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Ridiculous Things Fem Care Ads Say I Can Do

If the maxi pad wizards are to be believed, wearing certain pads or tampons can accomplish the following:

1. Make everything 10X cuddlier

2. Make my soccer skills 23% better

3. Make me 5X more likely to meet the man of my dreams

4. Make me 50% smarter

5. Make it 32% more likely that I can do an awesome flip off of a diving board 

What are some ridiculous claims you have seen? 

— 2 years ago with 12 notes
#periods  #menstruation  #period  #pads  #tampons 
Things I’d Love to See in Feminine Care

Having a tampon or pad that makes you good at soccer really doesn’t accomplish what I want a pad to do, and that’s to keep me from embarrassing myself during that big presentation. 

1. An audible warning when my tampon is almost full and about to leak. 

2. Automatic paid time off when I just want to hang out on the couch. 

3. A tampon that senses when you’re about to leak and activates a pad so you don’t have an accident. 

4. Something that tells me when my flow is about to change randomly so I know to put on a higher absorbency pad or tampon.

5. Something you can put on your pants when you do leak that makes the stain just disappear. 

What would you like to see in fem care? 

— 2 years ago with 8 notes
#periods  #pads  #tampons  #menstruation 
We’re Talking Period Myths

Here’s a few of our favorites.

Myth: Swimming in the ocean on your period will get you eaten by sharks.

Okay, I will totally admit that I’m scared to death of sharks. But that has nothing to do with my period and a lot more to do with the movie “Jaws.” There has never been a documented case of a shark attacking a swimmer because she was menstruating. So, go ahead, dive in and have fun.

 You shouldn’t wash your hair during your period.

Thank goodness this is a myth, since I can’t imagine giving up my daily shower, especially during my period. There’s no reason for you to change any of your regular grooming and hygiene habits just because you’re having your period. In fact, a warm bath or shower will help you stay clean, and some girls say it helps with their cramps, too.

Myth: Bed rest is a must during your period.

Sure, you should get plenty of sleep during your period, but you should always get plenty of exercise, too. You’ll feel better if you get up and get out there (especially since exercise has been shown to alleviate cramps and brighten your mood)!

Myth: Hot water increases period flow.

The good news and the bad news: pretty much the only thing that will change your flow is your own body. So you can’t make it lighter (sorry!), and you can’t make it heavier. And a nice warm bath or shower, or a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel can help with cramps.

Myth: You cannot get pregnant during your period.

This isn’t true, despite what a lot of people believe. Tell your friends. Tell every female you know who’s sexually active or plans to be any time soon. You CAN get pregnant during your period. Once inside you, sperm can live for 3-5 days. Ovulation can occur during, or soon after, the bleeding phase. If you don’t want to get pregnant, either don’t have sex, or use birth control every single time you do.

Myth: Irregular periods are bad for your reproductive health.

First, talk to your health care provider if you’ve missed your period. It can take anywhere from 6 months to a year to become regular after the first time you get it. And, for some girls, it never becomes completely regular. There are lots of things, including stress, illness and intense exercise, that can mess with your cycle. That’s why you should consult a heath professional first. Check out some of the common culprits for missing a period.

Myth: You shouldn’t use a tampon until you’re old enough.

If you’re old enough to have your period, you’re old enough to use a tampon. Just read the instructions and warnings and be sure to use it correctly. It helps to ask your mom or another trusted adult for guidance. Tampons shouldn’t cause pain or discomfort. Check out our tampon demonstration video here.

Myth: Menstrual cycles are 28 days.

That’s only an average. Days in the menstrual cycle vary from woman to woman. Your body will tell you what your cycle is, not other people.

Myth: You can shorten or delay a period by ­­­­­_________.

Don’t bother filling in the blank. You shouldn’t try to fight your body’s natural menstrual cycle. Doing so could potentially cause other health problems.

Myth: Menstrual blood is different from regular blood.

Menstrual blood is regular blood. This myth probably gained traction because menstrual blood flows from the vagina. And because vaginas are a normal part of the female body, there’s nothing unusual or wrong with menstrual blood. And did you know it has no odor? Now that’s a fact!

— 2 years ago with 5 notes
#menstruation  #periods  #myths  #sharks  #shark week 
Vacation On My Period

Have you ever had this happen to you? A few years ago, I went to visit my best friend. I wasn’t due to start my period for another week, so I hadn’t bothered to pack extra pads and tampons in my purse. My friend, though, was due to start. 

Now, whether girls sync up is still up for debate, so whether it was the stress of travel or my friend’s crazy powerful hormones, I unexpectedly started my period while we were out shopping. I knew as soon as it happened. I just had a feeling that something was going on down there and I was pretty sure that something was my period. 

I happened to be in the dressing room of the store where we were shopping for fun dresses, so I checked to see if my suspicions were correct. They were. I knocked on my friend’s dressing room, “I need to find a bathroom.”

"Why?" she asked.

"Ummmm, I got my period and it’s kind of heavy and I really, really, really need to put a tampon in." 

My bestie lives in a big city, so we weren’t in a mall with ample restroom facilities. We left the store and immediately found a coffee shop with a sign that declared, “Restrooms are for customers only!” Since my friend is awesome, she offered to buy me coffee so we’d officially be customers, and I dashed into the restroom.

Now, I always keep tampons in my purse but on this occasion I had nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Not even a panty liner. So I did as every woman has done on at least one occasion: I grabbed some toilet paper and made my own pad. Because of my lack of preparedness, we had to cut our shopping trip short so we could go home to find me a tampon.

The moral of the story is this: if you are going on vacation, know that it can make your period come when you might not be expecting it. Be sure you are well-stocked with pads and tampons so that you don’t have to cut a day of shopping with your best friend short! 

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#periods  #menstruation  #vacation 
Maybe this is where they got the idea for the blue liquid…

Maybe this is where they got the idea for the blue liquid…

(Source: forgottenshannon)

— 2 years ago with 11 notes
#periods  #menstruation  #picasso