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  • No - just don't use super and think you can leave it in for 10. I believe rule of thumb is don't leave a tampon in longer than 8... I alter between light, normal and super depending on flow from day to day.

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    • ok thanks for your help! i have alot more questions! lol i find the internet exagerates things ALOT. last question, i swear

      what is the best pad and what is the best tampon? i have always infinity and playtex sprt/gentle glide. last night i used stayfree and i leaked insane!!!!!!i guess this one sucks right?

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      • No worries, that's what we're here for.

        It's all going to depend on what you like and what works best for you. Everything I use is unscented for one. Switch around until you find what works best for you. I'm 31 and I've finally settled on Tampax Compak Pearl and when I do use a pad, I use Always UltraThin. If you are leaking at night, use a heavier absorbency pad, super or overnights.

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        • Over night pads are great because they are longer and thicker. You will have to try different types and see what you like. I always disliked the ones with "wings" The same is true of tampons, there are different types of applicators and everyone has their preference. It is better avoid the scented stuff, it can irritate your tissues.

          It may take you several months before your period is regular. It's a really good idea to keep track, just a little code on your calendar, Track start and stop as well as heavy and light days. Once you know your own cycle you will have a better idea what you need and when.

          Mine started out terribly irratic and I would bleed for weeks, my daughter had the same problem. Cramps were almost never and issue for me but one of my sisters would be literally doubled up, in pain for a couple of days. She would miss school, Fortunately she out grew it and hasn't had any trouble as an adult. For light cramping, some exersize or a brisk walk can work wonders.

          Welcome to the world of women dear one !

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          • Originally posted by Stephy View Post
            ok thanks for your help! i have alot more questions! lol i find the internet exagerates things ALOT. last question, i swear

            what is the best pad and what is the best tampon? i have always infinity and playtex sprt/gentle glide. last night i used stayfree and i leaked insane!!!!!!i guess this one sucks right?

            When I first started my period I only used pads. My mom wanted me to wait before switching to Tampons. The reason I even asked her was the nightime leaking.

            What I eventually found worked was the best absorbency overnight Always pad, and (this may sound weird) tuck the very back end into your butt crack. Most of my leaking was out the back and everywhere from there. Tucking the end caught the slow leaking and absorbed it. Other than that, try to make sure the pad is snug against you, I guess... I remember that nightmare of ruined sheets for the first few months...


            The best Tampons:

            I used Tampax for the longest time, and when I tried another brand I felt like an idiot for being so loyal to Tampax! Playtex turned out to be way better, and now I love o.b. Plus the lack of applicator means less waste, and easier to stash in your pocket! Buy a few sample packs and see what works for you!

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            • ugh, tommorow will be day 4 and its just getting worse! like heavier! i hope it gets lighter from here on cause i want to SLEEP!! i hate having to wake up every 2-4 hours to change a tampon! i love to sleep lol

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              • ok so tommorow will be 1 week and its suppose to go right? i have litterally NO flow at night, but after like 3 hours of getting up it comes back! im getting brownish discharge now does that mean its the end? but every once in a while i will start to bleed alot. Like today i slept and NOTHING woke up ate, watched TV and around 11 am(after 3 hours of being up) i started to bleed quite alot. Then 4 hours later i changed my tampon and it was like almost leaking but this is day 6! it suppose to get lighter. im so confused!

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                • If it's not happening when you are asleep, then it IS getting lighter. It needs gravity to move it along and then you basically bleed all the build-up after a few hours of being up. Sounds like my first period. Don't worry, you'll get a better feel for things as time goes on.

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                  • Pads vs. Tampons

                    Originally posted by Stephy View Post
                    I am 15 and got my first period yesterday. I use a mixture or tampons and pads. Today when i pulled out my tampon(Excuse graphics) a big blob of thick blood fell out. Am i OK? what is this?
                    Hi Stephy, as a woman in her mid-thirties, I've gone through many a menstrual cycle. You mentioned you use tampons and pads, but for someone so young I would assume you'd lead an active lifestyle; sports maybe, going out with friends, going to the beach and such...this may be a bit off topic but I wanted to suggest another alternative to pads and tampons that won't feel like you're wearing a diaper all day or feel like you have to run to the restroom every few hours to change your tampon.

                    I just wanted to share with you (and everyone!) a solution to this problem in the form of the Instead Softcup, which was recommended to me by a friend of mine who is working with a company who had a product that was receiving tons of positive reviews as a menstrual cup. It's a tampon alternative that looks like literally a soft cup that is inserted into your vagina and sits beneath your cervix while it collects the fluids. What's great is that Instead Softcup has the ability to collect fluids for up to 12 hours and unlike a pad, I can move about my active lifestyle without the 'diaper' holding me back, and unlike a tampon it doesn't leave any residue behind!

                    I bought the Instead Softcup in the feminine section at Wal Mart, but I know they also carry them at many drugstores and online. Don't be deterred by what they look like, as they are easy to use, VERY comfortable and most importantly SAFE (I have researched and gotten inside info from my friend because of the work arrangement). Hope this helps, and welcome to womanhood!
                    Last edited by Little; 08-24-2009, 10:50 AM. Reason: outbound links

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                    • just to relate

                      I just thought I'd share my first time with you. the clots worried me to. Honestly, those are just pieces of your uterine wall shedding. Which is so completely normal. The cramps. I actually was one of the lucky few when i started at first. It wasn't until many yrs later that I would get cramps. now I get them on the first day and thats it. It helps a bit cause I know for sure the day I'm gonna start so I can put a pad on and protect my underwear until I bleed, then I'll get the tampons. As far brands. Pads I love Stayfree ultra then. you can barely feel them there. and I use platex gentile glide tampons. those are the only ones I've been able to deal with. When I first started I would bleed for about 8 days. over the yrs its gotte shorter. I now go 4-5 days and still end with the brown discharge. The brown discharge to me is my sign that I'm almost done. congrats on becoming a women hun. Its not the most fun thing but there women here ready to answer all your questions
                      Krystal

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