Yes, this is a tampon. And yes, we’re talking about periods. Decide if you can handle the conversation or not.
If you haven’t seen by now, Kotex tampons have been recalled due to a “defect that caused them to unravel upon removal, leaving pieces inside consumers’ bodies.” Terrifying right? There is so much to say on this topic I honestly don’t know where to start.
First of all, most name brand tampons should’ve been in the news a long time ago. The materials that your tampons are made with are absolutely terrifying. If you want some more specifics on this topic here is a CNN article, here are some specifics on materials, and there are plenty of articles on Google to give you nightmares about what you’ve been putting in your body. But basically there are dyes, fragrances, pesticides, chlorine, and other chemicals in most tampons and every time you put one inside your body, your body is exposed to these harmful substances. According to Well & Good, it’s estimated that women use 10,000-11,000 tampons in their lifetime….that’s a lot of exposure to these harmful materials and in a sensitive area too.
We’ve seen a recent trend in the importance of health and what we’re eating. A shift towards local and organic….so why aren’t we talking more about what we’re literally putting inside our bodies in the way of menstrual products?
So what are alternatives to icky tampons?
Period Panties: What are they & do they really work?
Okay, so I was hesitant at first, but now I swear by period panties. I’ve been using them for about three years now. I use THINX and they are wonderful. I think I’ll be writing a separate post about this in the future, but for now I’ll give you a short run down. Period panties are, as Thinx describes it, “washable, reusable undies that absorb your period and are a more sustainable solution than single-use disposable products.” Doesn’t sound too glamorous. BUT they really work. When I first used THINX I was scared that I was going to bleed through, but I didn’t. They are so much more comfortable than wearing a pad or tampon and it’s a more sustainable solution too. When the day is done you simply rinse them, throw them in the washer, and let them air dry for the next day. It’s easy, sustainable, AND can save you money in the long run. Seriously send me questions and I’ll answer them if you want to learn more. And for the record this is not sponsored or anything.
Menstrual Cup: An Eco-Friendly Alternative to Tampons
Personally, I have not tried using a menstrual cup, but I know plenty of women who use them regularly and they swear by it. From what I’ve heard they are perfectly comfortable. So what is a menstrual cup? According to The DivaCup, it’s a “eco-friendly, reusable, cost-effective cup and can be worn for up to 12 hours.” The cup can easily be washed out and re-used. The DivaCup is 100% healthcare-grade silicone and free from Latex, BPA, plastic, dyes and chemicals.
AND not all tampons are filled with nasty stuff…
Lola: Organic Tampons & Pads
Lola is not a brand that I have personally tried, but I have friends who do enjoy their products. Lola’s products are made with 100% organic cotton and give back. Their various subscriptions are flexible and the transparency of the materials they’re using speaks volumes of the brand.
Aunt Flow: Buy One, Give One All Natural Menstrual Hygiene Products
Aunt Flow’s menstrual cycle hygiene products are made of 100% natural cotton, 100% biodegradable, FDA approved, and made without synthetics, chemicals, and dyes. Aunt Flow is a great brand of all natural, biodegradable menstrual cycle hygiene products. For each box of menstrual supplies sold, an equal amount of products are donated to a partner organization helping those in need receive access to pads and tampons. I have personally tried Aunt Flow’s products and love them!