Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Sea Sponge "Tampons"

If you've been around long enough, you know that I've been on a quest to find the ultimate period product. Pads blow. I stopped using pads on about my second cycle when I was 13. The mess is just more than I can handle. Tampons were my go-to from then until my mid-20s when I discovered the Instead cup, which I used off and on. For the first few days postpartum, I used Depends. Yes, really. I went back to tampons when I felt comfortable, but was never again comfortable with the toxins I was putting into such a sensitive area of my body. The Diva Cup came to my attention. Read that, um, adventure HERE. I would've stuck with that for the rest of my menstruating years, but it wasn't to be. I thought maybe I could handle cloth pads. I was wrong. Still with the mess! Finally, I landed on sea sponge "tampons." I put the tampon part in quotes, because of a recent FDA ruling that says they can no longer be referred to as tampons, but many know them as such, so I didn't want to leave out the word. Without trying to jinx anything, I think I may have found my new quicker picker upper.

I ordered Jade & Pearl's Premium Ultra Soft Multi-Pack so that I could comfortably use them for the duration of each cycle. Unlike the Diva Cup, there was no learning curve. I watched the recommended video first. I followed the directions for soaking before the initial use. I recently started my period and all I had to do was rinse, squeeze, twist, and insert. So easy. No swearing or yelling involved.

Like some of the other reviewers said, I have noticed an issue with leaking post-urination. J&P recommends leaning forward to pee to direct the urine away from the sponge. Tried this. Hasn't worked so far. It's really only an issue for me if I sneeze. [Insert a little snark-face here.] It's not enough to discourage me from using them. Though I don't normally wear undies, I'll buck up and wear them for 3 days during my period while using the sponges. The risk of a sneeze-pee is worth the benefit of the super period product to me.

There you have it. Sea sponges in the vadge. Who knew? Thanks Jade & Pearl!

7 comments:

  1. Undies didn't stop my sneeze-gushes from going all down my legs. I loved the idea of sponges, but they sure weren't effective for me. I don't mind the mess, and I used socks for pads for years. It's all over now, and I'm so grateful.

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    1. I long for the day it'll be all over for me, too.

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  2. sponges only work for me on lighter flow days...but i do like the naturalness and simplicity of them very much.
    most of the time i use cups, but emphatically NOT the diva cup. diva was too rigid and too long for me, even after i cut off the stem. i use cups made by meluna, a german company, and find them to be the best solution for me. they come in more sizes and in two choices of rigidity, a softer one and a slightly more rigid one. they also have a choice of stem designs, as well as various colors. i personally prefer the soft version, with the "ball" stem; i have three sizes, from a tiny one for light/spotting days, a medium for moderate flow, to a ginormous one for the bad days. (and even that i have to empty many times per day and night...sigh.) there was a learning curve, but unlike the diva i got it to work reliably. no pain, no poking, no leaks despite being only partly full. i love that there ARE options now for us that aren't potentially toxic, uncomfortable, and disposable, whatever those options turn out to be for any given woman. i did use cloth pads successfully for some time also, but for me the deal-breaker was chafing; all pads chafe my sensitive skin terribly. here's to having a choice!

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  3. I have had great success with sponges! Ps. Amy if you could email me about the tumbler cup I told you about that would be wonderful. Hollidym@hotmail.com

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