FAQs

Will I feel anything wearing your pads?

Yes and no. Some women reported feeling “airy” down there and some don’t feel anything! What you will notice, however, is that TOM pads are much less humid feeling compared to all the other pads. There is always a chance you could feel irritation while wearing any kind of feminine pad. TOM, even with its added protection may still irritate the skin due to friction via movement. If this occurs, stop using TOM pads until you feel like you’re ready to use pads again. If anything more serious occurs, we advise to stop use and see a doctor.

Will any powder be inhaled?

Absolutely not! The filter on the oxygenator-capsule is made using the same N95-grade filter we use to filter the air. It simply does not allow particles of that size to pass through.

Why not tampons?

We believe we should go with nature and not against it; at least until a better solution is discovered. Here are four other reasons:
1) Hormone-Disrupting Herbicides.
“The vast majority ‒ 85 percent ‒ of tampons, cotton, and sanitary products tested in a new Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, ruled a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization.” (Source: https://www.rt.com/usa/319524-tampons-cotton-glyphosate-monsanto/)
Glyphosate is a known endocrine aka hormone disruptor. “An endocrine disruptor is a chemical that either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body’s normal functions. This disruption can happen through altering normal hormone levels, halting or stimulating the production of hormones, or interacting directly with the organ the hormone was meant to regulate. Because hormones work at very small doses, endocrine disruption can occur from low-dose exposure to hormonally active chemicals. Low doses over long periods of time may lead to very serious illnesses.” (Source: http://sustainablepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/GMO-health-1.pdf)
The question now: Is the added freedom and comfort worth the infections, odor, mood swings, or possibly even cancer?
2) Tampons are associated with causing many unnecessary problems.
Tampons are associated with a greater increase in Bacterial vaginosis (infecting over 640,000 people a year), Toxic Shock Syndrome (causing multiple deaths per year), and yeast infections (infects up to 3 out of 4 women some point in their lives),
We believe this is due to tampons forcing the menstrual blood to be trapped within the body when nature wants it to come out. As we’ve said before, vaginal pH is generally acidic, but during menstruation, the internal pH rises due to the alkalinity of the blood. Keeping the alkaline blood inside provides just the right conditions for the “bad” bacteria and yeast to multiply in numbers, while the “good” lactobacillus bacteria which thrives in the usual acidic vaginal environment slowly get outnumbered.
That being said, there are pros and cons to each choice. Adding our technology to the traditional feminine pad helps relieve many of the complaints that were typically associated with them.
3) Dryness. Tampons by their very nature absorb everything it can, which can dry you out. It’ll trap the bad bacteria that your body is trying to get rid of, and stop the waste fluids in its tracks.
4) Leftovers. Tampons absorb blood and bacteria for the most part; menstruation involves shedding the outer lining of the uterus. However, the uterine tissue that is supposed to be expelled by the body at that given time is not, as tampons clog it up, allowing the flesh, yeast, bacteria, and blood to be trapped for hours at a time. When you change tampons, there is always a possibility leftover tissue and tampon material stays inside the vagina (tampons materials are often loosely bound to help with absorption), causing an unnatural balance in your personal vaginal ecosystem.

Where can we offer comments or suggestions?

Right here!
We would love to hear from our community! We will continue  to explore ways to improve our products! Believe me when I say: nobody gets anything perfect on the first try. We are here to work with you to tailor our product to our customer’s specific needs, so if anything is missing or unsatisfactory, please don’t be upset, we will work hard to fix any issues you bring to light!
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We hope to hear from you soon 🙂

Where are your masks currently manufactured?

Our masks are made at the small city of Anqiu just a bit east of Qingdao, where the 2008 Olympics were held.

What’s contained within your oxygenator capsule?

Each mask contains our patented formula, which includes only food-grade materials that can release trapped oxygen through a special chemical reaction.

What makes your pad so special?

We have created the first feminine pad in the world to provide a steady release of pure oxygen upon use. This means your monthly experience is going to be a lot more comfortable! Another thing we’ve designed into our pad is to make our technology slightly acid forming, to closely mimic the normal vaginal pH (3.8-4.5), this adds another layer of protection by destroying the environment which candida and common BV bacterial strains love, all while helping preserve the positive ratio of the beneficial lactobacillus bacteria. Bacterial Vaginosis and other infections often cause the vaginal pH to rise above pH 4.5. That is the type of environment that bacteria thrive on. We are here to make their new home, less habitable. Also, oxygen has bee shown to help slow or kill existing anaerobic bacteria. Obligate anaerobic microbes generally can tolerate no longer than 15 minutes of oxygen exposure. Allowing you to wear the pad for longer durations with enhanced comfort. However, we still suggest changing your pad based on your usual frequency or at least every 4 hours for better hygiene!

What if the oxygen runs out, can I still wear the pad?

The oxygen may run out at some point, but generally, it’ll last the entire duration of use if not much more. When it does run out, you can switch a pad or continue wearing it as you would a regular pad! There might not be any more oxygen being generated, however even at this point, there are still many advantages versus a traditional pad, such as the acidic nature of our pads which help stunt the growth of microbes even without oxygen!

What Do I Do If The Pad Is Damaged?

If the pad is damaged in any way, please dispose of the pad and use a new one!

The package I have is damaged. Are the masks still safe to use?

We highly recommend to dispose any damaged packaging or products, and to use a new one. Your health comes first! We would never encourage you to use a product that jeopardizes your safety.

Scented or unscented?

Our pads generate oxygen to fight odor-causing bacteria before it has a chance to grow, therefore our pads do not require added scented material!

Is your unique material eco-friendly?

Yes, our patented materials can actually be used to improve soil conditions and help the living conditions of certain ocean life!

Is your material safe?

Yes, Absolutely! We only use food-grade materials! People have ingested food-grade varieties of our material with no problem at all. However, we strongly advise against touching or ingesting it; seriously, DON’T DO IT! It could cause severe irritation if not handled properly, especially when inhaled or if it gets in the eyes. You wouldn’t want to get salt or chili in your eye or lungs, even though it’s perfectly safe to ingest!

Is oxygen harmful to the skin/vulva?

Quite the opposite actually! Oxygen is known to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates collagen production. Oxygen is extremely beneficial for our skin, in fact, it is used to help burn victims recover from their wounds much faster. Our good bacteria, the mighty lactobacillus, actually produces hydrogen peroxide (a weak oxidizer) to help protect women (or itself) from the overgrowth of harmful alkalizing microbes.

Is it reusable?

Yes, it is reusable for as long as the filters aren’t fully clogged with pollutants, which can generally be worn for around 8 hours in a heavily polluted area. For surgical use, however, it is advisable to use a new mask each time you take it off, since the risk of spreading bacteria or viruses increases.

I need to order a large amount for my company/organization. Can I do this through you, or do I go through a distributor?

Both would work! You can contact us directly for the most up-to-date information regarding orders. We recommend going through our “Contact Us” page. Fill out the form properly and name the subject line: Large Order Inquiry.

How should I dispose of the pads after use?

We recommend wrapping the used pad in the wrapper, and properly disposing it in the trash. Do not flush any contents down the toilet!

How much oxygen can each mask generate?

Each mask contains enough of our unique formula to generate up to 500 mL of pure oxygen.

How long can I use it for?

This depends on the environmental conditions, as well your specific use for the mask. For example, if you are using the mask in a heavily polluted environment, the duration of effective use will be decreased. When the mask gets clogged with pollutants, it slowly becomes more difficult to breathe through the filtration materials.

How does the skin-tone balancing work? When will I see results? How much does it balance? Is it permanent? And is it potentially harmful like other balancing products such as creams? Why would I want to balance my skin-tone?

Summary: No, when used properly, it is not potentially harmful like other products, as the only thing extra (compared to a normal pad) interacting with the vulva area is oxygen, which is usually naturally present in the atmosphere, so it is very very safe. Oxygen is known to penetrate deep enough into the skin to reach melanin (skin pigment). Double bonds reflect more light wavelengths, which results in us seeing the darker or reddish hue on our reproductive organs. The oxygen we generate disassembles the double bond, leaving a single bonded “colorless” melanin. The amount of skin-tone balancing generally is achieved rather quickly within days or weeks (depending on the frequency of use), though some may never experience it at all. All the current users have reported reaching at most an equal or balanced skin-tone as other parts of the body. If you’ve ever had your hair bleached with Hydrogen Peroxide, then you’ve experienced this double bond disassembling effect! Remember, oxygen in its gaseous state, even in its pure form, is incredibly safe for the skin and even beneficial for extensive burn wounds! Skin tone balancing effect may vary for each woman depending various situations! The balancing effect is not permanent, it merely disassembles the double bond needed for color into a single bond, and if reassembled into a double bond, the color will reappear. The amount of time it takes to reappear varies from person to person, as the main contributor of the pheomelanin hue is due to activation by your sex hormones! If you would not like the skin-tone balancing effect, these pads may not be for you.
To be clear, we sincerely believe that NOBODY has to change the way they are and we have zero intention of shaming anyone or making anyone insecure about their skin-tone. We know that our delicate areas do not have to be changed in any way! We believe our bodies are made perfect. However, as you may know, tons of women (even men!) actually go through rounds of laser treatment and resort to carcinogenic lightening creams/ointments just to brighten that area of their body! We have received tons of feedback from women saying they really appreciate that factor of our pads. Oxygen does a lot of great things for us; evening out the skin tone is just one of the benefits that naturally come with it! We are providing not only a safe alternative, as the only thing promoting skin tone balancing is pure oxygen, but we are also providing it in a gentle and convenient way! And to be perfectly honest, without putting this effect front and center, it would be misleading to the customers who try our products. However subtle the effect may be, we rather not hide the fact that oxygen might have this effect on the skin. To me, honesty is more important than appealing to everyone. We hope you would understand where I’m coming from. Advertise or not, the effect may occur. I do apologize for making it seem like that’s what we wanted to emphasize.
More detailed version of how the skin-tone balancing works:
The skin has many layers, the first outer layer is called the Epidermis. This layer is about 0.13mm thick and contains the melanocytes which produce mainly two types of melanin, which are the skin pigments. The second layer of skin is the Dermis has a depth starting from approximately 0.14mm and ending at 1.1mm. Under normal conditions, atmospheric oxygen can supply the upper skin layers to a depth of 0.25–0.40 mm. which means that the oxygen will have an opportunity to interact with the pigmented melanins.
The two main melanin pigments are:
Eumelanin, (a black/brownish hued pigment ) which is more susceptible to oxidation and the cleaving of the double bonds (double bonds absorb visible light, hence the dark color). Once the double bond is broken by oxygen it leaves only a single bond, then the light is no longer absorbed and appears colorless to us.
The second and more stable of the bunch, Pheomelanin, is a reddish hue. This is the main type found in reproductive organs, nipples, and lips. Therefore, it’s not that those areas are darker, but rather redder. Pheomelanin can survive longer in the presence of oxygen compared to Eumelanin, but it too will eventually give way to the cleaving of the bonds and lose its color.
Evidence suggests that using hydrogen peroxide to bleach the skin (and hair!) is bad, as it causes blood to avoid flowing to the applied areas (capillary embolism), while the acidic nature of the solution could irritate skin and it causes too strong of an oxidizing effect. Hydrogen peroxide is harmful because in contact with metal ions it forms more damaging radicals, and itself peroxidizes protein residues (thiols for instance) thus modifying them and stressing the cell out. Elsewhere, it interferes with redox signaling and energy production, and itself can act as a signaling molecule. We do not recommend using hydrogen peroxide to bleach skin.
Biologically, oxygen is much more sensitive in its actions, and so its ‘damaging effect’ is more context dependent. For example, it may take years for a metal pipe to rust when exposed to air, but only a day when exposed to H2O2. Inside the body, catalase is a protein evolved as a defense mechanism, which our body’s cells and “good” lactobacillus bacteria contain and generate, while the majority of bad bacterias do not. The catalase simply speeds up the H2O2 > O2 conversion. In that sense, the damaging effect of H2O2 is decreased. Actually, Hydrogen peroxide (oxygen) is produced by our good lactobacillus and helps kill off surrounding pathogenic “bad” bacteria, as those bad bacteria don’t have an innate catalase defense mechanism.
*Disclaimer: TOM does not take any responsibility for the effects that Oxygen may have on the skin tone.

How does it work?

The oxygenator-capsule requires water and/or carbon dioxide to start releasing the bound oxygen. Our technology allows us to literally transform the unfavorable conditions brought about by water vapors and carbon dioxide, and turn them into something beneficial! The result is a much drier and more comfortable mask.

Does your mask really generate oxygen?

Yes! Our mask is attached to a special oxygenator-capsule, which starts generation when you exhale CO2 and/or when moisture is present within the capsule.

Does the oxygen technology cause leakages?

Never! We carefully calculated the amount of oxygen each pad will release to provide adequate protection while preventing leakages.

Does the oxygen technology affect the absorbency?

Absolutely not! We strictly adhere to the standard absorbency ranges for feminine pads. In fact, our material actually helps increase the absorption levels!

Do your pads have wings?

Yes! We believe the wings play an essential role in helping slippage prevention. We have tried many wing iterations and found that the current version is the most effective.

Do you have multiple sizes and absorbencies?

We currently offer a regular and overnight pad. We are excited to add more variations to our product line very soon.

Do you have a list of scientific references?

Yes definitely! References are provided below!
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Can TOM pads treat or cure my BV or Yeast Infections?

NO. TOM pads are not meant to treat or cure anything. Our technology was designed to bring a comfortable defense to the surface of your skin and the pad environment by disrupting the conditions which certain bacterium like to live. We do this by dramatically increasing oxygen levels, as well as lowering pH to similar levels found naturally in healthy women. BV and yeast infections are caused by more than just an unbalanced pH and oxygen-free environments, it’s more of a systemic issue arising from poor food choices such as excess sugars, exogenous or synthetic hormones, too much stress, and not getting enough sleep.

Are your products tested on animals?

We do not, and never will, endorse testing on animals.

Are your masks N95 certified?

Our mask are made using N95-grade materials; however, we are not yet certified. We are currently undergoing the process of receiving the NIOSH-certification. We’re not stopping there though! We are aiming to exceed all FDA regulations, cGMP regulations, OSHA requirements, as well as meeting the CDC guidelines for bacterial infections.

Are your masks manufactured in a cleanroom?

Yes. We have achieved our goal of obtaining the strict ISO 6 classification and the U.S. General Service Administration’s standards known as FS209E. We will continue to maintain these high standards for the safety of our consumers.

Are they manufactured in a cleanroom?

Yes. We follow the BS 5295 Class 2 Cleanroom Standards!

Are there multiple sizes available?

Yes, there are 2 sizes to choose from: regular and small.

Are there any downsides to your pad?

None! We are proud to bring to market such a unique and life-changing product. We’re certain that it will help make your life a bit easier during that tough time of the month!

Are the masks safe?

Yes! The materials we use are made using the industry standards for N95 Respirator masks and has been thoroughly tested for human-use. We source each of our materials through known and trusted suppliers who are adamant about providing high-quality materials. Our manufacturing process is taken very seriously and we manufacture in a cleanroom to ensure no contamination occurs. We use precision ultrasound machinery to securely fasten our filtration layer to our oxygenator-capsule, so absolutely no powder will leak during the manufacturing process.