8:48 pm - 04/14/2014

Some Menstrual Product Help?

So. My period is Not My Friend on a regular basis, and it is especially Not My Friend this month.

I am looking for some help on a couple of specific issues:
  1. Which disposable pads -- particularly designed for a moderately heavy to very heavy flow -- have the largest surface area? I keep bleeding around my current ones (some 11-inch, flared-end cloth pads), which is not necessarily helped by just increasing absorbency. (You know, the pad can't absorb the blood that never hits it in the first place.) ;)

  2. Is there a problem with the Thermacare Menstrual Heatwraps? I visited one local store yesterday and two today that usually stock them -- and nothing. They had not switched locations, from menstrual products to pain products or vice versa. There was no space on the shelf suggesting they were temporarily out of stock or had more in back (with respect to the latter, I asked). Am I going to need to order these online? Am I going to need to buy All the Heatwraps because no more will ever be made? Does anyone know if this is a widespread phenomenon?

kate_mct 15th-Apr-2014 03:52 am (UTC)
I use overnight pads, personally. They're bigger and more obsorbent than regular pads. Plus, they stay in place better.
frolicnaked 15th-Apr-2014 04:13 am (UTC)
I've tried lots of overnight pads. I've bled around and through overnight pads. I need to know which of those pads have the largest overall surface area. :)
archangelbeth 15th-Apr-2014 04:24 am (UTC)
Have you gotten the Always overnights that are in the purple packages? They're not the ultra-thin stuff, but are moderately padded, have wings, and the back ends flare out pretty well. (My issue being that sometimes blood will wick its way through the nether-cheeks and come out far from the actual place it exited the body... Though sometimes the undies will shift around and I'll bleed diagonally and off the pad, grrrrrrr.)

Or, well, where do you bleed-through?

Worst comes to worst... Disposable adult diapers? O:/
frolicnaked 15th-Apr-2014 05:04 am (UTC)
I have tried the standard Always overnights, unless they've changed those also in the span of adding Infinity (tried, do not care for, "always" sticks to my butt) and Infinity Radiance (have not tried, under impression this is scented Infinity).

But when I said bleeding "around," I meant "around." In the span between bathroom visits -- which at most, at work, I can go every 100 minutes -- I bleed to the front, sides, and back of my current pads.

I'm also not sure that full-on adult diapers would be practical. I'm in southern Arizona, and we've already had an unseasonably warm winter (for us) as well as some 90+ degree days. I will not be notably more functional twitching and itching from the giant yeast infection that is sure to come from encasing my full nether regions in plastic. :/
lilithsprodigy 15th-Apr-2014 04:59 am (UTC)
I use the purple wrapped Always overnights too because for some odd reason I seem to flow up so when I bleed through its the front of my panties. I put the pads in backwards so that the larger flare is in the front giving me more surface area where I need it.
dirtylittleslut 15th-Apr-2014 07:00 am (UTC)
That's what I do too. It works so good.
mycorrhizoid 15th-Apr-2014 05:27 am (UTC)
I've had this problem from time to time and the only thing I've found that helps is changing more frequently. As far as I can tell, what happens is when the pad gets sodden the blood flows over it looking for somewhere to go and hits edges - meaning the absorbency is the real issue, not the surface area. I never hit edges unless the pad is already pretty much full.
frolicnaked 17th-Apr-2014 12:58 am (UTC)
Changing my pad more frequently is not an option, and I'm not sure that it's an absorbency issue for me. I'll have plenty of times when there's plenty of absorbent material left in the center of the pad (i.e., blood may have grazed the surface, but it has by no means saturated the pad there) where there is also side overflow.
norringtons 15th-Apr-2014 07:25 am (UTC)
I have the same issue, so I always wear the purple packaged Always overnight pads. They redid them from when I was a younger girl, and now they're super amazing. Def try those.
frolicnaked 17th-Apr-2014 03:49 am (UTC)
I have since tried them, and now I have a weeping friction wound in between my bum cheeks. While I don't dispute the success others have had with them, I have to conclude that they are not for me.
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frolicnaked 17th-Apr-2014 03:53 am (UTC)
I could still order them on drugstore.com, at least -- though right now, their price plus shipping is more than I'd pay locally and with sales tax. :/
mha_chan 15th-Apr-2014 10:26 am (UTC)
I used to have this problem before the Pill - I used to wear the overnight ones, but before I put the back part down onto the knickers I'd put two or even three smaller pads horizontally along the back. It stops side-leakage, and depending on how many you use, back-leakage too.

caveat: you're bleeding an awful, awful lot, have you told a doctor about it?

other caveat: it does feel a bit like a nappy, so reading your above comment re Arizona, maybe it wouldn't be suitable for you. I've never had any itching issues, but then I tended not to move much on those days.
katzendame 15th-Apr-2014 11:09 am (UTC)
If you're worried about the Thermacare heat pads, write to the company and tell them you haven't been able to find them. They'll tell you if they are discontinuing the product or not. Heck, they may even send you a coupon for being a loyal customer (play up that fact, ya never know!).
frolicnaked 17th-Apr-2014 03:56 am (UTC)
I will write, thanks. That's a good idea. From checking places like drugstore,com, I wonder if they're being redesigned or repackaged -- they're sale priced but not indicated as discontinued.
myrtlethesecond 16th-Apr-2014 02:31 am (UTC)
I actually had this same problem until I tried the Stayfree Ultra Thin Overnight pads (in the black bag with purple wrappers). These have two sets of wings to keep them in place and they flare out really well. They're also a lot thicker than a typical "ultra thin" pad, and the cover is more cottony and less plastic-y. I have super sensitive skin (complete with chronic allergies) and they have worked so well for me. When I'm bleeding more heavily and still have trouble with those, I use Kotex pantiliners (the thicker ones that come in the pack for $1 at Walmart, forget what they are called but you could also use the smaller pads made for younger women/teens) and put those on in addition to the Stayfree pad. So far that system has stopped any leakage that I used to have. I wish you the best finding an idea that works!
princessselene 16th-Apr-2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
can't really help with the pad issue, since multiple posters already mentioned what I was thinking, but if you have a Costco near you and have a membership or knows someone that does, they DO sell those Thermacare Menstrual heat pads. In a much larger box than regular retailers. I know they do because I was just considering buying them a couple of weeks ago.
morningapproach 19th-Apr-2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Natracare pads? I like them when I can't use my menstrual cup because they are plastic and chlorine free, and don't cause rashes. I also found them more absorbant than conventional pads like Always. I think the ultra long with wings might work for you. They are more expensive than regular pads (online for cheaper than a drugstore), but if you've tried everything else, it might help :)

dkwgdk 20th-Apr-2014 02:36 am (UTC)
This was my life until I discovered Depends undergarments. You read that right. Depends. Incontinence. Undergarments. Do not get incontinence 'pads,' get the full-on disposable underwear. They are designed to contain sudden gushes of pee, and so they are absorbent and fitted alllll over, not just with some stick-on tabs. I did a couple of step classes in those buggers with no problem, and I definitely slept through the night in them without my bed resembling a murder scene.

Also. I have very heavy periods, and no one really believed me. I was told over and over and over again that what I was experiencing was "normal." I do not know your menstrual history, but the only way I got someone to take my menstrual kerfuffle seriously was when I described both my Depends undergarment situation AND pointed out that I was filling a DivaCup every hour for a couple of days. I can't take oral contraceptives because they make my mood disorder way worse, but I was very fortunate that the Mirena worked out for me! I still have my period but I own...get this...LIGHT COLORED SHEETS again. This isn't to say that what is happening with you is wrong and you need to get an IUD, but just to say that was my experience.
burntbuffalo 26th-Apr-2014 07:01 am (UTC)
The heat pads - I haven't seen the ones specifically designed for menstrual cramps in ages, but I've purchased the ones for general back ache/injury in a different section for the same purpose. I think they are in the same area as the icy hot and maybe the ace bandages and they are shown being work on the neck/shoulders on the box.
andi1235 10th-May-2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem with pads sometimes, and I was all set to suggest the purple Always as well, but I see you had problems with them, :(. What about wrapping your underwear with multiple pads? Do a large pad you know you're ok with, and another one sideways wrapped around the front, or something. I've done similar when I've been out of the Always and it works ok. Since pads cost a stupid amount, maybe see if you can find cheaper thin ones that work for you (I've even seen them at the dollar store sometimes). Then it wouldn't be so expensive to use 2 or 3 at a time. Or even just commission some super long/wide cloth pads, since you said you use those. Etsy has people who make things to spec, I believe.
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