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Experience: my TOTM subscription

I’m 30 and I recently learned that I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation which puts me at a significantly higher risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer. I’m taking preventative action against my risk and my journey started this year with a double mastectomy. I will, in the years to follow also have my ovaries removed. After I learned of my mutation, it really made me question what potentially harmful products I used day to day.

An ad for TOTM popped up on my Instagram feed showing two tampons in glasses of water, and the fibres that shed from leading brand products. I didn’t realise that some major companies use harsh chemicals, bleaches and pesticides which can affect your hormones, immune system and are even linked to cancer. I had a look at their website, through the product range and came across the option to create a subscription. I’m all for little life hacks that make life that tiny bit easier.

I have a pretty irregular cycle and have been caught out in the past. Having the subscription from TOTM is awesome. I started my subscription by buying a couple of extra boxes.  I have one box each of medium and super applicator tampons that I keep in the bathroom. Then, when my monthly order is delivered, I distribute them amongst my handbags, put a couple in the car and my drawer at work. I also love the ‘Fab Little Bags’ that TOTM stock. These are little tampon disposal bags that enable you to discard of tampons discretely. No more wrapping them up in toilet roll and searching for a bin, or that moment of panic when you’re at a friends’ and you hope it flushes. Yep, I’m sure most of us have been there at some point. Again, these are biodegradable and can be added to your monthly order.

I love how easily you can amend your order, try different products and even pause it for a short time if necessary just by logging in and quickly changing your preferences. Not only that, even at 30 I still get slightly embarrassed buying sanitary products so the fact that they are delivered regularly and discretely is fab! I also don’t have to rely on remembering to buy them which being a mum, working and navigating my way through my BRCA journey, I find it hard to remember what I’m supposed to be doing half the time!

I’m glad I’ve found a product that’s inexpensive, easy to order and most importantly, is natural. I can relax knowing that the products I’m using are completely safe. I’d definitely recommend TOTM to family, friends and everyone else. Their products are 100% biodegradable, hypoallergenic and contain no harsh cancer causing chemicals or bleach. The subscription was super easy to set up and is really flexible, changing products or delivery dates in just a few clicks. So become a #PeriodPioneer and #BeKinderToYourVagina

You can read my blog at www.mybrcalife.wordpress.com

Christina, from Edinburgh.

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