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    • MSE Callum
    • By MSE Callum 5th Feb 18, 5:02 PM
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    Cheap Sanitary Products
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    Cheap Sanitary Products 5th Feb 18 at 5:02 PM
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    • Spencerx
    • By Spencerx 7th Feb 18, 7:23 PM
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    I'd never thought about the need to have free sanitary products until last year. I think there could be a problem with exactly what would be available for free. People have different preferences and to be honest us women have managed up until now. Years ago, before my time, women would have had to wash whatever they hard worn and use again. Where I live we have a Donation Station set up by a very caring man, with some helpers, where we can donate food, clothes etc and he is aware of most of the homeless people in our town and can give out stuff as and when needed. When certain things are in short supply he puts a message on FB and people can donate what they can. I have donated sanitary products to this cause in the past. People tend to think of food and clothes first and don't think of sanitary products. I have also donated toiletries and towels to the local winter night shelter. Towels I usually by from charity shops, washed and then donated so it's a win win situation.
    • Sraider
    • By Sraider 7th Feb 18, 8:01 PM
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    All right ladies, most men with partners know at least some of the problems with sanitary problems and can sympathise but spare a thought for your other half.
    A great deal of men also have problems, especially those with prostate problems, which have had a great deal of publicity of late with the rate of prostate cancer now overtaking the rate of breast cancer.
    Prostate cancer patients have a great problem with urinary retention and need a pad just the same as ladies but if you search for them in all the supermarkets all you find at the end of the big ladies aisle of sanitary products are a box of 10 Tena for men level 2 retailing at £4.00. A rip off at 40 pence each and I have found no alternatives.
    Let's hear it for the men for a change, any solutions out there?
    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 7th Feb 18, 9:54 PM
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    Prostate cancer patients have a great problem with urinary retention and need a pad just the same as ladies but if you search for them in all the supermarkets all you find at the end of the big ladies aisle of sanitary products are a box of 10 Tena for men level 2 retailing at £4.00. A rip off at 40 pence each and I have found no alternatives.
    Let's hear it for the men for a change, any solutions out there?
    Originally posted by Sraider
    We nursed my mum at home, when she had a terminal brain tumour, the palliative care team and the district nurses were wonder full and provided everything we asked for with one exception. Our trust only provides incontinence pads in the community for patients whose problems are related to urinary tract disease, so as mums continence problems were caused by loss of feeling from pressure in the brain we had to provide them ourselves. Not a problem to us financially, but I can see there would be people in the same situation who would have to make sacrifices to keep a loved one comfortable.
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    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 26th Feb 18, 8:31 AM
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    Nice we can talk about this. I remember back in the day. Wasn’t something I could talk about with my mother. Horrible pads appeared mysteriously in my underwear drawer. When I started earning money with my Saturday job I started buying Tampax or Lillets, wasn’t much alternative in those days.

    While we are on the subject, what about something that is probably more embarrassing to talk about which often affects older women and younger women after childbirth. 365 days a year. That is stress incontinence. I got this problem with the onset of menopause, very common. I had “the op” but although this helped it didn’t cure it. I’ve spent a lot on pads and have tried every brand and found to a certain extent you get what you pay for. Cheap supermarket brands are mainly worse than useless.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 1st Mar 18, 10:45 AM
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    Have to say I have tried every brand from cheap to expensive and I have yet to find ANY sanitary protection that's reliable for me. None of them are long enough or wide enough or sticky enough. (My back no longer bends far enough to make inserting tampons/mooncups possible).
    I've lost count of how many I've lost down my trouser leg, had to detach from my 'lady garden', or rescue as a screwed up ball from god knows where. I wear black trousers all the time and tend not to sit directly on my (unwastable covered) sofa now from too many experiences of leaving stains behind me from 'unexpected incidents'. The worry of embarrassing stains, plus the pain, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, thrush and general feeing of being unwell.. I bl**dy hate periods. Now I'm sneaky and dangerous and buy the pill on t'internet and take it back to back, so I don't get periods. I feel so much healthier. But it's not really a healthy solution and I'd love to find a pad that does what it's supposed to.
    Last edited by halogen; 01-03-2018 at 10:46 AM. Reason: typo
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 1st Mar 18, 11:05 AM
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    Have to say I have tried every brand from cheap to expensive and I have yet to find ANY sanitary protection that's reliable for me. None of them are long enough or wide enough or sticky enough. (My back no longer bends far enough to make inserting tampons/mooncups possible).
    I've lost count of how many I've lost down my trouser leg, had to detach from my 'lady garden', or rescue as a screwed up ball from god knows where. I wear black trousers all the time and tend not to sit directly on my (unwastable covered) sofa now from too many experiences of leaving stains behind me from 'unexpected incidents'. The worry of embarrassing stains, plus the pain, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, thrush and general feeing of being unwell.. I bl**dy hate periods. Now I'm sneaky and dangerous and buy the pill on t'internet and take it back to back, so I don't get periods. I feel so much healthier. But it's not really a healthy solution and I'd love to find a pad that does what it's supposed to.
    Originally posted by halogen

    Why on earth are you buying medications on the internet when you can just go to your GP and get something prescribed to stop your periods and be properly monitored?
    • halogen
    • By halogen 1st Mar 18, 11:16 AM
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    that's why I said dangerous. My GP said the only contraception he would give me was the coil. I'm not interested in having one of those.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 1st Mar 18, 2:54 PM
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    that's why I said dangerous. My GP said the only contraception he would give me was the coil. I'm not interested in having one of those.
    Originally posted by halogen
    So go to a different GP, don't brag online about how you're taking stupid risks with your own health.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 1st Mar 18, 4:18 PM
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    It wasn’t intended as bragging. It was meant as an indication of how rubbish I find the products I have tried and how driven to desperate measures I have become. It was also a request for alternative suggestions…
    As for another GP…. I live in a small town, that’s not an option, besides no GP in their right mind would give the pill to an overweight 42 yr old.
    So yes it is a health risk but it’s a better solution than sitting on a towel wherever I go for 3 weeks a month.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 1st Mar 18, 6:28 PM
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    The pill isn!!!8217;t the only option. Your life, but i don!!!8217;t understand why you would be so reluctant to get proper care.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 1st Mar 18, 6:36 PM
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    You've lost me? What other options are there?
    • halogen
    • By halogen 1st Mar 18, 7:04 PM
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    Story, that was a bit blunt. What nean us....
    As far as I know the inly medical ways to stop periods are hormonal or surgical.
    Hormonal methods would be the same as the pill- contraindicated fof women oc my age .
    And as i don't have 'problem periods' I wouldn't be considered for surgical methods.
    What I need is sanitary towels that do what they should but they seem not to exist so I have to resort to dangerous methods to cope.
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 1st Mar 18, 7:39 PM
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    We can't give medical advice on here but there are other forms of the pill that may be more suitable for someone in your position, like the progesterone-only pill. It might be worth looking up your nearest sexual health clinic and making an appointment - they tend to be much more clued up about the different kinds of contraception than your average GP.
    • Loanranger
    • By Loanranger 1st Mar 18, 8:09 PM
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    Heavy bleeding for three weeks a month is problem periods!
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 1st Mar 18, 8:49 PM
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    You've lost me? What other options are there?
    Originally posted by halogen
    Go and ask your GP.

    I find it hard to believe a 42 year old woman in the UK is unaware of any contraception apart from the pill though.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 1st Mar 18, 8:54 PM
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    Of course you can't provide medical advice and I'm not lookibg for it, not at all.. advice on brands of sanitary protection yes but medical advice no. I only mentioned the pill as an indication of mg frustration at sanitary products manufacturers failure to live up to their advertising. Perhaps we can forget i bought it up?.

    I have light bleeding for maybe 3-4 days, if panty liners stayed put and came with wings that would he sufficient for most days. Yes they are painful, but i don't think anymore so than any other women. Irregular yes, hence the '3 weeks on a towel' comment. In any 1 cycle there is a 3 week or so window m which it might start and the 3-4 days after that when whatever hrand i rry cannot be relied on to stay put or have the coverage needed to prevent leakage.
    It's like that old bra ad about not heeding bigger bra but hetter bras. I don't need more absorbent towels just bigger ones but bigger in size always seems to come with more absorbencey which is, I assume, why i get thrush every month. I have also tried 'constructing' bigger towels by sticking several snaller ones in an overlapping pattern but i find that they stick to themselves bettet than they do to each other and they stray.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 1st Mar 18, 9:04 PM
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    Maybe i was vague there. Of course i am aware if other forms of contraception. I was meaning options to deal with periods. By only options i mean that he pill or other hormonal f8rms of contraception are the only forms of it thaf can affect periods. Well apart from a hysterectomy; whuch I would love but seems overkill
    . My bearest sexual health clinc is listed as my GP, the next nearest is 3 hours away and only open on a Tuesday morning . However I'm nit looking for contraceptive, sexual health ir medical advice. Just a sanitary towel brand that works for me. The old kotex 1/2 ibch thick were almost there but also tended to go walkies
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 1st Mar 18, 11:29 PM
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    Well you can lead a horse to water...
    • halogen
    • By halogen 2nd Mar 18, 3:06 AM
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    Lol.
    Are you trying to say my GP can give me advice on brands of sanitary towel?
    • sleepymans
    • By sleepymans 2nd Mar 18, 3:45 AM
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    Have to say I have tried every brand from cheap to expensive and I have yet to find ANY sanitary protection that's reliable for me. None of them are long enough or wide enough or sticky enough. (My back no longer bends far enough to make inserting tampons/mooncups possible).
    I've lost count of how many I've lost down my trouser leg, had to detach from my 'lady garden', or rescue as a screwed up ball from god knows where. I wear black trousers all the time and tend not to sit directly on my (unwastable covered) sofa now from too many experiences of leaving stains behind me from 'unexpected incidents'. The worry of embarrassing stains, plus the pain, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, thrush and general feeing of being unwell.. I bl**dy hate periods. Now I'm sneaky and dangerous and buy the pill on t'internet and take it back to back, so I don't get periods. I feel so much healthier. But it's not really a healthy solution and I'd love to find a pad that does what it's supposed to.
    Originally posted by halogen
    Maybe ASDA Protective Underwear LARGE at 10 for £6 although pricy, used on heaviest days and maybe in combination with another pad, might work? HTH
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