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When I get my monthly period I think I am medium to heavy flow. How do I tell?
Currently I use a normal pad but have to change them quite regularly.
Do you think I should start using the thicker maxi pad? By the way I can't use tampons. I did try them once but had an allergic reaction. Your advice and knowledge would be greatly appreciated.
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You might find this page useful

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heavy-periods/
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Have you considered using menstrual cups? If your pad is to thin/small for your flow then I would probably get a different size
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(Original post by Meale60)
When I get my monthly period I think I am medium to heavy flow. How do I tell?
Currently I use a normal pad but have to change them quite regularly.
Do you think I should start using the thicker maxi pad? By the way I can't use tampons. I did try them once but had an allergic reaction. Your advice and knowledge would be greatly appreciated.
You can tell based on what type of pad you use. You will need to use the thicker pads for heavier flows, and you'll know this if you leak through the lighter pads.
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Thankyou.
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You might find this page useful

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heavy-periods/
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No problem
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Thankyou.
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That sounds good advice.
Do you think I should try a thicker pad, and see how I get on? I must confess I had not heard of a menstrual cup.
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Have you considered using menstrual cups? If your pad is to thin/small for your flow then I would probably get a different size
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Depends how long it takes you to get through one. If you're changing them every 1-2hrs then try something thicker.
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I am. Thanks I think you have just answered my question.
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I am leaking through my current pads although not to badly. And I do carry a spare pair of knickers in my bag just in case.

Sounds like I need to change to a thick pad to be on the safe side.
Thankyou for all your advice.
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You can tell based on what type of pad you use. You will need to use the thicker pads for heavier flows, and you'll know this if you leak through the lighter pads.
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I am leaking through my current pads although not to badly. And I do carry a spare pair of knickers in my bag just in case.

Sounds like I need to change to a thick pad to be on the safe side.
Thankyou for all your advice.
Yes, a more absorbent pad sounds like it would work for you. You'll know when you've found the right one because you won't leak.
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Thankyou.
Am due to start my period soon. So will put it to the test.
Will buy some thicker pads and see how I get on.
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Yes, a more absorbent pad sounds like it would work for you. You'll know when you've found the right one because you won't leak.
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Hi Guys..
Just wanted to say once again a big thankyou.
Have started my period now and so far the thicker pad is doing the job.
After several changes no leaks hooray!!!!
It is taking a bit of getting used to though as it is alot thicker than a standard pad.
My only worry is whether I will be able to wear trousers without it showing?
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Yes, a more absorbent pad sounds like it would work for you. You'll know when you've found the right one because you won't leak.
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My only worry is whether I will be able to wear trousers without it showing?
It may with tight trousers. Try some clothes on in front of the mirror and see.
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That's a very good idea.
This forum is brilliant.
Thankyou ever so much.
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It may with tight trousers. Try some clothes on in front of the mirror and see.
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Hi there.
I took your advice and tried my trousers on in front of a mirror. I
Was very glad I did as using the thicker maxi pad, you can see a bulge in my trousers, making it pretty obvious.
Looks like I will be wearing dresses/skirts.
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It may with tight trousers. Try some clothes on in front of the mirror and see.
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