Do tampons expire?
What is the Shelf Life of Tampons?
Do tampons really expire? Yes! Tampons are one of those things that you really don’t think about an expiration date with. Unlike the milk in your fridge, it might not be so obvious when a tampon expires. You should always check the expiration date on the tampon box before use. If your box doesn’t have an expiration date on it, take note of the month and year that you bought the box. It’s good practice to write that date on your box so you never have to second guess if your box has gone bad.
Most tampons last about 5 years after production. More than likely you’ll use your tampons before they expire but it is important to keep on eye on that.
The reason the tampons expire is due to the material that it is made from. Think about it, your tampons are made from cotton and cotton is vulnerable to bacteria and mold. While tampons are sanitary products themselves, their packaging is not. When the seal is broken, mold can begin to grow. Even if you can’t see it under the applicator, it could be there. Always check your tampons, especially those ones you have had forever for an “emergency” laying in the bottom of your purse.
How to Properly Store Tampons?
It’s recommended that you store your tampons in a cool, dry place. Make sure that you keep your tampons in their original packaging and always check to see if the packaging is intact before using your tampon.
The bathroom is the easiest and most convenient place to keep your tampons but you might want to consider moving your box to your room or closet during the times you aren’t on your period. The bathroom is one of the places that gets warm and humid frequently and can lead to bacteria growth. If you do keep your tampons in your bathroom, try to keep them in a sealed container and as far from your shower as possible to reduce the risk of moisture exposure.
You are probably like many women who keep a tampon or two in their purse and have for a very long time. It’s a good idea to swap those “just in case” tampons out every few years. If you notice any tears or holes in your tampon packaging, bacteria from makeup, dirt, or moisture could have gotten into your tampon and it should be tossed and replaced.
“Make sure that you keep your tampons in their original packaging and always check to see if the packaging is intact before using your tampon.”
“If you notice itching, odor, or irregular discharge after you have inserted a tampon, you should remove the tampon and check your box for that important expiration date.”
How to Tell if a Tampon is Expired?
The obvious signs of an expired tampon include:
-Any type of Odor
Sometimes these are not so easy to spot when you have an applicator tampon because the actual tampon is covered by the plastic. If you notice any type of moisture on your tampon or if the packaging has been opened, even slightly, you should probably just throw that away and grab a new one.
If you notice itching, odor, or irregular discharge after you have inserted a tampon, you should remove the tampon and check your box for that important expiration date.