I am a typical sensitive-skinned fibro gal. I told my husband the other day that I was feeling OK, but my skin was bothering me. He asked what the problem was, and I told him well, I have all these nerve endings in my skin...tee hee. Anyway, I found the perfect solution to irritated tissues and membranes from the use of tampons, without the gooey feeling of a plastic-backed paper-based pad. They are called 'Glad-Rags' and they are a pad mede from organic cotton. I thought that it would feel really wet, but I found just the opposite. The best way to describe it is that some of our tissues are supposed to be moist, and the external tissues are supposed to be dry. The cotton wicks the fluid from the moist part down into the pad, and the dry parts stay dry and comfortable. I think the main difference is a lack of plastic backing. I don't have irritated tissue due to menstruation any more. Yes, you have to wash them. A good soak in cold water before washing gets them clean. They are expensive to buy the first time, but after the initial expense there is only the laundry cost, and you aren't leaving plastic to (not) rot in a landfill. After 6 to 9 months, you start saving money versus paper products. My sister also found me some organic cotton tampons (which I use occasionally if I have to) so to avoid the dioxin in regular tampons. I bought my GladRags in the local Wild Oats store, but you can google gladrags for more information, and order them online.