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!
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…
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.
Playtex Gentle Glide tampons come in three varieties: Super, Regular, and Regular with Slender Applicator.
This is a sponsored post but seriously, I swear by tampons.