Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tampon Use and Physical Activity

In India, I notice that far fewer girls play sports than boys.  Girls also do not swim as much as boys.  I don’t think it is any accident that women who enjoy the greatest range of physical freedom live in countries where tampon use is prevalent.  A menstruating woman who is wearing a tampon has no restrictions on her movement at all.  

Advantages of using a tampon:

  • She will stay dry and clean- no blood will ever exit her body if she inserts the tampon correctly and changes it regularly.  
  • She can wear whatever clothing she chooses without fear that a pad will show.  She can wear a bathing suit or a pair of small shorts; it’s not even necessary to wear underwear while wearing a tampon.  
  • She can participate in sports, go swimming, ride bicycles, go jogging, do whatever she wants without any concern for the bulk of a pad.  
  • She can sleep at night in any position she wants without worrying about making a mess.  
  • Tampons are small and discreet, so disposal is also easy.  
  • Also, a woman can urinate without removing a tampon so it makes going to the bathroom a lot easier.

I'm including this not because I want to convince the world to use tampons, but instead because I meet a lot of Indian girls who complain about not being able to do certain things when they have their periods.  It's sad to watch a group of teenagers playing at the beach or the football field and there is a girl sitting by herself because she can't run or get wet.  I don't think women anywhere should feel like they must wear tampons, I just think they should have the option to do so.

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