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Unisex Emergency Tampon necklace by Katarina Hornwall holds spare sanitary products

The pendant of this necklace by Swedish designer Katarina Hornwall can be used to carry tampons for those "in need of immediate menstrual assistance".

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

Made from solid aluminium and brass bars, the Emergency Tampon necklace pendant mimics the shape of a tampon so that one neatly fits inside.

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

"It is supposed to be a bit thought provoking," Hornwall told Dezeen. "I thought it would be interesting to let the tampon be a bit of a 'show off'."

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

She came up with the idea for the product after discussing the taboo surrounding sanitary products, and deciding that they shouldn't have to be hidden.

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

"While having a couple of beers, some friends and I came to discuss the tendency of feeling a bit embarrassed to ask a friend for a tampon, or hiding the tampon in your hand when going to the toilet," said the designer, who studied industrial design at Lund University. "Why are we embarrassed about tampons?"

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

Mounted on a thin chain, the metallic case is lathed and drilled by hand, while the shape of the domed tip is made with a computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe.

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

"The split line for the cap is located at a position so it also resembles a bullet," Hornwall said. "Or a bit like a very small dildo, as some have pointed out."

The necklace is also designed to prevent tampons from gathering dirt at the bottom of bags, as well as making one easier to access at short notice.

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

"Having loose tampons in a handbag usually gets the plastic foil that covers them dirty, so the case also function as protection from dirt," said Hornwall.

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

However, the necklace is not just for women. Hornwall's intention was to create a product that could be worn by both sexes.

The designer describes her target audience as: "Anyone who potentially could be on a period or knows anyone who could be on a period".

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

"The aim has been to create a design that everyone can feel comfortable wearing," she said.

Emergency Tampon by Katarina Hornwall

A variety of design students have recently attempted to tackle taboos surrounding sex and body image. Debora Dax designed underwear adorned with artificial pubic hair as part of her collection of garments, while Amber Defroand created a vibrator with interchangeable shafts to "enable women to personalise their sexual experiences".

Photography is by Tove Larris.