do you flush?

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  1. mom2ohc

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    ok, so the toilets in my house all overflowed this am, because I had a clog in the main part of my drain - under the house apparently, I had a plumber here for a an hour and a half this am. It was all backed up with tampons. ewwww I nearly gagged when he showed me!!

    Do you flush tampons? He told me I never should flush them. They get caught up in the cast iron pipes at the bottom of the drain. I have lived in my house for 12 years - never had that problem before! Glad I know now before my 3 daughters hit puberty!!
     
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  3. Ms. I

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    I've lived in this house for over 20 yrs & overall, I'm afraid I flush tampons 1/2 of the time if not most of the time, but nothing's ever happened...yet.
     
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    Never, never, never, never flush tampons. It says so right on the box, I think!
     
  5. Proud2BATeacher

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    I have gone "green" in this area, but I have always flushed when I used tampons even though my "plumber" uncle has had many gross stories about blockages due to tampons.
     
  6. JustMe

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    Proud, do you use the Diva Cup?
     
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    Yes. I've used it for almost 4.5 years.
     
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    I thought not flushing tampons was Puberty 101. I never flush them.

    Had to google diva cup. Interesting.
     
  9. Proud2BATeacher

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    :lol:I thought that I wouldn't like it but I had 4 friends who used it and loved it. I gave myself 4 months to like it and I got used to it. It is a money saver too.
     
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    I also thought it was common knowledge to not flush tampons. Interesting. I've never flushed them in my life.
     
  11. jen12

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    I've always heard that you don't flush them. Never even tried.
     
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    If it makes you feel better, mom, we always flushed them growing up.
     
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    I flush them. I thought they were flushable just not the pads.
     
  14. JustMe

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    You can flush most tampons, although it's probably best to be on the safe side. If you have city sewer you're in a better position to flush. Some of the applicators are even flushable.

    ETA: I've been to a treatment plant and seen the tampons floating around or "combed up" with the giant rotating rake-thingy that is to catch debris such as flushed stuffed animals. Not pleasant.
     
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    I'm a Diva Cup user, too. Have been since January and I LOVE it.

    Prior to that, however, I flushed my tampons. I had heard conflicting reports as to whether or not you could but, because I was a renter, I didn't really pay too much attention.
     
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    Huh. I always thought you could flush the tampon but not the applicator. Oops.
     
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    I think the Diva Cup people should advertise more!
     
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    I flush mine too. Now I have to google the other product.
     
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    I had to look up to see what a Diva Cup is. Is this the one you guys are talking about? http://www.divacup.com/

    How many of you guys use this and prefer this to the other methods?
     
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    I thought the same thing.
     
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    I just got out the instructions from inside a box of tampons. It says do not flush the plastic applicator. Then it says you can flush the tampon or place in waste container. So it looks like it's ok to flush them, as long as you don't flush the applicator.
     
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    I do. I have an 80 year old house. No problems.
     
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    That's what I always thought. I never knew the rules about flushing them had changed. :unsure: When DID the rules change?
     
  24. JustMe

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    Unless it's a cardboard applicator such as "classic" Tampax...those are flushable. But again, it's best to not choose that option if you have a septic tank/system.

    Lots of good tampon talk, huh?! :haha:
     
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    We live out in the country and have a septic and "poop pit". We never flush. Just not worth taking a chance on it.
     
  26. SpecialPreskoo

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    Ok... I just checked out that Diva site... ewwwww LOL Sorry, I guess I'll never be green when dealing with the red. I hate that time of the month as it is... I just don't think I could do that.
     
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    Lol. It's really not as bad as it seems. It took me about 2 months to be really comfortable with it, but now I would NEVER got back to other methods. It's surprisingly not at all messy and so much more comfortable than tampons or pads.

    I've been trying for months to get my sister to try it, but so far, she's not into it.
     
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    I do, and I always have! Never been a problem. I never heard NOT to (just not the applicator).
     
  29. TeacherNY

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    I never flush them and there is a sign in each bathroom stall at work saying do not flush them.
     
  30. SpaceAngel

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    I almost never use tampons but never knew you weren't supposed to flush. They never really worked for me. I've thought about trying a Diva or other type of cup, but am worried about forking out the dough if it won't work (will it feel as weird, as bulgy, etc as tampons?) I tried the Instead, but that didn't work too well, but my understanding is it works and fits differently than the Diva and others?
     
  31. MissCeliaB

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    Same here.
     
  32. Proud2BATeacher

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    I have used Instead in the past and I found it very messy. Just like a tampon, you shouldn't feel the Diva Cup inside of you if you put it in properly.
     
  33. amakaye

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    That's what I was told, too...
     
  34. knitter63

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    Ditto!
     
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    wow, interesting. I have ben surveying everyone at school too, it is a mix of flush and not flush, but the box does day yes to flushing but NOT the applicator.

    The plumber said that he sees this all the time, either tampons or condoms are the major blockers! THey call the tampons "the sneaky mouse" ha!

    They don't get stuck in our plumbing because we have all new PVC piping. It's not until they hit the cast iron main pipe, because it is not smooth. OH well lesson learned :)
     

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