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Tampons, pads or other options?

Commented on February 20, 2014
Created February 19, 2014 at 3:35 AM

My daughter (age 14) has been on her period for about 2 years, only reasently she has complained of pads being no good when she plays soccer, tennis, gos to gymnastics etc. I thought of suggesting tampons, but the risk of TSS and tampons sounding just plain un-paleo put me off.

I have thought about a menstural cup but currently she is rather against the idea of the cup. Tampons I know she is not against. But what is the best option? Should she stick with pads and just suck it up? Or am I just being over protective with the thought of TSS?

I know the cup is fantastic and all but what is the next most paleo option for her period?

Fc6d7de03c6bece4dde7eb83e3414567

on February 20, 2014
at 02:00 AM

She used a tampon once before and was fine with it, but she only really ever thought about using them if she was going to swim or at a friends house and they had no pads (hence the one tampon), but now she is rather fed up with pads, and being in NSW finding a cheap cup isn't easy even if she didn't mind it. She bought the TOM organic ones and said she will use them for sport mostly and pads most often. (I just reread my answer, I sound like an over protective- I'm-gonna-ban-tampons-and-you-don't-get-a-say-in-the-matter- parent. But it is totally her choice.

Fc6d7de03c6bece4dde7eb83e3414567

on February 20, 2014
at 02:00 AM

Thanks sandy, it is her choice entirely, she only asked my opinion since she didn't want to use them if I was going to outright say no (as my mother did. Mum was always of the opinion that tampons are better left alone and never used ever. I never bothered questioning that as I never really had a problem with pads and happened to never go swimming on my period till until just last year (18 years on my period and never once did I ever swim, maybe living 3 hours from a decent pool and 1 hour from the nearest, leach free damn helped.)

Be72a76a88f088b81e56d94ee56be076

on February 20, 2014
at 12:32 AM

100% are the ones you want (I feel somewhat condescending saying this as you seem to know of the cup and such so you probably know this already but I thought I'd add it anyway.). Seventh generation are 100% cotton, at Wholefoods if your American, or TOM organic are Aussie if you are ;) SA woolworths have these, I have some friends in Vic and NSw and I know they are available there (NSW definitely, vic I'm pretty sure... Not entirely.)

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on February 19, 2014
at 04:19 AM

One her best options is to use a menstrual cup and a great example of how well they can work

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CBh6cAKapA

Also, Paleo is not about recreation..we've made great advances in technology and we should be taking advantage of modern applications to help her feel able to compete at the level she's expecting.

The best course of action would be to conduct an N=1 for what best works for her. It might be a mix of all 3, or she'll widdle it down, either way, it's awesome you're helping her to compete at her best!

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on February 20, 2014
at 12:45 AM

i used pads for my period but swam with a tampon in. i was a gymnast, too, and wearing a pad in a leotard is not comfortable since leotards tend to ride up. i don't think it's a problem to use tampons for sports. i don't know anyone who has had TSS and i'm the only person i know that still uses pads regularly.

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Be72a76a88f088b81e56d94ee56be076

on February 20, 2014
at 12:24 AM

If she has not had a problem with TSS or tampons before perhaps saying it would be best if she just used them for sport would be best. This is what I have done for the past 5 years, since I was your daughters age, my mother was never too keen on my using tampons either.

I have a feeling from the way you worded your question it is your daughters choice in the end? If so (which seems fair to me.) then perhaps simply suggesting that she use then for sport only (well, mostly.), I was a soccer and gym freak when I was your daughters age and pads were NOT fun! I did give myself general rule of not using tampons when my flow was light, but I think if she is responsible enough to use them and not forget about them, then suggesting using them for sport (and maybe pads at other times. Especially at night.) would be best.

Do make sure she knows the symptoms of TSS. And what to do if she finds herself with them. But I think it would be fine, especially if it's mostly during sports.

:)

Be72a76a88f088b81e56d94ee56be076

on February 20, 2014
at 12:32 AM

100% are the ones you want (I feel somewhat condescending saying this as you seem to know of the cup and such so you probably know this already but I thought I'd add it anyway.). Seventh generation are 100% cotton, at Wholefoods if your American, or TOM organic are Aussie if you are ;) SA woolworths have these, I have some friends in Vic and NSw and I know they are available there (NSW definitely, vic I'm pretty sure... Not entirely.)

Fc6d7de03c6bece4dde7eb83e3414567

on February 20, 2014
at 02:00 AM

Thanks sandy, it is her choice entirely, she only asked my opinion since she didn't want to use them if I was going to outright say no (as my mother did. Mum was always of the opinion that tampons are better left alone and never used ever. I never bothered questioning that as I never really had a problem with pads and happened to never go swimming on my period till until just last year (18 years on my period and never once did I ever swim, maybe living 3 hours from a decent pool and 1 hour from the nearest, leach free damn helped.)

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on February 19, 2014
at 10:10 PM

I strongly feel that your daughter should be allowed to make her own decision in this case. Teenage years are traumatic enough without mum "banning" tampons!

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on February 19, 2014
at 07:02 PM

Let her use a tampon. Millions of women use them properly and don't get toxic shock. It's up to you to teach her to change it frequently to avoid problems. Personally, I would not recommend the cup for anyone who is active. I sing professionally, and when I use proper breath support I push the cup right out. So not for me. I believe the same thing can happen during intense athletic endeavors.

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on February 19, 2014
at 06:01 PM

Let her use what she wants to use. Its her period. If she doesn't want to use a cup and wants to use tampons, she should.

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on February 19, 2014
at 03:48 AM

If she's not allergic to tampons, I don't think it's a problem WHEN she does sports. So most of the time, she should wear pads, and use tampons only when exercising. In my country, the possibility of losing one's virginity on the tampon was a problem back in the day, not sure if this is an issue for your family/country. When I was a teenager, and girls in my class had their period, we were always excused from sports class. I'd vote against the cup or other rather invasive things...

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