesn't smell of anything to me blush

Vintagecakeisstillnice Thu 03-Oct-13 10:03:30

Charlie Banana are great!

Dear at first but when you add up what you spend on disposable towels it soon looks cheap grin.
And I'm sure I bleed less, but anyway they're online, and have different colours!

How can your choice of femimine hygiene product determine your flow? Is this a scientifically proved fact?

Tanith Thu 03-Oct-13 19:28:39

My mum complained bitterly when they stopped doing the old-fashioned loop towels that hooked each end onto a sanitary belt. She said she didn't feel secure with the stick-on ones (and she believed that tampons were for loose women grin).

sonlypuppyfat Thu 03-Oct-13 19:38:27

I love a towel with wings and for night time I love a really thick old fashioned one for bed.

CrohnicallyLurking Thu 03-Oct-13 19:38:51

I don't know about amount of blood, but I have fewer cramps when using a MoonCup, and it has stopped the recurring thrush infections I used to suffer with (since switching, I have only had thrush once during pregnancy and that was probably due to GD, compared with a couple of times a year pre MoonCup). Like ghost I got a draggy feeling with towels. With the MoonCup I feel nothing.

I won't lie, it does take some getting used to, but probably after the first period I was confident in removing and reinserting.

I have to have a tampon and towel as I'm so heavy sad I like wings as its stops side leakage.

I buy Superdrug own make its a lot cheaper and just as good as other stuff. I agree the scented ones make your fairy itch though! wink

EverybodysGoneSurfing Thu 03-Oct-13 20:19:03

I have just switched back to thicker bodyform and they stay in place and are much more comfortable than always ultrathin with wings. I am not sure why I was so convinced that thinner was better, it's not like anyone's looking (i don't wear tight trousers etc)

I am beginning to think the same Every. Call me old fashioned.

TheYamiOfYawn Thu 03-Oct-13 20:47:50

Mooncup or cloth pads for me. I love cloth pads. They feel all cozy and snuggly. I wear them on days when I just want to wear pyjamas all day, stuff my face with chocolate and watch black and white melodrama on TV. They are like a soft teddy bear for your bleeding snatch.

piratecat Thu 03-Oct-13 20:50:06

my dd wears Morrisons own pads, they are proper 'old school'. and absorb, and are 75p a packet. they work so well.

weebarra Thu 03-Oct-13 20:53:27

I haven't had a period for a while (DD is 6 weeks old) but will definitely be investing in a mooncup when it returns.
I wonder if the makers of Always know how many previously loyal customers they have lost since they made their products smell of cheap air freshener?

grin at soft teddy bear for your bleeding snatch

Home Bargains had Kotex towels when I was in there today

marion37 Sun 23-Feb-14 20:25:39

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YouAreTalkingRubbish Sun 23-Feb-14 21:13:06

I would try a Mooncup as you probably won't need any towels at all. In the weird thread, the Mooncup was smelly because the OP didn't clean it for three days. I thought it was a troll post as I couldn't believe someone would do that.

Mooncups work out cheap too.

Pipbin Sun 23-Feb-14 21:20:00

I'm going to look up Charlie Banana towels. Sounds interesting.
I'm a mooncup user and I get toxic shock. I asked mooncup before I started using it and they said it's not been certified as safe and suggested I asked my GP. They were happy with it and I've not had a problem in 12 years.
As for dealing with it at work, I just empty and wipe it. I then run it under the hot tap as soon as I get home. I soak it in Milton every month too.

falulahthecat Sun 23-Feb-14 22:05:49

Natracare = the best ones. One gyno once said to me that most other brands just 'slowly erode the vulva' shock

falulahthecat Sun 23-Feb-14 22:06:22


CaffeinatedKitten Sun 23-Feb-14 22:50:25

Definitely small chemists for Kotex. They're pretty much all I use, though I am considering cloth.

RevoltingPeasant Sun 23-Feb-14 22:52:28

Have just ordered Charlie banana towels smile

To the PP who asked about the MC and flow, my understanding is that tampons are made of absorbent material which pulls menstrual fluid from your body but obviously can't discriminate between that and your body's natural moisture. A MC just catches what falls iyswim. I thought that was why MC had a much lower rate of toxic shock.

LyndaCartersBigPants Sun 23-Feb-14 22:52:34

Try the value ones like Tesco frills old Skool style.

NottaLotta - I can totally understand why you don't want the scented towels (urghhhhh - vile idea), but what is the problem with wings? I find they make the whole thing far more secure.

RevoltingPeasant Sun 23-Feb-14 22:53:45

But falulah sorry, how can pads erode the vulva? That sounds a bit suss to me....

I mean surely if your vulva were bring eroded you'd notice skin coming off, soreness, etc?

Preciousbane Sun 23-Feb-14 22:58:43

Co-op do good ones and I hate fancy thin ones and like thick bulky ST's.

Ah I can remember the days when a trip to the school nurse meant a pad with loops, you pinned the towel in to your knickers.

Sadly high schools don't seem to have school nurses anymore. I inhaled poison in a chemistry lesson once, poor school nurse had to ring the poisons unit at Guys.

Dillydollydaydream Sun 23-Feb-14 23:02:57

Also odd to check out Charlie Banana. I'm finding most disposable STs unbearably itchy at the moment over sharing and the scented ones are vile.

Dillydollydaydream Sun 23-Feb-14 23:03:31

Off^ even blush

CorusKate Sun 23-Feb-14 23:06:34

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Pipbin Mon 24-Feb-14 07:52:47

I bought some Always a while ago and was surprised to find they didn't have wings.

My question with reusable ones is washing them. How? When? What else with?

Balaboosta Mon 24-Feb-14 08:24:06

Erode the vulva? Like nobody's noticed?
I met someone that told me they made their own toothpaste out of "natural ingredients" and used that because the fluoride in toothpaste was "sending everybody mad". Said as we walked along a normal city street past crowds of normal city people going about their normal city business.
I thought - and they are mad? and warned her about tooth decay and didn't hire her as a nanny

FlipFlippingFlippers Mon 24-Feb-14 08:36:31

I used to have to wear tampons and towels and change almost hourly as I'd regularly leak but I'd actually be confident enough to go knicker free with my mooncup! Never had a single leak and can easily go 6 hours when iit's at its heaviest.

falulahthecat Mon 24-Feb-14 15:55:41

Yup - the whole reason I was at the docs was because I was getting sore/splitting skin, it almost 100% improved once I stopped using bleached and perfumed plastic-y products. I have two other friends who have had to do the same after getting the same 'side effects'.

So actually yes, people have noticed! wink
Obviously you're one of the lucky people who have a sturdy vagina rather than my sub-par over sensitive one.... grin

falulahthecat Mon 24-Feb-14 15:58:07

Quite frankly I personally don't know why anyone would rather use synthetic perfumed products in such a delicately balanced area over natural bleach free cotton ones anyways, there's hardly any difference pennies-wise either.

AlpacaLypse Mon 24-Feb-14 16:04:25

Anyone else noticed that Always seem to be on permanent special offer these days? Could it be because they've got a massive amount of stinky scented stuff in stock and are desperately trying to shift it? smile

MinesAPintOfTea Mon 24-Feb-14 16:05:13

Notta the rotten meat mooncup woman hadn't emptied it for 3 days because it took that long to get full. Imagine wearing the same towel for that long....

Also I've used both mooncup and softcup, the softcup is much more difficult to use cleanly.

But understand they're not for everyone, supermarket own brand tend to be scent-free and I've considered buying reusables before deciding that was daft as I only buy them to carry in case of unexpected period.

SometimesLonely Mon 24-Feb-14 16:17:16

You can buy Dr White's sanitary towels on the internet from a well known site. The good old sort with loops etc.

piratecat Mon 24-Feb-14 16:20:44

Morrisons and Tesco do their own normal pads, dd loves the first ones. 80p a packet. no fuss, wings, odd sticky strips!

hellymelly Mon 24-Feb-14 16:25:58

I agree bodyform or natracare. Big branches of boots stock more choice- in Bodyform anyway. i stock up when I am in one as I live in the back of beyond. I have a light-ish flow so tampons aren't great anyway (the sensation of changing a dryish tampon makes me go a bit sick and faint...shudder..) And I have found the same as you op, that most of the products out there have wings etc. DH once bought scented always as we were away on holiday and that was all the nearest shop had in stock. I could smell them across the room! There was no way I was using them, DH was horrified (as a Dad of girls ) he hadn't realised that scented san-pro even existed. We had to drive miles to a Tesco to get something acceptable. So bulk buy when you find one that suits you, because they seem to be discontinuing stuff all the time.

ReadyToPopAndFresh Mon 24-Feb-14 17:01:49

Notta the rotten meat mooncup woman hadn't emptied it for 3 days because it took that long to get full. Imagine wearing the same towel for that long....


Scented ones make my fandango sore and itchy. blush

Do you non wingers not get leaks though. I have to tampax and towels or get in a right mess and haven't tried wingless!

TeamWill Mon 24-Feb-14 22:34:06

I have used a Moon cup for about 5 years - yep the same one .
Boil after use.
No bloody wings or fragrance or discrete hmm packaging so you bastards can fuck the fuck off with your have a happy period
<and breathe> grin

CorusKate Mon 24-Feb-14 22:40:46

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hellymelly Mon 24-Feb-14 22:54:50

This thread has inspired me to go and buy a few washables to try... it the fanny erosion that did it i think....

phantomnamechanger Mon 24-Feb-14 23:05:40

I bought some Charlie banana towels and pant liners for the DDs to try before xmas and they both really like them - comfy, secure, no leaks. washed without any problems (I tried both soaked in water in a bin first, and just left to dry in a bin then shoved in with the washing - both ways worked fine - no smell in the bin, no stains on the towels), they also dried really quickly and stayed really soft and fleecy (did not go hard and crispy like the washable nappies we used to use). need to get round to buying more, yes they are expensive but we will soon recoup that money. I wish they had been around in my day.

RaspberryRuffle Mon 24-Feb-14 23:16:32

I have a meluna cup (different brand to mooncup, essentially the same principle, more sizes available I think. Also a choice of dangly bit for pulling it out. And a few brushes for cleaning which are just interdental brushes really). Also have a few washable towels. If I need to use disposables kotex are the least irritating ones I have found, or boots own panty liners.
I got hang of the cup after 2 periods, also tried softcup which I quite liked too as an alternative for holiday etc.

Pipbin Mon 24-Feb-14 23:43:20

I like the idea of the reusable towels but I just think that washing them would be a pain as there is only 2 of us and so I only run the washing machine a couple of times a week.

CorusKate Mon 24-Feb-14 23:46:04

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CaffeinatedKitten Tue 25-Feb-14 00:09:22

I'm tempted by the csp. I am insanely sensitive after my last pregnancy and it may just be worth a bash.

Pixel Tue 25-Feb-14 19:41:29

I've only used a mooncup for years and wouldn't go back. I've started my menopause and I'm not having any of the horrendous problems my mum suffered with (flooding etc).
However if I had to use towels I would only use the plain Kotex ones, they are nice and soft and cottony, don't make you feel sweaty, don't have stupid wings or smell like air freshener. Our local Londis always has them if that helps anyone.
Dd was ill in bed the other week and asked me to get her some towels so I went into Sainsbury's (very large branch not a 'local' type thing). All I could see was rows and rows of different kinds of Always, literally a whole side of an aisle, and only a couple of token packets of different brands. Do Sainsbury's have shares or something?

marion37 Wed 05-Mar-14 13:18:02

Does Anyne Know Where I Can Buy A Sanitary Belt From ?

Completely agree, always are the worst now, so synthetic smelling and give me raging thrush. I use Maternity pads for night time or if I'm at home during the day (they are very thick so I wouldn't really wear them out and about) or Natracare pads (I order them online) for out and about during the day. I haven't had thrush since I started doing this.

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