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    I understand that this has been discussed before, but the last time a thread like this was posted seems to be 3 years ago and I'd like some input on my specific situation.

    The CS department at my university is a fan of having night classes because the department is under-funded and our professors are not morning people (I have yet to take a CS class that started before noon and I've been here for four years). These classes typically last 3 hours and I usually have to use the restroom at least once and the stares I get from leaving the room make me a bit anxious. I'd like to start wearing to these classes, but I fidget in my chair a lot and am concerned that the acoustics of the room will lead to very audible crinkling, which I'd love to avoid at all costs. The smell is also of slight concern, but to a lesser degree because half of the students in the department don't bathe. I currently have Abena M4s and have worn them in public before and it wasn't noticeable, but I'm concerned that in a closed space it would be different.

    Does anyone have experience on this? I'm open to trying a different diaper for this purpose, but since I'm rather new to all of this I'm not sure where to start.

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    I'm actually somewhat curious at the comment about you getting looks to use the restroom in a 3 hour class. While lots of people can hold it 3 hours, my experience is that lots of people (especially women) can't always do that and anyway going 3 hours straight for a class without a 5 minute rest and potty break isn't particularly effective teaching either. People can't focus that long. If there's a legitimate expectation that you keep your butt in the seat for 3 hours straight and you can't do that, I think diapers would be a great solution to that problem.

    As far as wearing for pleasure goes, I'd ask you how much you care about people suspecting or finding out. If even one person in these classes happens to notice a diaper waistband sticking out one day or catches on to a crinkle in a quiet room, would you be totally devastated? If so, you probably shouldn't wear to class. But you've worn out before and I get the sense that it might not be that big a deal for you other than some nerves the first couple times you do it. Probably nobody will notice and it will be fine, perhaps even an improvement over your previous classes.

    One other consideration is how distracting diapers are for you. If you can't focus on your classes because you're thinking about how much you crinkle and how the diaper feels on you, don't wear it. You're there to learn. But if you can work and pay attention diapered, then this isn't an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchieRoni View Post
    While lots of people can hold it 3 hours, my experience is that lots of people (especially women) can't always do that.
    This class in particular has 4 women taking it. It actually kind of saddens me that there are so few



    Quote Originally Posted by ArchieRoni View Post
    As far as wearing for pleasure goes, I'd ask you how much you care about people suspecting or finding out. If even one person in these classes happens to notice a diaper waistband sticking out one day or catches on to a crinkle in a quiet room, would you be totally devastated?
    I don't think I'd be totally devastated unless it was particular people in the class. I know there are about 2-3 people in the class who are constantly on 4chan and I'd be concerned about being the butt of some lame troll's joke, but there are about 60 of us in the lecture. I think it is more of just the nerves to be honest. I just started wearing a few weeks ago, even though I've known I've been a DL for at least 6 years. It took me finding out that one of my close friends is a DL to actually embrace it. For me taking first steps is always difficult.



    Quote Originally Posted by ArchieRoni View Post
    One other consideration is how distracting diapers are for you.
    I don't think they'd be all that distracting. Yes they are fun to wear, but I feel like for me they act as more of just a background comfort than anything else.

    Thanks for your thoughts on this. I don't have the class for another week as it's once a week and the lecture was today, so that will give me more time to get used to the idea and think it over.

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    Archie pretty much covered everything I've considered about it. If you can wear something to cover yourself and the noise (even a pair of underwear over it) and it won't overly distract you during class ... why not? Especially for 3 hours straight that could be pretty beneficial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchieRoni View Post
    While lots of people can hold it 3 hours, my experience is that lots of people (especially women) can't always do that and anyway going 3 hours straight for a class without a 5 minute rest and potty break isn't particularly effective teaching either.
    First, being a CS class, there's probably under 15% women. That's not prejudice, that's just fact. The last nursing class I stopped in on had a room of ~30 students, ONE guy. That's just the normal mix. So most in the CS class have "man-bladders"

    but second, yes, I don't recall ever taking a class longer than 1.5 hrs that didn't get at least one, if not two breaks. a 3 hr class I would expect at least two breaks, maybe three. (talk to your instructor about this?!)

    As for diapers, wear something good. Wetting while sitting is always higher risk. I'd recommend a Confidry. They're somewhat quiet, high capacity, good fitting with front/back elastic and tall leak guards, pretty good wicking, and I think will VERY safely hold one very large or two medium wettings while seated. (their capacity is much higher, I'm just talking what you should have 100% confidence in) Try to avoid flooding though. Don't hold it until you're desperate - go when you feel your bladder let you know it's getting time to go. At that level, you will probably have to go 2-3 times during a 3 hr class, and I think the CD will do well for you because that will give it time to wick and prepare to safely handle the next event. Avoid fidgeting and moving around in a wet diaper, which veltillates your diaper and will increase odor. Odor will be a bigger problem than noise.

    Make sure you have time to change after class before your next class. Have a bathroom scoped out to do so. Our administrative building has a higher class of bathrooms. They have the regular "public restrooms" downstairs, but upstairs there is another set of them "tucked away in the back" that are single occupancy and are all VERY large. (8ft x 10ft, with locking hall doors with Occupancy indicating latches) A men's room, a Women's room, a koala care changing room with table, AND a "family room". The family room doesn't even have a toilet or a sink. I'm betting it's there for things like changing clothes, with tables, chairs, a cleaner floor etc. In retrospect, it's not surprising that the president and higher-up admin faculty want better bathroom facilities and can make it happen in their building, these are by far the best on campus.

    If you do find a good bathroom on campus, keep looking for another one. There's a chance it will be in use or otherwise unavailable and you'll want to have an alternate already scoped out. School protip: if you're a guy and your campus has a nursing program, go to that building. The mens rooms in that building are the same size as the women's, but are almost always deserted. Women will find the CS and automotive building's womens bathrooms much less busy also.

    Oh one more thing. You are NOT alone. I'd throw out odds that 1 in 30 women that are sitting in long classes like that with minimal breaks are wearing a diaper. It's a big enough problem at colleges to be a common response by women, some of which may have to go as often as once an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bambinod View Post
    I don't recall ever taking a class longer than 1.5 hrs that didn't get at least one, if not two breaks. a 3 hr class I would expect at least two breaks, maybe three.
    It's a symptom of our quarter based schedule. Each of our quarters has only 10 weeks of instruction time. For many classes because of this exams are often given outside of class meeting time. I regularly have 1.5-2 hour classes and it's rare for us to get breaks. This particular class does have a break for about 5 minutes, but the professor typically doesn't get around to the break until after the 2 hour mark.



    Quote Originally Posted by bambinod View Post
    Make sure you have time to change after class before your next class.
    Luckily for me, it is a night class so I don't have any classes afterwards.



    Quote Originally Posted by bambinod View Post
    School protip: if you're a guy and your campus has a nursing program, go to that building.
    That would be great advice if the nursing classes weren't in another part of the city that is about 20 blocks away. Just a weird quirk of being at an urban university.

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    When I was in college I would wear to all of my night classes which were 3 hours. We did take a break part way through, but I usually have to pee about once per hour.

    No one could ever tell that I was wearing a diaper.

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    Just as an update, I went ahead and wore to class today. It worked out pretty well, though it took a little bit before I got comfortable with using it. The half-mile walk to class, or should I say waddle, was a bit uncomfortable but I can fix that by not putting it on until after I get to the building.

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    Why does everyone think that crinkling from a diaper is audible?
    I have worn diapers everyday for the last twenty years and never had a problem.
    There are more "Incon's" out there that you don't even know about who never have a problem. You hear it because you are looking for it.in the normal audio spectrum of hearing this is a small sound that you will never notice 99 % of the time unless you remain hypervigilant for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetra View Post
    Why does everyone think that crinkling from a diaper is audible?
    I have worn diapers everyday for the last twenty years and never had a problem.
    There are more "Incon's" out there that you don't even know about who never have a problem. You hear it because you are looking for it.in the normal audio spectrum of hearing this is a small sound that you will never notice 99 % of the time unless you remain hypervigilant for it.
    Although I agree that we're generally oversensitive to our own crinkling sounds, I have once received a comment and know others who have as well in a variety of situations. If you wear a lot, that 1% (or whatever number) comes around.

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