Chucking out all those ’emergency’ ones ASAP.
If you’re the sort of person who buys sanitary products in bulk and stashes them at the back of a cupboard, this is news you need to know.
If you’re using a big name brand like Tampax, the expiry date is probably written on the bottom of the packet – next to the barcode.
To set your mind at ease, there’s often also a production date and there’s no need to go chucking out last month’s leftovers, because the lifespan of a tampon is about five years.
But what exactly happens when this date passes?
Affi Parvizi-Wayne, the founder of organic tampon company Freda, told Cosmopolitan: “We recommend that women don’t use out of date tampons even if they look fine.
“Mould can be hidden on the applicators which may lead to irritating symptoms and infection.”
Your tampons will only be visibly mouldy if the seal is broken, and bacteria enters the packaging.
In this case, you may notice a “discolouration, a smell and mouldy patches” – even if the sell-by date hasn’t passed.
It’s also worth noting that organic tampon companies don’t have to state the expiry date.
The good news is that five years is a long time, but you may want to throw out that ‘in case of emergencies’ supply at your mum and dad’s house – if it’s been sitting around for a while.
This article was originally published on The Sun and appears here with permission.
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