If you’re a lady with a period, you’ve probably heard of Toxic Shock Syndrome. I’ve always heard of it, but never did any research on what exactly causes it. In general, I do prefer products that are more plant-based or less chemical heavy in all areas of my life.. I don’t know why it never crossed my mind until now to look into feminine hygiene products. So here’s what I’ve found…
Tampons contain chlorine dioxide, pesticides, and other pollutants.
WHAAAAT?! The skin in that area is highly absorbent and sensitive to toxins.. so why is this acceptable? While, TSS is fairly rare, these types of chemicals being absorbed into the skin can cause other issues as well, such as cancer. There a very little studies on how tampons effect long-term health, also – whaaat? Why is this not a priority?
Alternatives to traditional tampons
The Diva cup. I’ve never tried it – because honestly that shit looks intimidating and uncomfortable. But any who, it is reusable and claims to provide 12 hours of leak-free support.
You’ve probably seen period panties advertised on social media. She thinx is a brand I see all of the time. I really want to try these, but haven’t yet. They claim to be absorb menstruation so you don’t have to wear any feminine products. Which is f*cking crazy, is it not?! It sounds like it would be an awful mess but I’ve been reading the reviews on their website and people seem to love them! A lot of people mention how dry they keep you, which just blows my mind. They offer different styles based on your flow for that day.
There are a bunch of different brands that offer tampons made with organic cotton and a BPA free plastic applicator. This is where I’ve started. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any in store.. but you probably can if you live in a bigger city. I had to order them from Target.com. The good news is, they honestly aren’t that much more expensive that regular tampons! I only spent about 70 cents more. I decided to go with the Cora brand. All of the brands I was comparing seemed so similar, and all had similar reviews. Until I saw that for every box of Cora tampons you buy, a box is donated to a women’s shelter. SOLD. I have not had a chance to test them out, but I will keep you posted.
Let me know if you have tried any alternatives to traditional tampons, I’d love to hear your thoughts!