Feminine Hygiene Products: Does It Matter What I Use?

To answer this question quickly… YES!
We believe that the type of feminine hygiene product you use each month matters to your overall health.
So let’s break down why it matters and what to do about it…

Many of us know the importance of eating quality foods and using quality products on our skin. Ones that are free of harmful chemicals and preservatives. However, have you thought about this in regards to the tampons and/or pads you use every month?

Conventional tampons and pads are made from either cotton, rayon, or a blend of the two. The issue lies in the fact that when these materials are grown, they are often heavily treated with pesticides and herbicides to help keep bugs and weeds from consuming the plants. After they are harvested and used to create our products, bleach is also used to help bring the crisp, white color.

So why does this matter?

Per DivaCup, it is estimated that the average woman will use close to 10,000 tampons in her lifetime (20 tampons per cycle for an average of ~40 years). That is ~10,000x when chemicals have been introduced internally into our bodies. It sounds harsh, and a little “out there”, but the fact of the matter is that this area can rapidly absorb chemicals via the mucus membranes and bloodstream. These chemicals that have no place in our body- if we can help it!

What can I do about it?

Making the switch to organic feminine hygiene products or menstrual cups is a game-changer. Let’s find some options:

Menstrual Cups

  • Free of chemicals, dyes, and plastics, this menstrual cup can remain inserted for up to 10 hours without leaking… YES!

  • Menstrual cups may not be for everyone, but for those of you who are looking for another alternative, we are big promoters. In order to ensure proper fit, they offer a variety of sizes.

  • This alternative does require proper cleaning of the menstrual cup between uses; however is reusable and long-lasting from period to period.

  • So long to buying tampons every month!

Organic Tampons

  • These can be found even at Target or Amazon!

  • Brands such as Cora or L Organic Cotton Tampons won’t break the bank, but are great additions for your bathroom.