Alternative sanitary protection products are growing increasingly popular among women in the UK, experts say.
Peter Kilvert of Alice Kilvert Tampon Alert said that more women are trying alternatives to tampons such as re-usable cups, which rule out the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, as well as being more eco-friendly than disposable options.
He commented: "Cups like the Mooncup are excellent, a lot of women are concerned about the environment and don't like disposable sanitary protection, so these are far more environmentally friendly. They are also cheaper in the long-run."
Half of all cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome reported in the UK each year are associated with women using tampons, public health statistics reveal.
While Toxic Shock Syndrome is very rare, approximately 40 cases are reported in the UK each year.
In response, women's health specialists claim that education and awareness is key when it comes to choosing feminine hygiene options.
Grahamsville — Several television news crews from New York City are camped outside the Tri-Valley Central School following the story in today's Times Herald-Record about what question a school security guard asked a 14-year-old female student.
The girl was called out of class by a security guard during a school sweep last week to make sure no kids had backpacks or other banned bags.
Samantha Martin had a small purse with her that day.
That's why the security guard, ex-Monticello cop Mike Bunce, asked her The Question.
She says he told her she couldn't have a purse unless she had her period. Then he asked, "Do you have your period?"
Samantha was mortified.
She says she thought, "Oh, my God. Get away from me." But instead of answering, she just walked back into class.
At home, she cried, and told her mother what happened.
It appears that at least a few other girls were also asked the same question.
On Sept. 21, Martin and other girls were called to the office of Principal Robert Worden. Lisa Raymond, the assistant superintendent for business, was also there, Martin said.
"They just asked me what he (Bunce) said. I told them, and they said thanks for coming," she said.
The small Sullivan County school has been in an uproar for the last week. Girls have worn tampons on their clothes in protest, and purses made out of tampon boxes. Some boys wore maxi-pads stuck to their shirts in support.