You’ve got questions, stories, and blood trails- and we’re responding.This post is dedicated to those of you who have tried sponges and emailed, texted, or told us about using them and how sponges have or has not worked in different settings. We want to get into some stories and share some tips on making sponges easy to use.
So, you’ve ordered your kit, said goodbye to your sad little pony tampon, sanitized it for yourself, and found the right fit during your first menstrual cycle of using your sponge (and maybe you’ve trimmed it to be the right size for your vagina/flow).
Thank you PamPeriod and Bloody Mary for your texts…and we’ll outline a bit more about avoiding a bloody mess below:
*At Home: Wash your hands (especially if you have been eating habanero jam!), and gently pull your sponge out over the toilet. Squeeze as much fluid out of your sponge as you can while your sponge is over the toilet. Most often, this is not a messy ordeal; however, if the sponge is sopping with blood, you may need to be careful with this part. Slowly get to the sink (you may need to use your other hand to catch any drips from the sponge). Rinse, and wha-lah, re-insert.
*Public Restroom: If you get the feeling that the sponge is very full and if you are able to, the easiest thing is to bring a water bottle into the bathroom with you and rinse the sponge over the toilet. If that is not possible, gently remove the sponge while remaining over the toilet and squeeze out as much as you can into the toilet. Use some toilet paper to help wipe off any blood from your hand and you can wrap your sponge in the TP to get to the sink to rinse your sponge. This process is all much easier if you are in a single stall restroom, though it’s not a big deal to do it (discreetly- unless discreet isn’t your style!) in a public restroom. Most people are not looking at other people, but if they are, you can let them know you are rinsing out your menstrual sponge and talk to them about alternative products if that feels comfortable.
The most common questions we get are related to leakage…Do sponges leak? Similar to the way a tampon can leak, a sponge can leak when it’s filling up/after it’s full. A sponge can last a few hours (or more) without leaking if you have it properly inserted. If the sponge is sitting too low, it may leak. Keep reading…
Speaking of sitting too low, how far should it be inserted? Can it get lost? What if I can’t get it out?Push the sponge as far up as you can. It’s important for it to be as high and close to your cervix as possible. The cervix’s hole is the size of the tip of a pencil, so nothing is getting lost in there. And if you are very worried about not being able to get your sponge out, you can sew some unflavored dental floss into it. When you relax your muscles and push your sponge out, you can get it out, especially if the sponge is full. Using tampons can condition us to be disconnected from our bodies and unable to work our kegel muscles (because of that damn string). You may find that using sponges helps to grow those muscles as you get used to putting sponges in and taking them out. (And, it also makes for some great muscle building for rockin’ orgasms- so we encourage you to try to go without the string!).Back to leakage:The sponge also may leak if you have a large sponge in while your flow is light. It helps to have a larger sponge for heavy flow and a smaller sponge for light flow. Sometimes a clear, watery fluid may leak near the end of a cycle, and at that point, it’s best to either use a small sponge or a light cloth pad. And, having a supply of washable cloth pads is recommended- There are some great sellers on etsy.com with totally natural, organic pads that feel much better than disposables and are aesthetically pleasing!