I've been using pads since I got my period 10 years ago. My period is generally very light and not really problematic, but it lasts for at least 7-8 days. I wanted to try tampons since I'll be moving to Singapore soon, but information about tampons here is terrible.
I first tried the Sofy applicator tampons, the only one available in stores, and when that didn't work, I switched to OB non applicator tampons. It worked well, I followed all the instructions and I really can't feel it.
But regardless of what I do, it seems that within an hour I'll find blood on the pad I double up with, but when I remove the tampon, it's only slightly full but there's blood on the string and such.
I'm at my wits end because I can't find any help, and my mother refuses to take me to a Ob/Gyn unless I have a serious health issue, and not getting a tampon to fit isn't considered "serious" since I can just give up and continue to use pads. I do want to make tampons work though if its possible, since the benefits are amazing and I can feel them, but I somehow can't make them work for me.
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Thank you for writing!
You will have to continue to experiment. You may not be placing the tampons deeply enough, causing leaks. Alternatively you may be using the wrong size.April 26, 2019 - 4:29am
I think you're right to use the OB tampons without the applicator since you have better control over placement.
Buy a variety pack to alternate different sizes. Once you are in Singapore, make an appointment with a gynecologist (I assume you are over 18) if you still need assistance.