hey fellow ppl who menstruate!
my gynecologist told me today that she doesn’t reccomend Always brand menstrual products, especially to people with sensitive skin, because they’ve been known to irritate the vulva. She said even if you don’t notice an irritation, it can still affect yr vaginal health/make you more prone to yeast infections etc.
please spread this so we can avoid hecking up our vulvas!
i wish i had seen this post when I was regularly getting periods because it would have saved my life.
I frequently got rashes, irritation, even sores from using always pads, but my family was too afraid to even say the “p word” for me to ever suggest that I try a different brand. (I got in trouble for secretly buying overnight pads, and was, under no circumstances, allowed to use tampons because they would take my virginity.)
If you have sensitive skin, avoid this! However, if you can’t—put a little baby powder on your underwear and specifically on the pad every time you change it, as it, at the very least, reduces discomfort.
All my love
This is actually way more common than ppl think/know about. Mainstream menstrual care brands use heavily bleached cotton in their products, which are dangerous for a million reasons, but one of them is that they severely irritate sensitive skin. (And let’s be real, all skin ~down there~ is sensitive.) They can also make periods heavier and longer, increase pain from cramps, and cause uti’s and other complications. Seriously the best way to go is to enter the land of the menstrual cup. But that being said, I still use tampons, because I haven’t been brave enough to take the leap, and menstrual cups can be inconvenient if not impossible for a lot of people, so there are other options! Unbleached cotton menstrual hygiene products do exist, as well as cloth pads. Whateva works 4 u. But if something is happening with your period that you don’t like, there is most likely a solution or at least a way to relieve it, even if your doctors/parents/authorities/etc won’t acknowledge it, and you deserve to be as comfortable and safe as possible. You deserve care. Fuck anyone who tells you otherwise.