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From grade school up until I was a college junior, I was a competitive swimmer. Save for my years as part of the Miriam College swim team, my dad was my and my brother’s coach, which meant swimming was a big part of our family life. If we weren’t doing laps everyday after school (and on weekends, too!), we’d be at home doing land training. It was brutal! My brother and I became very good swimmers and my dad was a fantastic— if not bordering on militant— coach. I would be lying if I said I loved the sport back then, though. Sure, I was good at it but it stopped being fun when it started feeling like I had no other choice but to get into that pool, do laps, and try to beat my previous time.

I first got my period the summer before I started high school. I was glad, not because it meant I was finally ~a woman~ (isn’t that what they say???) but because I could use it an as excuse to skip out on doing laps. I’m bleeding! It hurts! I don’t want blood running down my legs when I get out of the pool, THAT’S EMBARRASSING! It sort of worked but I still had to train on land and that was mighty uncomfortable!

When I quit competitive swimming for good, I started hating getting my period. That time of the month meant three to five days of discomfort, ickiness (the idea of sitting on blood makes me queasy lol), and holding back on any sort of physical activity. Perhaps it’s just me, but when I wear sanitary pads (which always make me think that that’s how diapers feel like) I can’t do those things the girls in commercials do! Working out like there’s nothing going on down there? Impossible for me (and hello, chafing/pad rash). When I go about with my day, I don’t want a constant reminder that I’m on the rag!

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I traded my swim cap and goggles for light weights and a yoga mat a long time ago.

I learned about tampons from the girly foreign magazines I used to read in high school but they were rare to come by locally. When I did manage to get my hands on a box of applicator-less (que horror, tbh) tampons, I would use them sparingly because I didn’t want to run out. In fact, when I decided to permanently switch from sanitary pads to tampons in 2009, I had to ask my boyfriend to send me a year’s worth all the way from the US! Thankfully, they’re no longer as hard to find as they used to be and can now be bought at major department stores and supermarkets. A bit of a funny story, though: a couple of years ago, I saw a local department store carrying tampons and I immediately snapped up the boxes on display and took them the counter to pay for them. The lady bagging my purchases was slowly studying the boxes before audibly whispering to her co-worker: “Ano yung tampons?” The cashier and I just smiled at each other awkwardly and I wish I stuck around to hear her explanation!

There are a handful of things I genuinely cannot live without and I’m not being over-dramatic when I say tampons are one of them. They are incredibly comfortable (when inserted properly) and convenient. Once upon a time, I would greet my period with a groan, stomp my way to the drawer where I kept my pads, and sulk about how the next few days were going to suck. In the summer, beach trips had to be scheduled properly to make sure it wouldn’t fall on those days. I once got my period while on vacation and that squashed all my plans of swimming and getting some sun. Since switching to tampons, my period is no longer a big deal and I don’t mind it anymore. I also don’t have an excuse (it’s uncomfortable! The pad doesn’t stay put! It’s gross! I’ll get rashes!) to not work out— important, when I’m doing a 30-day fitness program!

Now it’s time for a…

Together with Playtex, I am giving one reader this adorable Rogue Suitcase from Regalong Pambahay! That, and a 2000PHP gift voucher from Muji and 500PHP worth of Playtex products :)

UPDATE (8/20):

There’s been a slight change in one of the prizes— originally, the winner was supposed to receive a suitcase from Regalong Pambahay, PHP2000 worth of Muji gift vouchers, and PHP500 worth of Playtex products. Unfortunately, the suitcase is no longer available so taking its place will be more Muji gift vouchers!

Additionally, three runner-ups will win 500PHP worth of Playtex products each!

To enter and win, simply share a situation where you’ll be glad you had a tampon in your purse. Leave your answer in the comments! Don’t forget to like Like Playtex Philippines on Facebook!

The person with the best answer will win the prizes mentioned above. Additionally, three runner-ups will win 500PHP worth of Playtex products each!

1) Philippine residents only!
2) Kindly leave a valid email adress.
3) Submit your entry no later than August 29, 2012 at midnight.

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  • Reply ghoent August 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I can still swim even with my period — if I wore tampons??


    I have no idea how they are used (and what they look like even) but the can-swim point is making me kick myself for not giving a quick google about them from yearsss ago.

    A specific situation:
    I take my mandatory bathroom prep before I go and present in front of big bosses; for projects we corporate slaves are expected to perfect. And then I get the best news, I have my period.

    I won’t exactly be dancing or working out in front of the bosses but some confidence and comfort issues have got to be addressed. I expect the tampons to fix those!

    It would totally suck if I had to think of stain possibilities over my actual report, or worse if stains do show themselves. Que horror – as you would put it.

  • Reply Sabrina August 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    A few summers ago, I went to Boracay for the annual senior beach trip with a couple of my friends. After a long day of travel, I was so excited to finally hit the beach and swim my tiredness away. That is, until I got my period. I was so worried that wouldn’t be able to swim/drink/dance/have fun for the next week and that the trip I spent the last quarter of my high school life looking forward to would be ruined. Lucky for me, my friend had brought tampons with her, just in case. Thanks to her, I was able to do everything I wanted to in Boracay – and more! I don’t really use tampons anymore cause they’re so hard to find, but it would definitely be situations like these that I’d be glad to have a tampon in my purse (it is not fun to swim in the red sea, if you know what I mean)

  • Reply Abi August 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Going to CDO for white water rafting during my period :( Wish I had one that time.

    Also during work when I was wearing a napkin and it stained the office chair without me really noticing :(

  • Reply Tara August 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I’m a chronic tampon-wearer. But for some maddening reason, I didn’t have any this past few days where I had my period and couldn’t go home due to the typhoons. Of course, having pads instead, it shouldn’t be a problem but then, having to stay in a hotel because I can’t go home cos of floods, I could’ve saved on underwear by having tampons instead of pads (as they’re readily available in convenience stores) which doesn’t guarantee stains and all that. Oh well, next time, I’m stocking up with tampons like I did with underwear.

    Tjcabullo (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Camz August 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I started using tampons about a couple of years ago (when I read about them on your blog, in fact), and I have since been encouraging my friends to follow suit. Not a lot of them are comfortable with the idea (if they only knew the difference!).

    Wearing tampons is not that common here and when I first tried it out (I had dance practice and wanted to feel comfortable), I had no one to ask about it. I had to follow the directions on the label–pretty straightforward, but I was nervous. I got it right but I panicked and thought I made a mistake and hurriedly took it out. I laughed about it after I calmed down and realized it was the right way to do it, and all night at dance practice I hardly felt like I had my period.

    I’m still encouraging my friends to give it a try but haven’t succeeded yet. It’s so much better than wearing pads and I never went back (unless I really had to).

  • Reply Bea August 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    An incident wherein I had to meet my boyfriend’s family for the first time. Suddenly I get these cramps and I knew this was the red signal. Worse i was wearing a skirt during that time. Since you cannot buy tampons at the nearest tindahan i had to resort using pads on my first day. It was horrible. I would be most glad if i had tampons with me :(

  • Reply Tin Rementilla August 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I didn’t know that I was about to get my period last week during jazz class since I’m irreg (boo!) and having a period calendar is pretty much useless. Unfortunately for me, we had to do some SERIOUS stretching and wearing baggy pants were a no-no. I had to sit my class out even if I already paid because I didn’t want everyone to see that I was wearing some super thick napkins while in my tights. Now, if only I had tampons in my purse. :(

  • Reply Erika Abad August 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I am an all-cotton-pad-girl. I’ve been like that ever since I got my period. My all girl high school taught me using other products will cause disaster up my lady business. Crazy.

    Got tired of using pads. They are messy, sad, and uncomfortable. UGH. Luckily, I got an aunt living in the States & introduced me to tampons. Been using them ever since and I love it! But tampons in Manila is so hard to find. Seriously. Sometimes there are no supplies in the super market. :(

    Last week, I had a presentation with the president of the company. To add more anxiety, my red day came earlier than expected! Then I remembered I had a box secured in my drawer. When I opened it .. It was EMPTY. (I forgot my office mate took a couple!) Went back using sticky and bulky pads.

    Gosh, how I wish I had tampons in my bag! Lesson learned.

    • Reply Helga September 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Hahahaha, I used to keep a box of tampons in my office drawer (this was when I still worked at dotPH) and once, I got my dot AND THE BOX WAS EMPTY, TOO. Had to buy pads at Mini Stop =/

  • Reply Lee August 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I have never really tried using a tampon but I’ve always wanted to. One night when I was at a friend’s house, she noticed that there’s a reddish stain on the bed sheet. And since she knew I had my period then, we argued if it was my blood or not (lol gross). I pointed out that it wasn’t mine since there was no stain on the back of my shorts. So I went to the bathroom to double check and alas, I found blood on the bottom part of my shorts. She had no extra bed sheets that time so we just had to cover the stain with a pillow. Lol, gross. Luckily, the following day was their laundry day. Their labandera noticed the stain and told my friend, “Hoy, tinagusan mo yung bed sheet mo.” And of course, she just had to answer that it was mine and not hers. I was so embarrassed!! And, have I told you that the shorts I was wearing that night was hers as well? Ugh

    I really hate wearing pads cos as what you said, it doesn’t stay put!! :(

    • Reply Helga September 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Oooh, back when I lived in a dorm, my roommate’s friend slept in my bed and stained the sheet and mattress. She was so embarrassed but stuff like that really happens!

  • Reply Audrey Rose August 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I’ve known tampons for a long time but I never imagined using them. Ever since I’ve become a lady, I’ve sworn by my sanitary pads. And because of all those years wearing these mini diapers, I have mastered the knick knacks of these babies and learned how to get comfortable with them.

    But one time when I had to sleep in the apartment of one of my brods for an emergency all nighter with them boys, I was playing ninja when I was trying to be discreet with me having to change my napkin in their toilet and looking for paper for me to cover up my pads! It was soooooo embarassing and I wish for tampons at a time like this because of it being a discreet little miracle worker.

  • Reply Anj L. August 11, 2012 at 3:03 am

    I’d definitely be glad to have one before a land trip/bus ride!

    I had this horrible experience on a bus ride from Zamboanga to Iligan (the ride would take more or less 12 hours). Unfortunately, my red day came the day before the trip. It was horrible! The most uncomfortable red day experience ever.
    I just brought one extra pad that I (unwisely) used as soon as we reached the first stop because I couldn’t take the discomfort so I had to sit on a full, squishy, disgusting pad for the rest of the trip!
    Let’s just say I was lucky to have a jacket to cover my butt when I got off the bus.

    To have tampons instead of pads on during land trips would be waaaaay more comfortable!

    • Reply Helga September 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Wearing pads during long rides are the worst!

  • Reply missyosigirl August 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I’m not really into sports, but a few years ago I was forced to play basketball for our company sportsfest. I mean I was already awkward to begin with, what more when I got my period and I had to play with a big-ass napkin between my legs? :( A tampon would’ve made me less concerned with my feminine problems and concentrate more into the game [I think we lost that game too :(]

  • Reply Nikki August 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    My best friend gave me a tampon while I was still in highschool. Being the typical nene, I was horrified at the fact that I needed to -gasp- insert it in there. So, I threw it away. That was the first and last time I held a tampon in my hands.

    Fast forward to today, I wish I had the liberty to wear tampons when that time of the month comes. I’m tired of worrying of messy panties and underpants. I haven’t tried using tampons again, because I never had the chance to! Well, aside from avoiding the mom-questions-you-why-you-suddenly-switched-to-tampons scenario on the grocery, or the OMG-no-you-didn’t-put-something-in-there comments from friends, I’m still a bit shy on picking them up from the store. Crazy, I know. Haha. Now that I’ve bared my preferences all over the interwebz, it wouldn’t be as hard to try something new when that time of the month comes. And when I do, I bet I wouldn’t worry as much. :)

  • Reply Sarah August 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I don’t have a regular cycle so I really have no way of telling when my period is gonna arrive so I am more often than not caught unaware. I usually carry a tampon in my bag for just in case moments but a few years back when my now partner and I were still dating, we had an “impromptu” sleepover so no time to prepare. We decided to go out for a late lunch the following day. During the car ride, without warning, I suddenly felt this strong gush of warm liquid escape from between my legs and it wasn’t of the good kind. I was fucked and so was his car seat. Forever.

  • Reply Ericha August 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    One year ago, my family and I went to Subic for our once a year out-of-town trip. I’ve never been to Subic before so I was pretty hyped about it. We got there at sundown so we just stayed in the hotel and planned to do all the activities tomorrow. But when I woke up, *dun dun*. There was a huge glob of blood in the hotel sheets (talk about sa hotel pa nagdala ng lagim, que horror). None of us have their period so no one bothered to bring pads or tampons. I’m not a regular either so I didn’t know the red days were coming. Needless to say I was cranky and felt sticky and messy the whole time. :( I didn’t enjoy any activities and missed out on the water adventures that all my sisters got to try. If I knew about tampons then, sulit sana si Subic adventure. </3

  • Reply Michelle August 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    If there’s one thing I always regret that I haven’t yet known tampons was when I didn’t get the chance to join my hubby and my baby’s first time wearing bathing suit to swim in the pool (in a resort) because I had my period that time. Being a mother, as much as possible I want to be part of my baby’s firsts. Capturing the moments like this is one of the best thing to keep and worth remembering. That’s why I’m so sad that I’m not the one holding her during the time she’s in the water, happily playing at the water.

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  • Reply Jane August 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Since my red days are very irregular (because I have hormonal imbalance), I’m never really prepared when it suddenly comes. I usually have a pad ready, but it’s usually not enough. I went to one of my friend’s vacation houses and in my bag was the usual emergency underwear and pad. We were just lounging about on the poolside in our bathing suits and I wasn’t feeling anything. I stood up then I saw that there was a gigantic blood stain on their canvas seat covers! Nakakahiya! I apologized profusely, and changed back into my clothes. So I was just sitting on the poolside with my feet in the water while everyone else was swimming :( Sayang, if I had a tampon I would’ve joined in the fun.

  • Reply Anne August 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Wow I’ve been living under a rock haha. I’ve always thought tampons and napkins were the same thing. U_U

    I don’t usually attend high school dances because I never had much reason to before but I wanted to attend the senior prom. It was my last chance to experience attending such event before I go to college and I was spending it with a special someone so that made it pretty special. I had a beautiful violet dress made for the event and everything was all set but the day before prom, I had my period. That ticked me off big time so my mood was pretty sour during the event. I didn’t even dance much because dancing with a napkin between your legs is super icky. A tampon would have come in handy then. :(

  • Reply Kate August 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I started using tampons when I developed an allergy to napkins a few years ago. Thankfully my allergy is gone now but I definitely know that there are some instances where using a tampon is the best way to go. I’ve gone diving with a tampon on (no, it won’t get sucked in :P) and also camping. The one day that I wish I did have one in my purse was during my wedding because I suddenly got my period! I guess it was the excitement or something :D I was so worried that I’d stain my dress. eeks. Good thing the period gods were kind and let me enjoy the day stain free :D

  • Reply Ida August 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Oh god, I wish I’d discovered tampons much sooner. If I could go back in time, I’d put a tampon in my high school junior self’s purse. I know that super awkward teen me would’ve been glad to find one there! This thing that happened back in high school still haunts me every now and then:

    The teacher calls me, I get up to solve a problem on the blackboard, my back to the entire class the whole time, and I go back to my seat, confident that I’d solved the problem correctly despite meeting some weird stares. The teacher confirms that my answer is correct. Class is dismissed and I get up from my chair…wait…what’s that on the seat? OMG. Turns out I had this huge ass bloodstain on my backside the ENTIRE time! The sanitary napkin I’d put on wasn’t able to absorb everything. Or it twisted off to one side. Or I didn’t position it correctly. To top it off, the blood on the chair wouldn’t get wiped off completely.

    So yes, today, over ten years later, that memory still makes me cringe with embarrassment!

  • Reply Jes August 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I’m one of those girls who get irregular periods which is kind of annoying. Unlike most girls, I don’t have the luxury of predicting when the next one’s going to be. Every period is a surprise, unfortunately. And with that surprise comes heavy flow, menstrual cramps and days of discomfort and limited movement. Getting blood-stained shorts or pants for everyone to see is my constant fear. Good if I suddenly have my period at home but what if I’m out so I always make sure I bring a pad in my purse in case it ever happens.

    I have never tried to use tampons myself but I would certainly love to start using them but being in the province makes it a hundred times harder to find one unless I had cash and internet connection to spare. Every situation makes me wish I had a tampon instead of a pad with me.

  • Reply ley August 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    ive been using playtex tampons everytime my period gets in the way, especially during summer where we go visit the beach. last long weekend, my friends and i decided to hit baler and try surfing. i was a bit certain that my period wouldnt push thru on the said dates but lo and behold, on our second day in baler, the day we scheduled the start of our surfing class, my period decided to pay me a visit. good thing i always have playtex on my cosmetic bag! i was glad i have 5 more on-hand that time. and guess what i was able to surf and had a really great time! now we are planning another surfing trip on september. this time at La union with bigger waves. i dont care whichever day we will go there because i always have playtex with me!

  • Reply Anjelie Dawn Mendoza August 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Although I may not be the proverbial sporty girl, I do have a knack for intense activity: working out, literally running errands, kicking ass at Kinect (among other things). And my irregular and unpredictable period is no help either. Wearing pads was always standard here but sometimes the extremely icky feeling down there after a grueling and tiresome Jillian Michaels yoga session really dampens an otherwise glorious post-yoga glow (naks!). Not only do tampons come in handy during workouts—they are extremely crucial to my sanity when I have my period during my Med school days. Most stories involving a stark white uniform and periods NEVER END WELL. I stay seated for long hours and then, when I stand up and THE FLOODGATES open. Can you imagine how extremely uncomfortable and paranoia-inducing it is to stand up and have no idea if there’s a large red stain flashing like an exclamation point on your behind? Well let me tell you–it’s traumatizing. Nobody wants to announce their red flag days so you can imagine the horror on my face when my guy classmate told me if I wanted to go to the restroom. Happened to me twice already and I swore off pads for life! Hopefully I don’t have to resort to wearing maternity pads now that products like Playtex tampons are sold locally! Whew, what a relief.

  • Reply Normi Alawi August 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I’d be glad to have a tampon ready in my pouch/bag during a beach party/outing with friends. Ofcourse, I don’t want to be the one to ruin the mood of those with me if ever I have my period by not swimming or playing with them. It’d also help me look good in my swimwear so yeah a tampon ready would boost my confidence and would help me have a good time.


  • Reply Jenki Fernando August 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I’ve been very active at the gym lately. Having been over weight for the longest time, I am now very serious with losing weight. I love joining group exercises, particularly hiphop , pop dancing and yoga however, during my periods, my movements would become too limited since I’d be very conscious when I feel that “sudden gush of wetness” >_< Or when you feel like everyone behind you would see that "BULGE" in your butt. I have been thinking of trying on a tampon but I was too scared plus tampons aren't that available in manila. I'm glad that my gym buddy (and a doctor) shared her spare tampon and taught me how to use it. Now, I just hope tampons would available everywhere so that whenever id get my period, i'd still enjoy my workouts!

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