Tampons or pads?
Which one do you use?
A better question is: Have you ever wondered what your tampons are made out of? Probably not, right? We assume it’s just cotton and if it’s on the shelf it must be safe.
Or so you’d think.
If you’re purchasing conventional feminine products at big box stores, chances are your tampons contain toxic ingredients. Did you know that manufactures aren’t required to disclose what’s in your tampons or pads? That’s pretty gross if you think about it. I mean, whatever’s in the tampons our bodies are absorbing. Yuck.
What’s the big deal? The problem lies with the cotton that is used to make tampons and pads. Conventional cotton contains the human carcinogen glyphosate. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup which is heavily used in cotton crops. It’s no wonder that cotton has been dubbed “The World’s Dirtiest Crop.”
[Read: Jury Awards Terminally Ill Man $289 in Lawsuit Against Monsanto]
So, what should you use instead?
There are several alternatives to choose from as more consumers become aware and more selective of their product choices.
If you prefer pads, a good one to try is Rael. Their pads are made of organic cotton and this includes the top sheet. They come in wings and different sizes. You can check them out here.
Reusable Cloth Pads
Reusable cloth pads are also a good option. I love having these on hand. They’re eco-friendly and you never run out. Once you buy them, they last for years. All you have to do is wash them and you’re good to go! You can find some here.
Organic Cotton Tampons
If you prefer the tampon route, LOLA tampons are a great option. They’re made with organic cotton and offer both cardboard or plastic applicators. This is the brand I personally use.
Similar to a tampon, a sea sponge is a good alternative. A sea sponge is very absorbent and can be reused for several menstrual cycles. They can also be cut and shaped to a size comfortable for you. You can find sea sponges here.
Another popular option are reusable silicone cups. This product probably has the biggest learning curve. But once you’ve mastered it, it’s easy! You can find silicone cups here.
Have you tried any of these safer alternatives? Which one is your favorite?