TMI Tuesday: The Truth About Tampons

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.

Period panties?!


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.

Organic Tampons



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 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!

XOXO AwkwardGirlBeauty

7 thoughts on “TMI Tuesday: The Truth About Tampons

  1. I’m obsessed with my soft cup. It’s a soft plastic version of like a Diva Cup. I was intimidated AF by it but it has changed my life. It’s like I don’t even have a period anymore. I empty it around every 3-6 hours and you can have sex with it in.I get a ton of questions about it. I use one a month so a $6 box lasts over a year,much cheaper than tampons. A lot of reactions are “omg how gross!!” which I don’t understand at all. Have you seen the natural sponge some use? I didn’t even know that was a thing!


      1. You don’t feel it AT ALL. I’m one of those super conscious people…like when I first started wearing tampons I was SUPER aware of it. After a while I adjusted,I wore tampons most of my life. It’s amazing though. I’ll put it in the day i’m supposed to start bc it’s like it’s not there. I can put it in…then go out all day and empty it once I get home. People always ask how do you empty it if you are out in public. Usually I don’t have to bc they last around 3-8 hours for me. It’s not something that needs to be changed out once you use the bathroom…you just go normally. The only issue I have had with them ever…in the last 4 years of usage was the first time I ever took it out. I had no clue what I was doing! But once I did it the first time….I never went back to tampons.


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