The Well provides free pads and tampons for UCR students. In order to meet the needs of more students, and to be more sustainable, The Well has partnered with various departments on campus to provide June Menstrual Cups beginning in Fall 2021.
To get free period products with your choice of pads, tampons, and/or June cup, visit our appointment-booking site and schedule a time to stop by The Well to pick up your items. You can also come in during our walk-in hours for pads and tampons (menstrual cups only through appointments)
ATTENTION: Tampons are associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare disease which may have serious consequences. Warning signs of TSS, e.g., sudden fever (usually 102deg. or more) and vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or near fainting when standing up, dizziness, or a rash that looks like a sunburn. If these or other signs of TSS appear, remove the tampon at once and seek medical attention immediately. The risk of TSS exists for all people using tampons during their menstrual period. The reported risks are higher to people under 30 years of age and teenagers. TSS is a rare but serious disease that may cause death. The incidence of TSS is estimated to be 1 to 17 cases per 100,000 menstruating women and girls per year. The risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) increases with higher absorbency. Using tampons with the minimum absorbency needed to control menstrual flow in order to reduce the risk of contracting TSS. Avoid the risk of getting tampon-associated TSS by not using tampons, and reduce the risk of getting TSS by alternating tampon use with sanitary napkin use during menstrual periods. Seek medical attention before again using tampons if TSS warning signs have occurred in the past, or if women have any questions about TSS or tampon use.
One of the most confusing and widely feared beliefs that we came across however, was the idea that the use of tampons can actually take your virginity. Prof. Dr. Nugroho Kampono of the Brawijaya Women & Children Clinic told VICE Indonesia that \"Culturally, in Indonesia, the breaking of the hymen means that the girl is no longer a virgin. The hymen can also break from trauma through sport or cycling and so on.\"
I think they are just afraid of it. You know, for some Indonesians inserting anything into your private parts is taboo. Many think that tampons can tear your hymen, and here, many think that this means you have lost your virginity.
Tampons are expensive in Indonesia. They're not as popular as pads, so they aren't made locally, which means tampons sold in Indonesia are imported. The price can be five to eight times higher than pads. A box of 20 tampons can cost you Rp 150,000, while a pack of 20 pads costs a mere Rp 20,000. Only certain people are able to afford tampons.
Since I had my first period, the only thing my mom told me about was pads. I didn't even know there was another option like tampons. I first learned about tampons from watching a movie, and I didn't know how to use them. I looked for information about tampons once, and the way you're supposed to use them scared me (I was in junior high at the time). Putting something in my genital area sounds weird, using pads has become a habit for me, but I think tampons may be more efficient. But I rarely see it at supermarkets and since I never really have problems using pads, I am just okay with it.
It's a result of the lack of information about tampons. For example, you see TV ads, it's always pads. You never see tampons, our mothers do the same, the only thing they tell us about are pads. Using pads becomes a habit, maybe it also has something to do with the issue of virginity. But still, most married women and sexually active people who I know don't use tampons. So I think the reason is more about a lack of information, we have never gotten the whole picture regarding tampons. We never see it, we never touch it, so we don't use it.
I think the majority of Indonesian women aren't using tampons because they don't know what they are, you can barely find them here in Indonesia. Even if tampons are introduced here, I believe that there will still be reluctant to use them as an alternative to menstrual pads because of the belief that tampons can break your hymen and take your virginity. I keep my tampon use secret because of this. I have had the talk with my mum about tampons and she found that women who use them are the same ones who have had sex before marriage and are not scared of having their hymen broken. I'm trying to avoid the negative stigma it may cause if I open up about using tampons.
I stock up in Australia because it's a lot cheaper than the ones I find in Indonesia. And I also don't get prejudice when I buy them. I haven't attempted to find tampons in Jakarta, but I have in Yogyakarta at international pharmacies. They are quite expensive as I said - sometimes I pay $16 for 10. My alternatives would be the pads that are designed for when you sleep.
They are much easier to use and absorb more blood than pads. It is also more comfortable than using a pad. You can move more easily without worrying about blood getting on your skirt or pants. I don't like using pads when I'm exercising because I move a lot and get scared it will leak. When I use tampons during exercise, I don't worry and know it won't leak.
I personally don't use tampons because I always have this weird anxiety that it's going to leak. It makes me wonder if it is sitting there in the correct position. It is probably also because I am used to wearing pads since the first time I got my period. I only use tampons when I have no other options, I feel more insecure when I use tampons.
When my family and I geared up for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Morocco, I tried to go light again. Now I knew I had it in me. I wasn't expecting my period, so I whittled down my toiletry bag to a simple four emergency tampons. I could always buy them there if I needed more, right
As the trip went on, and my period finally began to subside, the maxi pads found another, less predictable use. My family and I, men and women alike, wore them in their shorts while riding camels, where they protected our crotches from all that prolonged bumping. So there.
Using tampons versus external protection-like pads when you have your period is a personal decision. However, you should know that using tampons may present certain health risks, like an increased risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Tampon use may also cause an increased risk of vaginal dryness and vaginal ulcers, especially if the tampons used are more absorbent than is needed to control menstrual flow. Using tampons may also put you at risk for serious hygiene problems if tampons are forgotten and not taken out on time.
Menstrual tampons are made from cotton, rayon, or a blend of both materials. Rayon is a synthetic product made from cellulose, which comes from wood pulp. Women in North America have been using tampons since the 1930s. In the early 1980s, there was an epidemic of Toxic Shock Syndrome in North America that was associated with the use of a high-absorbency tampon and strains of toxin-producing bacteria.
Scientists have not been able to determine exactly what the link is between tampons and Toxic Shock Syndrome. There may be a number of factors, such as hygiene practices and the length of time a tampon is left in place. Greater tampon absorbency appears to be a factor, because there are more cases reported among women who use high-absorbency tampons. Other risk factors include the use of barrier methods of contraception, like the sponge, cervical cap, or diaphragm. The material of manufacture, whether cotton or rayon, has not been found to be a risk factor.
In Canada, menstrual tampons are regulated as medical devices. Health Canada makes sure that the tampons sold in Canada are safe, effective, and of high quality based on requirements for licensing, quality manufacture, and post-market surveillance. Before a device license is given to a manufacturer, tampon-package labelling must contain specific information about absorbency. Labels must also provide details about the risks and symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome, and instructions on what to do if you have these symptoms.
Some physically active menstruators, like dancers and athletes, gravitated toward another emerging product: tampons. The tampons of the 1930s were not too different than the ones on drugstore shelves today, generally made of a wad of dense cotton or a paper-like material attached to a string.
In early December, a woman was forced to pay $15 for a box of tampons at the Calgary International Airport because none of the menstrual hygiene vending machines (are all of these things from the 80s!) worked in the bathrooms. The unknown woman took the tampons she needed from the extremely overpriced box she purchased and left the rest for women who might also face the same challenge she did. Her act of generosity has inspired another woman, this time at a different airport.
Davis, 50, volunteers as executive director of Period Kits, a Colorado nonprofit that provides a three-month bag of tampons and pads to people in need. On lunch breaks from his full-time job in community relations or on weekends, he heads out to a food bank in Boulder or Civic Center Park in Denver to deliver free menstrual supplies to women experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty.
She sponsored a budget amendment and worked to pass a successful bill in the Colorado General Assembly, where more women hold office than ever before in the state. The measure provides menstrual supplies to people in Colorado prisons, jails and youth detention facilities. 59ce067264