When you wear a tampon, do you actually know what you’re putting in your body? Let’s look at the label of a tampon box that I have: it vaguely says rayon and cotton. That’s all. We don’t know how much of each of those is in the tampon, what type of sterilization or processing the tampon went through, or anything else. So maybe it’s time we take a look at all-natural cotton tampons, those labeled “organic” or some other alternative menstrual products. But first, let’s investigate some things that makes drugstore tampons sketchy.
Are you aware that your vagina has a very delicate ecosystem? It has a very specific pH level that is good, and anything from taking too many antibiotics to taking hormonal birth control pills can disturb that. A pH imbalance can result in anything from a short yeast infection to something much more serious. Why risk something along these lines when one of the easiest ways to decrease your chance of getting a yeast infection is just knowing what you put in your vagina? Also, you don’t put things into your mouth without knowing where they’re from, so why would you do that with something arguably more delicate?
Rayon and Cotton
Let me tell you exactly what I know about rayon and cotton.
Rayon is a synthetic material. That means that it has to be processed to become the material it is – it’s in the definition of the material. The material in your tampon has been put through some sort of factory and came out on the other side as rayon; in our case, it’s in the form of a tampon. Rayon can imitate a lot of different types of fabrics, but in tampons it most closely resembles cotton. It’s also almost always dyed, and I can assure you that it’s been dyed if it’s a pure white tampon.
Synthetic fabrics, especially rayon, in tampons have been connected to more cases of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) than 100% organic products. TSS is when a toxin enters the blood stream and the immune system reacts but has a hard time fighting.
I’m not, by any means, an all-organic person. I don’t usually shop for organic foods at the store, and I don’t particularly care about a lot of products that boast “organic.” I would love someone to give me facts to change my mind and tell me why it’s necessary to only use/eat things that are 100% organic. But I do believe that they have their places, especially when that place is inside your vagina, which I’ve noted above is extremely sensitive with its own balance. So if you’re going to put cotton inside of you, especially for a period of time like two to four hours, please use something natural that won’t harm your body, like the 100% organic cotton options I list below.
Fragrance is a big no-no near your vagina, but especially inside it. Like I said before, there is a delicate ecosystem inside of your vagina, and you don’t want to mess it up if you can avoid it. Tampons with fragrance are completely unnecessary and disrupt that balance. If you’re worried about fragrance issues, I suggest you try out a menstrual cup. Seriously, they’re the best and you can’t smell anything!
Believe it or not, products usually aren’t pure white on their own. How many pure white items do you see in nature other than snow (and that doesn’t even last very long)? Like I said above, any rayon in your tampons has definitely been dyed, and one of the most common ways to dye rayon white is chlorine. Chlorine can be useful when used in small amounts – it helps clean a lot of the water on Earth so that we can be assured of clean water. But…
Many of our pure white products, like tampons, have been soaked in chlorine for long periods of time to get rid of impurities and become white. But that much chlorine is actually damaging to our bodies, especially when we put them into a place where the pH levels are extremely delicate.
The great news is that there are lots of alternatives to basic drug store tampons! My favorite place to shop is Amazon. Seriously, if I don’t have to, I won’t leave my house. I love that a lot of hygiene items are right at my fingertips…literally.
- Cora Tampons: Cora tampons are made of 100% natural, organic cotton. They do come with compact applicators, which makes them great if you need to carry them in your purse. Honestly, nobody wants to shout to the world, “I am taking my tampon to the bathroom now!”
- NATRACARE Tampons: These tampons are 100% organic cotton, can be purchased with or without an applicator. The without applicator option just takes a little getting used to since you have to place it yourself.
- Menstrual Cup: Read my post about menstrual cups to get some more information, but honestly they’re one of the best things I ever decided to try. They get rid of any fragrance concerns you may have, and they also don’t use any sort of fibers because they’re made of silicone, or sometimes rubber. Seriously, go find out more or take a plunge with my favorite brand so far, Eva.
Please don’t wonder what it is that you’re putting in your vagina. Be aware and pick a better option than your drugstore tampons.
Do you have any other all-natural cotton tampons that you love?