Women in China prefer to use sanitary pads. One even liked them so much, she stuck 30 pads on her boyfriend’s car because she thought he was cheating on her. But now, Chinese women will have other domestic options for hygiene products to use as revenge.
Danbishuang, which is part of parent company, Xinxiang Health Health Products Co., was started in 2009 and has a registered capital of 500,000 RMB. They are now selling their products online, varying from normal menstruation tampons, to medicinal tampons and to custom-made ones.
The products are surprisingly cheap, with one costing about 0.38 yuan. To assure customers that the low price doesn’t mean low quality, the company has posted numerous official reports on their website, detailing that their product is safe to use.
Ye Deliang, one of the company’s managers, stated, “It is important that China has its own brand of tampons. Every industry needs a pioneer, and I want to be this one’s.”
Previously, consumers have had no choice but to buy imported tampons. Simon Lai, who runs a business on Taobao called Puff House, sold around $180,000 (1,194,498 RMB) worth of imported tampons last year, LA Times reports. Lai bulk buys Tampax, which is a US brand, and sells them in China.
It looks like Danbishuang officials have been keeping stock of Tampax as well. The company’s color scheme bears a striking similarity to the popular American brand. It also probably doesn’t help that Tampax’s Chinese name is Danbisi
China’s Hygiene Product Study, conducted by Research Cotton Incorporated, found that only 2% of women in China use tampons. Most people don’t use it because of inexperience, others said it was because of the lack of availability. Last year, China produced 85 billion sanitary pads and no tampons at all. In 2013, $190 million (1.26 billiion RMB) worth of tampons were sold, but it was only 2.5% of the $7.6 billion (50.4 billion RMB) sanitary pad market.
It’s actually not that surprising that tampons aren’t often used in China. Sohu published an article three years ago titled, “Improper use of tampons might result in death.” It warned people of the potential to get “Toxic Shock Syndrome,” which is an illness caused by bacterial toxins.
Another reason why many are hesitant to use tampons is that some women are afraid they will lose their virginity by them.
However, Danbishuang is attempting to clean up all this misinformation by promoting the use of tampons. They published an article on their Weibo page, illustrating that tampons are for a “new modern generation” of women and detailed some of the health benefits. In addition, they also released a “How to Use Tampons Guide.”
It will likely be some time until tampons catch on in China, but have we already got the perfect spokeswoman for Danbishuang!
China’s favorite swimmer, Fu Yuanhui, just told the world that she swam in an Olympic event while on her period. Weibo user, @双门洞崔大师泽泽是我蓝票, wondered why the pool didn’t have blood in it. ‘Cause of tampons!
They are available for purchase online.
By Sarah Lin
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