BlogHer10 exhibit hall: I wasn’t lying – here’s the ‘tampon of the future’

I figure this post will freak out a good chunk of the readership, but hey, how often do I talk about feminine products in the coffeehouse? I mean it’s just an item that most pre-menopausal women throw into the shopping cart on a regular basis.

Tampon of the Future

Anyway, this was the item I was joking with Lizz Winstead about on Twitter yesterday, calling it a “tampon of the future.”

At BlogHer10, there are so many major vendors here, including a “Fox for Family” exhibit with a giant Great Dane posing with attendees for the latest Marmaduke movie, that it’s hard to figure out what’s blogworthy. So I picked what I thought was the most appropriate, unique and interesting one – the RepHesh booth, featuring its Brilliant tampons. (BTW, I’m not compensated for the post, other than the swag everyone receives for walking up).

So one of the women behind the booth came out to do her pitch; I mentioned my tampon of the future remark and she actually confirmed that for me – this is the first major change in tampon technology (boy is it bizarre saying that) since the 1920s. Why does that not surprise me? Just shove a rag up there.

Anyway, the big change is that each tampon is infused with natural active ingredients (L-lactide and citric acid). During your menstrual cycle your pH will shoot up to 7.4. These substances in the tampon help maintain the pH in your vagina at the normal range of 3.5-4.5. Basically, this means fewer “fun” things going on in that environment.

One of the funny exchanges while at the booth – the representative was hawking one of its other pH balancing gel products to use when Mother Nature isn’t calling. She says to me:

“It really helps out after all of that semen gets in you.”

I say:

“Well, I don’t have to worry about that.”

She says:

“Thank goodness, all that semen can be nasty to your pH.”

I was close to ROTFLOL on that one. No, this definitely isn’t Netroots Nation.
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