Feminine Products

  • Are tampons flushable?

    While most tampons are flushable, it is safer and more gentle on your plumbing/septic system if you don't flush them.  The best way to dispose of a tampon is to wrap it up in some tissue and dispose of it in the trash bin.
  • Are tampons safe?

    Yes.  To keep yourself protected from Toxic Shock Syndrome you must change your tampon at least every 4-8 hours.
  • Can a tampon get stuck inside me?

    This is very rare.  There is a string attached to the tampon for easy removal from the vaginal canal.  However, if that string breaks...you can remove the tampon easily with your fingers.  If you can not remove your tampon for any reason, call your doctor and they can remove it for you, although ...
  • Can I bathe or shower when I'm on my period?

    Keeping up with your daily hygiene routine is essential to feeling fresh and at ease during your cycle. If you want to, you can use a tampon in the water, but it's perfectly safe if you don't. Bathing helps you relax and relieves menstrual cramps.
  • Can I flush maxi pads?

    No.  Do not flush maxi pads, they may clog up the plumbing.  It is best to dispose of them in a trash bin.
  • Can I insert a tampon too far?

    No, the cervix (the opening to your uterus) is too small for a tampon to fit through, so there’s no need to worry.
  • Can I pee with my tampon in?

    Yes.  Tampons are inserted into the vaginal canal, usually further up than where the urethra is located.  If you notice that your tampons are getting wet with urine, choose a smaller size/absorbency level.
  • Can I sleep with a tampon in?

    Yes.  However, if you plan on sleeping longer than 6-8 hours, it is recommended that you wear a pad instead, as having a tampon inserted longer than 8 hours can increase your risk of TSS.
  • Can I wear a maxi pad while swimming?

    Yes.  Just make sure you change it as soon as you get out of the water (since the pad will have a lot of water in it).
  • Can I wear a tampon if I am a virgin?

    Yes.  Tampons are safe and comfortable for all shapes and sizes.  Start with a tampon that has an applicator for easier insertion, and the lowest absorbency.  You can go up from there in size/absorbency if needed.
  • Can I wear a tampon if I am perimenopausal?

    Yes.  as our estrogen levels decline, the vaginal canal can become more dry.  If this is an issue, you can use a tiny bit of lubrication to help with insertion.
  • Can I wear a tampon while I am swimming?

    Yes.  Tampons are a great choice during physical activity, especially for swimming.  The tampon will soak up the blood before it exits the body, so you don't have to fear any evidence of your period in the water.  Make sure you change your tampon right after you get out of the pool as it does soa...
  • Can maxi pads cause a yeast infection?

    If you are prone to yeast infections, make sure you change your pad at least 3-4 times per day as wearing a pad for a long period of time can allow yeast to build up.
  • Can maxi pads cause TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome)?

  • Can my tampon fall out?

    No, your tampon should not fall out.  Sometimes it may seem to fit lower in the vaginal canal when it is saturated with blood.  If this happens before the 4 hours mark, consider increasing the absorbency level.
  • Can tampons cause pain?

    If your tampon is the right size and absorbency level for you, it should not cause any pain.  If you are feeling any discomfort, try to switch the size or do down a level in absorbency.
  • How do I choose the right absorbency level in a maxi pad?

    Yes.  You may want to choose a heavy absorbency or overnight version depending on your flow.  If you are a stomach sleeper, place your pad a bit more to the front (towards the belly button) to help catch any blood as it trickles towards the mattress.
  • How do I know if I have inserted a tampon correctly?

    You should not be able to feel the tampon with your fingers (without inserting your fingers into the vaginal canal) once the applicator is removed.  If using an applicator-less version, you should not be able to feel the tampon once you remove you finger from the vaginal canal.  You can test by r...
  • How do I know what absorbency level is best for me when choosing a tampon?

    If the blood can be seen all the way down to the string before the 4 hour mark, you should go up one level of absorbency.
  • How do I know when to change my maxi pad?

    If the blood is reaching past the center core of the maxi pad and reaching the plastic borders beyond the cotton, it's time to change it.
  • How do I wear a maxi pad?

    The maxi pad will usually come in a pouch and have an adhesive strip on the non fabric side.  Open the pouch and set the pouch aside (it can be used to place your soiled maxi pad in for discreet disposal).  Remove the waxy paper strip protecting the adhesive (if there is one).  Place the adhesive...
  • How do tampons work?

    A tampon is inserted into the vaginal canal either with an applicator or with the finger.  This allows it to expand as it soaks up blood, preventing it from escaping or leaking out of the vagina onto your underpants.  To remove the tampon, simply pull the string.  The tampon will pull out easily,...
  • How often should I change my maxi pad?

    You should change your pad at least every 3-4 hours, no matter how light your flow.  If you wear your pads for longer than that, there is a risk that bacteria/yeasts may start to form.  Change it as often as needed for heavier flows.
  • How often should I change my tampon?

    You should never wear a tampon for longer than 8 hours.  It is recommended that it be changed at least every 4-6 hours, more often if necessary to prevent leaks.
  • Many feminine hygiene products use odor control technology; are these products appropriate for treating incontinence or bladder weakness?

    These products are engineered to absorb menstrual fluids, not urine, and have odor-controlling properties. As a result, their absorption rates vary, and they are more likely to break up over time, possibly causing leakage.
  • Should I choose a tampon with an applicator or no applicator?

    Applicators make it easier to insert the tampon, especially for new users.  If you are more experienced, try the non applicator versions.  Ditching the applicator reduces the cost (and environmental waste).
  • Should I swim while wearing a tampon or a pad?

    If you want to go swimming, you'll need to use a tampon rather than a pad. In reality, staying active will help you avoid cramps. It's best to put in a new tampon right before you go swimming and change it once you're out of the water.
  • What are Cosmea BIO Sanitary Pads made of?

    Our Cosmea BIO Sanitary Pads & Pantyliners use a 100% organic cotton top sheet instead of a polypropylene one. This cotton is farmed according to sustainable practice guidelines in Germany. The “natural fibers” used in the absorbent core are PEFC certified cellulose without chemical addit...
  • What are Cosmea Sanitary Pads made of?

    Our standard Cosmea Sanitary Pads use a polypropylene surface, as is the standard in the feminine hygiene industry. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic that is typically referred to as “non-woven fabric”. It mimics the properties of real fabric but guides liquid away from your skin more effective...
  • What does S.A.P. mean?

    SAP, or Super Absorbent Polymer dates back to the 1960s. Hygiene grade SAP is used not only in feminine products, but also in incontinence, nursing pads and more. SAP is being employed in more industries worldwide and increasing in efficiency and moisture wicking every day.
  • What is it about sanitary napkins that makes them so absorbent?

    Initially, sanitary napkins were made of cotton-based absorbent with a waterproof lining and bound by gauge. These have developed into ultra-thin plastic sanitary napkins with a Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) back.
  • What is the best place to keep my tampons?

    Always keep them dry while storing them. Adhere to the manufacturer's dates as well. Typically the materials used in the compososition of tampons will have a quite lengthy shelf life. When it doubt, always feel free to reach out to the manufacturer or Norton Hurley customer service.
  • What is the best way to use menstrual cups?

    Compared to plastic sanitary napkins, menstrual cups are a safer option. It's a reusable feminine hygiene product that can easily handle leaks as well as the ongoing issue of non-biodegradable sanitary napkin disposal.
  • What sizes do maxi pads come in?

    Pads come in a variety of lengths, widths and absorbency levels.  The specifics are usually listed on the outer packaging of the product with words like “light, moderate or heavy flow”.  Not sure how to choose what size is best for you?  Check out this guide
  • What tampons are best for beginners?

    Beginners should go with an applicator and choose the smallest size and absorbency level.  If the tampon seems to be too low in the vaginal canal or the blood soaks all the way to the string, move up a size and/or absorbency level until you find what works best for you.
  • Which is best for menstruation: tampons, liners, or pads?

    It’s totally up to you. You can try using tampons, liners, or pads on their own, or a mixture of all three for the ultimate protection. Tampons are worn on the inside of your body, while pads and liners are worn on the outside of your body. Your choice is all about what will make you feel most co...
  • Will I be able to tell when it's time to change my tampon or pad?

    Every woman is different, but it's best to change your pad every four hours or so. If you have a heavier flow, you will need to adjust it more frequently. When you go to the toilet, keep an eye on it. You might experience a sensation of dampness or wetness, stains, or the pad feeling heavy in you...