I had heard about this a while ago, some women having allergic reactions to the rayon that is used in some tampons and pads, there are product alternatives out there (pads/tampons that are rayon free, the diva cup/instead cup as mentioned above), but it may take some looking. I agree, the idea of having to wash them makes me cringe a little as well.
Me too! and my sisters. It is not only rayon but the perfumes they put in things. Some toilet paper has the same effect. There are some pads that are cotton but changing often even when your flow is light helps to prevent the rash also wear skirts instead of trousers so the air circulates and always cotton knickers and no pantyhose unless you cut the middle section out. It creates a sweat and traps moisture which can give you the rash. Good luck!
I had that problem for yrs, was told it was just me lol. Glad to hear someone else has the same issue. Thankfully i no longer have that problem though. I did try the cup for a few months, it works but can be messy if your cycle is heavy.
If you go to a health food store, many carry disposable pads and tampons that are cotton. They are a little pricier, but may be worth it because they don't have perfumes, dyes or chemicals. I've been looking into it myself, because I have vulvar vestibulitis. Good luck.
I have the solution!!!!!....Maxim brand organic and natural tampons, pads, and pantiliners. They are made from cotton and are completely chemical and synthetic free. The big brand names on the market shelves use chemicals and synthetics in their products because they are faster and cheaper to make, but they don't think about the small percentage of women that get irritated from these materials, let alone the environmental impact these materials can have (but that's another story). Maxim brand products are made from cotton and are hypoallergenic. They changed my life!!! Try them out...you can buy them on www.****.com.
Let me know how it works
I have to say, I can't help but laugh at the comment to just change your pad/tampon frequently. I'm sorry, but if you are allergic to rayon... you don't just get a rash.. you get a rash that itches intensely.. and if you have made the mistake of attempting to use a tampon...your vagina swells up AND all the moisture is sucked out.. this happens so fast and is so intense.. is unbelievable!! So, when you try to remove it.. dear God, it feels like the tampons is literally ripping out all the mucus membranes of your vagina!! Its painful beyond belief. I'd almost rather have another baby! No joke!!
Those of you who are just irritated by perfumes, etc rather than having an allergy to rayon, you'll know for sure which it is thats irritating you by the difference of not just an itchy rash.. but as you just read.. the swelling is one of the major indicators! (Unless of course you happen to be THAT allergic to the perfumes, or whatnot)
I personally I figured it out at 19 yrs of age, when my husband bought me a beautiful matching skirt and top..and for my birthday party, I wore the top with jeans..I was itching like mad all evening.. not knowing why, and not wanting anyone to notice.. then when they all left and i went to change for bed.. I had mirrored closet doors, and when I took off the top, thats when I discovered a rash covering me! But only where the top was.. it literally ended at my wrist, and the neckline, and down to my waist! But no where else.. so we knew it was the top for sure! Which was 100% rayon.
Worst partf all this is.. I didn't even realize tampons were rayon til about 2 years later..I just thought I wasn't using tampons properly or something.. and since I never bought tampons- only pads, how was I to know?! But one day at my mom's house.. we all do this.. but I was reading the back of the box of my mom''s tampons.. and thats when it his me like a ton of bricks!!! lol
My poor young naive self just assumed I was just one of those unlucky girls that get a lot of yeast or bacterial infections down there.. ha! if only i knew! i could've saved a LOT of $!! Anyways.. here's the worst part.. if you try to remove the tampon, it feels like your ripping your vagina out, because its literally stuck in there! (of course i dont mean stuck permenantly.. but it certainly feels that way!!)
ANYHOW, For my area.. You can get 100% cotton tampons with or wothout applicator as well as pads Though I'm unsure about the pads being 100% cotton as they just say 100%natural- and since the make me itch, obviously i stick with the tampons. I get them in the natural section at Fred Meyer. Owned by Kroger(google them.. they own stores all over the country) Shockingly.. this is the ONLY store I can find them in.. from seattle to everett! Not even Rite Aid or Walgreens..Not ONE of the big chain drug stores, NOR do any of the big chain Grocery stores!! Thankfully since natural products are getting more and more popular, there's a good chance they'll start popping up in more store than just the ones owned by Kroger.
FYI.. I happen to be a pharmacy technician.. and a regular part of a tech's job, is reordering drugs or personal products every day... and believe it or not.. the distributer we used for ALL of our stock... did not have so much as ONE brand of non-rayon tampons or pads! Crazy!
(btw, I have not worked in the rx field for a couple years.. this doesnt really have anything to do with the topic- Just figured I ought to mention this as things MIGHT have changed since I last worked fulltime in a Pharmacy)
But the brand I've been using for years.. is Natracare.
They're 100% cotton, certified organic, and non-chlorine bleached,
You can check them out on why organic tampons *******. (remove the spaces of course.)
if anyone has an ?s for me.. and can't get in touch here.. you can email wendyrx at gmail *******. *hopefully none of this gets edited out.. its impt info for a lot of women!*
I have used all types of tampons and pads. I am getting so frustrated I get a yeast infection every month. I can't take no more. Now I get extremly emotional just thinking about it. HELP nothing works. Please email me at ***@****
I recently developed this problem since having my daughter 1 yr ago. Dr.s can find no yeast or bacterial infection and have offered no solution, it was actually my husband whom suggested that I may be allergic to the materials in tampons, ***** that he figured it out before I did.
Thanx for the brand names for natural products, gonna give them a shot. Hope they work.
Thank you for the suggestions. My reaction is so quick and severe when using tampons that I get fever within 15 minutes. So I stuck with certain brand of pads. But lately I've been starting a swiming and would love to continue so without a monthly interruption.
Just to let you know that you can buy online maxi pads and tampons that are 100% cotton that will not make you break out. I have the same problem with the name brand pads because of the amount of plactic that is used in them. You can go to drugstore.com,the pads and tampons are called seventh generation. They are perfume and cholerine free. I have used them now for the past several years and not had a problem since. I researched this for several months and drugstore.com was the cheapest place you can get them, If you send 25.00 or more you do not have to pay shipping.
I just had a baby and I've been using the hospital brand peri pads for 2 weeks now and there's bumps and an itching sensation beyond belief. I can't find the all natural pads and the flow is too heavy for tampons right now... Help!
help i have a problem. every month at the time my period comes i get a rash on my vagina. i get little bumps on the outside where the hair line is and it gets really red and sometimes tends to bleed. i dont know if its the pads i use or what?
I recently found out what was used in most pads and tampons and even clorine is used. All kinds of chemicals like "some kind of Polymer", rayon, clorine, perfume, etc" and so I set out to find !00% cotton. I went first to www.Maximhy.com and found out what they supplied and what was in them and they are the best I can find. Every place that I checked in town did not carry them, so I spent several hours searching for the cheapest and best site. Here is what I found. If you go to www.drugstore.com they have several kinds and the ones that I usually spend $7.00 a box for are only 5.95 here. Also if you buy $25 of supplies there then the shipping and handling is free. Please try it out. I hate for anyone to have the constant irritation I have had with regular pads I usually buy in local stores. I have two different drug stores locally that said they would check into it and try to see if they can start offering them at their stores so let your pharmacy know what you need. Since this is "green" product and biodegradeable it is also a Good thing. Good luck everyone. Hope this helps.
this *****. i have this rash / swelling / irritation thing for like a year now. ive seen a lot of gyns and none helped really. i had tests and no its not an infection. not really an allergy either. at least for me. mine happens even when i wear tight jeans so i didnt trouble to change my pad brand. i doubt ill find the purecotton anyways. (im not in the states)
i think my situation is about the genitals natural bacterial flora, the acid / alcaline balance. somehow its gone crazy. (i had laser epilation a while ago, but this started years after that..) it gets worse when i drink coffee and eat acidic food. sometimes not. cant really see what does it specificly. most of the days its hard to walk let alone having any sexual relationship. i dunno what the hell this is. i must be cursed. it also ***** cause this is such a personal problem. cant really talk with anyone. glad to see some other people w similar problems...
wherever i look its the same old simple solutions like dont use anything w perfume, nylon etc.. of course im not doing any of those.. but still im not "healed"
send me a message if you have a solution :/
Women are getting horrible painful rashes that bleed on the vulvar area, me included of course, and believe it is the purple dye they are putting inside the pad to make it look pretty. The truly horrible thing about this is that it has been going on since 2008. It seems to be all different styles of liners too.
the always maxi with leakguard has chemicals that are so strong they cause itching and eventually burning after wearing them repeatedly. The chemical is then absorbed into your body, causing you to feel badly...and even get headaches.
I have had allergic reactions to Always, to the point my skin was sloughing off so I switched to Stayfree. Then they started using the same dryweave and it caused irritation too. The pads and charmin tissue also caused an allergic reaction in my urethra that I struggled with for a year. I took every antibiotic thinking I had a UTI! It was the pads and tissues. Been looking for perfume free pads and tampons so I will try those suggestions.
I have urinary stress in continence so I have to wear a pad every day whether I'm on my period or not. I started with poise but found it to be irritating so I switched to serenity which was fine for awhile but now since they switched the name to tena i think they changed how they make the pad. I never thought to check the ingredients. I thought It was a yeast infection at first because I get those from time to time but when I use the over the counter medications it goes away for awhile and then comes back. i then started using diaper rash cream I figured if babies get diaper rashes from wet diapers maybe i had pad rash lol! and it works for awhile until just before my period starts and then raw soreness comes back and the intense itching and fishy smell. its embarrassing. I just want to get rid of it. does anyone know of 100% cotton incontinence pads I could buy to see if maybe that will stop the madness?
I used tampons maybe for the first ten years of my period and use to wonder why I always itched. Come to find out. I was alergic to them. They caused me to get infections. Now I use Always and I have to worry about that.
Its possible to allergic to just about anything. Most sanitary products don't bother me, but I have found a few brands that make me hurt! I'm in the process of switching to cloth reusable, and so far, it's so much more comfortable, and no more uti's! Good luck finding what works for you :)
I had to go to the pharmacy a few minute ago to go get some help. I literally thought this must be crazy , everytime lately I noticed as soon as my cycle start i get itchy feels just like i have a yeast infection, but i know i dont, I thought about the pads briefly but never paid it any mind . now i sure will since my pharmacist advise me that it might be the pads that I am using , I am convince that it is the pads I bought Kotex re with a tounch of cottom and with aloe, vitamine E and a cortizone cream along with a female wash that contains aloe. I swear its the bet thing ever happen , I am free again, it an instance effect thank god I went to the pharmacy now that I know I am not alone I will be 100% cotton pad user. and ladys be mindful of the type of body was you use, I am very allergic to olay. only dove but considering Cetaphil since its fragrance free.
I have the same thing allergic to pads and tampons you can get hypo allerginic pads and tampons at a health food store or online mine started right after I had my daughter 9 years ago had to even go to the Er they told me use a wash cloth till I could get to a health food store and I could use benedryl cream or benedryl pills to alleviate the hives
the only stores i can really get pads and things like that from is walmart and dollar general and places like that, do you know of any kinds in walmart that dont have the rayon? ive been dealing with this since i was 16 and ive been needing pads for after i have my baby and i already know i cant deal with the rash i get every time i use them, not for as long as ive been told by the gyno that i'll probably bleed anyways...any suggestions?
I did some light research on hypoallergenic pads and so far ORGANYC seems to be the obvious choice. You can try it out for yourself and see if it makes the difference in your life. You can find them at amazon.com keyword hypoallergenic or type in ORGANYC.
I thought I was doing a good thing saving money shopping at a dollar store when I paid $2.49 for a generic brand of pads (called femme with comfort weave cover, 18 in a pack), versus paying $5 and tax on Always which there was only 14 in a pack. On the second or third day I was wearing these pads, I felt very irritated, and I wondered maybe it was a brand of soap i bought. i always did have sensitive skin but I never had a skin issue down there. The day my period was finished, I noticed the irritation was still there and there was even pain. I didn't use the soap so there was only one other way I could have been irritated, so I looked at the brand again. They make no mention of what their pads are made of, but they claim they "improved" its design...whatever that may have been. I also found a raised bump. Not cool. I NEVER had that happen to me before and i always practice good hygiene. I will never use this product again. I never had an issue wearing Always. I was just trying to save a few bucks. Now I see I'm going to have to stick to my original brand. Also, forgot to mention, that this generic brand, femme, does NOT prevent odor. I was so embarrassed a few days ago that while I was working, I actually SMELLED my period and that has never happened to me before! Of course I go and immediately change my pad for a new one and not even an hour later, I smelled my period again. I was mortified. No one noticed though thank God, but I was so humiliated and I had changed twice! I don't know how they made this product but it's certainly not safe or comfortable to wear because it makes your skin break out and it doesn't help your confidence either. If you are ever tempted to buy this product or if you see it, avoid it no matter the cost!
I'm in my 40s and have had these issues ALL my life. My grandmother said it started for her when she went from actual "rags" to "sanitary napkins". I have tried several brands over the years. The best thing I have found is odd but amazing. I never break out or get sore or rashy! We all have old shirts or socks...I wash them good, double rinse and cut them up for " rags" like they did many years ago. Sounds gross, but works great! When it is heavy I will roll up like a tampon, or otherwise like a pad. I just throw them in the trash when I'm done. Sounds weird, but sometimes the old ways are best.
As odd as this sounds...best advise I got from my grandma on this issue. I use "rags". Old t-shirts or socks, wash, double rinse, dry & cut up. When I'm done I throw it away, unlike grandma who had to wash & use again. I have had no rashes or infections. It can be rolled like the OB brand tampons or folded like a pad. I promise works the best.
I always thought it was just me. Every time I use a pad, I get a rash all around my lady bits, starting from the top of my vulva and down my leg a bit, all the way back to my bum. I quit using them over ten years ago when I was 15 and my mom finally let me use tampons. Then tampons also became a problem. When I used them, my vagina would hurt by the end of my period, and I would get wicked UTIs and vaginal infections. Every. Period. By luck, I found out about menstrual cups and I haven't had an issue since; except two cycles ago when I had to use a tampon. I was moving, and I had accidentally packed my menstrual cup so I used a tampon, and had hives from head to toe. That's how I figured out I'm allergic.
I have had the worst reaction to Stayfree pads! It looks like my girly bits have been through a nuclear war. They are hot red very swollen. They blistered the blisters broke and weeded it has bled and one week in still red peeling and very sore not to mention crazy itchiness. What on earth do they use? I am not allergic to rayon as I have worn it with no reaction, but this is beyond belief!! I think the chemicals they use must be really harsh. Not sure what to do next :(
I've had the same problem. I've noticed everything I've had my period I would be really uncomfortable down there. It even caused skin to flake off so I knew something was up. I looked all over the Internet and couldn't find anything. I came to the conclusion it was pads and tampons. I bought a menstrual cup and everything was going great. I stayed at Mt friends house and worried about leaking so I put on a pad... couldn't keep it on for 20 minutes it was so uncomfortable and the next day all the symptoms were there... so I'm done with pads and tampons completely. The diva cup is a life saver for me.
I never used to have a problem with pads until i was 17. I would get soo itchy and then be all swollen because of it. I had switched to so many different brands that never worked so my mom went and bought me dark colored wash cloths just for my periods. It actually worked. I had no rashes or anything else. When i had my first baby, i used the hospital pads since i bled alot and i didnt really have an reaction but when i started my regular periods again, i continued to use the wash cloths. I just had my second baby 6 weeks ago and i again used the hospital pads. I had a reaction this time plus on top of it all i had to have an episiotomy and it made my stitches itch like crazy and look really bad. (So glad it didnt cause an infection). I started do research after research of what i could do about the pad issues. I came across a pattern for homemade pads. You can use any kind of fabric that absorbs really well and you can make them where they fit your body really well. This has made my life so much easier. Just google patterns for homemade pads and there you go. It will save on money too!! Hope this helps!
I am allergic to cotton. Yes you saw that correctly. 100% allergic to everything cotton. I didn't know that until recently when my doctors and I finally figured out that my contact dermatitis underneath all of my clothes and what showed up once a month during my periods (another type of contact derma) was infact a reaction to cotton. I don't know what else to tell you other than right now I am currently trying to figuring e out a better way to wear underwear and bras. I can't get rid of all my wardrobe since it is now all 100% cotton thanks to that recommendation of "you definitely have contact derma so you should probably switch to all cotton products. So I am just working on the parts of my body that need extra care. However when it comes to tampons and pads, I am having issues. I stopped wearing tampons about a year ago because it finally got to the point where my body was rejecting them with skin issues and inflammations. But now it feels like every month the pads are getting worse and worse. I went to period underwear and that seems to have helped, but it is still very itchy for the vulva area (as a warning). But it is much better than what I was getting from the pads. I other than creaming up thick globs before i put pads or the underwear on, I have no other advice there for you. Also a good breathable underwear that works better than cotton I found is made of Bamboo but it is insanely expensive. That's the only downside. It sucks. It really does. For down there when it comes to the pads and tampons my symptoms are: redness, inflammation, itchiness that comes and goes (can be cooled down with ice and aloe) with applications, and the symptoms increase over time. And when you get everything checked your ob and doctors say you are clean and healthy. To catch it you have to go in when you are using the applicators. Also try the organic ones first unless you are having other skin issues other places on your body. It could also be the chemicals used in the tampons and pads. I recommend the company Lola. You can organize your own box. I went to them first thinking that was the case for myself for a while. They are owned by women who wanted to know what was in their feminine hygiene products and they list it on their website as well so you know all the ingredients. See if that helps you out at all. If it does, fantastic! If it doesn't, I'm sorry. But with everything- good luck. When your next appointment comes up for your OB bring this up to him/her and let them know all your symptoms to help you get to a comfy stand point. My doctor was able to give me a back up cream THAT IS HEAVEN ON EARTH LET ME TELL YOU.
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