Are deoderant tampons OK? because that's the kind my mom's started buying and i just want to make sure they're OK because i've heard you're never supposed to use those kind. Thanks in advance! --Sweet'n'sazzy
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I personally wouldn't recommend using them. They're potentially irritating to your vagina, plus from a purely political point of view, I do not like the implication that women "smell" when they have their periods.
Your vagina smells exactly the way it's supposed to smell. If you notice an irregular smell, see your doctor, but other than that?
Deodorant tampons aren't good because artificial fragrance can potentially irritate the delicate tissues of your genitals. It probably won't do any harm to use a couple, but it'd be a good idea to ask your mom to buy unscented tampons.
Also, from my personal experience, even if scented tampons were not potential irritants, they're just not a good idea. Chemical flowery deodorant smell+heat+bodily fluids=not pleasant or necessary.
They don't, really - it's just that the tampon has more chemicals in it to cover up the supposed "smell" from bodily fluids. Which, as DarlingBri said, is a potentially harmful way to think about it, since your menstrual blood and vaginal/cervical secretions smell exactly as they should, which isn't really much at all, and companies are just capitalizing on this fear/hatred of natural body processes that they're trying to instill in us.
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