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Patty_Melt's avatar

Ladies only, please. NSFW?

Asked by Patty_Melt (14151points) 2 weeks ago

Sure, I know men will click on. Welcome brave gents.

Opinions about the tampon tax. Who is outraged? Me, I’m good.
Post menopause, daughter moved out, only good for paint dabbing in art projects.

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LadyMarissa's avatar

I haven’t bought a tampon in over 25 years. They’ll go broke waiting to make a profit off me!!!

Patty_Melt's avatar

Maybe make-up removal?

Mimishu1995's avatar

I haven’t used tampon, but I’m not really into the idea of having to stick something up so deep while I’m already having a bad time down there. Besides, my period usually comes strong and in bulk, so I don’t think a small tampon would be able to catch it all. I’m comfortable with my pads anyway.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Honestly like, give us a break. Bras are already $40—$50 so I’m sure you are getting enough money from women as-is

Patty_Melt's avatar

Right?
I wonder how men would appreciate women everywhere just using nothing one month.

longgone's avatar

Can you share what that tax is? Any new laws?

MrGrimm888's avatar

You have to love America. They treat women like shit, but they vote R anyways.
There should be no taxes, for females that wear leggings/yoga pants. The best invention, in my lifetime…

JLeslie's avatar

What?! There is a tampon tax? I think tampons should be free. If not free, definitely should be covered in HSA plans so we can buy them pre-tax.

What’s this new tax? I’m ready to go to social media with this.

@Mimishu1995 I think tampons are in the top ten best inventions of all time. I can’t relate to what you wrote at all.

PaisleyFaye's avatar

I’ve tried using tampons a few times and decided that they just aren’t for me, I’m a pad kinda chick. But I find it ridiculous that they have added Tampon Tax! That will go up every Yr too I suppose. Can’t wait to see what will be next!

JLeslie's avatar

^^Just curious why? Why didn’t you like using the tampon? Using a tampon it’s like not having your period. Why would anyone not like it. I don’t get it. Unless your flow is extremely heavy.

PaisleyFaye's avatar

@JLeslie You got it, not only it was extremely heavy, but very uncomfortable at the same time, besides I felt more secure using pads for my own peace of mind.

JLeslie's avatar

@PaisleyFaye What’s uncomfortable? Once the tampon is in you don’t feel it. That’s the beauty of it. That’s all the scary part. That’s how women forget and leave it in for a day. Of course that’s a bad thing. TSS risk.

I think you didn’t have it in deep enough. If it’s near the opening of the vagina you feel it and the blood is more likely to spot.

How do you think dancers in leotards and swimmers perform when they have their periods? Some of them are being lifted by men or down jumps that flash us their panties. They don’t have a thick pad on.

The tampon freed women to be able to do everything every day, including sports.

You can wear a tampon and a panty liner. Not that I’m trying to convince you to use tampons, I’m just giving information.

I assume you aren’t heavy every day of your period.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@JLeslie I agree. Tampons are a great invention. Wearing a pad is like having a twin mattress in your pants. No, thanks. XD

Patty_Melt's avatar

To find information, and join the protest, just Google tampon tax protest, or just leave off the last word and see article naming the 33 States.
This is real.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Well. I already knew this. But this thread has reminded me that I won the gender award. I saw an episode of Naked and Afraid, in which a girl had no meds, or anything to help. It seemed like she was in Hell.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Thankyou for that.

MrGrimm888's avatar

It still amazes me, why evolution seems to punish females. Every part of their existence, seems painful, and unfair. It’s remarkable, that our species exists, at all.
My life, is Hell, but females navigate much worse.
I don’t think I could live, as a female…. And I’ve been through some serious shit. Men, are clearly just here to support the females. IMO.

KNOWITALL's avatar

(Brother Grimmy, I’m pretending you are not here for this convo haha)

A tax is ridiculous!!!!
I’ve hated them from day one, when I forgot to take the outer part of before trying it….lol
Frankly, I’m with @Mimishu1995 on this one.

@JLeslie There are zero risks or side affects with other products. Why bother with a product that is known to cause issues and specifically warns you about it on the box?

Toxic shock can be life-threatening, and there’s even infertility risks, and my doc said that anything you put in that area, with bacteria, can be bad news.

Taking baths is discouraged, as is using feminine hygiene products by Massengil (is that discreet language? lol)
Also I wear cotton panties because they say lady parts need to ‘breathe’. Satins and other materials can cause yeast infections so if you have to wear them, make it short term.

Never had an issue down there or a cold sore, nothing, so I’ll keep doing what I do.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^I respect all my fellow jeiies. Especially the female jellies.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@MrGrimm888 And the only male brave enough to open this thread apparently…lol

MrGrimm888's avatar

Brave, and carelessness, are two different things. Like I said, I have been a bouncer. So. I’ve heard it all. Every insult you could hurl at me, has been done.

I’m just trying to give females, there credit. They deserve it. IMO….

JLeslie's avatar

@KNOWITALL The risk of TSS is almost zero. It’s very low.

Douching is dangerous because it can move what is in the vagina through the cervical and into the uterus and tubes. Women who feel they need to douche sometimes have untreated infections, which makes it worse.

Tampons are just absorbing what is already in the vagina. I have never seen any study anywhere saying women have more problems from tampon use regarding infections or fertility, not including rely tampons, which were removed from the market, because the material it was made from.

I don’t mean this as an accusation against you, but since you are kind of in Evangelical circles, they promote abstinence (nothing wrong with abstinence) and being a virgin, and some sects even are against masturbation, their motive is suspect since tampons often break the hymen, or I would think they would even worry it increases temptation to put things inside there. Even the doctors I would question how they think about it. My Catholic MIL also would never use a tampon, so I don’t mean just the Protestants.

Swimmers all over the world use tampons and go in the water from the age of very young.

I’m not trying to say you should use tampons, that’s up to you.

I’ve never had a yeast problem. I have had some other problems, and I blame men for those.

ucme's avatar

Women rule & men drool…period!

KNOWITALL's avatar

@JLeslie There are good articles out there. It’s just not a risk I need to take. I’m not a swimmer

General risks:
https://www.bustle.com/articles/83591-are-tampons-safe-7-reasons-we-should-be-concerned-about-the-ingredients-in-feminine-hygiene-products

Infertility:
It is believed that tampons only have the ability to absorb the blood and not the tissue. This means that the tissue from your period is unable to leave the body and will lead to a backup of tissue in the uterus which in turn can lead to infertility issues.
https://www.rubylove.com/single-post/How-Tampons-Can-Cause-Infertility-Problems

And yes, I get what you’re saying about religious beliefs, but that wasn’t an issue for me. Mom practically wanted in the restroom and I wouldn’t have a conversation or anything, I told her I could read the box and instructions myself….lol

I don’t know, I just think it’s rather unsanitary to stop up anything in your body. A tampon is basically a vag cork (sorry to be blunt), doesn’t seem healthy to me.

JLeslie's avatar

@KNOWITALL I in no way am trying to convince you to use tampons, and am completely fine if you don’t want to. I’m even fine if you feel it’s healthier, but…

Your first link talks about studies without one citation to a study. The article is written by someone who is obviously “natural” oriented. She isn’t medical professionals in any way shape or form, and has not quoted or referenced any medical professionals from what I can tell.

The FDA absolutely regulates medical devices. They pulled Rely tampons from the market when it became evident there were more cases of TSS coming up, and tampons can no longer be made from that material. Here is the FDA link for tampons. https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/menstrual-tampons-and-pads-information-premarket-notification-submissions-510ks-guidance-industry

As far as bleach and chemicals. Toilet paper and sanitary pads have bleach and chemicals too. Your vulva is mucosal tissue also, so if the pad is creeping up into your vulva at all, you’re still exposed, let alone when we wipe. I honestly am not worried about it, because I feel like the bleach isn’t present in the paper at time of use, but I honestly don’t know if I’m right about that, I’d have to research it. Possibly, we should have some concern about this in general for several products.

As far as plastic, there are cardboard applicators and tampons you can insert with your finger.

Your second link also has zero citations and links. I don’t know what the author is talking about regarding tissue being a problem during menstruation. The lining of the uterus is shed, the tampon is in the vagina. The vagina naturally cleans itself. Even if some tissue was left in the vagina, unlikely, the body would get rid of it with normal secretions, exfoliation, and gravity. She is selling her underwear.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@JLeslie Yeah, then lets go with personal choice, maybe ocd, who knows lol

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