Disclaimer: I was on my period when I wrote this ?
Although most of my friends swear by tampons and even period panties, all my life I've worn pads. They make me feel safe and comfortable when Aunt Flow is in town. I've never had an issue with menstrual pad shopping either. Until now.
A while back, I went to my local store to pick up my usual essentials, which included Always pads (my all-time fave.) I didn't really think much of it after picking up the first "regular" size pads I found.
To my surprise—when I got home and opened the bag—my pads were a "Size 1." This was new to me. What did this even mean? It was then that I noticed they had a size chart on their package. You know, like the ones that pantyhose and underwear have.
Apparently, because my panty size is XL, I'm a Size 3 or 5 pad. Great. Although I'm extremely proud of my curves, I can't help but fathom the fact that not only am I size 16 pants, but I'm also a size 3 pad! ? Seriously Always?!
I never had an issue before deciding between regular pads or overnight ones. It was an easy task. But now, I felt very uncomfortable wearing the tiny AF pad because Always told me I was two sizes bigger.
So, I go back to the store to buy the size that the chart suggested and well, just look at the two in comparison:
Just looking at this made me feel upset and like some sort of giant monster.
- First of all, I couldn't find Size 3 pads without wings. Why do Size 3 pads come with wings?! I hate wings.
- Second, I hate how plus-size women are geared towards buying "extra long super" pads because we don't have the body frame to wear "regular" pads.
- Third, I paid more money for 22 pads less! #NotFair.
According to the brand, the reason they changed their products is because after "extensive studies" they found out that 60 percent of women are wearing the wrong size pad.
"The ‘one size fits all’ thinking doesn’t quite work when choosing your feminine hygiene products. Everyone is a unique size and has a unique menstrual flow. A fit based on your shape and flow offers you the best protection and comfort," they said of their new menstrual pads.
Although their intentions are good and they mean no harm to women, other ladies on Twitter could totally agree with my feelings.
Yeah, still not taking width into account. Example: I need long pads but a lot skinnier. The size you have me from your quiz won't work. 🙃— Smol Satchel of Rage (@Feline_fraulein) September 18, 2017
PSA to always check the size of pads you're buying before you buy them because I just grabbed the first one I saw and pic.twitter.com/vUIQfVyWdj— mik | enchanted trash (@mikaplusfranz) August 23, 2017
But according to the chart, I shouldn't be wearing a "size 2." This is ridiculous. 1. Don't tell me what to wear. 2. Wear what you want.— MarianneReyes (@dontpugme) June 16, 2017
always changed their pads and i didn't realize so i bought the wrong size i saw green and just Went With It this is tragic— MOVED [see pinned] (@atuudas_archive) June 12, 2017
How did @Always come up with stat about 60% of women wearing wrong size pad? A lot of women don't even wear pads, stat seems misleading...— Murray Meetze (@murraymeetze) May 10, 2017
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*Watching the Always Pad commercial about sizes of pads* Silas: so mom what size are you?! 🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️— Brooklyn Linduff (@bookinlove) September 5, 2017
Alright. Rant over.
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