Heads up, friends. This post is for the ladies.
(Are there actual dudes that read my blog? Hmm. This I do not know. If there are – consider this your warning. Because I have discovered sea sponge tampons and they are changing my life like an electrifying tent-revival preacher. Lord’a’mercy and YES & AMEN. Before you ask: yes, this is fo’reals, and NO I’m not nutty. Not completely, anyway. Er, let’s move on.)
If there’s one thing we women can all agree on, it’s that having your period is a drag. I mean, there’s really nothing awesome about it. Bloating, cramps, blood, inconvenience, the perpetual fear of starting when you’re out of the house without supplies (shudder). The whole shebang.
I know that no one really wants to sit around having a scintillating conversation about All Things Periods! But we all have to deal with it one way or another. I figure we may as well bite the bullet and have a mature conversation about the best possible supplies that are comfortable, effective, safe, and eco-friendly. Right? Right. Okay then.
First things first: it’s high time we all embrace the fact that periods are a reminder of a perfectly natural function of our bodies which is actually quite beautiful (philosophically speaking) when you consider the incredible system of fertility and new life that our bodies are uniquely designed for.
If you’re squeamish about your own body and your monthly cycle, consider this my gentle invitation to reconsider the framework upon which your discomfort hangs. Periods may be messy and inconvenient, and a real bummer sometimes. But we don’t need to be squeamish about them.
Unfortunately, the conventional pad and tampon industry has done a bang-up job of perpetuating the squeamishness, and I hate that. After doing my own reading on the topic years ago, I grew much more squeamish about shoving a toxic cotton wad of dioxins up in my lady-business or having my hoo-ha get cozy with a petroleum-based plastic maxi pad. Now that’s gross.
Now, many people are averse to natural solutions because they believe that they won’t work as well. I TOTALLY get that concern. It’s not something to mess around with. Using an inferior system has dire consequences and inherent junior high nightmare flashbacks. I’m fully on board with you on that one.
The thing is – I’ve found a system that boasts the following (as compared to conventional pads and tampons):
- More effective
- WAY more comfortable
- Significantly more frugal
- Significantly more eco-friendly
- 100% natural and free of toxic ingredients
So perhaps now you can understand my excitement?
Last year I wrote The Ultimate Guide to Reusable Menstrual Supplies (6 Different Brands Compared), and compared and contrasted six different companies, including a huge variety of cloth pads, a couple of wet-bags, and a menstrual cup. The only thing I was missing was a tampon alternative. I vaguely knew about sea sponge tampons, but had never tried them.
Cloth pads are fantastic, and I use them every single month, but the cup just hasn’t worked out for me at all (I suspect a mildly prolapsed uterus that won’t allow the cup to be properly positioned, resulting in leaks and discomfort). I was pretty happy with my selection of cloth pads, but I did wonder about the sea sponge thing.
I finally connected with the Sea Sponge Company a few months ago and decided to give their products a try. I had no idea what to expect. Would they be a nice idea in theory, but leak after like an hour? Would they feel weird and uncomfortable? Would they just totally gross me out?
The verdict? I am in love. As in love with reusable menstrual supplies as one can possible be. (Which, it turns out, is a lot.)
I totally wish someone had handed a couple of these to my awkward tween self and saved me a couple decades of hassle. That’s okay though – I’ll settle for sharing my enthusiasm as a sea sponge tampon evangelist to y’all. These things are totally life-changing, my friends.
Why I Totally Love Sea Sponge Tampons
Like I outlined above, the reasons to love these humble little sponges are vast. Here are my favorites:
1. 100% natural & toxin-free
The Sea Sponge Company explains: “Our Sea Clouds™ contain no synthetic fibers, pesticides, or chlorine. They are completely natural sponges sustainably harvested by hand from the Mediterranean Sea. They are exceptionally absorbent on their own and even contain naturally occurring enzymes that inhibit odors and the growth of bacteria in addition to containing healthy sea minerals.”
2. Eco-friendly & frugal
According to most tallies that I’ve seen around the web, the average woman uses approximately 17,000 disposable tampons and pads in her lifetime. That’s a scarily large amount of trash in the landfill, just from one person alone! Sea sponges are reusable for up to six months, and biodegradable when they’re past their prime, which makes them better for the environment and better for your pocketbook. Win-win.
3. More effective
This might be the only reason that some of you care about. I get it. Not everyone appreciates the crunchy tree-hugger mindset. The reasons above might not set your little heart a-flutter. The thing is – sea sponge tampons actually work better than conventional ones. It’s true. I have to change them less often (and when I forget for a little while, it’s no big deal because they’re non-toxic), and they are just as absorbent as a regular tampon, if not more. They also leak definitively less than both conventional tampons and the menstrual cup, in my experience.
But are they Truly Comfortable?
A huge bonus (or perhaps the biggest reason of all?) is the fact that they are so incredibly comfortable. I can’t feel them at all once they’re in. After you moisten them with water, they are silky soft. They conform to fit the shape of the vaginal walls far better than any other potential product, which is why they work so well. And, although I love my cloth pads, it’s nice to have a break from the dampness in that area, and keep things a bit more “contained”.
As for that ick-factor that some of you might be concerned about, yes, you’ll have to deal with cleaning and inserting and rinsing and such. But like I said – there’s no need to be squeamish. It’s worth every single bit of it to know that you are using such an effective and safe product in your body. I can be 100% honest and tell you that I don’t find it gross in the slightest. If you’re unsure, I challenge you to give it a try and see how you might grow used to it. You might just surprise yourself!
GIVEAWAY + Coupon Code!
Woohoo! The Sea Sponge Company is offering a great giveaway to one lucky reader! One person will win a 3-pack of reusable sea sponge tampons, a box of suppositories, and a mesh sponge drying bag. Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.
If you don’t want to wait to place your order, be sure to use this exclusive discount code to get 10% off your order: red&honey10. Also, The Sea Sponge Company is also currently running a promo for free samples of their Sea Naturals™ Vaginal Hygiene Suppositories and Sea Naturals™ Vaginal Moisturizing Suppositories that customers can add to their cart. Don’t miss it!
Giveaway ends Thursday, March 5, 2015 at midnight.
What’s your favorite menstrual care solution? Have you tried Sea Sponges?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Sea Sponge Company, but all opinions are my own. I have more than enough of those to share ;)