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I use sea sponges from Jade and Pearl and I mostly order them online, but I have recently begun seeing them at some of the smaller health food stores in my area (Boston-ish). I've never seen them at Whole Foods though.
The Jade & Pearl sponges are marketed specifically as tampons, however, I think you could easily improv with any other sea sponges. You'd want to look for silk sea sponges (others types may work though...they just might not be as soft). Mine are usually around 2.5 inches by 1 or 1.5 inches. You could just cut down a larger sponge until it's a comfortable size.
For use, I wet the sponge, squeeze out excess water and then insert it, pushing it back towards my cervix. It can be changed as often as needed and I generally just rinse it and reinsert it (or you could switch to a new one). I clean my sponges at the end of the day by soaking them in a cup of warm water w/ a few drops of tea tree oil in it...soak for 30 min, rinse, let dry. The Jade & Pearl website has a lot of info too.
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