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​The promoter is Sanitary Owl Ltd (company no 08509842) whose registered office is at 149 Cambridge Street. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over exc...

You are a legend

Hello! Welcome to DAME. You know that feeling when you just want to be better....? Well, that's what's going on with us right now.   We know there are better ways to help women deal with t...

New Boxes

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Dragon's Den

  MAKING THE DRAGON'S SEE RED   It's the worst kept secret that the Dragon’s Den is not really about investment in small companies. For the experienced, veteran dragos it’s about broadcast...

DAME is the name

      WHAT'S IN THE NAME The Owl was great, but this is a Dame changer.   FAREWELL SANITARY OWL We loved our owls and we'll miss them as much as you. Born from good feathery stock in...

Why organic cotton is just so good

When you hear the word organic, what do you think of? Organic milk, cheese, beef? You may even go so far as to think of organic beauty products like face creams. Something that rarely takes the org...

Why do your boobs hurt on your period?

Period pain: It's just something we as women have come to accept, whether it's cramping, lower-back issues, or breast discomfort. But it's the latter—that tenderness, aching and overall feeling of ...

Get rid of period pain at the press of a button

What if I told you all your cramps and pains during periods could vanish with just a press of a button? Incredulous, right? Not really. Livia, a device made by iPulse Medical is a discreet medic...

Getting your Dad to buy pads for you...

Text between dad and daughter while he's buying her pads in the supermarket... (Please excuse the bad language. Fetch the soap and water...)     God bless this dad for tryin...

Free boxes for life?

  Our referral scheme is a joke. Seriously, we should make it harder. Tell a friend about your owl and they'll get their first box for 99p, and you'll get your next box free*.  So you do...

'Mooncups are not alien at all' by Cheryl

 We were so impressed with this Mooncup myth buster we asked her to write a blog. So we're delighted to introduce...     Cheryl, I'm 36 and I have been using a Mooncup for the past ...

Some changes to your box...

Hola! We launched Sanitary Owl in October 2015 and thanks to you, have been growing strongly every month. So, on the verge of our 6 monthaversary, we've some changes based on your feedback a...

Diary of a hysterectomy - by Amanda

Hearing the news…. After hearing the news that I need to have a subtotal hysterectomy in January I didn’t expect to have such a wild flurry of conflicting thoughts… I scoured the internet...

Better choco-late than never

There’s a reason chocolate is the number one most craved food by women. Not only is it sweet and delicious, it’s packed with healthy chemicals that can give you the boost you need when you’re d...

Don't let periods cramp your style

For many women, several days out of every month bring wrenching cramps, excruciating migraines and painful backaches during their menstrual cycles. Women used to lose days of school and work when t...

Why the way we tell our daughters about periods matters - by Olivia

  My daughter is only two, but I’m already thinking about how I’ll explain periods to her. Why? Because I want her education about her body – in fact the education of her whole generation...

Superdrug 'credit' customers the 5% tampon tax

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROCKIE NOLAN Superdrug Takes A Stand Against Tampon Tax Similar to Sanitary Owl's tax free tampon campaign in December, the high street chemist Superdrug is fighting t...

Endometriosis in women associated with poor mental health

Women who suffer from pelvic pain due to endometriosis may need help with their mental health. A new study suggests, endometriosis and psychological health are connected. Endometriosis is a ...

Press Blog

We are flattered to have been featured in a few publications (not enough, frankly!), but here are a few:                     ...

Oh where oh where in the world is free from tampon tax?

  The other week, Obama made the statement that tampon tax is something that everyone should fight against.  It has chastised millions of women across all corners of the world for generat...

Pants title, but good read.

  We've got some good news and some bad news. Let's start with the bad, because we like to save the best for last: You'll be dealing with your period for a long, long time—and over the cours...

The cups and downs of alternative protection

Pads and tampons aren’t the only ways to manage your flow during shark week. Menstrual cups are another great option. But unless you’ve personally tried one, or know somebody who has, you proba...

Go bananas

  Depression, anxiety, mood swings, bloating, cramps, acne (pimples) and that’s not all one must go through each month, year after year. Phew! PMS - premenstrual syndrome - is a term that...

Device on market that can curb abnormally heavy menstrual periods

Minerva Surgical, a Bay Area (San Fran) startup developing an ablation device that can curb abnormally heavy menstrual periods, just tacked on another $15 million to its cash reserve, according...

How Clue Period Tracking App Is Helping Scientists Fight Disease

Making your ‘time of the month’ matter. Period tracking apps can help you pinpoint the days when you’re most fertile, understand the nuances of your cycle, and ensure you’re never surprised—...

Which period app is best for you?

A recent catch-up with some girlfriends revealed news that kind of had me floored: Almost all of them were using a period-tracking app, and—judging by the breathless exchange of information tha...

Music playing tampon allows your baby to get its groove on

A new study from the Spanish gynecology clinic Institut Marquès in Barcelona has found that fetuses can hear and react to sound after only 16 weeks of development, Engadget reports. Following this ...

Periods went mainstream in 2015. About bloody time

Never in my career – or, indeed, my personal life – have I spent as much time discussing periods as in 2015. Barely a week went by when menstruation wasn't hitting the headlines. From new sanita...

What your period might be trying to tell you...

For a woman, menstrual flow can be an indicator of her health. Most of the health conditions can be detected based on a woman's period flow, colour and other menstrual-related factors. A normal...

What I wish my Dad had known when I started my periods - by Daisy

My Dad is a hero. He’s the father of six girls - I’m the eldest - and he’s always been there for every triumph and disaster, staying up all night with a bucket when we all got the same stomach ...

Pads vs Tampons vs Cloth pads vs Cups

Most of us are comfortable using sanitary napkins and must have probably not thought of using other available sanitary products. Mainly because most products available have to be inserted int...

Male feminists guide to menstruation

Male Feminists should be the captains on the ships of women navigating the Red Sea. Here’s how to do that. Folks, there’s no more stressful time in a woman’s life than when she’s on her peri...

9 things only people with proper period pain understand

There’s nothing quite like meeting someone who understands what it’s like to go through real, proper period pains… a genuine wash of relief that comes over you when you realise that someone else tr...

Period myth buster

The internet is absolutely awash with period myths, and some are genuinely believable. All girls have the “OMG this tampon is going to get lost up there!” thought at some point in their lives (it d...

Headaches in women: What and why

  There are a number of factors that contribute to headaches in both men and women such as age or family history. While there are some great health advantages in being female, the same canno...

Women share their nightmare period stories

If you’re a person who menstruates, you’ve more than likely experienced a period-related mishap or two, whether it was a surprise moment in a public swimming pool or a horrifying experience involvi...

One amazing woman's mission to provide sanitary protection for all refugees

  When an Indian man invented a simple machine for poor rural women to make cheap sanitary pads, the idea was to provide jobs for some, and hygiene for millions – often for the first time. T...

This is good padvice

  Here at Sanitary Owl we’re lovers of all types of period-wear, from the humble towel to the mooncup and everything in-between. We like to think of them less as sanitary items and more as h...

How to dispose of tampons and pads

We know, catchy title…but there’s a serious point to this. It’s #worldtoiletday today and so we thought we’d draw attention to another side of world sanitary problems: tampons on beaches & pads...

What do period clots mean?

If you’ve had a period for any amount of time, you’ve probably already had a run-in with a period blood clot. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, well, lucky you, and please allow me to draw ...

... because 1 in 10 women have it

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS? Endometriosis (pronounced en- doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is the name given to the condition where cells like the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found ou...

How to prepare your daughter for her first period - by Jen

  Good advice from a good mum I remember the day my period started for the first time. I was 12 and other than hearing the vague and cryptic comments from my friends at school and an ol...

Blush making article on Sanitary Owl

Unlike most men, Alec Mills loves talking about periods. In fact, he’s made it his business. The Old Etonian farmer’s son and former banker is the co-founder of a new tampon delivery service, Sanit...

Rambo, Prejudice, and Tackling Period Shame

For many people, last Monday would have been the first they’ve heard of the tampon tax debate. For battle-hardened veterans however [I’m thinking Rambo with his bullet-belt of tampons – Tambo: Firs...

Why the tampon tax is no longer welcome, and women are

Cod-pieces. Under-butlers. Skirts over trousers. All popular in their time and yet now utterly incomprehensible. With today’s vote in Parliament, it’s now tampon tax standing in the docks (looking ...

Tampons, Pads, or Cups?

Let’s face it. Despite what the ads claim, the times we women have been completely comfortable and carefree during our period can probably be counted on one hand – two if you’re lucky. On an unluck...

Things you don't have to pay VAT on that aren't tampons

Campaigners will hand a 198,000-strong petition calling for VAT on tampons to be scrapped to George Osborne today.Currently sanitary products are taxed at five per cent – while items such as flapja...

What happens if you leave a tampons in for days?

Is it like when you find that mouse in a mousetrap? Or that jelly baby in last autumn’s coat pocket? Or pennies down the side of the sofa? Here’s what the health experts say: – Leaving a tampon...

How to have a happy and meaningful life

Happify, a website and app dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, detailed all the research-backed ways you can find meaning in the infog...

Should you go jogging with a flu or a cold?

Runners don’t like to skip workouts–even when they’re ill. Here’s how to decide when you should take a sick day from training. Runners seem to live by a creed that’s stricter than the postman’...

Your vagina is very clever

We recently listened to a woman’s hour debate on the topic of vaginal ‘fresheners’, and thought it was worth passing on what we learned. So here it is in a nutshell (or a vagshell?): What are ...

Are Looncups the future of periods?

If you want to track and learn more about your monthly flow, you can pre-order a Bluetooth-connected menstrual cup that sends reports to your phone. Woah. Now on Kickstarter, the Looncup is a sm...

How to menstruate like a champ

Periods. You know, that special time of the month where you feel like you’re wearing a diaper, overflowing from your jeans, feel like razors are shaving your insides, can’t stop eating chocolate...

20 things you should know...

1. Pregnancy is not a cure for endometriosis. Being pregnant may provide temporary relief from symptoms but it does not cure the condition. So ignore people who tell you different. 2. ...

Make the world a better place, one tampon at a time...

There’s a surf spot along Dockweiler State Beach in LA called ‘shit pipe’. It lived up to its name as county authorities closed down the beach a few nights ago as a result of “medical waste”...

Free tampon dispenser... Hello!?

Teens at a NYC high school won’t ever have to worry about remembering their tampons at school again. The NYC councillor Julissa Ferreras-Copeland unveiled the first machine offering free femini...

Turn over a new leaf this Autumn

New year – as the name suggests – is the obvious time for new beginnings (or rather false starts and vows waiting to fall by the wayside). But you could argue that after the lazy days of summer, th...

SOFY Be Fresh advert splits opinion for fat and period shaming

Watch this advert. What do you make of it?     Translation: a girl gets her period and all of a sudden becomes a larger body size, emotional, hungry, and, well, just generally unst...

What happens when you get your period in space?

Hundreds of you sent in questions for Skunk Bear’s live conversation with three astronauts and NASA’s chief scientist on Tuesday. The most common question was:“What happens when you get your period...

Pink Helmet Posse

First shown at the TelluRide Film Festival, this short film celebrates the “Pink Helmet Posse,” three 6-year-old girls who share an unusual passion: skateboarding   <iframe width="1280" ...

Do oestrogen levels affect the willingness to share?

Fluctuating hormone levels change a woman’s social behaviour over the course of the menstrual cycle. Mood swings and irritability before the period as well as a greater interest in sex during ovula...

Natural ways to get more comfortable

Cramps are a condition known to women everywhere, whatever the language or locale. In fact, more than half of young women’s monthly periods come with pain, some of it severe. And in adolescent girl...

Answers to get your ready

  When will I get my first period?   Most girls get their first period between the ages of 9 and 14, but it might be before or after this. Every girl is different, and thats OK. Of...