I had written a preliminary blog post abut Intimate Sea Sponges a really long time ago, but I just never got around to getting some. Then I got hooked on buying the FemmyCycle menstrual cup and these came free! And I tell you ladies, my life has been transformed.
I'm not exaggerating. (Well maybe just a tiny bit.)
But truly, these Intimate Sponges are awesome, and every woman in the world should have some on hand. I've used them for everything in the past few months, so I'm going to break it down for you right here.
Natural Intimacy- Intimate Sea Sponges.
|Note that originally the Intimate Sponges were both the same size, but I cut one down to use on my light days.|
(There are many other uses for these sponges as well, so look out for a blog post coming on that soon!)
They come in this funky little hemp bag. And have a thing for cute little bags. Of course I've used the bag to store my sponges, but it has also been used to hold spare earnings when traveling for a few days, and to stash some sunscreen sticks and other randoms things on a trip to the beach.
|Why do I love cute little bags so much??|
When I first took the sponge tampons out of the bag they were hard, nothing like a typical dish sponge. So I was kind of confused. There was no way I was going to get this... up there! Only then did I see that you have to wet them and clean them first. As soon as I ran the sponge under warm water it became so soft and pliable. I was amazed by how much water it absorbed. I would hold it under the tap for a good few seconds, watching it expand as it filled. Again, totally different than a dish sponge.
I have a cleaning mix of water, vinegar, lemon, and tea tree oil, and that seemed like the perfect thing to clean my new sponge with. A good disinfecting, antibacterial punch. The package said that there could sometimes be bits of sea debris embedded in the sponge when you get it, but I did not find that in my sponges. But it does not come in sterile packaging and it is going up my whoo-ha... so yeah, they should be cleaned.
|This is how I twisted to insert. It becomes about the width of a tampon, but shorter.|
Insertion is really easy. Actually way easier than a menstrual cup that needs to be positioned and open up correctly to catch the blood flow. To insert the sea sponge as a tampon, wet it with warm water, and then twisted it into a narrow cylindrical shape. Then, while sitting on the toilet, I just inserted it. I did not tie a piece of dental floss around it (some women do this to create a tampon like string) because my cervix tends to sit a bit lower and I was not expecting difficulty removing.
The sponges can also be trimmed with a scissor if you find it is too big or you don't have a heavy menstrual flow. That is one of the great things about the Natural Intimacy brand of sea sponge tampons. Other brands tend to come in specific sizes, so you end up paying more for a larger sponge. Intimate Sponges only come in one size, which is quite large, so you can cut them down to the perfect size for you.
I left one of my sponges the full size and the other I cut almost in half to make a smaller sponge for lighter days. The other half of that sponge I am currently using for makeup removal!
|Smaller Intimate Sponge for Light Days|
Removal is actually super easy, because once it is saturated with blood it sits lower in the vaginal canal, really right by the entrance to my vagina. Again, two seconds, I reached in and pinched the edge to pull it out.
Cleaning it is the part that gets a lot of women. Yes, you are pulling a sponge with menstrual blood out of your body and you have to wash it. But ladies, it is no big deal. In fact, it is awesome to actually come in contact with this part of our reality instead of viewing it as gross or "unviewable". When the blood does not come into contact with air the way it does in a pad, and is not exposed to chemicals like when using a tampon, it has no scent. It is just, I don't know how to put this, but fresh and almost earthy (no, I'm not crazy, use one and you'll understand!).
Just running it under the bathroom tap for a few minutes, and then agitating with my fingers, was enough to clean it. I got a little blood on my fingers, but seriously, it is no big deal at all. Then, I squeezed out the extra water and in it went again.
After my period ended, I soaked the sponges for about half an hour in a little bath of tea tree oil, lemon, and water.
So far I've used my sponges at the beach, while doing yoga, and chasing after rambunctious kids. They check off all the important boxes for me: they are environmentally friendly, natural, non toxic, and frugal. Try these Intimate sea sponge tampons. I dare you. And I promise, you are going to love them! And leave comments please to let me know how you get on!