Tampons and toliets

United States
April 8, 2008 11:03pm CST
So, I realize that may be kind of gross, but it's been a concern of mine lately. When I first started using tampons I always wrapped them in toilet paper and put them in the trash can. But one of my friends found out and thought it was weird that I didn't just flush them. So I started doing that, but recently read that it's bad for all sewer and septic systems, especially older ones. However, I currently live and share a bathroom with two men and I don't know how they would feel about me switching to throwing them in the trash. We're on city sewer in a fairly new apartment building and haven't had any problems yet.
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6 responses
• United States
9 Apr 08
a tampon is about as fragile as a stool(not the chair kind) and also a lot smaller, I wouldn't worry, kids flush things down the toilets often and there is almost always no effect
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• United States
10 Apr 08
Thanks, that's how I felt about it.
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9 Apr 08
I'll be honest with you, and say that although my grandma (who raised me) was very insistant that i never flush tampons in her toilet, because, she said, they would most certianly block the toilet etc etc, i've never been keen on wrapping them and binning them, for obvious reasons, (not a nice thought, lol), so i've always just flushed them :) It really doesnt seem at all sanitary to bin them, and although iv certainly heard that they can block toilets, from my dear old grandma, i've had numerous toilets of my own, since leaving home, and no nasty blockages from tampons . lol :)
@rpegan (598)
• United States
9 Apr 08
You can flush tampons. They start breaking down almost as soon as they hit the water. There are some places were you can't flush applicators (even cardboard ones), but you'd have to have a lot of tampons flushed to do any harm.
@freedomg (1684)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Wow I had never heard of anyone flushing them. As for the guys I wrap my pads up in the wrapper from the clean one and throw them in their own trash that gets changed everyday. The hubby never looks in that bag and is cool. But that's a husband for roommates I might suggest putting them in a trash can in your room. It would suck to have one of those stop up the toilet.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
23 May 08
I had a foster kid a couple years back that was flushing them. After a $300 plumbing bill to remove the "rat tails" as their called here I forbid anyone to use them or flush them in my house. I've always used pads (I've been told that tampons can cause serious female problems) and I just wrap them and toss them. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
• United States
11 Apr 08
My septic system at work has been clogged/backed up -twice- because of coworkers flushing their tampons. I've always heard that if you flush them they will back up the system, perhaps not while you're still in the bathroom, but it definitely isn't good for it. (There are signs in most public restrooms I've been in that request that people don't flush them for the very same reason, they're afraid of ruining/clogging their system, and most of these are on city resources as well.) They're meant to be absorbent, they aren't made of paper/tissue, so it seems unlikely to me that they would be all that willing to dissolve. Honestly, though. I must say, if I had to choose the embarrassment of having my male roommates realize that I was a woman and it was that time of the month, versus having to pay a plumber to come dig a flushed tampon out of my drain line, I'd definitely pick the former. (We've had to do that twice at work, because people keep flushing things that in my eyes, they shouldn't.)