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Do tampons expire? ♥TwinsRock♥ 2 kids; Buffalo, New York 4471 posts
19th Mar '13

Weird question, I know but I just got my period and don't have any left. I dug through my old purses and found one (still in the plastic wrapping) but God only knows how old it is... Maybe years?! So do you know if tampons expire? I can't get to the store for maybe another hour... TIA.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22403 posts
19th Mar '13

I would use it unless the wrapper was opened or you thought it might have gotten wet.

HopingforaMiracle 1 child; USA 23056 posts
19th Mar '13

As long as they don't have mold or the package is open it shouldn't be fine.

motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
19th Mar '13

If the package is sealed and it's not a fragranced tampon it should be okay. If the packaging is opened it could have gathered debris or bacteria, if it's perfumed the perfume chemicals could have broken down which could cause some serious irritation. I've never used perfumed ones but remembered about them and thought I'd throw that out there.



If you feel really uncomfortable about using it, a washcloth works great as a temporary pad, I've had to do that when my menstrual cup filled faster than I thought it would when I was camping. It sucked, I was no where near water or a bathroom but SO had a clean rag in the back of his car that he'd picked up for when he needed to check his oil. Thankfully he'd never used it yet.

♥TwinsRock♥ 2 kids; Buffalo, New York 4471 posts
19th Mar '13

Ok, thanks ladies!

Smash Fins ; 2 kids; Denver, Colorado 1300 posts
19th Mar '13
Quoting motherofboys:" If the package is sealed and it's not a fragranced tampon it should be okay. If the packaging is opened ... [snip!] ... a clean rag in the back of his car that he'd picked up for when he needed to check his oil. Thankfully he'd never used it yet."


This.



I was about to say that as long as it doesn'st have a fragrance you should be fine.

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25308 posts
19th Mar '13

I <3 my Diva Cup. :wink:

♥TwinsRock♥ 2 kids; Buffalo, New York 4471 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting I♡C is TTC#2.:" I <3 my Diva Cup. :wink:"

I tried more than once... I have NO idea what I'm doing wrong but it just does not work for me. My periods are relatively light and I somehow always leak... :?

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25308 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting ♥TwinsRock25♥:" I tried more than once... I have NO idea what I'm doing wrong but it just does not work for me. My periods are relatively light and I somehow always leak... :?"

So odd. I have heavier periods and NEVER leak unless I don't empty my cup on time like when I am at work so I use cloth pads as a back up. All I know is the disposable stuff, I was allergic to. I didn't even know other options were available until I got older. Thank goodness I don't have issues with the cup. Sorry you did :( It's an awesome thing to have, especially not having to run out and buy tampons, for sure.

motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting ♥TwinsRock25♥:" I tried more than once... I have NO idea what I'm doing wrong but it just does not work for me. My periods are relatively light and I somehow always leak... :?"


If your cup is too big or small than it can be very difficult to place correctly and for it to stay in place. I use a meluna cup size small and it fits perfectly. :) I went for the small because I found the disposable cups to be far too big. I tried them out before investing in a reusable cup. I prefer the reusable cups as I had difficulty removing the soft reusable ones without making a mess. So if you're still interested in using a menstrual cup you could try a different type. I also always use cloth pads for just in case I have leakage when I'm out and about, but I rarely have an issue with that.