Intro: Emergency Tampon
A quick and easy diy tampon that will keep you leak free until you can get your hands on your feminine product of choice.
Despite the frequency of the feminine menstrual cycle, most ladies have found themselves without feminine products when they unexpectedly started their monthly period. First things first, you ask every female in the area if they happen to have a tampon on them. I have found however, that less women are using tampons (hormone regulation, diva cups, etc.) and are less likely to be carrying them around, so instead you'll need a way to improvise one on your own until you can find one.
NOTE: This is only a temporary solution, hence "Emergency Tampon". Toilet paper is not sturdy or absorbent enough and consequently will not work for a prolonged period of time.
Step 1: Toilet Paper
- Toilet Paper
Luckily, all you need for this tampon is toilet paper which for the most part can be found in any public restroom.
Step 2: Tear Off
Tear off a piece of toilet paper that is a minimum of 6-8 squares long. The thinner the toilet paper the longer you'll want your strip of squares. You'd also like an even number of squares just so it's easier to fold in the next step.
Step 3: Folding
Begin by folding your length of toilet paper in half. Ideally, this is all done on a flat, clean surface. If you are in a bathroom stall, all of the folding steps can be done on your thigh. Flatten your two strips together, taking care to make sure the sides are lined up and there are not any wrinkles or creases along your strip.
Fold your length of toilet paper in half again. Your toilet paper should now be four sheets thick with both folds. Flatten and smooth out your toilet paper again.
Now for the third and final time, fold your length of toilet paper in half again. Flatten and smooth out your toilet paper.
Step 4: Roll 'er Up
You can start from either end. In this Instructable I began with the folded side, but it could be advantageous to start from the side with the layered ends so that they are neatly tucked away inside your roll.
Roll your layered toilet paper squares tightly and evenly until it is completely rolled up into a nice, compact roll.
Step 5: Keep It Tight
You'll have a loose edge on your finished product. If you are by a clean water source, you can secure the top end by wetting it slightly to get the edge to stick to the roll. If you are not by a clean water source, which is more likely the case, depress the loose edge with your index finger and be careful when you are inserting your emergency tampon.
Step 6: Done
You're done. Use your emergency tampon but remember that it is only a temporary solution. You will need to find other, more reliable feminine products.