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Unmentionables Worth Mentioning

Magazine article Drug Topics

Unmentionables Worth Mentioning

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Sane young women, perhaps even some in their 30s, may not want to ask for certain feminine products that they consider embarrassing, such as products for the monthly menstrual cycle, constipation, overactive bladder, feminine odor, or lubrication but they'll be looking for them. A number of new products in these categories are worthy of mention for stocking on your shelves.

The menstrual cycle

Women who want 12 hours of leakfree protection during their menstrual cycles may want to consider the DivaCup by Diva International Inc. The reusable bell-shaped silicone cup is placed in the vaginal canal for the collection of the menstrual flow. Free of latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, and colors and dyes, the DivaCup is intended to provide comfort and durability. The product also features extra grip ridges for easy removal. It can be cleaned with DivaWash, made of plant-based ingredients, (sales@divacup.com / 866-444-3482).

The Lunette menstrual cup, developed in Finland by Lune Group Oy Ltd and available in the United States, comes in sizes 1 and 2. The smaller one, Lunette size 1, is recommended for younger women who have not given birth, have a short vagina, and are active in sports. The larger one, Lunette size 2, is recommended for younger women who have given birth, adult women who have or have not given birth, and for individuals with heavy menstrual flow. The Lunette menstrual cup is made of medical-grade silicone and is latex-free. The cup should be emptied two to four times daily and can be used at night. Individuals can monitor the menstrual flow with the measuring lines on the inside of the cup. (www.lunette.com)

For women who prefer to use tampons, Proctor & Gamble offers the Tampax Radiant tampon product line, which includes Tampax Radiant Regular for regular menstrual flow, Tampax Radiant Super for heavy-flow, Tampax Radiant Super Plus for heavier flow, and Tampax Radiant Duopack for regular and heavy flow. These products offer leak protection and a resealable wrapper for disposal, (http://rn.tampax.com/ en-US/products)

Playtex Products LLC also has developed tampons for leak protection, including its Playtex Gentle Glide 360° Protection line, which includes Playtex Gentle Glide Regular Absorbency, Playtex Gentle Glide Super Absorbency, Playtex Gentle Glide Super Plus Absorbency, and Playtex Gentle Glide Ultra Absorbency tampons. This product line offers three layers of production with a unique design made to custom fit the product to a woman's body. The applicator has a contoured tip and there is a small tube plunger for fast and easy insertion, (www.playtexplayon.com/ gentle-glide).

Constipation relief

For fast, reliable constipation relief, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has developed Dulcolax Laxative Suppositories with New Dulco-Glide Applicators. Recommended for the temporary relief of occasional constipation, these bisacodyl suppositories provide relief within 15 minutes to one hour. According to the company, the applicators offer a mess-free option for suppository placement. Each suppository comes individually wrapped for easy disposal of the applicator. This product can be used once daily for one week, if needed, by adults and children 12 years of age and older, (www.dulcolaxusa. com/dulcoglide-applicators.html)

Adding fiber to one's diet can help prevent constipation. It is now made easy, according to Procter & Gamble, with Metamucil Fiber MultiGrain Wafers, which come in two flavors - apple crisp and cinnamon spice. …

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