Various studies have shown that a woman can use more than 12,000 tampons over her lifetime. And as we are talking about something that is inside our bodies, shouldn’t we be more careful with the type of tampons we choose? If you worry about it, please keep on reading. We are going to explain to you why you should do the switch and start buying organic tampons.
What are tampons made of?
Non-organic or traditional tampons are the ones that are easier to find in the supermarket, we know that. But have you ever looked at their composition? Normally, traditional tampons are made from cotton grown with pesticides and rayon, which is made from wood pulp. These tampons may also have plastic components in the string and applicator and even chemicals to give them fragrance.
On other hand, organic tampons are made from organic cotton only. They are also fragrance free, are not bleached and there are no pesticides in the cotton.
What about the chemicals?... Is there a difference between traditional and organic tampons?
Like we said, traditional tampons have a more extensive list of ingredients. To start with, the fact that the cotton is not organic means that it is grown with the help of pesticides that end up in the tampons. Chemical fragrances that are often put on traditional tampons can provoke an allergic reaction on women with more sensitive skin. Last but not least, it’s very common to use chlorine to bleach the cotton and the rayon. This chemical is far from healthy. So, if you worry about what you are putting in your vagina, which is a mucous membrane that absorbs whatever is in its contact, then it would be wise to ditch the traditional tampons and opt for the organic ones.
There is also a concern with shedding of the fibers…
If you haven’t seen our video showing the different reactions of an organic tampon and that of a traditional tampon in water, then please do. What we show is that the typical tampon usually sheds small cotton fibers, while organic ones don’t. This happens because organic tampons are made with longer and denser fibers, keeping their form when in contact with the menstruation flow. Traditional tampons are made with weaker fibers that shed. This rises a problem: with fibers getting in the vagina, some hygienic problems may arise, and, in extreme cases, this shedding can lead to bacterial colonization and infections.
Does it help reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome?
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a condition sometimes linked with the use of tampons. This condition is rare but can be fatal if not treated, and it is caused by a toxin produced by an overgrowth of bacteria. Unfortunately, this syndrome can happen to both women that use traditional cotton and to the ones that use organic cotton. The risk of TSS is linked with absorbency and the length of time that a tampon is used and not with the chemicals in the tampon.
Going green during your menstruation
We could not talk about the difference between traditional tampons and organic tampons without telling you about the impact on the planet. The average non-organic tampon is made with plastic and takes a long time to decompose. Its impact can be even greater if it comes with a plastic applicator. The cotton used has pesticides and it is grown without care, which impacts the health of the workers and the wildlife and, overall, doesn’t respect our planet. When buying organic tampons, you are contributing to a less polluted world and to the welfare of humans, animals and plants.