Personal Hygiene Options

I was horrified this last week after a link came through my Facebook feed about a moldy tampon! The blog (Dont Worry, Thats Just Bread Mold on Your Tampon) was reporting on Danielle’s personal blog where she posted about her awful experience with Kotex. She states that after opening a brand new box of tampons, on March 27th, 2012 (so JUST LAST WEEK), she pulled one out and after opening it from its plastic wrapping she accidentally popped part of it out of the applicator only to find what looked like mold. She pushed it out further and sure enough her tampon had mold all over it! She said, “[she] would have NEVER KNOWN.” and that it, “Makes you wonder how many times things like this happen to tampons and we don’t have a clue.” when she contacted the company they responded by letting her know that they, “Understand how distressing it can be to find mold on a product that is used for personal hygiene and apologize for your concern.  In instances where it has been found, we conducted tests on the product involved and have found the mold to be a common environmental species that carries no health risk.  The vegetative mold is similar in nature to mold on vegetables or in baked goods” Wait what!?! This has happened before?

So this is where the point of my post comes in. When we were discussing this article on Facebook I found that many women didn’t know of other hygiene options outside of the common two, when in fact there are at least three times that many!

  1. Momma Cloth (Re-useable cloth pads are oldest in the book I’m sure!) – They can be purchased online from many different sites with many different options just by typing Mama cloth or cloth pads into Google. You wash and reuse later on so you only need to purchase once.Zero Chance of TSS

  2. Disposable Pads (More common) – They can be purchased from nearly any grocery store or pharmacy as well as online. These you throw away after wrapping up.Zero Chance of TSS

  3. Tampons with applicator (Like our awesome moldy one above) – These can also be purchased from nearly any grocery story, pharmacy or online. Used Tampons can be flushed away in toilet or thrown away.

  4. Tampons without applicator (Similar to our Tampons with applicator except your tampon is never hidden behind the plastic to leave you wondering if its moldy or not.) These can be purchased at some stores or online. Again used tampons can be flushed or thrown away.

  5. Disposable Menstrual Cups (Such as the Instead Soft Cup) These can be purchased at some drug stores as well as online. Menstrual cups collect instead of absorb and these can be thrown in the trash.Zero Chance of TSS

  6. Re-useable Menstrual Cups (Such as Diva Cup or Moon cup) These can be purchased online. These cups are meant to be poured out into the toilet, rinsed, and reinserted. Zero Chance of TSS

  7. UPDATE: I was just informed that there is also a Menstrual Sponge (Most common brand is Sea Pearls) These can be purchased online. They are meant to be rinsed and reinserted but need to be replaced after 6 months.

If you know of any more that I dont yet know of please share!!!

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