Women Are Inserting Sea Sponges Into Their Vaginas As ‘Reusable’, ‘Nurturing’ Alternatives to Tampons; Gynaecologist Warns Against the Practice
Sea Sponges as tampons (Photo Credits: Pixabay and Twitter)

The world has been looking for a better and more eco-friendly alternative to sanitary napkins to cut down on non-biodegradable waste. Tampons, menstrual cups, reusable pads, everything has been put to test and yet more and more products are coming up that could serve as the solution to the problem. However, some of the ones are absolutely ridiculous as well and the most recent one to add to the list is "Sea sponge." Women are insertings sea sponges into their vagina thinking of it to be "reusable", "nurturing" alternatives to tampons. Moreover, there are companies cashing on this new "trend" of using sea sponges as tampons. However, OB/GYN Dr Jen Gunter retweeted a link to Holy Sponge's $40 "Ritual Menstruation Kit" being sold by the retailer Otherwild that someone was recommending online. She slammed the recommendation by calling it "untested and potentially very unsafe" as well as "filled with dirt". Dr Gunter recently also called out Women Putting Garlic into Vagina to ‘Cure’ Yeast Infection is a BAD Idea Says this Doctor, Here’s What You Should Know.

The kit includes "two sustainably-harvested sea sponges sourced by a female diver in Florida" and "organic tea tree oil to disinfect" and its recommendation tweet was slammed by Dr Gunter and she has been doing it 2016 via her blog. Dr Jen Gunter, "Anyone who tells you to put a sea sponge in your vagina wants you to grow more bacteria that causes toxic shock syndrome. This is horrific and illegal in the US to promote sponges for periods." She further said: "Sea sponges are not safer. I have quite a bit dedicated to tampon safety and the very small risks and the much greater risks of sea sponges in my book The Vagina Bible."

Take a look at Dr Jen Gunter's tweet:

Take a look at this video that explains the effects of using sea sponges as tampons:

Sea sponges have been in discussion for quite some time. These living multicellular organisms that grow on the ocean floor have been used as bath loofahs. Sea sponges have pores that allow them to absorb food from water and get rid of waste they have been used by car, boat and aircraft enthusiasts to safely wash vehicle finishes, interiors and clean wheels and tires.