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By Anonymous / Thursday 10 September 2015 01:15 / United States
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You should have another serious talk with her and talk about what other options there are.. There are organic pads, menstrual cups, cloth pads, washable pads etc. All eco-friendky. I hope she will understand that what she is doing isn't the best option and it can seriously damage her health. Best of luck OP!

I'm all about "less garbage", but what your daughter did is just... I don't even have words for. Hopefully you were able to talk some sense into her

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excuse me; you've got your cliches wrong. we're known for being fat, lazy, antisocial, asshats who don't care about the world. the only cliche this applies to is being stupid. which albeit, many of us are, but not an insane number.

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From experience the number of insane people increases the further south in the USA you go, or the further into like isolated mountainous areas, though I still find mountain folks to be more mentally together than southern folks

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  ThatOneChick856

That could still make the daughter as young as 8 or 9 years old, though. She might just be a child that doesn't completely understand the extreme health concerns with products that have been used or tampered with- especially the products that go in/near a vagina. OP just needs to have a very serious discussion with her and maybe even take her to the doctor to discuss this just to have a high medical authority backup.

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  ThatOneChick856

#84- And which "talk" are you speaking of, dare I ask? Because even if OP's daughter is 8 or 9 (which is NOT rare), she clearly knows the purpose and uses of a pad and obviously has had the period talk. But if you're saying that OP deserves it for not telling her daughter "don't go digging through trash for strangers' feminine products" during the period talk, I can nearly guarantee nobody thinks that type of discussion would be needed.

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my mom was 8. I was 12. both of us knew well enough not to look thru the trash for stuff to put next to your vag. actually, look thru the trash for ANYTHING.

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my mom was 8. I was 12. both of us knew well enough not to look thru the trash for stuff to put next to your vag. actually, look thru the trash for ANYTHING. and the "talk" should've occurred when she was MUCH younger than being the period talk. little kids should know not to go thru the damn trash!!! are you saying at 12 this should be a revelation???

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How many people do you actually know who started that young? I was 10, nearly 11 when I first started, and the school nurse told me that was pretty young.

I'm all about "less garbage", but what your daughter did is just... I don't even have words for. Hopefully you were able to talk some sense into her

By  nzhx

I can't imagine why she'd think that'd be at all safe. If she's that concerned, you may want to look into "Thinx". They're panties that can replace the need for tampons or pads (if you do not heavy a very heavy flow. In which case, they're mainly a backup to prevent bleed throughs). Best of luck, OP, I hope she listens to you.

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I missed the edit time, but if anyone does want more info: http://www.shethinx.com There are 3 different styles, designed for different flows - being your standard light, medium, and heavy

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Also she could buy reusable cloth pads. Etsy sells a lot of different ones to check out and a few also donate pads to girls in underdeveloped countries with purchase.

You should have another serious talk with her and talk about what other options there are.. There are organic pads, menstrual cups, cloth pads, washable pads etc. All eco-friendky. I hope she will understand that what she is doing isn't the best option and it can seriously damage her health. Best of luck OP!

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Especially with menstrual cups, they can be reusable for years (so long as you're okay with the cup getting a color change after prolonged use)

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I've been using the cup for 5 months now. As long as you don't mind seeing a lot of menstrual blood and being personal with yourself it's a great option. You don't even notice it when you have it in properly. Most are usable for around 8-10 years.

Tell her about the mooncup, if she doesn't know about it already. It's a re-usable cup to catch the blood. I don't use it myself, but it sounds like a really good alternative to re-using other women's pads.

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Sounds like that daughter would complain about using those too, since you'd have to "waste" water in order to wash it off to reuse it.

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I use the diva cup which is the same thing but a different brand. A lot of people think it's gross but I would never go back to using tampons. You have to change it much less frequently, it's reusable, there's no string to worry about and it's much more sanitary and body safe than tampons

Talk to her about the moon cup! You only need to buy one every 10 years, and you just boil it every month to sterilise it

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