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Does anyone say sanpro in real life or is it just on MN?

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Meloria Tue 22-Apr-14 21:07:11

Had a conversation about MN with colleagues today and the word 'sanpro' came up. We all agreed that it comes up frequently on MN but never ever in real life. There are approximately 10 of us of differing ages and lifestyles and not one of us had ever heard it in real life.

SystemIDUnknown Tue 22-Apr-14 21:08:10

I've never heared sanpro?

DamnBamboo Tue 22-Apr-14 21:08:20



RayPurchase Tue 22-Apr-14 21:09:56

Isn't it just an abbreviation? Like no one says "LOL" in RL.

EdithWeston Tue 22-Apr-14 21:09:59

I don't think I've ever heard anyone say it out loud. But I've see it written in all sorts of places, not just MN.

Meloria Tue 22-Apr-14 21:10:57

It's in this thread and also in every thread about period ever.

RayPurchase Tue 22-Apr-14 21:10:59

I'd never heard of it before MN either, took me a while to figure it out...

SystemIDUnknown Tue 22-Apr-14 21:11:17

So what is it then?

MrsGeorgeMichael Tue 22-Apr-14 21:11:19

was used all the time in retail (back in the 80's lol)

ShatnersBassoon Tue 22-Apr-14 21:11:35

It's fanny rags.

Lightheartedindeed Tue 22-Apr-14 21:12:18

I said it at the weekend and was a little bit mortified. Luckily no one picked up on it

ThursdayConsuelaLast Tue 22-Apr-14 21:12:46

I have only seen it on MN, and only in the last week or so.

I guess it makes quick concise written sense. I would probably snigger at someone using it in RL.

DamnBamboo Tue 22-Apr-14 21:12:49


Sanitary products?

Waltermittythesequel Tue 22-Apr-14 21:14:11

It's fanny rags


pebbble Tue 22-Apr-14 21:14:27

Sanpro = sanitary products.

I'd say using that phrase in 'real speak' is akin to saying 'lol' or 'hashtag' in your sentances.... Unforgivable!

TooOldForGlitter Tue 22-Apr-14 21:14:50

Sanitary protection.

fluffyraggies Tue 22-Apr-14 21:15:35

Sanitary protection.

Nope, in our house, me + 3 grown up DDs it's 'period stuff' hmmgrin

MrsCakesPremonition Tue 22-Apr-14 21:16:25

Sanitary Protection.
It's a bit old-fashioned and has been replaced with the even more twee "Feminine Hygiene".

It covers everything from tampons and towels, to mooncups and reusables. And all in 6 handy little letters.

CaptChaos Tue 22-Apr-14 21:17:48

I say it. Mostly when I'm discussing the washable sanpro I make, use and sell.

I also call them jamrags, or did until DS decided to say that in front of my mother... it messed with her chi somewhat.

LucyBabs Tue 22-Apr-14 21:19:07

Oh shit hahaha, i thought it was the name of a sanitary towel in the UK. I never knew it was an abbreviation.

Fourarmsv2 Tue 22-Apr-14 21:22:06

It's just 'Always' in our house (and my mum's and sisters' houses) as that was our preferred brand before odour scenting vulva rotting thrush inducing chemicals were added!!

I switched to washables part-time after DS1 and now use a mix of disposable, reusable (both homemade and purchased but handmade) and a mooncup.

Meloria Tue 22-Apr-14 21:22:44

I always think it sounds like something from the USSR. Comrade Melor has collected her monthly ration of SanPro and now she can rejoin the workforce!

ShatnersBassoon Tue 22-Apr-14 21:24:14

I call them Ladies' Necessaries. Jim said it on Eastenders about a hundred years ago and I liked it.

EverythingIsAwesome Tue 22-Apr-14 21:24:51

I would cringe if I heard anyone say it in real life.

thatstoast Tue 22-Apr-14 21:25:25

grin @ fanny rags. If I'm in the supermarket I insist on using their terminology and tell DH I need to buy some feminine hygiene products.

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