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dripstick questions

how long do I leave it in?

However long it takes to clean up - typically a few seconds! Leaving the sponge in the vaginal canal for a prolonged period of time does not increase effectiveness.

how do I use dripstick?

Find the complete set of instructions here. If you have any additional questions, please email us at hey@awkwardessentials.com and we will be more than happy to help. 

what do I do after I insert dripstick?

Once inserted in the vaginal canal, you may gently swirl and twist the sponge as needed.  Find the complete set of instructions here.

what is the difference between this and a tampon?

A tampon is a dense piece of cotton meant to absorb much more fluid for a long period of time. Dripstick is made of a soft sponge that absorbs quickly (in a few seconds), and meant for less fluid. (so you don't risk microtears in your vaginal walls!)

does it prevent pregnancy, STDs or STIs?

Dripstick is NOT a form of birth control, STD/STI protection, or menstruation product.

what is the sponge made out of?

The sponge is made from medical grade polyurethane - this is the same material as non-latex condoms and the contraceptive sponge! There are zero additives. The handle is also made from polypropylene.

I am having trouble inserting dripstick

If you are having trouble with insertion, wait a minute for gravity to do it's thing! If the cum is deposited pretty deep inside of you and hasn't slid down yet, there is nothing for the sponge to absorb or slide against near the vaginal canal opening. You wouldn't slide down a Slip & Slide without water :)

the vagina is self cleaning!!!

Correct! The vagina is self cleaning. Our product is only to be used if there is excess cum present. It's a sponge meant to absorb liquids and contains no additives whatsoever.

frances, what do your parents think about this???

"You need toilet paper for your ass, you need dripstick for your vagina - what's the problem?" - Our Founder Frances' Dad

"I need to understand the eggplant emoji so I can explain to [my best friend]" -Our Founder Frances' Mom

I have an issue with the product

Please email us at hey@awkwardessentials.com to submit any feedback. We want to help in any way we can!

is this the same as douching?

Nope! Vaginal douching is washing the vagina with water or a mixture of fluids to eliminate odors and “clean” the vagina. Dripsticks contain ZERO additives or solutions. It's just a soft squishy sponge meant to absorb the extra cum :)

I want to hear from an OBGYN

Dripstick is considered a consumer product.

You can check out our Doc Talk page. or if you'd like to ask your personal OB/GYN about dripstick, contact us - we're happy to send them a sample so you can get feedback from someone you know and trust (in real life!)!

mainstream questions

do I have to pull my pants down to use it?

We recommend this for first time use and then once you are comfortable you can pull your underwear to the side. 

this feels weird, why can’t I just squat?

No one’s stopping ya from squatting! Mainstream was created for those who don’t love squatting or the risk of splashing. We’re here to help you direct your stream for convenience.

what's it made out of?

Sturdy, soggy-proof cardboard.

where do I put it when I’m done? is it disposable?

Great question! We created the packaging as a multi-purpose baggie - once you're done doing your thang you can just fold the funnel back up, pop it in the bag, and reseal it until you can properly dispose of it into the trash.

is it reusable?

Mainstream was created as a one-time-use product. Since it is disposable the materials do not allow for multiple uses.

ordering & shipping

do you offer free shipping?

We offer free shipping on all orders over $40! Shipping is $5 flat under $40. This applies to domestic orders only. International shipping costs are calculated at checkout and vary based on item weight/location. More information on international shipping can be found here.


Domestic shipping typically takes between 5-10 business days, but please note there are shipping delays across the country due to the pandemic and supply chain issues. We appreciate your patience!

is the packaging discreet?

Yes! All orders ship in 100% discreet packaging. We ship in a plain, unbranded box with Richard Cummings 😉 as the sender.

Please note: if you are an international customer, it may be required for us to note what the product is on the shipping label. 

where do you ship from?

We ship from our warehouse in Dallas, TX!  🤠

where do you ship to?

We currently ship to the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and EU. For an exhaustive list of countries we ship to, please visit our international shipping page.

Shipping costs vary by location. To calculate your cost, just enter your shipping address at checkout.

Please note that import duties, taxes, and brokerage fees are not included in the product price or shipping and handling cost. You may be responsible for these fees upon arrival, we recommend checking with your country's customs office to determine if there will be additional costs!

how can I track my order?

Each order has a specific tracking number that will be emailed to you after your order ships. If you no longer have access to the email, you can request your tracking information by emailing us at hey@awkwardessentials.com or hopping on our live chat. 

Please note: due to shipping delays across the country, please allow additional time for your order to arrive. Thank you for understanding! 

my order arrived damaged, wrong, or was returned to you!

Please reach out to us at hey@awkwardessentials.com and we'd be happy to resolve the issue ASAP!

my tracking information says my order was delivered but I can’t find it

Occasionally postal carriers get a little confused and our packages will be delivered to a neighbor, a mail center, or a management office. If you look around and are still unable to find your order, just email hey@awkwardessentials.com and we'll make sure you get your product!

subscription

am I automatically subscribed when I place an order?

No! If you don't want a subscription, simply choose "one time purchase" when ordering your Dripsticks. If you would like a subscription, choose "subscribe + save" and choose the frequency at which you would like to receive your Dripsticks :)

how can I subscribe to dripstick?

It's easy! When placing your order just choose your pack size and the frequency at which you would like to receive your Dripsticks.

why should I subscribe?

Convenience and saving money, baby! Need we say more? You save time with auto-deliveries, get 5% off each order, and never risk the dreaded post-sex-omg-I'm-out-of-Dripsticks moment.

Don't get caught dripping ;)

what products are available for subscription?

Right now, our 10 and 20-packs of Dripsticks are available for subscription. If you'd like to see more products added to our subscription program, let us know!

how often do I get my dripsticks?

It's up to you! Choose between a 30, 60 or 90-day cadence when you place your order.

will my subscription be automatically renewed after I sign up?

Yes, your subscription will be renewed automatically according to your original settings. However, you can change the subscription preferences in your profile by choosing to adjust, skip, or cancel the subscription.

can I make changes to my subscription?

Of course! You’re able to make changes to your next delivery by selecting: manage subscription in your Awkward Essentials profile at least 24 hours prior to your next renewal date. If your order processes with any incorrect information, simply edit your info on the account page.

is there a deadline to make changes to my subscription?

In order to meet the deadline of your next subscription delivery, you need to make changes to your order at least 24 hours before your next renewal date.

can I skip a delivery?

Of course! To skip a delivery or place a hold on your subscription, select manage subscription on your Awkward Essentials account page.

how do I cancel my subscription?

To cancel your subscription, select manage subscription on your Awkward Essentials account page.

dripstick questions

how long do I leave it in?

However long it takes to clean up - typically a few seconds! Leaving the sponge in the vaginal canal for a prolonged period of time does not increase effectiveness.

how do I use dripstick?

Find the complete set of instructions here. If you have any additional questions, please email us at hey@awkwardessentials.com and we will be more than happy to help. 

what do I do after I insert dripstick?

Once inserted in the vaginal canal, you may gently swirl and twist the sponge as needed.  Find the complete set of instructions here.

what is the difference between this and a tampon?

A tampon is a dense piece of cotton meant to absorb much more fluid for a long period of time. Dripstick is made of a soft sponge that absorbs quickly (in a few seconds), and meant for less fluid. (so you don't risk microtears in your vaginal walls!)

does it prevent pregnancy, STDs or STIs?

Dripstick is NOT a form of birth control, STD/STI protection, or menstruation product.

what is the sponge made out of?

The sponge is made from medical grade polyurethane - this is the same material as non-latex condoms and the contraceptive sponge! There are zero additives. The handle is also made from polypropylene.

I am having trouble inserting dripstick

If you are having trouble with insertion, wait a minute for gravity to do it's thing! If the cum is deposited pretty deep inside of you and hasn't slid down yet, there is nothing for the sponge to absorb or slide against near the vaginal canal opening. You wouldn't slide down a Slip & Slide without water :)

the vagina is self cleaning!!!

Correct! The vagina is self cleaning. Our product is only to be used if there is excess cum present. It's a sponge meant to absorb liquids and contains no additives whatsoever.

frances, what do your parents think about this???

"You need toilet paper for your ass, you need dripstick for your vagina - what's the problem?" - Our Founder Frances' Dad

"I need to understand the eggplant emoji so I can explain to [my best friend]" -Our Founder Frances' Mom

I have an issue with the product

Please email us at hey@awkwardessentials.com to submit any feedback. We want to help in any way we can!

is this the same as douching?

Nope! Vaginal douching is washing the vagina with water or a mixture of fluids to eliminate odors and “clean” the vagina. Dripsticks contain ZERO additives or solutions. It's just a soft squishy sponge meant to absorb the extra cum :)

I want to hear from an OBGYN

Dripstick is considered a consumer product.

You can check out our Doc Talk page. or if you'd like to ask your personal OB/GYN about dripstick, contact us - we're happy to send them a sample so you can get feedback from someone you know and trust (in real life!)!

mainstream questions

do I have to pull my pants down to use it?

We recommend this for first time use and then once you are comfortable you can pull your underwear to the side. 

this feels weird, why can’t I just squat?

No one’s stopping ya from squatting! Mainstream was created for those who don’t love squatting or the risk of splashing. We’re here to help you direct your stream for convenience.

what's it made out of?

Sturdy, soggy-proof cardboard.

where do I put it when I’m done? is it disposable?

Great question! We created the packaging as a multi-purpose baggie - once you're done doing your thang you can just fold the funnel back up, pop it in the bag, and reseal it until you can properly dispose of it into the trash.

is it reusable?

Mainstream was created as a one-time-use product. Since it is disposable the materials do not allow for multiple uses.

ordering & shipping

do you offer free shipping?

We offer free shipping on all orders over $40! Shipping is $5 flat under $40. This applies to domestic orders only. International shipping costs are calculated at checkout and vary based on item weight/location. More information on international shipping can be found here.


Domestic shipping typically takes between 5-10 business days, but please note there are shipping delays across the country due to the pandemic and supply chain issues. We appreciate your patience!

is the packaging discreet?

Yes! All orders ship in 100% discreet packaging. We ship in a plain, unbranded box with Richard Cummings 😉 as the sender.

Please note: if you are an international customer, it may be required for us to note what the product is on the shipping label. 

where do you ship from?

We ship from our warehouse in Dallas, TX!  🤠

where do you ship to?

We currently ship to the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and EU. For an exhaustive list of countries we ship to, please visit our international shipping page.

Shipping costs vary by location. To calculate your cost, just enter your shipping address at checkout.

Please note that import duties, taxes, and brokerage fees are not included in the product price or shipping and handling cost. You may be responsible for these fees upon arrival, we recommend checking with your country's customs office to determine if there will be additional costs!

how can I track my order?

Each order has a specific tracking number that will be emailed to you after your order ships. If you no longer have access to the email, you can request your tracking information by emailing us at hey@awkwardessentials.com or hopping on our live chat. 

Please note: due to shipping delays across the country, please allow additional time for your order to arrive. Thank you for understanding! 

my order arrived damaged, wrong, or was returned to you!

Please reach out to us at hey@awkwardessentials.com and we'd be happy to resolve the issue ASAP!

my tracking information says my order was delivered but I can’t find it

Occasionally postal carriers get a little confused and our packages will be delivered to a neighbor, a mail center, or a management office. If you look around and are still unable to find your order, just email hey@awkwardessentials.com and we'll make sure you get your product!

subscription

am I automatically subscribed when I place an order?

No! If you don't want a subscription, simply choose "one time purchase" when ordering your Dripsticks. If you would like a subscription, choose "subscribe + save" and choose the frequency at which you would like to receive your Dripsticks :)

how can I subscribe to dripstick?

It's easy! When placing your order just choose your pack size and the frequency at which you would like to receive your Dripsticks.

why should I subscribe?

Convenience and saving money, baby! Need we say more? You save time with auto-deliveries, get 5% off each order, and never risk the dreaded post-sex-omg-I'm-out-of-Dripsticks moment.

Don't get caught dripping ;)

what products are available for subscription?

Right now, our 10 and 20-packs of Dripsticks are available for subscription. If you'd like to see more products added to our subscription program, let us know!

how often do I get my dripsticks?

It's up to you! Choose between a 30, 60 or 90-day cadence when you place your order.

will my subscription be automatically renewed after I sign up?

Yes, your subscription will be renewed automatically according to your original settings. However, you can change the subscription preferences in your profile by choosing to adjust, skip, or cancel the subscription.

can I make changes to my subscription?

Of course! You’re able to make changes to your next delivery by selecting: manage subscription in your Awkward Essentials profile at least 24 hours prior to your next renewal date. If your order processes with any incorrect information, simply edit your info on the account page.

is there a deadline to make changes to my subscription?

In order to meet the deadline of your next subscription delivery, you need to make changes to your order at least 24 hours before your next renewal date.

can I skip a delivery?

Of course! To skip a delivery or place a hold on your subscription, select manage subscription on your Awkward Essentials account page.

how do I cancel my subscription?

To cancel your subscription, select manage subscription on your Awkward Essentials account page.

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