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Are you a Tampon Virgin?

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2mum Mon 22-May-06 19:42:57

I seen the other thread and realised id never used a tampon ever only sanitary towels. Even my dh thought i was a bit weird when he started going out with me as his exes used tampons. I dont know if its weird or not. I know it sounds daft but ive always been scared to use them in case they got stuck or i got that toxic shock thing. I know thats stupid but im still to scared to!

DumbledoresGirl Mon 22-May-06 19:43:14

Who wants to know?

2mum Mon 22-May-06 19:43:34

Oh sugar i posted the topic twice sorry!

DumbledoresGirl Mon 22-May-06 19:44:14

sorry, your message wasn't there when I posted.

I do use tampons, but if you don't want to, I don't think you have anything to worry about.

2mum Mon 22-May-06 19:45:35

My mum always used pads never tampons i think thats probably why i never bothered getting them also.

bourneville Mon 22-May-06 19:46:08

I've never used tampons either, just always thought i'd be paranoid they'd leak and wind up using sanitary towels anyway.

Always thought I was weird too though.

Marne Mon 22-May-06 19:46:25

I am a tampon virgin

2mum Mon 22-May-06 19:48:48

Im not alone then

MissChief Mon 22-May-06 19:50:25

really? I'm somehow impressedat yuor fortitude! I thought bugger this for a game of soldiers at about 15 or so (even tho mum scared the hell out of me with toxic shock stories) - just didn't want to have to feel like I had a nappy on, leakages etcl. Tampons were such a liberation (bring on that tampax ad!)

niceglasses Mon 22-May-06 19:51:23

I have used them but only in emergency. Don't like them but like someone else said, my mum was always very anti-tampons so maybe thats it. Odd, I like the 'security' of a towel.

2mum Mon 22-May-06 19:52:58

Im 26 and im still too scared to try them. Im just glad the sanitary towels are a lot thinner than they were years ago. It could be worse we could have to wash rags like our grannies probably did.

notasheep Mon 22-May-06 19:54:59

Tampax are ugh,i use tampons as i hate the smell of blood

Twinkie1 Mon 22-May-06 19:55:47

Tried every type of pad and even the dreaded mooncup (still rotting in the bathroom cabinet I fear!!) and always revert to tampons although now with the old Mirena coil its only for 2 days!!

Funniest tampon story I have is working at a brokers in the city and one of our eastern european analysts was going scuba diving and asked for some advice on how to use a tampon - she was worried on where to stick it and what happened when it filled with wee - would the wee just go through it and would it still soak up any blood!!!! - we had to give her a quick biology lesson poor girl (although we had taken bets before and after it on her actually being a a man or a very gravelly voiced hirstute woman!!!)

MissChief Mon 22-May-06 19:55:53

but you've given birth haven't you? believe me, there's nothing scary about sth as small as a tampon after that!

2mum Mon 22-May-06 19:55:59

I thought tampax was the name of tampons or are tampax bigger or something?

DumbledoresGirl Mon 22-May-06 19:59:04

2mum, I was scared to use them to begin with (this is back in the dark ages when towels were thick and wingless and sometimes held in place with a sanitary belt - anyone else remember those?) but I felt as MissChief did, that towels were too much mess, discomfort and smelt, so I took a deep breath and went for the tampons. TSS wasn't known about then, at least, the information with the packets didn't mention it, but even if it had, it wouldn't have stopped me. Once you know the symptoms of TSS, you know what to look for and would probably get reated quickly

All that being said, there really is no prize for wearing tampons. I have towels which I tend to use at the end of the period, and they are so much better than the old ones I started with. I can imagine if I had not tried tampons, I might not see the need for them second time around.

DumbledoresGirl Mon 22-May-06 20:00:40

reated should say treated

niceglasses Mon 22-May-06 20:01:11

I think for me, sorry for tmi, a tampon makes me feel to dry......I feel like it really drys me out. But I have fairly light periods, am lucky, which only last 2-3 days and are very light towards the end so wearing a tampon just really does not feel right.
God sorry.....have never discussed this with ANYONE!!!!

PinkKerPlink Mon 22-May-06 20:02:07

if you have heavy periods tampons do often leak unluckily

notasheep Mon 22-May-06 20:02:37

2mum-tampax have a cardboard tube too and they go all long and yuck and leak

2mum Mon 22-May-06 20:02:46

Tampons are bound to feel more hygenic cos when its a heavy one with towels you just feel like getting a bath as you dont feel clean. But the wings on towels are good, you were saying about old wingless pads. I remember my mum talking about sanitary belts but ive never seen one.

gingernut Mon 22-May-06 20:03:46

I only use them occasionally as I don't really find them comfortable (they always make me feel very dry but that might be because my periods are very light). As DG says, modern towels are so much better than the old ones anyway, so IMO there's no need for tampons (and yes, DG, I remember the looped ones!). I'd probably use them if my periods were heavier though. They are pretty easy to use, I just feel more comfortable with a towel.

2mum Mon 22-May-06 20:04:40

My periods are not too heavy really anymore cos im on the pill. But i used to have really bad ones. That sounds a bit worrying about the drying out niceglasses that would def put me off.

bourneville Mon 22-May-06 20:18:19

I use to hate using the toilets at secondary school, had a real thing about it so i used to go all day without using the loo even when i was on my period. were miserable days Seems so stupid now, what was i worried about??? i think it was a combination of cleanliness and worry about ppl hearing me pee. god knows what i did to my bladder/kidneys when i think about it !

DumbledoresGirl Mon 22-May-06 20:27:09

God I remember not going to the loo at school too, when I was having a period. We had those awful old incinerators and ther was only one in a certain cubicle which was also used by the rough girls for smoking in - gruesome days.

I would get home and my nether regions would look like a war zone.......

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