Clots were what messed me up before I started using tampons. I could deal with just the blood, but the clots... They were awful. I started using tampons when I was a senior in high school and couldn't believe how convenient they were. I might have to change my pad once during the day, and tampons twice or three times, but that was easier than trying to stuff three pads in my purse!
And why haven't the makers always had the "wings" or side pieces that attached to panties? That would have been so great in 1986! Thinner pads that are just as absorbent and wings on the side were the best innovations in feminine hygiene in the past 50 years!