Q. Is the tampon wrapper flushable?
A. It depends – the cardboard applicator tampon wrapper can be flushed because it’s biodegradable, but the plastic applicator tampon wrapper is not biodegradable so avoid flushing it.
Q. Is the tampon applicator flushable?
A. That also depends – the cardboard applicator is flushable and biodegradable, however, the plastic applicator is not.
Q. Is the tampon itself flushable?
A. We do not recommend flushing the tampon, especially if you have a septic system. Also please note that any drain or toilet can clog if overloaded with bulk waste.
Q. What absorbency should I use?
A. It is important that you use a tampon with the lowest absorbency that will protect you with your particular menstrual flow. Keep in mind that you will probably experience different flow rates throughout your menstrual cycle so it’s important to use the absorbency that best suits your flow.
Q. How often should a tampon be changed?
A. A tampon should be changed every 4-8 hours, left in for no longer than 8 hours.
Q. What is TSS?
A. TSS, Toxic Shock Syndrome, is a rare but serious disease that may cause death. There are scientific studies that have concluded that tampons can contribute to the cause of TSS. TSS is believed to be caused by toxins produced by a strain of bacteria Staphylococcus aureus that is often present in men, women and children. In rare instances the toxin produced by some of the bacteria is not destroyed by the antibodies in our bloodstream and TSS can occur.
Q. What are some warning signs of TSS?
A. Sudden fever (usually 102 degrees F or higher) and vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or near fainting when standing up, dizziness, or a rash that looks similar to a sunburn. Other signs include aching of muscles and joints, redness of the eyes, sore throat, and weakness. If these signs appear, remove the tampon, discontinue use, and see a doctor immediately.
Q. How can the risk of TSS be reduced?
A. Follow the directions for tampon insertion and use (see leaflet inside of box), use the lowest absorbency for your flow, do not extend the wear time by using a higher absorbency tampon- all tampons need to be changed every 4-8 hours, do not leave any absorbency tampon in for longer than 8 hours, remove your last tampon at the end of your period, do not use tampons between periods, you can alternate the use of tampons and pads to avoid continuous use of tampons, and know the warning signs of TSS.
Q. Does your private label brand tampon have the same absorbency level as the National Brand’s (Tampax, Playtex, Kotex)?
A. Yes, tampons are available in either 3 or 4 absorbency levels: Light (less than 6 grams), Regular (6-9 grams), Super (9-12 grams), and Super Plus (12-15 grams). Each range represents the grams of fluid that can be absorbed by all manufacturers’ tampons based on a standardized laboratory test.
Q. Why do the biodegradable applicator tampons have a hole in the applicator?
A. All Rostam US private label tampons have a hole in the applicator that acts as a locking feature to prevent the tampon from separating before use.
Q. Are scented tampons safe to use?
A. Yes, scented tampons are just as safe to use as unscented tampons. The fragrance that we use passed an irritation test at a well known institute and has also been approved for use by the FDA.