Approximately 700,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet in the UK every single day.
Er, until we heard about the latest period product to hit the market that is. For one (male) doctor has come up with the genius idea of a lipstick that temporarily seals your vagina shut, so it can hold in your period blood. It’s the brainchild of Kansas based chiropractor Daniel Dopps who believes he’s come up with the perfect product to solve women’s period problems.
The teen ‘meninist’ who said women should “control their bladders” instead of using tampons has apparently started a GoFundMe page to pay for his biology lessons. Ryan Williams, a 19-year-old photography student, first attracted attention when he went on a rant about the tampon tax, saying that women should “pay for ur [sic] own tampons if u can’t hold it until u get to a toilet. “Help enable me, a young adult politics expert and brexit campaigner be able to afford to have Biology lessons.
It’s no secret that the world’s landfills are filled with disposable sanitary products for women. In fact, it’s been said that a single woman can generate between 125 to 150 kilos of sanitary waste during their menstruation years. Hoping to change this statistic, an Australian company has launched Hannahpad, a cloth sanitary pad that can be washed and reused.
41% of women flush tampons down the loo [Photo: Giphy] Pop into any ladies’ loo and you can barely move for signs warning you to never, under any circumstance, dispose of your sanitary products in the toilet. Whoops! According to research for Anglian Water 41% of us admitted to flushing sanitary items down the loo and didn’t know they shouldn’t. When flushed they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper and they cause blockages.
Teens in New York are set to have an easier, and cheaper, time during their period, as the state is trialling a scheme at 21 public schools where female students can pick up pads and tampons free of charge. New York Daily News reports that the city’s Education Department expects the program will reach 11,600 students. While currently, many schools in the US provide menstrual hygiene products via a school nurse, this is the first time that the products can be accessed for free via a bathroom dispensers.
Lately, though, the safety of tampons has started to be questioned, both because of recent cases of toxic shock syndrome (which is often caused by tampons, but not always) and new tampon companies who claim that the tampons we’ve been using aren’t safe. Woman are taught to fear toxic shock syndrome (in shorthand, TSS) as soon as they start using tampons, and the recent cases of the disease only reinforce the fact that it’s very scary.