Can this new technology change the way you think about feminine pads?
Many women opt for tampons because pads can be scratchy, smelly, and less-than-fresh feeling once they get wet. Well, there's a new feminine hygiene brand called TO2M hitting the market, trying to change that. (BTW, here's how to stop your menstrual cycle from ruining your workouts.)
According to the founders, one of whom discovered this new technology while doing lab research in China, their product is the first oxygen-releasing feminine pad ever. What does that mean, exactly? Essentially, when liquid hits the pad, it actually releases up to 50mL of oxygen, which in turn is supposed to reduce humidity in your nether regions and keep you feeling fresh and dry—without the use of any artificial chemicals or perfumes. The oxygen isn't released all at once, but rather in a steady stream, which allows you to feel dry for longer. The brand says that in addition to keeping you more comfortable and reducing odor, the oxygen release also works like "an oxygen facial for your vagina." Hmm. (Have you heard about the vampire facial for your vagina? Ouch!) The brand launched an Indiegogo campaign today to try to make their product a reality.
To find out how much of an impact this new technology could have on your period experience, we checked with a true expert in all things lady parts. "The biggest issue I see with any sort of pad is the contact dermatitis," or a red itchy rash caused by a substance coming into contact with your skin, says Angela Jones, M.D., of Ask Dr. Angela and an ob-gyn. "I see red, itchy vaginas all the time as a result of prolonged contact with pads." Thing is, "I'm not sure that this pad eliminates that," she says. While the oxygen technology is intriguing and an upgrade from what is contained in a regular, run-of-the-mill pad, Dr. Jones says that it still probably doesn't do much to reduce the risk of infection. But to be fair, there's not exactly enough research to suggest that it would make irritation worse, either.
So if you're in search of a more comfortable pad, give 'em a go, but keep in mind that more studies need to be done to see if they're truly superior to regular pads. One thing's for sure: we love all of the developments in feminine hygiene lately.