A set of 2 unbleached sponges, a red storage pouch, full instructions, and a fun "Jam Sponge" badge!
The Jam Sponge has attitude! It's a natural Sea Sponge - a healthier way to soak up the blood and it will save you £££'s!
Jam Sponges are absorbent, reusable and will last for around a year. The Jam Sponge is sourced from the Mediterranean Ocean. You will receive a kit containing 2 unbleached sponges, a red storage pouch, full instructions, and a fun "Jam Sponge" badge!
Sustainably harvested and reusable for up to 12 months, compostable at the end of it's life. Sponges are economical, easy to use, and earth friendly.
Jam Sponges have been picked individually from the Mediterranean Ocean so that the ocean beds continue to restock themselves. The divers who collect the sponges are careful to ensure that the roots of the sponge remain intact so as the sponge can regenerate. They have been farming sponges for generations and if they overpick them they will lose their livelihood. The sponges need clean sea waters to live otherwise they will die. Their existence is a proof that the water around them is not polluted.
They are UNBLEACHED hence the natural brown colour instead of yellow.
How to use and treat the menstrual sponge
The sponge is a natural product. In contrast to tampons, it will neither dry up the vagina nor injure the mucosa, when used. Maybe you know the feeling, when the application of the tampon becomes harder and more painful in the last days of menstruation, because the tampon absorbs all of the natural vaginal fluids. Prior first usage you can soak the sponge in vinegar and water, to neutralise the pH. Every following time the sponge is used, it just needs to be moistened with water, drained and inserted in the vagina with two clean fingers. The sponge can be pushed upwards towards the cervix with the middle finger, just as a tampon would be inserted. The sponge's form will adapt to the vagina. If you feel the sponge is too big, you may trim a few millimeters away from the outside edge until it feels better. If you cut it in half you will mess up it's shape and it won't work so well. If you cut it too small it won't create a seal and it won't work so well so trim small amounts away at a time. But please do so only after you tried the sponge and realised how small it will become, when it is moist and squeezed. The sponge can easily be inserted and extracted using two clean fingers.
Tip: If you contract the pelvic floor musculature as if urinating, the sponge will be pressed outwards a bit and extraction will be easier. Please be assured that the sponge cannot just vanish. The only opening is the cervix, no wider than a few millimeters.
When the sponge is completely soaked, please rinse under cold running water, so the blood will not clot. Rests of mucus that keep sticking to the sponge will be removed more easily with warm water. The mucus is transparent and consists of the uterine mucosa that is shed during menstruation and will be renewed in the new starting cycle.
How often the sponge must be drained and washed depends on the intensity of the menstrual blood flow. Œ_ of the whole menstrual blood will be lost in the first 48 h of menstruation. Therefore, during the first two days it may be necessary to wash the sponge after 2-3 hours. When the blood flow subsides, the sponge may stay inside for 4-6 hours before washing. No more than 6 hrs. The changing rate is similar to a regular tampon. Before re-insertion the sponge can be soaked in warm water - some women prefer soaking in warm water before draining, because the sponge will be comfortably warm.
IMPORTANT: If you suffer from vaginal infection, please refrain from using the sponge and use an all new sponge after successful treatment of the infection.
Please note that for hygiene reasons we cannot exchange/refund Jam Sponges. Because sea sponges grow naturally, they vary by shape, size, color, and texture. The sponges you receive may not look as pictured on this page and may look different from your previous orders. Jam Sponge is a completely natural product. Do give your Jam Sponge a good soak before use as we cannot guarantee it is completely free of traces of sand or seaweed.
Wear for no longer than 6 hours - we don't recommend use overnight- for night time use cloth pads. It is recommend you change your Sponge every 3-4hrs.
This set contains 2 medium sized sponges, suitable for most and can be trimmed a little if required. Please only trim after you tried the sponge and realised how small it will become, when it is moist and squeezed.
We also stock a pack of 3, small, medium and large which are available here