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amongthethorns
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Wait.. so which types of tampons are safest and which do you guys use? I use Playtex Unscented Slimfits .. with a plastic applicator. I was told by MizScarlet that the one I'm using is unsafe and has higher chances of TSS? Uh ohs. Which ones are safer?

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Sapphire85
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I use Tampax Naturals.. supposedly they have no dyes in them, and that's good, because I'm not too cool with putting gross dioxins in my body.
There's a number of things about some tampons that make them "unsafe". The first is the absorbancy you're using. If you have a light flow, you shouldn't be using super-plus tampons. Use the lightest absorbancy for your flow, and you'll have less of a chance of contracting TSS. The second is how often you change it. Change it too early when it's still almost dry, and you could tear the tissue in your vaginal walls. Change it too late (after 8 hours), and you increase your risk of TSS. I think every 4 hours is the recommended time. Also, deodorant tampons can harm your vagina's natural pH, so you should really stay away from those. If you're using tampons, smell won't really be an issue anyways.
Might need a Sexpert to check me on this, but I think I'm pretty right about the info. Have fun with those tampons! Hey, did you know that if you unfold some, they can look like flowers. One of my guy friends found that out. :-)

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Personally, I use Playtex Gentle Glide, but hopefully with a bit of looking I'll be able to find a kind a bit more environmentally safe. I'm going to try some digital tampons my next period, methinks.

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I just use O.B. regulars with no applicator (apparently I'm the only one!) and there's no chance of that changing any time soon unless I plan on buying my own in the future :/

And, according to the information I typed up for Caro, that TSS information is correct.

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I use whatever comes in the house ... I used to use scented ones until mom yelled at me for it. I didn't know it was really that bad until i kept getting yeast infections and irritation and didn't know why ... !!

Right now i'm using tampax and OB. I really like the OB non applicator ones b/c they don't slide out as easy (well not really slide out, just move down so they're not comfy anymore ... am i the only one w/ this prob?) and i like the tampax ones b/c they come in a multi pack thing

I don't know about the risk of TSS by brand, i just know that it's important to use the least possible absorbancy that you can ... Which is why i like the light ones

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moving to sexual health

...and I am using ob, which over here are all cotton...because the German Pharamcopoeia regulates that everything used like a a tamponade needs to be pure cotton. Now that's what I call a good law. Such clever law-makers sometimes.

But I want a Keeper. *sigh*

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Hey, I want a keeper too! I'm just worried that a moment of clumsiness in extracting it might result in blood ALL OVER ME in a bathroom stall. I can see my klutiness betraying me at that exact moment. I thought about using sea sponges for a while, since thay're all natural and stuff, but my mom "forbade" me to use them. She has a strange hatred for those sea sponges. That's alright, I think the upkeep for them would be ridiculous.

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Natracare, if I must use a disposable tampon at all (which I generally only do when traveling, or when I know I'll be out and unable to rinse my sponges). Nearly any natrual foods store sells them. They are nothing but unbleached organic cotton.

The stuff to watch out for healthwise, folks, are rayon fibers and dioxins. If those are listed on your brand (as they are in most mass-produced brands), I can't encourage you to switch enough. Not just for your health, but for the health of the environment.

If I'm not using Natracare, I use washable menstrual sponges.

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i like to use Tampax(the multi pack that lilbluesmurf was talking about). I also like it b/c it's a multi pack an you're basically set from there. My mom and i both use them, and we both like them. I actually like the ones w/ the applicator, but with or without an applicator it doesn't matter too much to me.
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When I used tampons (three or four years ago), I used o.b. and liked them a lot (for tampons). For a long while I used nothing (heh.. yeah, that was problematic).

Now I have a Keeper, and I'm quite pleased with it, although it's not perfect. Yeah, it can spill, and I make sure I'm over easily wipe-able surfaces before I take it out. And yeah, it's really awkward in public restroom stalls, but fortunately it can be left in for a long time, so that doesn't come up so often. And it is discrete (most people don't even know what it is), small, sturdy, and won't run out--it goes everywhere with me. When it's in, it's very comfortable. Sometimes it pinches when I put it in or take it out, but I think that's because I have really long fingernails.


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