"Hit me my thesis is due in 12 hours and I haven’t started it"
"Hit me I have a final in an hour and I didn’t study"
"Hit me I’ve been on a 24 hour drinking binge and I’m invincible"
"Hit me. You’re a university vehicle and I’ll get free tuition."
"Hit me so I feel something other than crushing doubt and fear surrounding the future and my useless degree."(via swifthorse)
whenever augustin folds our laundry he comments on how small my clothes are and nine times out of ten he calls them “baby clothes” and it secretly makes me really happy shhhh
Tampons use chlorine bleached cotton, and the chlorine is tested on animals. All the chemicals that go into tampons and pads are tested on animals. That’s why a menstrual cup is always better :)
Rabbits were anestheized with ketamine 35 mg/kg and xylazine 6 mg/kg. A tampon was inserted through the urogential sinus into the vagina above the urethra by means of a plastic applciator. Five ml of fluid. -.1 cc of staphylococcal suspension (S. aureus strain FRI-1169) was applied to the tampon through the applicator. A string for tampon removal remained at the vulvar opening. Blood was obtained for baseline studies via the marginal ear vein. After 4 hours, the animal was again anesthetized, the tampon was removed by gentle traction upon the string, and a second tampon was inserted. Another 5.0 ml of sterile fluid without staphylococci was applied to the tampon and the second tampon was allowed to remain in place for 4.0 hours and then removed under anesthetic as before. A third tampon was inserted and another 5 ml of sterile fluid was injected. The tampons (test or glyceryl monolaurate-treated) were allowed to remain in the vagina for 14-16 hours to simulate overnight usage. Blood was obtained for TSST-1 quantitation, hematogic and clinical chemistry. Upon removal of the tampons, the weight was determined and the fluid was extracted. TSST-1 concentration, pH and cfu of staphylococci were measured by radioimmunoassay, pH meter, and plating of dilutions on mannitol salt agar.
Twelve female baboons were identified by immobilization with Ketamine HCl and vaginal examination for gross evidence of infection.
Unfinished control tampons had 5 ml of a S. aureus toxigenic strain grown in Brain Heart Infusion Broth for 24 hours at 37° C. absorbed onto their distal ends (ends distant from the string). Pre-weighed seed tampons were immediately introduced into the baboon vagina, without the use of a speculum, and the pull string cut. Rectal temperature and indirect systolic blood pressure was taken and recorded. Five milliliter blood samples were taken from the cephalic vein and the serum stored at -70° C. until analysis for the presence of anti-TSST-1 antibody and clinical chemistry could be executed. After the first twelve hours, the baboon was immobilized with Ketamine HCl and the tampon was removed. After removal of the seed tampon, all baboons had control (y) tampons inserted intravaginally to allow for additional growth of S. aureus and TSST-1 production within the vaginal cavity. After twelve hours’ additional incubation, the animals were divided in two sets of six whereby six baboons were tested with the control tampons and six with GML coated tampons. After the 48-hour exposure period, all animals had tampons inserted supplemented with 5.0 ml of their own blood serum because of diminished menstrual flow.
That’s disgusting… are menstrual cups usually safe?? And not abusing animals to test?
Menstrual cups are not tested on animals, nor do they typically contain animal based dyes. Reusable pads can also be a vegan option depending on the materials used to make them.
If you can’t utilize either of these options though, this is something that would fall under the “…As far as practical and possible.” clause.
There are vegan tampons, I use them :) natracare is the brand I use, and I’m under the impression that they are vegan and Eco friendly http://www.veganbeautyreview.com/2013/09/eco-menstrual-options.html