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Alternatives For Conventional Pads And Tampons That Will Awe You

Alternatives For Conventional Pads And Tampons That Will Awe You

Ladies, I don’t think I have to tell you how uncomfortable tampons feel when you first insert them, and I’m pretty sure you already know how gross it feels to wear a pad all day. Can’t mother nature just give us a call and let us know that we’re not pregnant? What did we ever do to deserve awful menstrual cycles every month?

Well, since we can’t get rid of our period, we might as well deal with it in a more pleasant way. There are so many different alternatives to conventional pads and tampons that you’ve probably never heard of! It’s never too late to start something new, though!

Cloth pads

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    While cloth pads resemble the shape of a conventional pad, they’re completely different. You won’t feel cotton while wearing these bad boys, and they’re super comfortable. It’ll feel like you’re sitting on a cloud all day! Don’t let the fun designs fool you into thinking these are for children, either.

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    You can purchase these lifesavers at GladRags for about $100. Yikes! They’re a bit pricey, but what’s more important to you? Your money or feeling comfortable during your tough periods?

    The downside to these is that the clean up process is quite messy. After a few hours, you have to change out your cloth pad for a new one. To clean your used pad, you must soak it in soapy water, wring it out, and let it dry. This can be quite a process (especially if you’re at work all day and don’t want to carry around a wet pad). If you can overlook that minor downfall, these will bring you so much joy and comfort.

    Pros of using cloth pads:

    • You’ll feel like you’re sitting on a cloud while wearing these.
    • There are so many cute designs you can choose from.
    • They’re available for girls who wear thongs, too!

    Cons of using cloth pads:

    • If you go too long without cleaning these, the blood will leak through to your pants.
    • They don’t stick to your underwear (so they might slide up and down the panty line).
    • They’re not the cheapest alternative.

    Menstrual Cups

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      Many women are using menstrual cups (and for good reasons, too)! They’re easier to use than your average tampon and cost about $34 on Amazon. You’re able to use these cups for years (if you clean them properly) and fit like a glove! You won’t even realize that they’re inside of you, they’re so comfortable. The only downside to this alternative is that you’re going to have to see (and pour) your menstrual blood. If you’re okay with this, what are you waiting for? Go order these! Have your period in peace.

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      Pros of using menstrual cups:

      • You can use these cups for years (if you take good care of them).
      • They’re super comfortable and easy to insert.
      • They’re pricey (but worth the $34).

      Cons of using menstrual cups:

      • If you wait too long to pour the blood, it will overflow and cause a huge mess.
      • The clean-up process is messy and it’s uncomfortable for some girls to clean these in public.
      • Unless you have your period schedule down to a T, you’ll have a bloody mess on the first day.

      Padded Panties

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        If you’ve had your period for four to five days, you assume that it’s over. However, your period has a way of creeping up on you at the worst times, resulting in stained panties. If you’re super unlucky, they’ll be your favorite ones.

        Don’t fret, though! You can order padded panties from LunaPads! They’ll cost you anywhere from $29 to $33 (depending on the style you want). You’re able to choose from bikinis, briefs, and thongs. These period panties are so comfortable, you’ll want to wear them even when you don’t have your period. Go ahead, we won’t judge!

        Pros to wearing padded panties:

        • They’re just like underwear!
        • The stains wash off easily.
        • They’re so comfortable that you’ll want to wear them all the time.

        Cons to wearing padded panties:

        • They’re a little bit expensive. Not everyone wants to pay $29 for one pair of panties.
        • You have to soak these in warm water to clean them. This could be a disaster if you’re at work and feel uncomfortable doing this in the bathroom. Plus, you’ll have to carry the wet panties in your purse until you get home.
        • They’re known to have an odor after a few hours.

        Sea Sponge Tampons

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          If you’re hooked on tampons (but hate the feeling of cotton) these are for you. Sea sponge tampons may look a little weird (and you might not want to use them at first) but they’re so comfortable. If you give them a chance, you’ll fall in love and never want to use an ordinary tampon again.

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          You can purchase these from Jade & Pearl and they’ll cost you anywhere from $11 to $27 depending on the size. They’re reusable for three to six months (depending on how well you clean them) and they’re harvested right from the ocean!

          However, these can be a pain in the butt if you’re at a public bathroom. You have to take them out and rinse them off ever few hours, and bringing one of these out of the stall with you to rinse off will not only be extremely embarrassing but also kind of gross to others.

          Pros to sea sponge tampons:

          • They’re extremely comfortable. You’ll feel little to no discomfort while wearing these.
          • They’re all natural! No harmful chemicals inside of these sea sponges!
          • They’re not super expensive. Most tampons can run anywhere from $5 – $15, whereas you can purchase one of these for $11.

          Cons of sea sponge tampons:

          • If you don’t clean these properly, there’s a strong possibility that they’ll grow mold (both inside of the sponge and out).
          • It’s hard to clean these if you’re in public.
          • A lot of people feel uneasy putting a sea sponge inside of them (can you blame them, though?).

          After reading this article, what are you going to choose? Will you stick with the conventional pads and tampons or venture out and try something new? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to share this with your friends and family, too!

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

          “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

          Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

          You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

          Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

          1. Take a step back and evaluate

          When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

          1. What is the problem?
          2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
          3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
          4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
          5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

          Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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          2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

          If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

          At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

          Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

          3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

          Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

          4. Process your thoughts/emotions

          Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

          1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
          2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
          3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
          4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

          5. Acknowledge your thoughts

          Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

          By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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          Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

          6. Give yourself a break

          If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

          7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

          A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

          Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

          After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

          8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

          As Helen Keller once said,

          “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

          Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

          9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

          In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

          1. What’s the situation?
          2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
          3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
          4. Take action on your next steps!

          After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

          10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

          A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

          Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

          For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

          11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

          No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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          12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

          No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

          13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

          There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

          After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

          Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

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