I just wanna share you all about our feminine moments we all experience but don’t normally talk about it. Back in Cambodia in my generation, pads were so popular and until now I believe it still is. I’ve used it for about 20 years before I started using tampons. Now I am a tampon girl and I know how different they are from pads in some ways. Tampons are also available in Phnom Penh market though there are some taboos about it. In this post, I intend to introduce you to tampons and also show you the differences between pads (or known as sanitary napkins) and tampons. Don’t feel offended! You ladies have the choices to decide what you wanna go with, but just don’t be scared to experience what is more convenient or good to you.
Is it convenient? Yes, it is more convenient than tampons as it is externally used. You might not feel the pain at all, except the period pain itself. Now it is designed with or without wings and has its adhesive strip on the back.
Is it affordable? Pads are slightly cheaper than tampons. I believe it’s a great start-off for young starters, especially in period-poverty areas.
Is there any leakage? Yes and No. it’s be fine if you know well how to apply it properly in the right position of absorbance and change it regularly in every 4-6 hours depending on the flow, or choose the right type for the right flow you are having.
Can I do much physical activities? You can almost do all activities, except any activities in water. I’m sure we all don’t wanna soak pads in the water and see the colour change either.
Will I have any side effects using it? Yes, you probably get rashes that may lead to itchiness, swelling and redness as a result of irritation of something the pads are made from and the combination of moisture and heat causing bacteria buildup.
What types of clothes do pads go with? I find it goes with almost every clothes and undies, except G-string or any clothes/undies with more buttocks exposure.
How do I use it correctly and safely? To be safe, you gotta be smart in picking all-cotton pads or washable cloth pads, and change pads regularly and wear loose underwear.
Is it convenient? Nope, not at the first start. You may feel something stuck in your vagina. You may also feel uncomfortable due to incorrect insertion. Once you build up the confidence of how to insert it properly and habit of using it, you will definitely not go back to pads.
Is it affordable? Yes, I’d still say it is. Though they are just slightly expensive, they are cheaper than menstrual cups.
Is there any leakage? Same as pads, you will be okay if you apply it correctly in the right spot of absorbance, pick the right type of your flow and change it regularly in 4-6 hour interval. The good thing is if you put incorrectly, tampons are more manageable than pads so it doesn’t give you a bad leakage and alerts you quicker than pads.
Can I do much physical activities? Yes, absolutely. That’s the best part of using tampons. You can do all activities, including the ones in the water.
Do I lose my virginity using tampons? No, you don’t. They do stretch and sometimes destroy hymen, but they don’t violate girl’s virginity. Virginity simply symbolises to those who have never had sex before, and tampons are NOT related to sexual intercourse.
Will I have any side effects from using it? Yes! Unlike pads, you may be free from rashes, but you could possibly get a rare Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) – certain kinds of bacteria causing organ damage.
What types of clothes do tampons go with? It goes with everything, and perfectly matches with G-string and other types of clothes/undies with more buttocks exposures. Of course, you will experience breathable feeling using tampons and that’s what make me choosing them over pads now.
How do I use it safely? My recommendations to this are: following the instructions listed, washing your hands before and after use, only use them for period time and change in every 4-8 hour interval, using the lowest absorption range so you can change often, and contact healthcare provider if you have any symptoms.
In a summary, both are good, but tampons are simply taking over me and I can’t stop saying it’s good till you try it. You ladies!! It’s your own decision to pick either pads or tampons for whatever reasons suit you. This post simply is my encouragement and high recommendation to ladies who haven’t used before, particularly to Khmer ladies, to use tampons without doubt or fear.