A man has come under fire on social media after revealing that he’d banned his girlfriend stop using tampons.
The boyfriend said he’d issued the demand to his partner due to his fears over her health.
Despite his claims, the man was slammed by hundreds of Reddit users who were appalled by his “controlling” ways.
Sharing on Reddit, the boyfriend claimed his partner was “forgetful” when it came to personal hygiene.
“I have no issue with women using tampons,” he wrote.
“I have an issue with HER using tampons. I have a few reasons for this.
“She doesn’t change them regularly enough in my opinion. I think it’s a forgetfulness thing? She doesn’t take risks seriously?
“This stresses me out because I’m worried she will get sick. However I have never made demands before recently.”
The boyfriend went on to say that a recent incident ended with a visit to her doctor, which has only heightened his concerns.
“Her last period was almost a month ago and it was traumatic,” he said.
“Her period is coming up again and after what happened I pretty much demanded she no longer used tampons.
“She is furious with me. Says I’m being controlling. Says a man should not be demanding to women what sanitary products to use.”
The boyfriend claimed he was prepared to possibly end the relationship if she didn’t stick with his ban.
“I’m at a point where this is a hill I’m willing to die on and it may be a deal breaker is she doesn’t agree to this,” he said.
Some Reddit users were quick to criticise the man over his demand.
“You do not need to micromanage her period,” one said.
“Write that down and every time you get the urge to forbid her from tampons, read it and then sit back down.”
Added another: ”It seems like you’re well meaning, but this isn’t really your call to make. How would you feel if she asked you to stop using toilet paper because she thought you ‘used it wrong’?”
But others supported the boyfriend’s decision.
“You can get Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) from leaving tampons in too long,” said one. “You’re right to be worried – she’s putting herself at risk.”
Added another: “Honestly? It sounds like this is less about tampons/bodily autonomy and more about your girlfriend willingly and repeatedly putting her health at risk and refusing to make any changes.”