In the past I bought one of those soft sea sponges from whole foods (or the local co-op when i lived where there was one) and cut it up and used bits of the sponge as a sort of tampon. One good sized sea sponge would last up to two years!
Well, whole foods stopped carrying the sponges. I found the same sponge in the art store. I haven't bought one since and I have yet to have a postpartum visit from Aunt Flo. I am wondering where I will buy one of these sponges again. I suspect that since these sponges are so durable they are just not flying off the shelves and that is why they are hard to find. The ones from the art store were not the same quality (thinner, more texture, less substance) as the ones from whole foods (for body care) but did the job.
I have tried using something more sustainable like a vegetable sponge and it smelled though it got the job done.
I may buy a sea sponge from an online retailer (since i make it last i am not worried about being wasteful) but I would love to know what kind of sponges other sponge users prefer.
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@3lilchunklins I wash it out and reuse it every time. If I am out I have a wetbag or container for a used one and I pop in a new one. It is best inserted if it is rinsed and squeezed (damp). At home I just lean over to the sink while sitting on the toilet, rinse it, squeeze it out and reuse it. Each sponge piece gets used for several cycles (maybe three or four) and each whole sponge can yield about 6 sponges more or less. It has been the most comfortable and most effective idea for catching menstrual blood that I have tried. I will continue to use it until I come across something better!
ETA: I also wash my sponges out with Dr. Bronners between cycles and store them in a container that is not air-tight
I can't get into the idea of putting a dead animal in my vagina, so I have not tried sponges myself. I love reusable cups, and I use cloth pads postpartum and sometimes during my period.
Here is a very detailed article about how to use sponges that may help you find where to buy them:
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