The Monthlies

Last year I wrote about the failure of Procter & Gamble Always Sanitary pads in addressing heavy menstrual flow for women who are affected by this. I’m a sufferer of this situation every month and the only reprieve I have now is nine months due to a life growing inside me.

Anyway, I’ve been checking online to see if there are other women in my situation and these were the responses I saw. It’s hilarious but sad at the same time.

On day 2 and 3, they get extremely heavy. At night, I wear 40-41cm pads that are ultra thick (kotex and whisper) and put a towel underneath. But somehow, it ALWAYS leaks through! Yes, through the pad, undie, pants, and towel. It gets all over my sheets and sometimes on my mattress.. (I apologize for being so blunt but really..) Maybe it’s because I sleep on my side.. but I’ve tried sleeping on my back. I always flip over again while I’m asleep. = =
I don’t think I wanna try tampons either..
Oh and I’ve tried wearing another 28 cm pad sideways in the back with the 40 cm one. It helps a bit, but still gets on my pants. Help please?
Your best option is to also use tampons, at least during the night.
I always use double protection during those months when my period is heavier.
As in a super tampon & big night pads. Might work dear? :)Tampons can safely be used for 8-9 hours at a time, so you can just put one in when you go to sleep & change it in the morning. The pad will most likely prevent any morning leakage if the tampon is full. If you’re a virgin, the smaller tampons might be better at first until you’ve learned how to put them in properly.
I wear 2 CVS or Rite Aid brand pads and 2 pairs of black panties for the first 3 days of my period. I wear one pair of panties with a pad on top of the other and I never have any leaks.

Always 8 Hours No check- Please do check, check

I recently saw the T.V. ad for Always Sanitary Towels. It was quite fresh and innovative using school girls to reinforce the ‘No Check, Check’ tagline. I have also seen this campaign at convenience and grocery stores located within the metropolis.

I think this tagline is more appropriate for women with light menstrual flow. For women with heavier menstrual flow (such as me), please do check, check and check often as you can. I have used all the various Always sanitary pads that have evolved over the years within Nigeria. However, this new sanitary pads ain’t working for me. Oftentimes, I have to go about with four individual wrapped packs. I also have to contend with rushing to the nearest convenience every two hours due to my heavy menstrual flow. I assume the functionality of the wings is to protect the panties but it affords little or no protection.

Most times, you’ll find me sitting in my car with a stack of paper on my seat trying to prevent irremovable blood stains. Friends have suggested that I opt for the thicker pads but I shudder at the thought. Imagine wedging such a bulky thingy in my personal regions, i’d have to assume a particular walking gait throughout my monthly cycles. Trust me, I have tried it before and it was uncomfortable. I’d really prefer if P&G can be more innovative with sanitary pads for women with heavy flow. It would put an end to countless trips to the toilets; asking a friend to check my behind and stop the endless mental cursing that occurs if you are unfortunate to be on a field visit and you cannot find a convenient place to change your towels.

For now, I’ll check, check and check all day long.