When most of us think of tampons, we think of all of the typical brands we see at the drug store and we assume that they are safe to use. I mean, why wouldn’t they be? Why would they be approved for use inside our bodies if they were not safe for us? Right? Well, after doing some research I have found some pretty upsetting information about the ingredients in conventional tampons and the possible harm they can cause. I am so glad that I switched to organic cotton tampons a few years back and I hope after reading this post that you do too!
Here are three good reasons to switch to organic cotton tampons:
1) Chlorine bleach- To get that clean-looking white color, tampons (unless otherwise stated) are bleached with Chlorine. This process creates Dioxins and Furans, which are defined as highly toxic compounds produced as a byproduct in certain manufacturing processes.
2) Pesticide residue- Yup, unless it is organic cotton, cotton plants are treated with chemical pesticides that can leave a residue on the cotton. Not to mention that 85% of cotton in the united states in GMO (genetically modified), bad for us and the environment. The chemicals in these pesticides are known carcinogens (substances capable of causing cancer in living tissue).
3) Unknown fragrance chemicals- Unfortunately, “fragrance” is considered a trade secret, so companies are not required to disclose their ingredients. Even “unscented” products may contain masking fragrances, which are chemicals used to cover up the odor of other chemicals. Fragrances (in not only feminine products, but soaps, lotions, shampoos, candles, cleaning products and more) can contain allergens, phthalates (a class of chemicals linked to hormone disruption), neurotoxins (chemicals that are toxic to the brain), and/or synthetic musks ( a class of synthetic aromachemicals to emulate the scent of natural musks, and are known to be toxic to the environment and to proliferate estrogen-responsive human breast cancer cells).
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any of these things near by body, let alone inside it! The vaginal area has extremely permeable mucus membranes and sensitive tissue that readily absorb whatever is in the products we put on or in it. That’s why I urge you to switch to organic cotton tampons. Know what you are putting in your body. You can buy the brand I choose here or find them in a store near you here.