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Postby tin » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:32 pm UTC

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tin wrote:I wish I could wear hats, but there's just no way I can one on over my fro. It's a bit annoying in winter, when my ears are cold.

I can just get away with head scarves, fascinators and berets at jaunty angles, but they usually have to be pinned on to my hair within an inch of their life.


Earmuffs with a super arch?


Last winter, I was on the look out for adjustable earmuffs, because I like how they look with a 'fro. But i'm quite picky about what colour they have (I was after electric blue ones to match with my huge electric blue scarf. Or leopard print ones, please.) so didn't get any at all in the end. The price I payed was cold ears.

Moo wrote:Or, sliiightly more practically, ones that go around the back of your head or with no band at all.


Ooh those are handy for future reference! Cheers Moo. :)
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Postby Moo » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:35 pm UTC

Did come accross some bandless leopard print Louis Vuton ones in my searchings...
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Postby Ashlah » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:29 pm UTC

Got lots of cute clothes yesterday for very little money. I got a little skirt that I absolutely adore. I was going to post pictures, but I wasn't happy with any of the ones I took, lol. Maybe some other time.

In other news, I'm on the third week of my new birth control. I had a bit a nausea the first day or two, but that went away. Within the last week, I've developed breast tenderness, mostly around the areola. It's not really that bad, just a little bit of soreness when they're touched. Is this something I can also expect to go away after a while, once my body gets used to the extra hormones?

Haven't noticed a difference in acne yet, but I suppose it's too soon for that. Doc said to give it three months before moving on to other acne treatments. I'm curious to see whether there will be any difference in the start/stop times of my first period.

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Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:57 pm UTC

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I had never heard of this before. Logging onto Facebook this morning and finding a female friend announcing to the world "Happy Shark Week!" was not something I was prepared for. :shock:
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Postby Sungura » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:22 am UTC

Question for all ye ladies!!

Who makes a good sports bra for say the...oh...DD-E cup range? This is even harder than finding a *normal* bra!

Requirements:
- Supportive for big boobs (underwire preferred but ok if not and still supportive)
- Covered enough that should I wish to take my shirt off I don't feel like I"m flashing a ton of cleavage at everyone. I've seen high cut sports bras that are nicely covering, something like that please. (Shall be used in caving scenarios, and like this last weekend, there is a spot you can go through a water passage and I didn't go since a) I didn't feel covered enough in my normal bra b) it was cotton as was my undies and I was already a bit cold from their dampness, didn't want to soak them! But stripping was/will likely always be in a mix group and while cavers are cool peeps I want to feel decently covered)
- Not crazy expensive ($50? $60? $90!!!! wtf???!?!)
- Synthetic and quick-dry (NO cotton components!)

Bonus:
- Much prefer adjust-ability like a "normal" bra would have
- White? Nude? Really? Why no purdy colors or fancy designs like others have? Purple or lime green or aqua or cool designs = best :)
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Postby PictureSarah » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:25 am UTC

Basically, you are never going to find a bra that fits all of your other criteria in the "non-expensive" range. That said, Title 9 makes some pretty great sports bras for large-chested women. Uber-supportive.
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Postby semicharmed » Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:39 am UTC

I'm with PicSar, here, if you're looking for something in the under $50 range, it's probably not going to be super-supportive.
My current sports bras are in the under $20 range, and from the Champion line at Target, but if i'm going to be doing anything vigorous, I wear one OVER a regular bra.
Means I do double the laundry, but also means less chance of being knocked out by an errant boob.

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Postby cephalopod9 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:30 am UTC

I have a pretty decent sports bra, but I've had it long enough the tag's worn off except for "Delicates (R)". Plastic-y material inside, and it hooks in the back instead of having to be pulled on like a shirt. I think I have some other bras by them that I like...
Recently, I was looking into some stuff about making my own bras. The more I think about, the more the typical design just peeves me. The cups and underwires just aren't really working for me. Plus I hate shopping and paying for them. Google hasn't taken me to anything good yet, sadly.

I did find some knitting patterns for lingerie, but I'm more familiar with crochet, and even tho' I just got a few skeins of extra special llama yarn, it's kind of an investment.
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Postby GraphiteGirl » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:36 am UTC

A friend really wanted to do lingerie for her year 12 textiles/design project, and apparently her teacher advised her against it, because of the difficulty of crafting a well-shaped design and cup that would really suit a body - as the teacher told it, it was one of the hardest garments to pull off.
That said, Sungura did make an amazing Angora-wool bikini-style bra a while back, so she might have tips.
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Postby Sungura » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:46 am UTC

Thanks gals.
And graphite - uh, I made it look like my bra and then I used sizing charts as far as what the measurements meant to edit it. I kinda went random no pattern just tried to make it look right. I know it is not supportive though, more just a fun piece. It was really difficult to crochet I know that much.
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Postby Jessica » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:55 pm UTC

hee hee hee picsar... pixar... :D
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Postby deerie » Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:14 am UTC

Hello Woman Thread! I think I should quit lurking and actually contribute.

Sangura, have you thought of trying Dick's Sporting Goods or a similar athletics store? You might not be able to get fun colors, but they'll probably have fuller-coverage bras for people who wear them as shirts while running. I have a sports bra from Aerie that I really like, but I think they only carry them in the summer, sizes are limited, and they're expensive. If you're still desperate in a year, you might consider looking there.

Ashlah wrote:In other news, I'm on the third week of my new birth control. I had a bit a nausea the first day or two, but that went away. Within the last week, I've developed breast tenderness, mostly around the areola. It's not really that bad, just a little bit of soreness when they're touched. Is this something I can also expect to go away after a while, once my body gets used to the extra hormones?

Haven't noticed a difference in acne yet, but I suppose it's too soon for that. Doc said to give it three months before moving on to other acne treatments. I'm curious to see whether there will be any difference in the start/stop times of my first period.


What pill is it? Most side effects of hormonal birth control seem to get better with time (and breast tenderness is a common side effect). You can probably check the acne benefits by comparing how it looks when you get your pill period to how it normally looks during Shark Week, since most people seem to break out around their periods.

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Postby apricity » Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:28 am UTC

deerie wrote:I have a sports bra from Aerie that I really like, but I think they only carry them in the summer, sizes are limited, and they're expensive. If you're still desperate in a year, you might consider looking there.
I hate Aerie because they only sell sizes A-D, band sizes 32-38, and in some styles/colors they don't even carry the D. Because clearly girls with bigger boobs don't want cute bras. I am a 36D so I fit into some of theirs, but I stopped shopping there in protest.

Edit: I take that back! Apparently they do sell DDs now. I bet they started that once they became their own store separate from AE.
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Postby Rinsaikeru » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:36 am UTC

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Postby cephalopod9 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:30 am UTC

GraphiteGirl wrote:A friend really wanted to do lingerie for her year 12 textiles/design project, and apparently her teacher advised her against it, because of the difficulty of crafting a well-shaped design and cup that would really suit a body - as the teacher told it, it was one of the hardest garments to pull off.
That said, Sungura did make an amazing Angora-wool bikini-style bra a while back, so she might have tips.
I am starting to suspect no one actually knows how to make bras, and the ones in stores are only rough approximations of the intended functionality. As for designs on the internet, here's a bunch of really simple halter-top suggestions, and then there's some that get really confusing really fast. One looked vaguely do-able that involved a sort of guess and check, origami type sculpting of the fabric... There seem to be a few basic principles I could sort of work with, and possibly mish-mash something together.

I do also have an unreasonable amount of cheap-o-acrylic yarn (I have a problem with self control and craft stores) so I might try some pattern improvisation just for the heck of it. It would not be comfortable, but it might give me ideas, or maybe I could find a way to infuse some sort of commentary into it and make an art project of it.
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Postby viscusanima » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:15 pm UTC

Woman thread, perhaps you can help me with a problem:

I'm currently employed hauling a load of stuff around and restacking shelves in a supermarket warehouse, and I would like to know: why are there always more sanitary towels?

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Postby Zohar » Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:17 pm UTC

It's surprising to find out my own chauvinistic tendencies. I had an internet problem (connecting to battle.net for Starcraft II, turns out it was Blizzard's problem) and I decided to call tech support for my ISP. I thought this is going to be a slightly-more-complicated-than-normal problem and I figured the regular person who'll answer my call won't be able to help me and they'll have to pass me on to someone more experienced. Then a woman answered and my first thought was "Now I've got even less of a chance of getting it answered."

I console myself that it was only my instinct thought and I didn't treat her any differently, talked with her just as I would talk with any male tech person. And also that I'm aware of my doing these things. But I was a bit surprised that's what popped into my mind. She knew exactly what she was doing, BTW, and figured it was Blizzard's problem (which it was and actually I could connect with no problem 15 minutes later, after an hour of problems).

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Postby meatyochre » Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:19 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:It's surprising to find out my own chauvinistic tendencies. I had an internet problem (connecting to battle.net for Starcraft II, turns out it was Blizzard's problem) and I decided to call tech support for my ISP. I thought this is going to be a slightly-more-complicated-than-normal problem and I figured the regular person who'll answer my call won't be able to help me and they'll have to pass me on to someone more experienced. Then a woman answered and my first thought was "Now I've got even less of a chance of getting it answered."

I console myself that it was only my instinct thought and I didn't treat her any differently, talked with her just as I would talk with any male tech person. And also that I'm aware of my doing these things. But I was a bit surprised that's what popped into my mind. She knew exactly what she was doing, BTW, and figured it was Blizzard's problem (which it was and actually I could connect with no problem 15 minutes later, after an hour of problems).

To anonymous woman on the telephone - I apologize.

I am guilty of these snap judgments when it comes to race and, say, food service. Cause if Mcdonald's messes up my order my first thought is sometimes "No wonder, the drive thru lady could barely speak English!" but then I catch myself :(
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Postby TaintedDeity » Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:25 pm UTC

Barely being able to speak English is quite likely to make understanding a food order more difficult, though. Importantly, being able to speak English and somebody's race aren't necessarily linked.
If you made the judgement based on race (in Zohar's situation, being a woman) rather than the person's skill at the English language (in Zohar's situation, with computers) then there'd be a problem.
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Postby Rinsaikeru » Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:37 pm UTC

I think that we catch ourselves making these snap decisions about people and call ourselves on our own bs is a good thing and an improvement over the alternative.

All of us have been socially conditioned to expect certain people to be better or worse at some task based on their ethnicity or gender or sexuality etc. When we start to dismantle that, of course we'll have little setbacks because we still exist in the culture we're trying to change.
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Postby Oregonaut » Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:38 pm UTC

I helped a friend of mine knit a bra once, it worked pretty well, with only one minor glitch: her nipple (which was about the size of the tip of my pinky) kept getting twerked in an uncomfortable direction. We worked around that by sewing a layer of silk around where her areola would normally reside. Dropped stitches aside, it was a pretty functional garment, and could be worn with or without an overgarment during the summer. We used a yarn that made a purple/blue/grey tortoise shell pattern, and it was honestly awesome.
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Postby viscusanima » Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:42 pm UTC

I think really horrible things sometimes on the basis of someone's sex, race, etc. I have to tell myself what a douche I'm being and why, and hope that I don't think those thoughts again. It's funny really, how social conditioning can make it so difficult to break yourself completely out of prejudiced attitudes. It's also interesting how guilty just thinking something can make you feel - I know I've felt it enough for thinking something in passing and, funnily enough, for dreaming something (I guess because it's in your head, therefore you must think it or something?).

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Postby sophyturtle » Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:53 pm UTC

Don't feel bad guys. Sometimes I think men will be horrible people before I get to know them. I am also nervous when I see some on the street (in groups).

Of course, we all know men are horrible so that is probably it ;)
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Postby Enuja » Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:02 pm UTC

I really liked Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcom Gladwell. It's about a lot more than making unfair judgments due to internal stereotypes, but it covers the subject admirably, and talks about what to do with it. Feeling guilty doesn't help. Training your experience (seeing and experiencing women being brilliant with computers, for example) does work, and being aware of your stereotypical snap judgments allows you to ignore them, as you did in this case, Zohar, and not let them affect other people.

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Postby meridian » Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:17 pm UTC

Hello Woman Thread!

I had a strong desire to post here about female organ/hormone issues but then felt the need to read everything I missed since the last time I was here in May and have become entirely distracted by so many conversations on sooo many things! It's awesome.

Random and possibly old notes: I took up karate recently! Yay me! It's a lot of sweating, so I'm taking that as a good indicator of exercise, but it is also summer in Boston which means I am sweating if I bother doing anything other than sitting. Anyway: Activity! I joined primarily because I need some sort of community here and I'm going to get some if I have to pay people to be around them. Mwaha! Also: exercise is good and self-defense is even better. I will also be shopping for a sports bra soon.

PMS lately has sucked simply because of all the stress I've been experiencing and I'm finding that my delightful mood swings are ending more and more in the rage end of the scale with some wonderful stop overs in depressionville. I am wondering now though: do people ever mood swing manic or happy during PMS or is it always on the sad end of the scale?

(I could say so many more things about shorts unders skirts, jock itch & chafing and physical issues during menstruation, never mind the conversation on complements the other month, but I'm trying to keep it simple.) :)
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Postby deerie » Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:26 pm UTC

lanicita wrote:I hate Aerie because they only sell sizes A-D, band sizes 32-38, and in some styles/colors they don't even carry the D. Because clearly girls with bigger boobs don't want cute bras. I am a 36D so I fit into some of theirs, but I stopped shopping there in protest.

Edit: I take that back! Apparently they do sell DDs now. I bet they started that once they became their own store separate from AE.


Don't feel too bad- I went in there to buy new bras a few days ago and they were ALL really ugly! They also fit strangely most of the time, so I think I will be taking my bra business elsewhere. I got a coupon for Victoria's Secret in the mail, so that seems like a good place to start.

About prejudice: Judgments are difficult to live with. I think the fact that we are taught so much about judging people while in school makes us hyper-aware of any possible stereotypes we might make. I generally just feel awkward when in any interaction with a minority (sex, race, language, religion, etc.) because I worry about thinking the wrong thoughts.

I totally have had prejudiced thoughts about women.

Even though I am one.

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Postby podbaydoor » Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:49 pm UTC

My best friend introduced me to Aerie and I really like it. I think their bras are cute - so are their panties, the 5 for $25 is always tempting - and you do have to try on different styles to find the ones that fit. For example, 32A Hannah fits me perfectly but 32A Katie leaves gapping at the top.

I'm sorry about the ladies with larger sizes that Aerie doesn't stock...but I like it, they stock my size, and their bras suit me fine. I can defend a business I like if others are trashing it, right?
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Postby Mike_Bson » Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:12 pm UTC

Shro wrote:Uterine Chunks coming out of our vagina.

Does this actually happen?

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Postby Enuja » Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:25 pm UTC

Yes.

Menstruation is the shedding of uterine lining. Sometimes that shed lining is in a cohesive lump (that looks a bit like a mass of clotted blood, but is much more cohesive). We on this board call those cohesive chunks of uterine lining "uterine chunks".

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Postby Mike_Bson » Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:43 pm UTC

I'm a bit confused; is the exiting of these chunks separate from the exiting of the egg, or is it the same event? If they are separate, does it happen every month?

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Postby mochafairy » Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:52 pm UTC

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Postby Enuja » Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:55 pm UTC

Mike_Bson wrote:I'm a bit confused; is the exiting of these chunks separate from the exiting of the egg, or is it the same event? If they are separate, does it happen every month?
If you're interested in the biology of menstruation, it would probably make sense for you to go ahead and read about it (a biology text book, Wikipedia, or any of the huge variety of websites out there), instead of asking extremely basic questions here. The egg is microscopic, and is either absorbed into the body or eventually discarded as part of menstruation (or before: like I said, it's not even slightly noticeable). No-body ever notices the egg (and early spontaneous abortions are also almost never noticed, either), although some people do feel ovulation pains, it's not about itty bitty tiny little egg itself. The egg is not a "chunk" at all. "Uterine chunks" is a just a way to describe the not-blood, somewhat solid chunks of endometrium (uterine lining) that some woman see during their menstruation, as a part of menstruation.

Do a search in this thread for "uterine chunks" if you want to see what we are talking about. There are (sometimes spoilered) pictures, in addition to lots of discussions of uterine chunks. Scroll through the results, scanning them, and you'll get a good idea.

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Postby Mike_Bson » Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:07 pm UTC

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Mike_Bson wrote:I'm a bit confused; is the exiting of these chunks separate from the exiting of the egg, or is it the same event? If they are separate, does it happen every month?
If you're interested in the biology of menstruation, it would probably make sense for you to go ahead and read about it (a biology text book, Wikipedia, or any of the huge variety of websites out there), instead of asking extremely basic questions here. The egg is microscopic, and is either absorbed into the body or eventually discarded as part of menstruation (or before: like I said, it's not even slightly noticeable). No-body ever notices the egg (and early spontaneous abortions are also almost never noticed, either), although some people do feel ovulation pains, it's not about itty bitty tiny little egg itself. The egg is not a "chunk" at all. "Uterine chunks" is a just a way to describe the not-blood, somewhat solid chunks of endometrium (uterine lining) that some woman see during their menstruation, as a part of menstruation.

Do a search in this thread for "uterine chunks" if you want to see what we are talking about. There are (sometimes spoilered) pictures, in addition to lots of discussions of uterine chunks. Scroll through the results, scanning them, and you'll get a good idea.

I really hate to sound annoying asking all these questions, but what page are said pics on? I did a lot of searching, and found nothing.

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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ » Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:22 pm UTC

...and clearly haven't read any of this thread else you'd understand at least that Uterine Chunks are not an urban myth.

Wikipedia is always a good place to start.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menstruation

Then just pick a set of ten pages or so and read through this thread. I bet you can't get ten pages without uterus talk.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby Rinsaikeru » Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:24 pm UTC

This isn't the place to ask, I doubt any of the women who post in here need more information about uterine chunks--we see them monthly, and the regular posters in this thread who don't menstruate for one reason or another have heard enough about them to understand.

Menstruation information can be easily googled--this is not a thread for asking women to explain things to you.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby Cassi » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:00 pm UTC

While I do appreciate Shark Week making an attempt to return to a more regular length cycle, I wish it could have waited until Monday...in case a 15 mile cycle ride and my first time in a boat in months didn't have enough potential to be painful. So tomorrow should be fun... ::sighs::
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby katethegreat » Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:44 am UTC

I recently came to the realization that none of my close friends have ever used a tampon. Which is pretty bizzare in my opinion. I understand using pads (my main method of laziness during sharkweek is to double up: both a tampon and a pad, therefore having less "why am I walking around feeling like I've wet my pants" plus the lazy factor of: I can technically wait 8 hours before having to bother to go to the bathroom). But not being able to swim?! Then you're letting sharkweek control you, and that's not cool. I just don't get it. You don't even need to buy tampons, you can acquire a decent number from free samples. Rawrawrawr

Also, I came back from a (food-filled) vacation to find out I had gained 5 pounds. Which scared the crap out of me. Then a few days later I was back to normal weight. It was strange. Was it just "water weight", whatever that is?

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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby GraphiteGirl » Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:02 am UTC

I'm pretty sure leaving a tampon in for 8 hours is a significant health risk: Toxic Shock Syndrome, you see.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby LL Cool J » Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:50 am UTC

Tampons were hell the first few times I tried to use them, mostly because I waited until I was in a 'either you shove this thing inside yourself or NO FUN FIVE DAYS OF BEACH AND SWIMMING FOR YOU' situation. Also, I was a virgin back then. If I'd stopped trying, I guess I'd still be wearing pads. I still don't find either of them that comfortable.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby beyondweird » Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:09 am UTC

katethegreat wrote:I recently came to the realization that none of my close friends have ever used a tampon. Which is pretty bizzare in my opinion. I understand using pads (my main method of laziness during sharkweek is to double up: both a tampon and a pad, therefore having less "why am I walking around feeling like I've wet my pants" plus the lazy factor of: I can technically wait 8 hours before having to bother to go to the bathroom). But not being able to swim?! Then you're letting sharkweek control you, and that's not cool. I just don't get it. You don't even need to buy tampons, you can acquire a decent number from free samples. Rawrawrawr


I've never used one - never even tried them because when I started initially they terrified me, and since then I haven't seen the point. Mind you, I hate swimming. I think if I was forced into a situation where I had to swim I might try them, but that will probably never happen.
Also, being on the pill, mine are now really light so pads are so much less annoying now!

But yes, I am one of those bizarre people who hasn't :P
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