Pop quiz! Where do tampons and pads go?

A. In the medicine cabinet

B. In your vagina or on the crotch of your underwear

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C. In the designated trash bin

D. A combo of A, B, and C

Or E. Flushed down the toilet of the McGill University Health Centre

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The answer, of course, is D. As any woman who uses menstrual products can tell you, pads and tampons should never be flushed down the toilet because pads and tampons will destroy your plumbing system.

Case in point, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), a gigantic hospital in Montreal, has suffered from major plumbing issues, largely thanks to the women who flush their pads’n’pons.

The Montreal Gazette reports:

...Officials at the McGill University Health Centre now believe that too many tampons being flushed down toilets in one concentrated area of the superhospital is the main cause of the sewage backups that flooded the birthing centre last August.

“What’s causing the blockages in these areas are still the pads and the brown paper,” says MUHC spokesman Ian Popple.

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First of all, who are these monsters who flush paper towels down the toilet? Moving on, though: the MUHC, which opened last spring, houses the majority of its female-centered healthcare on one central floor.

“That’s the floor where you have a large number of women’s toilets and where larger, thicker pads get lodged in the pipes,” Popple explains.

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The flooding is now under control, but the flushing of pads and tampons continues to be a problem so let’s go over this one more time. Where do tampons and pads go? All together now: NEVER! IN! THE! TOILET!


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