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Do tampons have a best before date??

(32 Posts)
Millie1 Wed 06-Apr-05 19:08:48

Found quite a few boxes, maybe 2-3 years old, whilst spring cleaning - are they safe to use or should I dump them? I know it's a strange question but have a mental vision of them disintegrating!! TIA

bran Wed 06-Apr-05 19:11:56

I think they're ok as they are sterile when they're packed. So long as they wrapping is intact and they haven't become damp they should be fine. If you're worried then open one and sniff it, if there's any contamination with mould you ought to be able to smell it.

hunkermunker Wed 06-Apr-05 19:13:09

Tampons aren't sterile when they're packed, I don't think. Just "look" sterile because they're bleached cotton.

kama Wed 06-Apr-05 19:16:59

Message withdrawn

bundle Wed 06-Apr-05 19:18:37

(how long before someone mentions mooncups?? )

Millie1 Wed 06-Apr-05 20:03:00

Thanks - I'll e-mail them. Mooncups ... okay, I'll ask - aren't they uncomfortable to use?

bran Wed 06-Apr-05 23:25:55

They aren't sterile? Yeuch.

whatsername Wed 06-Apr-05 23:27:03

Ooooh, I'll do the mooncup lecture if you want...

mammya Thu 07-Apr-05 00:07:00

I just started using my mooncup today and I love it! No more tampons for me, yippie!
And no, it doesn't hurt at all, in fact I can't feel it, much more comfortable than an tampon IMO.

mammya Thu 07-Apr-05 00:07:45

hazlinh Thu 07-Apr-05 02:59:50

er whats a mooncup?

and i'm glad u started this thread millie1 i have two boxes of em about 3 years old in my medicine cabinet!!!didnt know what to do with em

fuzzywuzzy Thu 07-Apr-05 05:22:48


hazlinh Thu 07-Apr-05 07:13:14


they look scary....

flamesparrow Thu 07-Apr-05 08:19:12

Awww, I was about to come do the mooncup lecture.

Beaten to it....

Mud Thu 07-Apr-05 08:31:36

I'm sorry - but sterile

PMSL - how sterile is a penis FGS

Twiglett Thu 07-Apr-05 12:25:37

"how sterile is a penis" ROFLMAO

That's a fabulous line

happymerryberries Thu 07-Apr-05 12:44:17

Tampons and applicators don't have to be sterile, neither to applicators for vaginal creams etc (used to work for a company that manufactured the latter). Mud is quite right, penises arn't sterile and the vagina is perpous built for coping with them! has it's own wonderful ways of coping with a wide range of normal bacteria etc

northerner Thu 07-Apr-05 12:49:12

PMSL at the thought of a sterile penis

Bozza Thu 07-Apr-05 13:19:45

According to my GP "the vagina is not a sterile environment" (obviously) so they don't bother about making sure everything is sterile when they insert a coil. Assume the coil is because thats going beyond the vagina but don't know.

As for the tampons - I would definitely use them with no second thoughts.

bran Thu 07-Apr-05 17:57:48

So are you saying that it's not necessary for dh to wipe his private bits down with surgical spirit before sex? If not, what will we do for foreplay?

happymerryberries Thu 07-Apr-05 17:59:34

You mean you don't get him to scald his bits with boiling water, just to be sure???

Fio2 Thu 07-Apr-05 18:01:56


bran Thu 07-Apr-05 18:03:09

Well he only has to do that if it's going anywhere near my mouth HMB, as I don't like the taste of surgical spirit.

happymerryberries Thu 07-Apr-05 18:04:55

Couldn't you get him to dip his dong in a nice strong G & T????

iota Thu 07-Apr-05 18:06:12

what about putting them in Milton sterilising fluid?

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