We Don’t Sell ‘Menstrual Sponges’, But We Thought You Ought To Know…

TSS and Menstrual Sponges

As you may know we proudly launched the Natural Intimacy brand with our own product, some five years ago, IntimateCare sponges.

These sponges were truly successful across Europe as women began to use them as menstrual sponges. Just “wet, twist and insert” as they say and hey presto, you have a bio-degradable, reusable alternative to a bleached cotton tampon which lasts for six months.

However we never market them as menstrual sponges, rather as IntimateCare sponges because they have so many other uses, especially in the most intimate areas of the body where the softest, smoothest and most sensitive sponges on the market are essential.

Over time we have come to accept that our IntimateCare sponges are referred to as de-facto menstrual sponge by our customers and our growing family of resellers. This has presented a strange situation in that if used as a menstrual sponge there are some pearls of wisdom that should be passed on to the user, but we haven’t been, because we have never been selling them in that way.

So as an Ethical Company we stepped up to the plate and decided to assist in the launch of an educational website about menstrual sponges. It’s actually menstrual-sponges.com. Not the most exciting name but easy enough to remember!

Apart from some useful tips that our users said we should share, the main information we wanted to get out there was about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

When menstruation takes place and blood is captured and held in the vagina it’s not such a natural thing, the female body is designed to expel the menses downwards and out. What’s worse is that it becomes a lovely, warm and moist environment for any bacteria to multiply. So with the wrong bacteria present, multiplying at a faster rate, things can happen. Ok, so it’s not such a common occurrence but women should be aware of it as it’s an issue for when anything is inserted for a prolonged time, be it tampons, menstrual cups, contraceptive diaphragms or cervical caps.

Being responsible we wanted to get the TSS message out there not just for our sponge users but also for the wider audience to be better educated and aware of the subject.

So thank you to Rebekah Louise Benfield, the renowned female health writer, for her informative breakdown of the issues surrounding TSS and what precautions women can take.

You can visit the informative menstrual sponge site and read Rebekah’s article here.

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