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Can you flush tampons?

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Used tampons should never be flushed down the toilet. Flushing them can cause blockages that could result in sewage backflow into your home and many more damages. Find out more in this article.

To flush or not to flush? That is the question. Well, we have the answer – and it’s a definite NOT to flush!

Why can’t I flush my tampons down the toilet?

The main reason you shouldn’t flush your used tampons is a simple one; it may block your toilet. Tampons are made of absorptive materials that are designed to expand with liquid. That means that when put in water, they’ll naturally expand to their largest possible size. It’s then likely that your used tampon will get stuck in your pipes and cause plumbing issues as well as costly repairs. On an even larger scale, if they pass through your home plumbing, they could cause issues for the sewerage of your local area – so best to avoid, eh?

So why can we flush toilet paper and not menstrual products?

Toilet paper is made to instantly break down once flushed to avoid causing blockages and costly plumbing issues. Tampons aren’t made to break down like this – they are designed to last for up to 8 hours in your vagina and come out intact (so don’t break down as easily).

So, what is the best way to dispose of tampons?

The best way to dispose of your tampon is to simply put it in a bin. If you’re at home, a small bin with a lid (if you want to avoid people seeing your used products) will do just fine. Nowadays, many public bathrooms have sanitary bins or something to properly dispose of your menstrual products in. If there isn’t an easily accessible bin within reaching distance, simply wrap it in toilet paper and carry it to your closest bin. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you could use one of our water-tight, odour-tight and air-tight Dry Bags to carry your tampon until you reach a suitable bin to dispose of it in.

And if you’re still not comfortable with either of those options, you can always use reusable pads or period pants to avoid waste and disposal issues completely!