As a woman I have this lovely thing called a period every month. If you want to be fancy you could call them menstrual cycles, but either way it’s a pain in my gut. Literally. Sometimes twice a month even.
Don’t get me wrong, having a regular menstrual cycle is a good thing. It means my body is working properly and, should I want to go through the hassle of having another baby, I could. I mean I grew two lovely people in there, but now I’m done. Sometimes I wish there was a switch to turn it off.
My periods are usually painful. I get heavy flow and it feels like it did at the end of my pregnancy when I thought the baby might just fall out as there was so much pressure down there. That usually lasts for a full 24 hours. So I take Advil or Midol and suck it up. It’s worse when I have to stand all day. Luckily, if I’m at work on that particular day there’s a 50/50 chance I may be sitting for most of the day. If not it’s just stand all day and bear the pain.
The other painful part of my menstrual cycles is my ovulation time. Before I had a kids I had no idea when I was ovulating. Before my first pregnancy my cycles were irregular and more annoying as the period would come unannounced sometimes. Ick. But now that I’m on a regular (unmedicated) schedule I feel my ovulation time acutely as well. It’s unpleasant and I’ve had it looked into.
I guess my ovaries are a fertile place for cysts to grow. I don’t have poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. Or at least I didn’t when I was checked 10 years ago. But I do grow the odd cyst every cycle – or so they tell me. It hurts like a mofo but I just deal with it like I do the painful period part.
I was offered a chance to review some tampons on my blog – I accepted said offer so here’s my review.
*I was sent a box of Veeda regular applicator tampons and a package of ultra thin pads with wings for free in return for an honest review on my blog. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through my link I will receive a small commission.*
I chose to try my Veeda tampons on the first day of my last cycle. Sadly the regular tampons were not adequate for the flow that day. I’m usually a heavy flow at the beginning and then light flow a few days later. The “regular” tampons don’t get used that often in my cycle. That being said, the tampons were fine.
I don’t usually use applicator tampons because I don’t like disposing of the applicator. It’s just an extra piece of garbage that I have to get rid of. Veeda does have applicator free options but (even though I asked for them) I didn’t get to try them out. I like the ability to spread out the base of the tampon before inserting it – makes me feel like it’s going to expand all around inside.
The nice thing about the Veeda products is that it’s all 100% cotton. According to them this lessens the risk of TSS. Plus it’s nicer to think you’re using all natural products during the least exciting part of your month, as a woman.
Where to get it
Veeda products are now available at select stores. Locally I can buy them at Walmart and local Pharmasaves. You can also order Veeda from Amazon when you’re already there buying 100 other things. There is the option of ordering them from the Veeda website as well, but I like the idea of just picking them up with my regular shopping during the month.
Would I use them again? Yes. I did also use the pads, in a back-up format. They were thin and soft and didn’t irritate me at all. Some other brands are more plastic-y and can irritate my inner thighs sometimes. Not these ones. So that’s a big plus in my books. I just don’t often use maxi pads any more. Perhaps when the girls get there this brand will be available in Canada and we’ll give it a try again.
So there’s my review, and my conversation about my menstrual cycles. Do you have a brand or product that helps you get through that lovely time of the month? Share with me in the comments. I’m always interested to hear what works for others. If you have any hints on pain management as well I’d love to read about that too!
I have no suggestions actually- as I get older, they get worse and worse physically and emotionally. I am about DONE with being a woman today!
I’m sorry to hear your cycle has gotten worse as you’ve gotten older. I can definitely sympathize with being DONE with it. Thanks for the comment Kristin!
Hi Jess, painful periods are the worst. I am lucky in the fact that I don’t suffer overly although my periods have gotten heavier as I’ve got older. I stopped using regular sanitary products along time ago when I discovered the menstrual cup. It’s totally reusable and lasts around ten years, I’ve actually had mine for longer and it’s still going strong.
Since using it I no longer get that itchy sensation I used to get using tampons and I no longer get cramps like I used to either. I do use panty liners at the beginning and end of my period, but other than that I no longer spend an arm and a leg every month. I have encouraged my daughter to use one too and she seems keen to when she is a little older.
Thank you for linking up to the #MMBC
I have heard good things about the cup. One of these days I may actually explore that option. Interesting to note that you don’t get cramps anymore. Thanks so much for sharing your experience Debbie!
Since having kids ive found it get more pains throughout the month – or maybe its just im more aware of them now. Im also horribly irritable and I cant use tampons anymore. what fun #stayclassy
None of that sounds fun! 🙁 I agree that my cycle has changed since having kids. Maybe it’s the awareness (like how you can’t just sit around feeling sorry for yourself with a heating pad and a cup of tea!) but it’s interesting that others find the same thing. Thank you for sharing!
I like the idea of them being all natural materials – it’s the last place you want chemicals!
I’ve never heard of this brand, but if they come to the UK, I’ll keep an eye out for them
Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
Thanks for the comment Debbie! Veeda isn’t really even in Canada right now – but they say they’re coming. I’m not sure how overseas ordering would work on the website but you could take a look. I also think the idea of less (or no) chemicals “down there” is fabulous!
We have been in the UK for more then a year now, please check http://www.veeda.co.uk for more info on how to order Veeda.
I worked with Veeda on my blog earlier this year and I was pleasantly surprised! I didn’t think they would be able to cope with a heavy flow but they did. Great post, I have a similar ovulation situation and it can be really painful #stayclassymama
Thanks for sharing my post Sarah! I need to try the next absorbency up to really see how it copes for me, but the regular tampon works well for my “less than heavy” days. The company was easy to work with. I had an easy time creating this review for them.
Thank you so much Sarah, we appreciate your help and support so much