I originally posted this in my blog over six years ago. I was reminded of it today and I think it needs to be seen again:
I wish, wish, wish someone had told me this when I was younger. Since I’m officially “old” now, I feel the need to tell you. And you alone. Well, you and a million other fat women.
Not all tampons work for all fat women. There, I said it.
When I was young, I tried tampons off and on in my late teens. I had very little luck with them staying in. If I had a heavy flow ~at all~, the thing would basically pop out before I really wanted it to. No bueno.
So, for years, I figured it was me. No way would I risk tampons. I would instead, wear the heavy pads and hope for no leaks. It was messy and well, I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t need to be that way.
Not all tampons work for all fat women. The two varieties I tried were the ones my mom used and the ones that I tried in the bathrooms at school. They were relatively hard little puffs of cotton. I picture them as pellets that would shoot from my vagina. Not a good thing.
So, one day several years ago, I tried tampons again. The clouds opened and a ray of sunshine fell upon my head. It was a miracle. These tampons stayed…and did the whole “dam up the pipes and collect goodness along the way” job…and they were predictable. It was a beautiful thing! Tampons had become my friends. (For those who really need to know, they are Kotex Security brand).
For years, I’ve relied upon these plugs o’ goodness for my sanity. Then, one day recently, while on vacation, I needed some while at a filling station. They didn’t have my brand. So, with naive confidence that somehow my vagina had suddenly learned how to use the hard cotton plugs of old, I gave it a good old college try.
Bullets of bloody cotton were shot from my loins. (Artistic license!)
Not all tampons work for all fat women. (or thin women, either!)
Try different brands until you find the one. You will be glad you did.