Can I wear a tampon during sports?

Peut-on porter un tampon pendant le sport ?

Why don't I wear a tampon?

Lorna is 24 years old, she is a press agent in a publishing company and has been practicing Ju-Jitsu in her free time for 6 years. Ju-jistu is a Japanese martial art which gathers fighting techniques developed by samurais more than 300 years ago. Lorna hates tampons and has never been able to wear one?

But Lorna is also one of our customers, and not only! She was selected among others to be an Elia lingerie model for a shooting. Indeed, at Elia lingerie, we had the will to put forward our own customers for our shootings. With the idea that they were the best representatives of the brand and its values. We felt it was our duty to put forward all the bodies, all the morphologies, all these singular paths and all these magnificent women.

So today, Lorna comes back with us on her journey as a woman and what has changed for her the menstrual panties Elia lingerie. But she also gives us her little life lesson.

How would you define your period ?

"My periods I live them rather well because I have a small cycle, a

It's always an additional stress to have to practice when you have your period because you don't really have the right to make mistakes when you have a white kimono and the stain will be immediately noticeable.

It's a combat sport, you move around a lot, so there's always that moment when you think "ah gee, maybe my pad has moved" or "maybe my tampon isn't as absorbent as it was at the beginning".

I'm not a big fan of tampons, so the pad means that you're never quite sure what you're doing because there's always that little voice, or that little mental charge that says "ah maybe I should put myself back, put myself back".

When did you start Jujitsu?

"I started practicing Jujitsu 6 years ago. I never wanted to get on the tatami because for me it was considered a boy's sport. I was younger and I think that there are also a lot of taboos linked to these sports: "a girl has to dance", etc. And finally I was sold on it. And finally it was sold to me as "it's a combat sport, it could be good because you are a girl in Paris and the street is dangerous". What I like today is that I am surrounded by men who don't care about these things, they are almost all the same age as my father, and it's like a big summer camp, like a big family. I'm like their daughter actually and it's completely past "you're a girl or a boy", it's more "you're part of the group". More about skills than gender, and that's good."

Do you feel safer because of Ju-jitsu?

"Do I feel safer because of this sport? I would say yes and no. My teacher always told me: "If one day something happens to you, you scream and run. It doesn't matter what belt you have. It can happen to all of us and before you hit it is to alert the people around you, and then run.

I always try to tell myself when I walk down the street alone at night "keep your head up" because if you feel safe, maybe people will find it harder to approach you. It's not always the case, it's not always the reality, but precisely, keeping this side a little bit of control and confidence, I think it helps to keep going and to be less afraid."

What sanitary pads did you use before menstrual panties?

"It's true that menstrual panties really revolutionized my life as a woman. I think that if I had known that at the very beginning when I had my period when I was young, I would have lived this period much more serenely.

I had real problems with tampons, I couldn't use them so much that I think the first one I managed to put on, I kept the applicator inside, it seemed so complicated. Whereas with panties, you put them on in the morning, you don't think about them all day. And often I go to the gym after work and I don't change. I put on my kimono, I get on the tatami, and that's it. There is no "ah I have to go change, ah I don't have time". And I'm really much more serene about the task too."

Do you have a message for us?

"The message I would like to pass on in general is more about self-acceptance in fact. All my life, I have had a complex because I was taller than all my friends in my class, or bigger, and I didn't want to practice judo.

I was already big, so I didn't want to be associated with this "tomboy" girl, that kind of thing. I think that when you're little, you just want to fit in.

If I had to give advice to the me of 10 years ago, it would be "accept yourself, you have to love yourself first so that others can love you" and I think that having confidence and assuming yourself is a big step for the future. To know your value before you can ask others to value you.

A little word for the end?

"There is this sentence from Xavier Dolan that I like very much: "Everything is possible to those who dream, dare, work and never give up. And I think that when you are a woman it is even more important because you are confronted with many things, many problems and many preconceived ideas of the society. And if we can dream of something, by working on it we can achieve it. And that goes even more when you're a woman: never give up and give yourself the means, so it also involves believing in yourself."


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