I have completely forgotten about periods. I have had a Mirena coil for years – but I know the coil isn’t for everyone for a variety of reasons.
Like my friend Melissa, who simply cannot bear the thought of the procedure or, frankly, the idea that there is a twiggy bit of plastic poking around in there. She was raving the other day about her washable sanitary pads. They’re so great, she said, in every way.
She uses pads from Honour Your Flow, (I’d be very scathing about this name, but that would be horrible and 90s of me), which come in jazzy colours and are secured in the underwear with poppers. She says they are delightful and she is quite fussy. A bit of research also led me to these, which come very highly rated on Amazon but I don’t have a personal recommendation for them.
I did try a menstrual cup, back when I had periods, and it was absolutely the most terrible and painful thing ever. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I must be quite the wrong shape for one. I did, however, quite often use a pair of period pants from ModiBodi, just for the last few irritating days and thought they were great.
Just as an aside, if anyone is interesting in having a coil fitted but a bit wary about the procedure this was my experience: I had it fitted privately and I recommend Dr Thomas Ind. I also recommend taking painkiller before you go in – I took a maximum Ibuprofen dose ten minutes before going in and was broadly high for the entire thing. Everyone is different and although having a coil isn’t my favourite thing to do, I didn’t have a bad experience. Not having to think about periods ever again, except on behalf of other people, makes it totally worth it.
How about you? Are you on the washables yet?
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