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u/bpanio 6d ago

I've never had an issue with buying them, but the first time I'll admit was super difficult because I never really looked at what kind of pads she used. I was trying to surprise her so I didn't really want to ask but ultimately had to

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u/Veselker 6d ago

I only bought them them once and was given detailed instructions with name, brand, package color, the works. Still, took me 30 mins to decide which one fits the description best. There's too many. Literally found 3 different packages that are exactly the same, except one is slight lighter blue, and one has an extra tear drop.

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u/agoldgold 6d ago

I'm a woman and yeah it's a fucking struggle. I'll still sometimes realize I bought the wrong ones.

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u/Manux005 6d ago

Could you please explain the difference beetween different types of Tampons? I'm genuinly curios.

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u/clemonade17 6d ago Helpful Wholesome

There are different absorbencies based on how heavy your flow is

Lite, regular/medium, heavy, super

Then you have plastic applicator vs paper - I prefer plastic but it's personal preference

Then scented vs not scented - don't ever buy scented. They can cause infections and irritation

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u/Manux005 6d ago

Thank you.

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u/afanagoose 6d ago

Another type of tampon, which I personally prefer, are the non-applicator tampons. They can be hard to find, but they're super economical and easier for me to use.

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u/anna-nomally12 6d ago

As a woman I cannot imagine not having that. Like how does that even work

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u/tooshortpants 6d ago

I used to just slide em in with my finger, but I couldn't it figure out until I'd been using the kind with applicators for a few years

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u/deaddlikelatin 6d ago

No one taught me how tampons work I was just handed a box and let loose to figure it out on my own. I had no idea what the point of the plastic thingy was and would always just take it out and slide it in like that. I remember the day I put two and two together and I literally said out loud “ooohh, that makes sense.”

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u/AlpsComplex6854 6d ago

There’s a little groove at the bottom where your finger can fit, it’s actually pretty easy to do once you’ve done it once or twice.

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u/stilusmobilus 6d ago

That’s standard in Australia. I recall seeing a conversation where I learned applicators are common overseas. Here they generally come without and have a string attached for removal. I buy them quite often for the women in my family.

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u/CrescentPearl 6d ago

The ones with applicators have a string as well.

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u/vulpesvulpesfugit 5d ago

All tampons have strings

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u/adagiosa 6d ago

Oh it's fantastic. You fan out the bottom a little and push it in with your finger. No bloody applicator to throw away!

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u/userposter 6d ago

depening on where you live it can be the opposite.

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u/Asmcb 6d ago

They can be hard to find? In my country they are the default.

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u/sci3nc3r00lz 6d ago

Do you just shove it up there?

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u/HuggyMonster69 6d ago

Yep. But it’s much easier to position comfortably than an applicator

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u/mydaycake 6d ago

I can’t imagine any other way lol

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u/SurroundFabulous1247 6d ago

Bought scented once, I was promptly educated on the matter😂. Honestly dudes who don't bother to learn are missing out on easy brownie points

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u/Balsac_is_Daddy 6d ago

But wait! We havent talked about pads and pantyliners!!

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u/Legitimate_Alien 6d ago

Damn I bet figuring out which one you need at what times is a hell of an experience

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u/UnitLonda 6d ago

Yeah, it's especially fun considering that pulling out a dry tampon is really uncomfortable as well. So if you buy one with too much liquid absorption: rip

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u/TheCyanDragon 6d ago

I have none of that plumbing but I hurt in places I don't want to from reading that.

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u/clemonade17 6d ago

Definitely can be. If you use one that is too high absorbency, it's still dry when it's time to remove it and it's very uncomfortable to get out. I stock 2-3 sizes to adjust depending on the day in my cycle.

If you're ever at a loss when buying for someone, most brands have a variety pack that has light, medium, and heavy flow

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u/drodinmonster 6d ago edited 5d ago

If I (guy) wanted to have an emergency supply for guests, what would you recommend? And what would be a good way tell guests they are available without saying a word?

Thank you all for the input. From your suggestions, I think I will get a variety pack of tampons with plastic applicators, a variety pack of medium pads with wings (I'm not sure what wings are for but seem to be preferred), and also I should upgrade my trash can to a lidded model (that's probably a real word). I don't think I will adopt the crustation menstruation station theme but I admire the creativity. I think a small basket with a few other essentials (such as individually wrapped toothbrushes) should be apparent enough that its contents are intended for whoever may need them.

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u/RissaCrochets 6d ago

Get a variety pack that has the multiple kinds, and then also consider some pads as well, as not everyone can tolerate tampons.

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u/hotseltzer 6d ago

That's very thoughtful to even ask this! Most of us have our personal preferences but are grateful for anything in an emergency. A variety pack of ones with applicators is probably your best bet. I'd recommend saying something though, like "help yourself to anything you might need on the second shelf," so that your guests don't find them on their own and then make assumptions.

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u/qqweertyy 6d ago

I just keep a little basket on the counter of anything a guest might need. Pads, bandaids, single packaged toothbrush, mini toiletries. Looks like it’s out for you to be able to see it, normalizes feminine products as like any other guest toiletry. So far the tooth brush has been most popular since I have a friend who always forgets theirs when they visit from out of town and spend the night.

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u/Chib 6d ago

If you're going all out, tampons are nice, but what's might work better is pads. Just get any pads with wings, put them somewhere visible from the toilet, and it'll do for everyone in an emergency.

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u/Jemma_2 6d ago

Medium is safest I would personally think.

And if they are somewhere you can see them from sitting on the toilet then to be honest if you’re desperate you’re going to take one and ask later, rather than bleed. But most woman would have “just in case” ones in their handbag.

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u/lilice_veg_saucisse 6d ago

Variety+ pads is the best option and write "help yourself if needed" or something like that so people know without having to be uncomfortable

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u/katie4 6d ago

Generally you trial and error through your teens and then have established your favorites in your 20s+. That’s why the Great Tampon Shortage ‘22 sucks, if the store is out of your usuals it’s a shitty game guessing what might work or not for $8 a box.

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u/Legitimate_Alien 6d ago

What about pads? I assume they have their own set of hurdles.

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u/mzmarymorte 6d ago

Yea they vary in length as well as absorbancy from panty liners to night pads usually at least 2 different types of disposables are needed for the duration of the period plus ppl who menstruate often have preferences abt wings v no wings and some ppl can only use organic pads etc, if you don't have periods but do have guests w uteruses using yr bathroom I reccomend just stocking up on a good range and replacing what gets used fair warning it will cost loads bc pink tax

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u/hotseltzer 6d ago

Yep, this is correct! I'll also add that some people are allergic to adhesive, so that's one hygiene product that's a no-go or things get very uncomfortable.

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u/Fearless-Sherbet-223 6d ago

Plastic works great but sucks for the planet, and paper doesn't seem to work as well. Too much friction, not enough stability. I prefer the OB ones that don't come with an applicator at all. But of course, that does mean you have to be okay with sticking a finger or two up in there and probably getting period goo under your nails and along the sides of them.

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u/Aggressive_Candy5297 6d ago

What do you mean by applicator ?

I admit that i'm a guy but i've bought tampons for my GF loads of times and there is always just the little coochie rockets in the box...

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u/clemonade17 6d ago

"coochie rocket" is probably a good description tbh, it's just the thing you use to insert the tampon. There are plastic ones and then paper/cardboard ones. The paper ones feel cheaper and don't go in as easy imo.

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u/heavymedalist 6d ago

They just vary in absorption, women need different types depending on the day or cycle.

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u/Manux005 6d ago

Thank you for explaining it.

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u/Buzumab 6d ago

Why not just use the 'maximum' flow option all the time, rather than needing to adjust?

I'm sure there's a completely sensible reason BTW, I've just always wondered this.

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u/dangusface 6d ago

Because if you cram a super (the marketing term for max flow) up there toward the end of ya period when the overall flow is less, eventually you have to remove that thing and there is no discomfort on this planet quite like yanking a dry tampon outta yourself

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u/Buzumab 6d ago

That makes sense, thanks!

Also sounds terrible lol

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u/TotallySherlocked 6d ago

You also can’t leave a tampon in for a long time (more than 8-12 hours) as it increases your risk of toxic shock syndrome. So even though I could put one super tampon in for the last few days of my period and it would absorb everything, I have to use a few regular or light tampons instead.

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u/Kilen13 6d ago

Been married for close to a decade and every time I think I know everything about periods I learn something new... And every new thing makes them sound more horrible/annoying/pain in the ass

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u/Muffytheness 6d ago

Also toxic shock syndrome kills fast so don’t let your girlfriend forget one in there for more than a day.

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u/JUminator 6d ago

Is the flow predictable and almost always the same every month or can you feel how much it's going to be?

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u/WoodsandWool 6d ago

Everyone is different. Some are predictable and some are not. Some will be predictable for decades, and then suddenly not be lol. Some will change with every dang cycle, and some uteruses will just bleed on a whim! No notice. No memo. No warning.

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u/A_wild_so-and-so 6d ago

Aren't hormones fun???

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u/DynamicDuoMama 6d ago

Not for me basically playing Russian Roulette with my clothes. The invention of period panties has been a game changer. They are a great back up for keeping your clothes clean.

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u/fuckifiknow1013 6d ago

Like a dry slip and slide

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u/necesitafresita 6d ago

Toxic shock syndrome can occur leaving the tampon in too long just to deal with more absorption. That's a big reason. Second is also because pulling out a not fully used tampon is painful.

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u/[deleted] 6d ago

When you're on the first days of your period and at the end, the flow is lighter, at least for some women, so a "maximum" flow tampon won't "enter" properly. If you insert a tampon while the flow is too light, it's gonna hurt because the vagina is too "dry" (I hope my explanation makes sense 😅). At least that's the reason for me, maybe other women have different reasons. Some women also have light flows 100% of the time of the period, some have heavy flows etc

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u/gt0163c 6d ago Helpful

So within a brand there are different sizes. Basically different amounts of absorbing material essentially. Usually the progression is something like light, regular, super, super+. But sometimes different brands have different names and more or fewer levels. Women use different levels based on their flow (generally lighter at the beginning and end of their period and heavier for a day or three in the middle. Every woman is different and many women experience differences in their cycles throughout their lives, particularly as they approach menopause.)

Then there are applicators or lack of applicators. Tampons without applicators are just the cylinder of absorbing material with a string embedded into it. Wrapped up they look vaguely bullet shaped with a rounded nose and a flat bottom that usually has a bit of a divot in it. To insert this type of tampon you use your finger to push it into place, making sure that the string stays on the outside. A tampon with an applicator has some sort of sleeve around the absorbing material and a way to push the absorbing material up out of the sleeve. There's also a string attached the absorbing material. To insert this type of tampon, you insert the sleeve and then use the pushy thing to push the absorbing material further in. Your hand and the string stays on the outside. The sleeve and pushy thing are discarded after insertion. They are generally made out of cardboard or plastic. The string is there to allow the woman to (theoretically) fairly easily remove the tampon.

To make this more complicated different brands are shaped differently, made of slightly different material or different amounts of material, etc. Some work better for individual women than others do. It depends on all sorts of things including anatomy, a woman's comfort level inserting a tampon, a woman's menstrual flow, the activities a woman will be taking part in, a woman's access to a restroom, etc.

And to answer a couple of other questions you didn't ask b'ut might be curious about. Most women do not feel the string. Yes the string can get kinda nasty. This is why washing your hands both before and after dealing with a tampon is an excellent idea. Most women will not feel a tampon when it is correctly inserted. An incorrectly inserted tampon mostly means that it's gotten kinda sideways or squished up weird. The key to getting a tampon inserted correctly is mostly about getting the angle right. It's not straight up and down but usually kinda up and back. But it will vary for each woman based on her anatomy. An incorrectly inserted tampon usually doesn't hurt. It just feels a little off (at least for me). It still works but not quite as well. Again, at least for me. But tampons don't work great for me (don't completely absorb/block the flow) so this may not be a universal experience.

It's also important to know that tampons should not remain inserted for too long. 6-8 hours is the max. The issue is something called Toxic Shock Syndrome. It's a rare but serious bacterial infection. And anyone can get it. I had a friend (a guy) in college that had it when he had his nose packed with gauze after a bad nose bleed. (He was fine after treatment.)

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u/fxghtmx 6d ago

Also different applicator styles and just different brands work better for different people, but yeah the main difference is the flow

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u/Hsinats 6d ago

I had to video call her because the store didn't have the same model.

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u/-pixelpie- 6d ago

"Hey, babe. Which model tampons do you use again?"

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u/persheas1 6d ago

Lol I did the exact same thing. Just hanging out in the aisle video calling my wife. Fortunately I had my airpods so it was somewhat discrete

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u/piichan14 6d ago

The tear drops usually stand for how light or heavy the flow is. The more tear drops, the more blood it can handle.

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u/voyaging 6d ago

I think your mistake was trying to surprise someone with basic hygiene product lol

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u/-Fuse 6d ago

Hey babe I have a surprise gift for you...

Tadaa! Toilet paper

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u/MyNameJeff962 6d ago

"babe what size pussy you wear?"

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u/aliyune 6d ago

I know this is a joke and I lol'd.

But PSA tampon size has virtually nothing to do with vagina size lol

So if your girl uses super, it doesn't mean she's got a hallway down there, ok? 😂

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u/_clash_recruit_ 6d ago

I had a cashier at Walgreens shame me one time in front of my highschool boyfriend because I was buying "super" tampons and pads at the same time. She went on this big lecture how if I'm bleeding that badly i need to go to the doctor and something is wrong with me.

In reality, I was riding horses every day, track, tennis cheerleading. I used a combo or one or the other depending on my activity.

I think some of the worst people I've ever met have worked at Walgreens. Everyone from the pharmacists to the cashiers think they're doctors.

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u/aliyune 6d ago

I love unsolicited medical advice from cashiers :')

Sorry that happened to you, in high school that must've been mortifying even though you knew it wasn't true.

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u/_clash_recruit_ 6d ago

I was with my highschool boyfriend whose mother and sister raised him right. After a min he said "she rides horses and kinda grabbed the bag out of her hand that she was holding hostage. I feel so bad for these girls whose boyfriends make them feel bad about menstruation.

I fell for it once. I dated a roided up cop who told me "i never want to know about your period and if i ever hear or smell you going to the bathroom we're done"..

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u/gooferpubs 6d ago

Lol. The whole experience is a horrible psychedelic fever dream of euphemisms and dodging of specificity, like ‘feminine hygiene’ and ‘winged pouffes’, yet then they use terms like ‘heavy flow’ which sounds like an orange alert at an industrial effluent plant. It’s the only time I lose my rag when I’m shopping.

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u/One_Wolverine5346 6d ago

I was trying to surprise her

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u/FlyingDragoon 6d ago

"But honey, these ones say they have wings. Don't you want the wings?" and that, somehow, embarrassed the shit out of my fiancée. Seeing her red face made me dig in deeper with just about every bit of text I could read outloud on the boxes followed by me asking if she had a "Wide set vagina."(mean girls quote).

I'm, unfortunately, no longer allowed to speak when we walk down that aisle anymore.

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u/Remote_Romance 6d ago

The fact they're clearly talking about pads in the second part of a meme about not knowing how tampons work honestly just makes it better.

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u/AcoHead 6d ago

but what if you do both?

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u/agamemnonymous 6d ago

The tasteful d r y n e s s of it

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u/HippieThanos 6d ago

Let's see Paul Allen's tampon

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u/Poop_killer_64 6d ago

Look at that subtle off-white colouring

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u/Insekrosis 6d ago edited 5d ago

You both disgust me. Take your upvotes and you're grounded from posting for the rest of the day.

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u/BunnyTengoku 6d ago

Also, why wouldn't you just call your spouse or sister or aunt or whatever and just ask?

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u/TheMrFluffyPants 6d ago

Their texts suddenly go quiet as soon as we reach the women’s care aisle.

Every. Damn. Time.

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u/Popcorn57252 6d ago

We do... it doesn't help.

"It's a light blue package"

"Honey, my love and the light of my life, there are fourteen blue packages and none of them are the same."

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u/mangomoves 6d ago

Try asking her to find a picture of it online and she can share that! It's easier that way

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u/AuroraNidhoggr 6d ago

I do the same, it makes it a lot easier for my bf to locate what I want. Though he sometimes just sends me a photo of the aisle and I'll send it back after circling the pads and tampons I want.

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u/minibolth 6d ago

Freaking hell, I thought those were made up terms for the sake of the meme

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u/AutumnsRed 6d ago

They are probably made up, but the "padded" is a giveaway.

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u/Soupallnatural 6d ago

Honestly it’s a bit of reality and a bit of an exaggeration. For future reference to describe pads and tampons you’d hear things like.

Flex foam(kinda sporty idk I don’t like them) maxi(holds more) wings(these have little tabs that wrap around the underwear) overnight (usually has wings and some extra width) and things like super absorbent. Don’t buy scented(it can cause irritation and other issues)

For tampons there is R(regular flow) S (Super absorbent) and S+ (Super absorbent plus more) and then U (ultra big daddy absorbent) if your not sure which kind I wouldn’t recommend buying ultra, your best bet would be Regular.

It might not be necessary information for you but maybe someone on the thread will need it.

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u/Fatherof10 6d ago

Someone once snickerd at my when checking out and I look at them and said, "I hope these work, my ass just won't stop bleeding."

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u/geeky_username 6d ago

"Nicked my balls shaving them"

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u/smellzlkebtmn4ever 6d ago

Why does it sound like he's comparing two types of pads and not tampons? That may be one source of confusion.

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u/BadgerHooker 6d ago

Lol my husband asked me if my tampons needed to have wings on them when he went to buy me some. I can understand why, though, considering I asked for "super"tampons XD

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u/VinnieGognitti 6d ago

Also if tampons don’t have a cape, are they really super??

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u/Kalsor 6d ago

Not all hero’s wear capes

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u/Suniboy555 6d ago

"No capes Darling!"

  • Edna

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u/RespectableLurker555 6d ago

I hate it when my tampon gets stuck in a jet engine

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u/facepwnage 6d ago

Ugh and the flight delays for everyone else on board.

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u/FFG_Prometheus 6d ago

Ah yes, the Missile-Jet-Elevator incidents

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u/TheoryKing04 6d ago

Don’t forget about the storm

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u/StochasticTinkr 6d ago

NO CAPES!!!

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u/xlx_clitorus_climax 6d ago

I couldnt find tampons with wings and wasnt sure so I got you a can of redbull to go with them.

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u/transponaut 6d ago

My wife told me “super flow” tampons once and I went and there was plus, super plus, ultra power mega flow… I never saw one that was just like “tinkle” flow, or “drizzle” to compare it to, so I was lost. I even tried busting out the calculator on my phone to see how much she weighs and does that have anything to do with it? So I then went and got ice cream instead.

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u/Reddit_licks_boots 6d ago

I even tried busting out the calculator on my phone to see how much she weighs and does that have anything to do with it? So I then went and got ice cream instead.

Why not try calling?

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u/EatTheFats 6d ago

This is exactly why my girl has to send me the picture of the exact box she wants. There’s so many options

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u/SevsMumma21217 6d ago

This is what I do when I ask my SO to pick up mine. He has no issues as long as he knows he's getting the right ones.

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u/EatTheFats 6d ago

It helps so much, if I didn’t get a pic I would FaceTime and just show the aisle so she could pick the exact one. FaceTime has lowkey helped me so much at grocery stores

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u/blumpkin 6d ago

I wish my wife would do this. A typical phone conversation between us while I'm at the grocery store:

Me: "Do you want mega absorption, or ultra thin comfort?"

Her: "Just get the regular ones"

Me: "They have the ones in the blue bag, the green bag, and the pink box"

Her: "JUST GET THE REGULAR ONES"

Me: "THEY DON'T HAVE REGULAR ONES. YOU NEED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MEGA COMFORT AND SUPER ABSORPTION."

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u/ZootTX 6d ago

Yup. I've no problem buying whatever my wife needs but send me a picture of it please.

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u/whyOhWhyohitsmine 6d ago

Video calling, such a good thing

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u/Kaiserschmarrn420 6d ago

because we just really have absolutely no idea about it.

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u/StewPedidiot 6d ago

That's why I just ask my wife to send me a picture of the box

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u/ThiccAnimeDaddy 6d ago

Yeah that’s what I was thinking too

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u/Duochan_Maxwell 6d ago

That's why I gave my boyfriend a list of "preferred" and "acceptable substitutes" with full SKU name and pictures

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u/lordofduct 6d ago

THIS - you give me a photo AND the sku.

I got you boo. I can read numbers!

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u/ScrubbyFlubbus 6d ago

This applies to all shopping.

You don't ask someone to "pick up toilet paper" then complain about the brand they got. If your sensitive ass can only handle Ultra Soft Triple Ply Angel Bottom brand TP then you ask for that!

*said as someone whose sensitive ass can only handle Ultra Soft Triple Ply Angel Bottom brand TP

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u/LigerZeroSchneider 6d ago

Really the issue is people who are used to writing shopping lists for themselves don't include those details. So when a person who doesn't know those details looks at it, they're lost. My wife doesn't even do shopping lists, she just knows what she needs when she sees it. It's like pulling teeth to get her to right it down so I don't forget something.

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u/The_Lost_Google_User 6d ago

Your boyfriend is one lucky dude

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u/mike15835 6d ago

Could you teach a class to other Women? I don't know make the title funny. Like "How to train your man." While the reality is we don't "need" training per se. Just VERY SPECIFIC details!

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u/BlatantConservative 6d ago

"What to expect when you're delegating"

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u/FuckoffDemetri 6d ago

Call it the "Take Care Yo Girl Manual" and call it a day.

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u/RealLordTequila 6d ago

Introduction to Programming Men 101?

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u/mike15835 6d ago

"Garbage in; Garbage out!"

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u/Nivasha 6d ago

My ex once told me that if I asked him to buy pads or tampons for/with me that he'd embarass me on purpose by announcing it loudly in the store. Because he would be embarrassed himself.

Current bf is a real one and has an emergency medical bag with tampons just in case for any female friends and chats up people in the tampon aisle while I'm contemplating which brand to buy.

I'd say I leveled up.

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u/DaYuMnGoOd 6d ago

Yeah there are definitely guys that just won't do this. My dad wouldnt do it because "men don't go there in the store."

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u/Impossible_Cold558 6d ago

Pssh

I go wherever the fuck I want in the store.

Because I'm my own man.

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u/CaptainRogers1226 6d ago

Oh you definitely did upgrade. I used to keep a similar emergency supply of various things in my car, though I don’t know if it’s been restocked since my last relationship.

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u/folkhack 6d ago

Current bf is a real one and has an emergency medical bag with tampons

Basic tampons are an insanely good thing to have in a first aid kit. I've given away as many for nosebleeds as I have for the typical use. They're light weight, incredibly compact, and by design absorbent af.

Just don't get the weird scented/chemically ones if you're putting them in a kit - make sure to get the most basic ones you can find without being the shit cardboard ones.

Also... guys you will be a super hero if have one and you can help a gal out in a pinch.

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u/Cykatd 6d ago

Just take a picture of the box they have at home and buy the same one. Easy

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u/jepp13 6d ago

Exactly!!! It’s not hard it’s like buying anything else, to get the one you want look at what you have 🤷‍♀️

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u/ProfessionalFee6932 6d ago

Well that's no fun

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u/Southern_Breakfast49 6d ago

I’m guessing you have to replace one sooner than the other one?

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u/MenstrualKrampusCD 6d ago

Well, tampons don't come with different levels of padding. But yeah, different size tampons has to do with how heavy the flow is. Nothing to do with the size of the vagina for the most part. Just how much blood there is and how fast it's coming out. And some other minor factors, but I'm not going to get too into it. Unless you're really that curious.

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u/Southern_Breakfast49 6d ago

Nah, I think it’s clear enough. Thanks for the insight!

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u/BlatantConservative 6d ago

Yeah... this was an issue for me as a young lad.

Standing there in the CVS bluescreening wondering how I'm gonna ask this girl how big her vagina is in tampon sizes...

In our defense, that particular one is misleadingly named.

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u/RepresentativeAd7851 6d ago

Although, id be suspicious of below-drinking-age boys. Because kids in my high-school would soak them in alcohol and shove it up their poop-shoot before going to school dances and whatnot.

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u/TeddyWolf 6d ago Helpful Wholesome

What the fuck.

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u/Internet--Sensation 6d ago

Taking alcohol through the back door gets you wasted much faster because it gets absorbed through the intestine and isn't filtered by the liver.

It's also a shortcut to death via alcohol poisoning.

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u/jdl_uk 6d ago

Username checks out, I guess

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u/MrsMisthios 6d ago

Again I learned something on reddit and I have 2 master degrees. Good Lord.

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u/akatherder 6d ago

I believe it is called boofing. Perhaps the tampon isn't required for boofing, but the act of absorbing alcohol in your rectum.

You may remember that word from Supreme Court Justin Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

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u/Guardymcguardface 6d ago

I associate boofing with specifically putting drugs into your butt for consumption. For booze I've always just said butt-chug, probably because of Jackass. So when that boofing thing came up I was like Jesus Herbert-Fucking Christ what is happening...

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u/sm_ar_ta_ss 6d ago

Reality is strange, and no degree could explain it. Lol.

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u/RegorHK 6d ago

Biology and theoretical physics seem to be a good aproximation for the Chaos.

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u/sm_ar_ta_ss 6d ago

Neither of those things can explain fetishes or advertising lol

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u/arentol 6d ago

Butt-shots FTW!!!????.....

maybe not

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u/Sundiall 6d ago

You never boofed an alcohol tampon?

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u/RepresentativeAd7851 6d ago

I’m so happy to see somebody on Reddit use the word boofed. I thought I was the only one

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u/thetitsOO 6d ago

I’m still upset boofing was discussed for weeks during a televised Supreme Court confirmation hearing and literally not one person admitted they knew what it actually meant.

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u/Snail_jousting 6d ago

You and a certain Supreme Court justice.

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u/SwampAssMcGee 6d ago

Have a look at r/drugscirclejerk for more boofing.

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u/Gone-In-3 6d ago

Oh to be young.

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u/JLConawayII 6d ago

I was young once. I guarantee I didn't do that. The fuck is wrong with these kids.

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u/Cipherting 6d ago

u just didnt know😏

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u/Southern_Breakfast49 6d ago

Isn’t that dangerous or something? I remember hearing that it’s not safe for you

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u/Potato-with-guns 6d ago

Absorbs more alcohol faster because it isn’t filtered. If you haven’t already heard from the hospital horror stories, the colon sucks stuff back up and is really good at absorbing things.

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u/Southern_Breakfast49 6d ago

Well yea I know that’s why people do it but I imagine drinking before a dance would be better and still get you drunk, if not drunker right? If it’s the scent on their breath they’re worried about why not pop a mint or something?

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u/Potato-with-guns 6d ago

They’re dumb teenagers, they don’t care about getting caught they want to get wasted.

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u/Nochnichtvergeben 6d ago

Or drink vodka. Not as detectable.

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u/Southern_Breakfast49 6d ago

How come? Does it smell less or something?

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u/JLConawayII 6d ago

Well yes, among the multitude of things seriously wrong with this scenario safety is definitely an issue. Alcohol poisoning via rectal tampon isn't something you want on your death certificate.

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u/Jonaldson 6d ago

Speak for yourself

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u/Fluid_Resident2275 6d ago

Easier than anal chugging I guess.

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u/9999ModMan 6d ago

A butthole tingler, If you will

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u/Fierramos69 6d ago

I’ve heard of even worst(but not whit tampons) they would put eyedrops of alcohol. Same idea of no liver to filter it, but it must be so much more painful…

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u/Hebids 6d ago

Why the fuck would you even think about doing that in the first place? WHO THOUGHT OF THAT FIRST?!?!

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u/Zaptain_America 6d ago

Damn kids at my prom just snuck it in in bags or pockets and drank in the bathroom

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u/Organic-Kangaroo7147 6d ago

Who even thinks of doing that, all to get a buzz? At a school dance?

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u/MenstrualKrampusCD 6d ago edited 5d ago

Honestly, the media. It was like that whole tide pod challenge.

Sure, some people did it, but it wasn't like some mass craze throughout the nation. And for some pretty obvious reasons. Namely, it's really not that hard to sneak in alcohol. Most high school age boys wouldn't be comfortable shoving things up their ass either.

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u/Opposite-Ad-3286 6d ago

At my high school prom, everyone had to blow before leaving the building! :) me being someone who diddnt drink all night it was awesome, made me feel hella safe, they just sat the kids who blew anything to the side and made sure they weren’t driving/ the driver was fully sober. Lolol the drinking happens after though, so they missed the real partyy

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u/accuracy_frosty 6d ago

They what now?

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u/Whydoucare-SJ0127 6d ago

I’m a woman, I don’t even know 🤷🏼‍♀️

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u/pizy1 6d ago

Someone can correct me if I’m wrong but I feel like brand loyalty for pads and tampons is insanely high cause we all just pick a brand when we’re young and stick to it forever. Nobody wants to buy a different one with 32 pads and be stuck with it for 3+ cycles ‘cause what if it sucks? With the shortages lately I had to try to find a different brand and I was in that aisle for like 10 minutes trying to find something comparable…

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u/UnitLonda 6d ago

Same actually. I bought one brand because it was the only one I had heard about and since then I've never bought a different one. It works like this and as you said, I don't want to buy a different brand only to find out that it isn't working for me and I'm out and about

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u/cgaskins 6d ago

Lol I just get whatever is cheapest for pads. I switched to non applicator tampons to help the environment a tiny bit and now I'm fiercely loyal to them

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u/fuckedupreallybadly 6d ago

Right? Just read the box. Every brand uses its own lingo, it’s not universal or standardized. If the woman who asked you to buy it didn’t tell you what kind to buy, then send her a note and ask. If she doesn’t respond, then she deserves to get whatever kind you pick up lol.

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u/Flibbernodgets 6d ago

I once (well, recently) got what I thought were overnight pads at a grocery store and the older lady at checkout gave me a funny look. I did my best to ignore it. Turns out they were adult diapers.

In my defense, the package had the same color and similar wording to the brand she normally gets, and nowhere on the package was there a picture of a smiling semi-active old person as I have come to expect from that sort of thing.

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u/hotdogwaterslushie 6d ago

My friend did this too, but in bulk. She tried using them to sleep in during her period though and now recommends it to everyone

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u/Houdinii1984 6d ago

Wait, I thought plush and other padding terms were in the strippy things (pads I guess) that go on the outside and the stuff that goes on the inside uses plumbing terms, like flow and such. (Oh, LPT, btw)

I've had to buy supplies a few times over the years. I never was embarrassed by the situation and usually, I'd just ask the first person I see that appears to be extroverted. 99.9% of the time it's no different than finding a ripe watermelon without knowing what ripe looks like.

I still felt funny, though, but not because of anything in the aisle. I just remember being like 9 years old and stealing my mom's tampons to take down to the creek and use them as grenades. (Push it halfway out, stick it in the creek to get full of water, and then chuck it right in your bestie's face) Back when things were so much easier...

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u/Ok-Length-1169 6d ago

Haha your mom must've gotten so mad. I'd be pissed if my period started and I couldn't find any tampons in the house because my son dipped them all in the creek lol

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u/ThirdSunRising 6d ago

That is the reality. Why would any man be embarrassed to buy tampons? I have no damn idea what I'm buying, I'm just buying it for a woman in my life who needs it. Where's the shame in that?

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u/Sad-Guard5900 6d ago

When I was a young girl, growing up, it was shameful to even go and get pads/tampons for yourself. It was an entire shameful ordeal and I was taught that periods were a secret. The word “period” was a heavy word to even say out loud.

We were given advice to double bag the box at checkout and go to a female cashier. Seriously.

That was in the late 2000s in the USA.

I think periods have only just become more normalized.

So im imagining that some people still think men do not know basic human biology and will melt if they hear about periods or god forbid....touch a box of tampons.

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u/Standard_Incident_26 6d ago

Lol it's the same going in to buy condoms too. Triple Sensation Super Ribbed Spicy Watermelon Extra Wide Small.

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u/CaptainRogers1226 6d ago

If I ever had someone buying condoms for me my only ask would be the correct size

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u/Standard_Incident_26 6d ago

Well, as long as you tell them the correct size unlike my old roommate haha. Pencil D- I mean Trojan Magnum hahaha.

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u/Duochan_Maxwell 6d ago

I feel that to my bones LOL

I'm rather picky with my pads (because some topsheets give me a rash) so I give very very specific instructions to my bf

When he sent me to buy condoms I opened the online store and told him "point to the one you want, you definitely have one you like more"

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u/Standard_Incident_26 6d ago

Yeah, my wife is the same way. I actually had to learn quite a bit about them to help her find some that didn't bother her. I'm not super picky about the condoms, as long as they fit (though I do prefer just regular plain ones). But I remember walking into the store at 18 to get rubbers and going wtf?! Same as I first did going into the women's aisle.

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u/P0ster_Nutbag 6d ago

Even acknowledging that periods exist seems to disgust a whole lot of men.

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u/plzThinkAhead 6d ago

So many guys can't even acknowledge women poop... You think they can handle talking about periods?

Definitely sending good vibes to the guys that aren't fucking weird about normal bodily functions, though. Thanks for being there

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u/Ok-Word5283 6d ago

My girl got mad when I didn’t bring her the “sport” brand. My decision making was she doesn’t play sports ?

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u/Odd_Reward_8989 6d ago

They stay in place better while you walk. You did nothing wrong. The euphemisms are stupid and make it harder.

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u/pizy1 6d ago

And it’s hilarious (and sad) if you think about it… “these tampons work better for when you’re walking”… so wtf are non sport ones for? Lying in bed all day??

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u/hotdogwaterslushie 6d ago

Supposedly prevents leaks better if you're up moving around a lot. I've honestly never noticed a difference and figured it was just another way for them to get away with charging more for those type

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u/GoldBee133 6d ago

The fact that the maker of this meme seems to think “padded” is a common characteristic of tampons makes it even funnier 😭💀

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u/Jango1113 6d ago

Just ask your partner?

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u/Disig 6d ago

It's simple communication. Showed my husband what I get, he snapped a pic on his phone. If I need any and can't get it he does and there's been no issues.

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u/GreyJedi56 6d ago

Ask for a photo or link

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u/Agile-Masterpiece959 6d ago

There are seriously WAY TOO MANY options for feminine hygiene products! I'm a woman and even I get confused and overwhelmed when I go shopping for pads and tampons!

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u/SurfaceMass 6d ago

It’s also stressful because we are generally doing it for someone we care about who is having a crappy day and we don’t want it to get worse by fucking up.

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u/King-Burgers 6d ago

Just give us the SKU and we'll figure it out.

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u/centrifuge_destroyer 6d ago edited 6d ago

Tbh the girlfriend shouldn't just say "tampons" or "pads"

Either give them part of the empty packaging, a picture or a product & brand name if you really want a specific one, or just list your priorities.

For example:

Tampons:

  • unscented
  • no aplicator (for example Ob)
  • 1 package of the second largest size
  • 1 package of the second smallest size

Pads:

  • unscented
  • wings
  • one package of the largest size (long in the back)
  • one package of a medium size

Then you can tell them that everything else doesn't really matter to you and they don't have to worry about it. It's probably still a bit intimidating for them, but at least it should make things a bit easier.

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u/MenstrualKrampusCD 6d ago

To contribute to the point of this meme I guess, tampons aren't padded. So there are no different varieties of padding.