Mention that next time your eco-activist neighbour Brenda talks about her magic period sponge while patronizing you for using Carefree menstrual pads.

Ladies, contrary to what insta-quotes would have you believe, we are not mermaids. I love my bath sponge but there is no way I’m going to put it up my vagina! I’m not a Seaweed Goddess nor a petri dish.

In our war on plastic, in the name of eco-sustainability, we are now shaving off entire seabeds and sticking them up our twats. Sure, you just killed the home of like a 1000 sea-animal species but it says “eco-friendly” on the packaging so you can sleep safe and sound tonight. I smell fishy business. Does anyone else?

Menstrual sponge manufacturers claim that sea sponges are free from chemicals, perfume and bleach which are found in commercial tampons. But what about all the sea dirt, sand, bacteria and yeast that lives inside? Not to mention that small parts of the sponge can break off inside you creating micro-trauma on the vaginal walls. Gross!

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Sea sponges in Greece cost pennies. Eco-loving folks on the internet are selling them for 24$ per mop! You might as well grab a kitchen sponge from Ikea and stick it up your coochy. They are 99 cents for a pack of three. Just saying… (but like, please don’t!!!)

Speaking of kitchen sponges, do you know how much bacteria lives in a wet kitchen sponge? Now think of your menstrual sea sponge lying on your sink, not-really-drying but definitely breeding bacteria.

On top of that, they have no strings of any kind. Fishing (no pun intended) for a sea sponge with my fist up my pussy sounds like a fucking nightmare. And how would you change it in public? Can you imagine taking out a bloody sponge in a restaurant bathroom? And then what? Put it in a doggy bag?

Here is another fun fact – to this day, sea sponges are untested for menstrual use and NONE of the sea sponge brands are FDA safety approved. That’s why sponge companies do not market them directly as menstruation products (it would be illegal) but rather for “cosmetic use” or as “shakti goddess sponges”.

You had me at Goddess….Sea Goddess…
Whats next? Sea cucumber sex toys?

Kittens, I’m not going to tell you what to do. I just want you to think with your head. We are easily fooled by marketing words such as “natural, fair-trade, sustainable, eco, organic, vegan”.

Do your research.
Just because it says “eco” on the package, does not mean it belongs inside you.

Don’t jump on a new product just because it is “natural”. Arsenic, cyanide and cocaine are also considered natural. Just sayin’…

I’m aware of our incredible body’s resilience. Being aware about all the nasty stuff that we put inside us, surely adding some seaweed animals into our vaginas wont kill us.

But why are we doing this again? To save the world?!
Love you (and your vaginas!)

About the Author: Elena Rossi is the creator & founder of The Yoni Empire. She is a women’s Orgasm Coach, Sex Educator, pleasure toy designer, full-time writer and lover of all things pleasure-related. She writes shamelessly about eroticism, supporting women with overcoming sexual challenges and tapping into their pleasure potential. She is on a mission to nourish women, one orgasm at a time – connecting heart, body and mind. Follow her at @the_yoni_empire.

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