I never understood why people are so intent on using pads anyway. Why feeling like a broken pipe that leaks smelly fluid all day when you can stop the flow altogether for thankfully long periods of time? If you bleed too much, use a bigger tampon—and they’re not gigantic, either. You don’t even feel it!
In case you can’t tell from the comic, there’s going to be some oversharing below. Come to the TMI Theatre at your own risk.
I’ve had similar thoughts, but for some people tampons can leave them incredibly dry and itchy (which makes them difficult to insert and remove); alternatives like menstrual cups are not always widely available, are more expensive short-term (although much cheaper long-term), and have more of a learning curve. Also, for some people, even if tampons don’t dry them out, it’s difficult to insert them comfortably to the point where they aren’t felt (especially if the sort of applicator or lack thereof in their area doesn’t suit them). Even when I had reasonably normal periods, I personally would always wear pantiliners in conjunction because, especially on the first day or so, I’d soak right through a supersized tampon before I had a chance between classes to get to a bathroom and change it. And then there are those on the other end of the spectrum—where I have been for a while now due to the medication I’m taking for debilitating cramps—where people bleed in little dribbles for a long time, where even an extra-light tampon would have to stay in for longer than is comfortable or hygienic to get full (and for me, at least, removing barely-soiled tampons is somewhat uncomfortable because of the lack of lubrication).
Given that a vagina is capable of letting pass rather bigger things than even a super-sized tampon, people who experience discomfort upon inserting one is not doing it right. Also, they need to forget about those evil devices know as applicators. Use your damn fingers! It doesn’t bite, down there—and you’ll be able to control the insertion, at least.
As for the itchiness… is it me or everyone in the States uses Tampax? They are ridiculously long and behave disastrously poorly on the long term. Once soaked, which happens far too quickly, they bloat like little cotton balloons and multiply in length. Just forget about tampons that expand axially and use ones that expand radially instead, in width.
And the grooves? In spiral, not straight. (In other words, OB.)
And use some Vaseline if it’s too dry up there. You can carry a little tube of it in your handbag, easy peasy.
My poor Moustachio… I feel you, matey. I’ve got fond memories (not.) of the Red Sea flowing in my pants back in the day—apparently, ibuprofen limited the deluge to three or four days, sometimes less. And I was able to stand up and rise on the fourth, you know the drill.
My pill is limiting the intensity of the contractions, which means I’m able to walk even on my first day(!!!), but the counterpart is that the bleeding will last for a week. Now and then. So, yes, pads are a good solution; but they’re for occasional bleeding, as are the smallest tampons. One can’t hope feeling fresh and clean using pads for regular periods.
I’m not sure if your question was rhetorical, but fear of toxic shock might be another deterrent.