Sustainably harvested and biodegradable, Sea Sponge Tampons are an excellent option for environmentally conscious women!
Each package contains 2 Sea Sponge Tampons and 1 cotton storage bag. Since the sponges are are naturally occurring organisms, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Jade and Pearl Sea Sponge Tampons are another great reusable, all-natural internal menstrual option from the past. Sustainably harvested and naturally bleached with hydrogen peroxide, sea sponge tampons are easy to use and easy on your wallet. Your sea sponge tampons will last you at least six months.
Cleaning & Care
Do not boil your sponges! Boiling makes the sponges denser and more absorbent but also shortens their useful lifetime. Do not use harsh soaps on your sponge. After your cycle, clean and let your sponges air dry, preferably in natural sunlight. Once dry, store them in their cotton storage bag when not in use.
Sea Pearls can be disinfected by soaking them for about 10 minutes in 1 cup warm water with one of the following additives:
- 2 drops tea tree oil
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1 teaspoon colloidal silver
How to Use
To use, simply moisten or wash out and reinsert every 4 - 6 hours, or as often as you would change a tampon. If you find the sponges you receive are too big, use scissors to trim around the perimeter until the desired size is reached.
How do I insert a sea sponge tampon?
After washing your hands, wet your sponge with warm water and squeeze out the excess moisture. Squash the sponge and gently push into your vagina until the sponge feels secure and comfortable. If you feel any pressure, you may remove your sponge and trim it to a smaller size by trimming around the perimeter with scissors. Do not cut the sponge in half.
How do I remove a sea sponge?
Simply feel for the perimeter of the sponge, grasp it and pull gently. If you wish, you may sew a piece of cotton strong to the sponge to aid in removal. However, keep in mind that sea sponges are very delicate and may tear, so be sure to tug gently -- especially if you have attached a string. After removal, rinse sponge thoroughly in warm water, squeezing out all excess moisture. Please do not rinse your sponge in public sinks. If you will not have access to a private sink, consider carrying an extra sponge and a wet bag to transport your used sponge home.
How often should I rinse a sea sponge?
Every woman's flow is different! You will become familiar with your own cycle and learn how frequently you need to rinse your sponge. Sponges should be removed and rinsed at least every 3-4 hours for maximum absorbency, although they can be safely left in overnight. Sea sponges, like tampons, may leak when full, so you may wish to also use a GladRags Pantyliner on heavier flow days.
Why use sea sponge tampons?
Sea sponge tampons are sustainably harvested and are reusable for up to six cycles or more -- way less waste than conventional tampons! Additionally, sea sponges are absorbent but won't over-dry vaginal tissues like disposable tampons can. And they are comfortable, convenient, and easy to use!
Average Customer Rating (based on 19 reviews)
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By: Tiffany from Bloomfield , MI US on August 26, 2012
"I am in love with these sponge tampons. Super easy to use, comfortable and absorbent. Pop one in with a glad rag panty liner. Several hours later I take it out, rinse and put it back in! All day just one item to use. No waste, nothing extra to carry around with me. Then, when I get home, I wash well with the Bac-out and let air dry. FAB!"
best thing ever.
By: loulou from Providence, RI US on July 13, 2012
Works Great but buy the right size!!
By: Dee from Sanford, NC US on November 7, 2012
"I bought these sponges in regular size and teen size. My periods are on the light side and I wasn't sure which one would be best. My mouth almost dropped when I saw the size of the "regulars". OMGoodness they're like cupcakes!! Be aware, people, that even when soft and wet these things are MASSIVE! If you don't get the sponge ALL THE WAY UP to your cervix you will feel uncomfortable so I'm not sure what they were thinking or I guess people just come in all sizes. I have gone through normal childbirth so its not like I'm miniature but I had to use the teen size TRIMMED DOWN. They work like a charm when you get them right. My "regulars" I plan on cutting in half and reshaping . Everything being said its a great invention!"
I'm glad these were my first tampon encounter!
By: Clen from San Gabriel , US on August 6, 2012
"The last time I tried to (unsuccessfully ) insert a conventional tampon was probably in early high school, so I can't really compare the two, other than I remember the cotton tampon being really dry (and I tried to insert it with lubricant . . .).
I really like the sea sponge tampons, they're easy to use and clean! I love that it comes with thorough instructions, too.
I don't know if this is a problem that anyone else has, but when I sit down to pee, I can feel the sea sponge pushing out; it feels extremely uncomfortable and I'm freaked out that urine is going to be absorbed into the sea sponge and give me a yeast infection or an UTI. I'd still use it for the most part, though.***
***GladRags Note: If a Sea Sponge tampon ever seems uncomfortable, you can trim around the perimeter to make it smaller. In addition, if you experience discomfort while using the restroom, just remove the Sea Sponge first and reinsert it after! "
Love the sea sponge!
By: spongelover from Warrenton, OR US on September 6, 2012
"Wow! I love the sea sponge and have found it works great for me with, even during heavy flow and with no accidents! I even was camping and swimming and was so pleased with the performance of the sea sponge! Surprise, surprise! My new favorite."
By: KA from Portland, OR US on October 8, 2012
"I appreciate the natural option of sea sponges but they are not for everyone. I found them very uncomfortable and by the time I trimmed them down to a comfortable size, there was hardly any sponge left to absorb anything. I won't be using them any more. Might not be a quality issue, just an individual preference. Definitely not a universal solution."
cycles plus birth control
By: naturallymarried from Kamuela, HI US on November 20, 2012
By: Erin from Woodstock, GA US on November 12, 2012
By: ks1234 from Brooklyn, NY US on January 18, 2013
"These are really nice - much better than various cups, etc, that can leak or are a bit painful to put in and out all day. No more of that horrible mostly dry-tampon-pulling-out feeling, no dangling string to pee on. I usually wear a liner/glad rag just in case on heavy days, but I rarely have problems. I've bought them before and just got my second set -- first lasted me easily a couple of years before they got too worn out. Highly recommended for an eco-friendly, body-friendly option!"
Great product! Only regret is that I wish I found out about these years ago!
By: Lassa from Portland, Oregon, OR US on June 22, 2013
"These are very absorbant, comfortable and long lasting. I have had mine for 6+ months so far and plan on getting more very soon. My flow is pretty light so I can get away with having two sea sponges and some cloth pads per cycle. These can also be used for sex during that time of the month to be less messy and with added spermicide can be used as a barrier birth control,too.... "