General chatter - Plus size women and menstrual pads




alaskanlaughter
09-23-2013, 12:32 AM
when I was at a similar weight I found that regular pads were just fine for me....somehow over the years my TOM got lighter and lighter to where I don't really need pads much these days....I just switched to a different birth control though, so we'll see how that goes


belovedspirit
09-23-2013, 12:33 AM
Does anyone know if it's typical for plus size women to require longer pads? I stopped using pads years ago, and opted for a cup instead, but have recently had to return to pads (ugh) and I find that I need 'overnight' pads regardless of how light my flow is. My current periods are not heavy at all (that's not the reason I use the overnight pad); the reason for their use is usually due to where the flow settles on the pad vs. my panties, even during a light flow. :o So, I've been wondering if it's due to my size and if it's a common experience among (menstruating) plus size females. Although shorter pads would be more convenient, I'm not bothered by it, just curious if this is typical. :)

alaskanlaughter
09-23-2013, 12:34 AM
weird!!! my post appears ABOVE yours....i'm sorry, I have no idea how I did that :)


belovedspirit
09-23-2013, 12:42 AM
weird!!! my post appears ABOVE yours....i'm sorry, I have no idea how I did that :)

No worries! Thanks for the response!

kaplods
09-23-2013, 01:23 AM
I also need overnight or other extra long pads. I found a variety that had "plus size" listed on the box once, but never again.

I've also looked for, but haven't found a panty liner that is wide or long enough.

Leaves
09-23-2013, 03:25 AM
The doctor once told me that fat cells affect your oestrogen levels, making them rise, which can cause heavy or prolonged bleeding. However I'm sure there's many women for whom it doesn't affect them- maybe make a GP appointment just to be on the safe side? It could just be totally normal for you, but always better to be safe I figure!

Good luck! :)

belovedspirit
09-23-2013, 04:17 AM
^ That's a good point. I guess what I was trying to say in my original post (and edited to make more clear), is that my periods now are not heavy at all -- that's not the reason I use the overnight pad. I'm curious if that's common among (menstruating) plus size females.

shrewlu
09-23-2013, 05:36 AM
In my personal experience, my period is heavier than ever before. Yes, I've been checked out by my GYN and everything is a-ok but I wish I had a lighter period.

As for the "size" of the pads, I'm no help there. I switched to a cup years ago.

nelie
09-23-2013, 08:28 AM
I use a cup too. Also, if you are interested in pads, there are reusable pads and they do have longer ones. There are some various brands and even some on etsy. GladRags are one popular brand.

Leaves
09-23-2013, 04:22 PM
^ That's a good point. I guess what I was trying to say in my original post (and edited to make more clear), is that my periods now are not heavy at all -- that's not the reason I use the overnight pad. I'm curious if that's common among (menstruating) plus size females.

Oh, oops! I've never really classified myself as 'plus size', but even at my new lower weight i do find that i have to use pads with wings as ones without always shift to the right and leak on the left- maybe it's just how our legs are shaped or something!

kaplods
09-23-2013, 05:41 PM
I think needing a longer pad for plus size has nothing to do with flow, and everything to do with undergarment real estate. A bigger pair of panties mean a bigger crotch section which has more area to cover. Using a pad built for smaller panties creates the dilemma of where to place the pad and how to prevent panty shifting.

The longer pads solve the dilemma, because they cover the whole crotch section (just like average-sized pads do in average-sized panties).

I need four regular sized panty liners to cover the crotch area of my humongous granny panties. Why can't they just make an extra-wide, extra-long panty liner to fit larger panties?

The "long" panty liners usually are still too narrow, and using multiples doesn't work well, because for some reason it seems to increase the odds of the liners rolling and ending up adhesive side up (Ouch).

It all boils down to bigger panties needing wider and longer pads to cover the same area that smaller pads fill on smaller panties.

Arctic Mama
09-23-2013, 06:06 PM
Yes, I found I needed longer pads when I was heavier - it was due to my shape, not the heaviness of my period, which has changed slightly but not enough to explain the difference.

Then I started using a menstrual cup, and won't ever go back. Pads are backup, cloth pads are even better. And they don't need to be long, because they're just for gushes or spillover if I've been too busy to empty the cup.

Epic TMI, but there you go.

seabiscuit
09-23-2013, 06:43 PM
I know that this is a bit on a tangent off of the subject but I have Mirena, the IUD which has helped me tremendously with my periods, they were disgustingly heavy, long and painful at times, causing me to be iron deficient anemic. My gynecologist said that she has had patients who are not overweight yet have had heavy periods. The Mirena is expensive but very worth it, I have no periods anymore. I will probably get Mirena again, the maximum amount of time for one to stay in is five years, I am much less anemic now.

vintagecat
09-23-2013, 10:44 PM
I had fibroids and epic flows that had me doubling up on overnighters with wings plus tampon and still I had problems with coverage. I no longer have the equipment, praise the Lord and pass the fan for the hot flashes.

Even before all that got started though I needed to use long, big, winged things to deal with my shape and where things went to when seated as I had a hard time with tampons with lighter flows.

A big P.I.T.A. is Auntie Flo!

belovedspirit
09-23-2013, 11:10 PM
Yes, I found I needed longer pads when I was heavier - it was due to my shape, not the heaviness of my period, which has changed slightly but not enough to explain the difference.

Then I started using a menstrual cup, and won't ever go back. Pads are backup, cloth pads are even better. And they don't need to be long, because they're just for gushes or spillover if I've been too busy to empty the cup.

Epic TMI, but there you go.

Hear, hear! I love cups. I've used a cup for about 5 years, and never looked back. But I recently got an IUD and I'm concerned that the suction of the cup might expel the IUD, particularly during the first couple of months when expulsion rates are highest. I have an appointment with my gyno this week, so I'll check in about that. If I can resume using a cup, that'd be ideal. They are indeed awesome! :carrot:

Lassilsa
09-24-2013, 11:28 AM
I used to wear the plus-sized overnight pads because I didn't think the regular ones would work for me. Then I moved and the closest store charged three dollars extra for the overnight, I couldn't afford it and just decided I would double up the regular pads, when to my surprise, the regular size pads worked.

Also, what is the cup I keep seeing on here? I figure its for menstruation, but is it like a pad where its outside the body or like a tampon where its inserted? Also, is this something a virgin could wear comfortably?

belovedspirit
09-24-2013, 11:54 AM
I used to wear the plus-sized overnight pads because I didn't think the regular ones would work for me. Then I moved and the closest store charged three dollars extra for the overnight, I couldn't afford it and just decided I would double up the regular pads, when to my surprise, the regular size pads worked.

Also, what is the cup I keep seeing on here? I figure its for menstruation, but is it like a pad where its outside the body or like a tampon where its inserted? Also, is this something a virgin could wear comfortably?

That's great. Must've been a nice surprise! :)
I switched to overnight pads because the smaller ones didn't work. ;)

The cup we're talking about is a menstrual cup. There are many types of varieties on the market. The cup is usually made of silicone or rubber. You place it inside the vagina like you would a tampon, and it collects the blood. Then you remove it, empty it out, wash it, and put it in again. There are also disposable ones (daily disposables). They can be left in for up to 12 hours at a time (at least the diva cup, not sure about the other brands but I suspect they can as well), and are such a cleaner process than tampons and pads. I also like that they are cheaper (I paid $40 for mine, and used it for 5 years), easier to travel with (just have to bring 1 cup, no need for multiple tampons/pads), the reusable cups are environmentally beneficial, and have other health benefits.

Here's a wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menstrual_cup

A livejournal community page with a plethora of info about cups. If you look on the right sidebar, you will see an extensive number of tags (categorized) to help you find specific info: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/

A general google link: https://www.google.ca/search?q=vagina+pagina+menstrual+cups&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb&gws_rd=cr&ei=2aZBUvavMNe44APupoGACg#channel=fflb&q=menstrual+cups&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial

Let me/us know if you have any other questions! :)

nelie
09-24-2013, 11:56 AM
The cup I use is the Diva cup and they come with 2 different sizes. It is much better than a tampon and a virgin would wear it comfortably. Someone who is older or has had children would use the bigger size. Although I'm older (38), I use the smaller size.

I've had my Diva cup for 5 years and it cost me $20 when I bought it so definitely a money saver. On heavier days, I'll use a reusable pad as backup. Again, I probably paid $30 for a bunch of them 5 years ago and just keep washing them, so again a money saver.

I've never bought from this person but I have bought from Etsy, for those looking for plus size reusable menstrual pads, this person has a ton.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ladybug9753

belovedspirit
09-24-2013, 12:02 PM
Oh yep! I started using mine before I was sexually active. :)

Lassilsa
09-24-2013, 12:10 PM
Thanks for the answers. They look like a wonderful option compared to pads and tampons. I'm researching which one would be best now.

belovedspirit
09-24-2013, 05:26 PM
Thanks for the answers. They look like a wonderful option compared to pads and tampons. I'm researching which one would be best now.

Sure thing!

I just found this page, which includes a detailed chart comparing the different cups on the market, as well as a chart (at the very bottom of the page) comparing tampon volume (by size) to the different cups. http://menstrualcup.co/brands/compare-menstrual-cup-table.html There are also blogs online where individuals have gone through different cups, tested them out during their periods, and blogged about it. :)

RavenWolf
09-24-2013, 06:44 PM
Does anyone know if it's typical for plus size women to require longer pads? I stopped using pads years ago, and opted for a cup instead, but have recently had to return to pads (ugh) and I find that I need 'overnight' pads regardless of how light my flow is. My current periods are not heavy at all (that's not the reason I use the overnight pad); the reason for their use is usually due to where the flow settles on the pad vs. my panties, even during a light flow. :o So, I've been wondering if it's due to my size and if it's a common experience among (menstruating) plus size females. Although shorter pads would be more convenient, I'm not bothered by it, just curious if this is typical. :)

Yep, I always need the overnight pads. Even at goal weight I think I will continue because I'll just feel safer!

And like you, it's about where the flow goes and not the heaviness of it that made me start wearing the over night ones.

Radiojane
09-25-2013, 12:57 PM
I was in the same boat, constantly using the overnights for the length. I got waayyy too fat to use a tampon years ago. In fact this month was the first time in probably a decade I could insert one. (How's that for a disgusting TMI NSV :D) Man I forgot how much more convenient that is.

My friend uses the cup - I've been tempted to try it, especially now that I'm regular again and not getting overly heavy flows.

nelie
09-25-2013, 01:39 PM
I was in the same boat, constantly using the overnights for the length. I got waayyy too fat to use a tampon years ago. In fact this month was the first time in probably a decade I could insert one. (How's that for a disgusting TMI NSV :D) Man I forgot how much more convenient that is.

My friend uses the cup - I've been tempted to try it, especially now that I'm regular again and not getting overly heavy flows.

Actually, I used to go through a super heavy duty tampon every hour on my heavy days but I could go without emptying a cup for 2-3 hours. The cup is pretty awesome for heavy flows.

Arctic Mama
09-26-2013, 07:01 PM
Agreed. One of the reasons I looked into menstrual cups was their superior protection for heavy days. They hold up better than any other option.

Keywis25
10-02-2013, 03:39 PM
I tried the cup because I always saw great reviews for it but it was messy for me. I am not sure how you all deal with it in public restrooms and such when it needs to be dumped and cleaned and even just removing it made a mess. I stuck with it through two cycles but it was just not working out for me.

nelie
10-02-2013, 04:09 PM
I never had a mess when removing? In public restrooms, a slight squeeze and pull down will leave everything in the cup. Then dumping in toilet will empty. I wipe it clean with toilet paper, wipe myself and insert back in.

belovedspirit
10-03-2013, 12:24 AM
I tried the cup because I always saw great reviews for it but it was messy for me. I am not sure how you all deal with it in public restrooms and such when it needs to be dumped and cleaned and even just removing it made a mess. I stuck with it through two cycles but it was just not working out for me.

Would having a cpl of wipes on hand, that you could take into the stall with you, help?

CJinTX
10-27-2013, 12:50 AM
I use overnight pads because.... Well, I'm not quite sure why. I started using them a few years ago and they work, so I've been using them.
Others have said they fit better because of weight. For me it's because I'm tall and every part of me is 'larger than the average bear'. My 'flow' used to be pretty heavy and it was just easier to use something that would handle that.

My mom tried to encourage me to use tampons, but I've never been comfortable with... what you have to do to use them.

nelie
10-27-2013, 09:46 AM
I decided to try a new type of cup this month which is a product out of Germany
http://www.meluna.org/MeLuna/en

I went with a size Large for the heck of it and it is slightly bigger than a Diva Cup Size 1. I think I like it better than the Diva cup. I also went with the Sport version which is for women with strong pelvic floor muscles. It is nice because it takes less work to unfold. Sometimes with Diva cups, I have to do a little work to get it to unfold.

On their site, they also sell a Momiji pad so I bought one. It is probably one of the best reusable pads I've seen.

Anyway, you can order from them and they ship to the US. I found the price to be reasonable. If you are looking for a cup or a reusable pad, I think it is worth checking out.

belovedspirit
10-27-2013, 11:19 AM
Thanks for letting us know, Nelie! It's great to hear about recommended products!