Lots of girls have been asking about this issue especially after this story about a girl’s tampon not flushing was posted.
On some tampon inserts you’ll probably see that it says it is in fact safe to flush used tampons but for homeowners and public washrooms, this is clearly not the case.
Tampons don’t break up in water. They’re made of cotton, rayon, and other fibers and these materials aren’t going to disintegrate in water like toilet paper. Toilet paper is safe to flush because it easily breaks up in water and won’t clog your toilet.
Can I flush my tampon if I have a septic tank?
Okay, I’m no expert at plumbing but I did my own little research for this question and the answer is no.
Tampons don’t biodegrade in septic tanks. They just accumulate at the bottom and can attribute to septic tank problems… which of course can be very expensive to fix.
I don’t have a septic tank. I’ve flushed my tampon before and it went down okay. So it’s fine right?
If you’re going to flush a tampon, chances are, it will go through a properly functioning sewage system.
But there is a good chance that in the course of traveling through the pipes, your tampons can get caught or lodged in the pipes before they ever reach the sewer.Then your toilet will get backed up and you’ll have to call a plumber. This can be a very very expensive fix.
You will then find out that you basically just paid your plumber to tell you to don’t flush your tampons… so I will tell you for free: Don’t flush your tampons!
Okay… so what should I do instead?
Properly dispose of the applicator and used tampon in the trash bin or feminine hygiene disposal bin in your stall.
If you can’t fit your used tampon back inside the wrapper, wrap it up in toilet paper first. If you’re in a public washroom, please remember that someone else is cleaning up after you. Be respectful and dispose of your used tampons properly.
If you’re looking for tampons with resealable wrappers for disposal, try the Tampax Radiant tampons.
TL;DR: No, you shouldn’t flush tampons.
Personally, I don’t flush tampons and never have. It’s pretty easy to just wrap it up and throw it away with my applicator.
Do you flush your tampons?