Embarrassing? (Ladies opinion) - page 3

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Okay this is a lil embarrassing but it has been on my mind. I decided to post this in the nursing section with students who are already in the program. I am applying to nursing school right now and at my community college the... Read More


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    Quote from Stephalump
    When in doubt, use double protection. Applies to many things. I use a tampon and a pad and I just change them routinely throughout the day at clinicals.
    I was going to say the same thing Stephalump said.
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    Quote from blacksunflower
    Keep plenty of pads/tampons in your clinical bag at all times. My period likes to randomly start a week early, or come back for a few days after my period ends. I got caught off guard once, and it will never happen again.
    Me too! I always keep a small bag of random extra items in my clinical and school bag. I'm a mom so I guess I am prepared for whoever needs whatever, lol. I try to be anyway.
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    Also....during that time of the month if you have a pocket that you can slip your item of choice into then you may want to. Your bathroom breaks may not be that planned so then you will have it if needed and not have to find your clinical bag and go back to the bathroom.
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    What I used to do was to double a super tampon with a light absorbency long length Poise incontinent pad. They come folded in thirds and wrapped like a maxi pad so they don't look conspicuous if you drop one. (I did!) I used a pocket carrier in my left pants pocket and it held my scissors, hemostat, pen, some change and a five dollar bill, and an extra tampon and a Poise pad.
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    If your period is regular and you know it should be coming, wear at least a pantyliner just in case. If you're already on it, wear a pad and a tampon if it's not too uncomfortable for you. And also bring an extra pair of undies and scrub pants, and of course try to make it to the bathroom every couple hours.
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    We did not have clinical bags so I have a big lunch bag with pockets. I also double up on protection AND carry extra supplies in the pockets of my lunch bag. Everyone here has given you great suggestions. My nursing school scrub pants are green but would undoubtedly show leakage if it happened. This would probably be an issue with just about any color scrubs (except black).

    Never think questions like this are dumb. Everyone goes through it and it is better to hear from the voice of experience.
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    Not allowed to give medical advice here but I will share my experience. When I went on birth control pills 1) my periods got lighter, and 2) I was able to adjust start dates with the packages over a few months until I could tell exactly what day my period would start and end, within hours. No more periods on weekends, yay! If your flow is really that heavy and inconvenient, ask your gynecological caregiver (MD or ANP) for recommendations.
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    I remember taking care of feminine hygiene while very busy at clinicals and when I returned to a patient's room, she said, "What smells like lasagna?" I looked puzzled for a minute and then relaxed when I realized there was no way it was me.
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    Quote from QuarterLife88
    I don't think this is an embarrassing question or anything you should feel ashamed of posting

    While I don't have heavy periods myself, I know a few women who do, and they say that they have switched over the diva/moon cup because it holds a lot more of the flow for a longer time period (12hrs or so), versus pads/tampons that need to constantly be changed because of saturation. If you prefer to stick to pads/tampons: double up. Wear a tampon of the highest absorbency and pad. That way at least if the tampon leaks before you can get to it, you have a back=up!

    Is it possible to go on the pill to decrease the heaviness, or possibly go on a specific pill to stop periods from happening except for only a few times/year?

    Good luck. Sorry about the white uniform. What a ridiculous idea in a mostly female profession.
    I am one with a heavy flow I have to use a pad and a super plus tampon. I try to to schedule work on day #2 of my period (never works) because during day #2 there is about a 12 hour period (convenient, huh?) where I bleed through BOTH the tampon and the pad at least 4-5 times. Sometimes within an hour of just changing it. Try warring two underwear, one bikini and one boy brief. The bikini has a pad, the boy brief a really thin pad or liner.
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    Quote from QuarterLife88
    I don't think this is an embarrassing question or anything you should feel ashamed of posting

    While I don't have heavy periods myself, I know a few women who do, and they say that they have switched over the diva/moon cup because it holds a lot more of the flow for a longer time period (12hrs or so), versus pads/tampons that need to constantly be changed because of saturation. If you prefer to stick to pads/tampons: double up. Wear a tampon of the highest absorbency and pad. That way at least if the tampon leaks before you can get to it, you have a back=up!

    Is it possible to go on the pill to decrease the heaviness, or possibly go on a specific pill to stop periods from happening except for only a few times/year?

    Good luck. Sorry about the white uniform. What a ridiculous idea in a mostly female profession.
    http://softcup.com/about/product-inf...FYKK4AodBDwA7g

    ^^I never heard of a moon cup before...interesting...I'm SERIOUSLY thinking about trying this...when I don't have to work though...Great ideas!!

    I am currently on the birth control patch...this has actually slowed down my flow, and my periods are more predictable.

    I was one who used TWO poised pads at one time...I'm down to a super 12-hr tampon and a panty liner, now...No leakage. No leggings or extra underlings needed


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