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To think this isn't a very 'sanitary' towel?

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FluffleFloffle Sun 29-May-16 20:35:38

My friend revealed to me the other day that she uses toilet roll instead of a sanitary towel. She folds it up into a few layers and changes it a few times a day. She asked if I did the same, I said no confused and she said I should because it saves money.


QOD Sun 29-May-16 20:36:43


And scratchy

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 29-May-16 20:37:02

I have no thoughts on what other women choose to use tbh confused

NeedACleverNN Sun 29-May-16 20:38:01

I did if I was in school and caught short

OrangePeels Sun 29-May-16 20:38:01

Surely it would just soak straight through? confusedhmm
Ok in an emergency until you can get a proper towel it tampon but not as a regular thing.

CrazyDuchess Sun 29-May-16 20:38:25

If it works for her?? I've certainly used tissue when I have been caught short.

Sanpro isn't sterile??

gamerchick Sun 29-May-16 20:38:45

It's fine if you've been caught short out and about for a short time but it's not very comfortable or particularly effective for full time use. She must have very light periods confused

80sMum Sun 29-May-16 20:40:25

It wouldn't work, surely? Wouldn't stay in the right place, would move around and would leak!

NerrSnerr Sun 29-May-16 20:40:48

If it works for her then great. Can't see why anyone would have an issue with how someone else manages their periods?

FluffleFloffle Sun 29-May-16 20:41:19

Well we were a bit hmm because she assumed lots of women did it whereas she was the first I'd heard of doing it. Granted I don't know many women's personal care habits.

AlwaysDancing1234 Sun 29-May-16 20:42:03

That would last me all of 30 seconds. Only use toilet tissue in an absolute emergency.

dillydotty Sun 29-May-16 20:42:54

It works in emergencies for light periods but it sort of bunches up and slips to one side. It is only good as a short term measure to stem the flow, so to speak.

Tescos value towels are 65p for 14. I think that would probably work out cheaper and more effective than loo roll (although I have no idea of the quality of them to be honest ).

emsyj Sun 29-May-16 20:44:07

She has obviously never had anything but a very light flow. I would soak through loo roll in seconds!

formerbabe Sun 29-May-16 20:44:41

If you were completely stuck then it might be necessary but it can't be very comfortable or convenient. I wouldn't feel like I could go out of the house with just that as protection. Is she really strapped for cash? Don't the supermarkets do a cheap value range of pads?

RosieandJim89 Sun 29-May-16 20:45:55

I do it when caught short but it moves and soaks through in a couple of hours and sticks to your lady bits and I have light periods.
I have moved onto a moon cup. DH is Grossed out by it but he doesn't have to deal with them so I don't give a monkeys smile

FluffleFloffle Sun 29-May-16 20:46:09

Yes, good point. I'm just thinking of it from my own experience, I would be left with a sodden mess within seconds and it would spread (sorry). I suppose it must be very different for her, hence her confusion at me finding it odd.

dillydotty Sun 29-May-16 20:47:22

Asda do 10 towels for 14p!

From the look of the pack they could be old fashioned brick stylee but surely better and cheaper than bog roll?

FluffleFloffle Sun 29-May-16 20:47:41

I don't think she's strapped for cash at all, just sees it as a pointless expense as you can get toilet roll from public places too and her work, etc.

DubiousCredentials Sun 29-May-16 20:52:45

My immediate reaction is envy that a) she has light enough periods to be able to do this b) therefore has no extra costs involved in menstruating and c) doesn't find a wodge of loo roll in her pants unreliable or uncomfortable envy

Foofoobum Sun 29-May-16 20:55:29

I've done it when caught out or totally skint. It didn't bunch up and fall to side and it didn't leak - and I was really heavy. The only issue I had was picking out rolled up bits of damp loo roll from my pubes afterwards. It's not something I'd do out of choice but I'd not judge someone if that was their preference.

TheWeeBabySeamus1 Sun 29-May-16 20:58:41

I've done it as a last resort in a desperate situation ( unexpectedly came on while on a boat in Turkey - wearing only a bikini - had to walk around with a towel wrapped around me like a sarong grin ) but not just to save money. It's no where near absorbant enough.

She must constantly being picking bits of loo roll of her flaps.

TheWeeBabySeamus1 Sun 29-May-16 20:59:30

Off - not of blush

HermioneJeanGranger Sun 29-May-16 20:59:35

I've used loo roll when I've been caught short before, but it's SO uncomfortable!

FrameyMcFrame Sun 29-May-16 21:03:11

If it works for her then fine. Women have been managing menstruation for thousands of years before tampax were invented, moss, animal skin etc. Loo roll is just as good.

ProfessorBranestawm Sun 29-May-16 21:05:52

I've done that when caught short plenty of times, but not as a regular thing.
The STs I use have wings so stay in place better - I'm always paranoid that the tissue will move and fall out of my knickers grin it happened in the past although thankfully nobody noticed

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