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Can I flush my tampon down the toilet?

Can I flush my tampon down the toilet?

Tampons are designed to expand when they touch liquid, meaning when a tampon is flushed down a toilet, it can expand to multiple times the size of a dry tampon. This can create blockages in the sewerage system, which can not only be expensive to repair but also have serious health implications because of the backflow. Toilet paper is specifically designed to break down almost immediately after making contact with liquid, however, tampons are designed to hold together despite hours of contact with liquid. 
International Women's Day: Sweet Treats vs. Impactful Change

International Women's Day: Sweet Treats vs. Impactful Change

“ Just really quickly” my boss says, his eyes flicking to the clock “In a few weeks it’ll be International Women's Day”.

I sighed internally. I really didn't have the energy for what was coming next. 


“ Jan, be a sweetheart and get some cupcakes organised again?” He says to me, “We’ve budgeted about $300 for the office.” 

 

Period Tracking: A Long Held Practice

Period Tracking: A Long Held Practice

“Tell me," she continued, "what man needs to know when 28 days have passed? I suspect that this is woman's first attempt at a calendar.”

 Referencing ‘The Ishango Bone’, the fibula of a baboon that is more than 22,000-28,000 years old. Discovered in the Congo region in 1957 it is something that historians and archaeologists can only really theorize on, as there is no conclusive way to prove which of the sexes created the calendar.

However there is something that tugs at my heartstrings at believing a Paleolithic woman was tracking her cycle in the same way as I do, centuries later.