Really stoked on the hot water bottle, as they're impossible to find these days. I've been a pretty big fan of OB tampons for a while now. I got over the initial 'Ew, that's gross!' part after about 10 seconds.
The first time I used ob, I didn't really have a choice, I wasn't prepared and had to grab tampons from someone I worked with. I had been a fan of one of the many applicator brands but when I went through my environmentalist/vegetarian years I quickly realised that ob was the logical choice.
No applicator means
I know ob isn't for everyone, like I said, I was kind of squeamish at first, but it's really not nearly as creepy as it sounds.
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