So, I was talking to one of the NPs that I really like a couple weeks ago, and she was telling me a story about how she had to remove a makeup sponge from some lady's vagina that night. Of course, I always need to know the how and why, so she got back to me and it turned out the lady was on her period and had run out of pads and tampons. Next logical conclusion- shove a makeup sponge up there! It's absorbent, right? Right.
Fast forward to two weeks after that. Same NP. Same complaint. Yeah, I ran out of tampons so I stuck this makeup sponge up there because someone told me that would work. Why not? This time, though, there was a twist. Not only did she successfully recover the makeup sponge, but as an added bonus there was also a condom floating around in there. So she pulls it out and says to the girl, "Is there anything else up there you need me to get out for you?" Priceless. Apparently she was not as amused as I was.
I have never heard about this until this month. Anyone else heard any tales of makeup sponges being suitable feminine hygiene product replacements? I will do some research on Google and get back to you guys.
UPDATE- I've found one source that mentions makeup sponges being used for tampon substitutes in an article written by an escort addressing the problem of how to work on your period, because apparently all escorts know thats always the week when you fill up on appointments. OMGz, hate it when that happens. Anyway, even there it was only mentioned in passing about how it sort of works the same way as a real sponge designed for that sort of thing. Now, before you say, "Hood nurse, you lazy crackhoe, you probably just stopped after one google search", you would be wrong. Because I scoured Yahoo! answers for a good 20 minutes for various tampon replacements, and came up empty on the makeup sponge front. And anyone who has ever read Yahoo! answers knows that is the population most likely to stick use a makeup sponge or equally ridiculous item as a tampon. Seriously. Just read Yahoo! answers topics about STDS and pregnancy. You'll give up on humanity in 10 minutes.