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19 Things You'll Only Understand If You Wear Pads Instead Of Tampons

There is no discreet way to hand over a pad.

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1. Having your pad rustle as you open it in the toilet and feeling as if everyone can hear it.


2. Trying to hand over a pad in a “discreet” way.

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3. And then attempt to take it to the toilet without being noticed.

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4. Or worse still, being caught on your way to the bathroom while you have your pad stuffed up your sleeve.

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5. Getting your pubes caught on your pad wings.

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6. Or just feeling as if your pubes aren't sitting right on your pad.

I don't know how to explain this, but it's a thing.

I don't know how to explain this, but it's a thing.

7. Having your pad move in the night and waking up in a puddle of your own blood.

"Night pads", my arse.

"Night pads", my arse.

8. Trying to adjust your pad from behind and looking as if you're pulling a very deep wedgie out of your butt.

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9. Feeling as if you need to change your pad RIGHT THIS INSTANT and then getting to the toilet and finding way less than you anticipated.

It's kind of a let down, actually.

It's kind of a let down, actually.

10. Asking a mate if they have a pad and then being given the tiniest one when you're bleeding up a storm.

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11. Being judged by tampon wearers who can't understand why anyone would wear pads.


12. And having to listen to them say things like "I used to wear pads, but I'VE SEEN THE LIGHT" or "it just feels like a nappy".

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13. Having to scratch down there and then using the pad to help you.

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14. Wearing a pad way longer than you’re supposed to.


15. And then not having the chance to change it and feeling super gross.


16. Using a pad that’s not sticky enough and having to make do with it kind of lying freely between your legs.

All that's left is to pray your thighs keep it in place.
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All that's left is to pray your thighs keep it in place.

17. Struggling to get the pad wings in the right place, and then accidentally scrunching one up or tearing it off while adjusting it.


18. Changing your pad and then realising there’s no bin to put it in.


19. So having to come out of the toilet like this: