I finally made the switch to organic tampons, here’s the scoop.
Gone are the days that organic tampons cost an arm and a leg, only exist in Whole Foods with cardboard, gross, applicators. I was making my way through the colorful “feminine product” aisle at Target a couple months ago and to my surprise they added a whole new section of organic cotton tampons, some of which were actually… affordable cues dramatic music.
So why should you care? I would say most of us don’t really want to put anymore thought or effort into our menstrual cycles than what is absolutely necessary. Organic foods and cleaning products have become way more mainstream in the last five years. There’s a lot of thought available about what we put into our bodies and the potentially harmful side effects those can have.
I am going to start this by saying there is no scientific evidence out there that shows non-organic, or conventional, tampons are harmful to you, besides toxic shock syndrome, but I’ll let you google that. So if you rolled your eyes at the site of the title of this blog post, no worries your vagina is as good as pie.
However, we do know that standard tampons are filled with chemically treated ingredients that are not biodegradable. Ingredients include bleached wood pulp, cotton grown with pesticides and insecticides, perfumes and artificial scents. There are even bleaching agents like chlorine, which produce dioxin, a known hormone disruptor.
I don’t know about you, but if I can make a really easy swap to keep those things out of my vagina, I think I’d consider it. I hadn’t ever seriously thought about using organic tampons before because I assumed that 1. They would be expensive as shit and 2. They wouldn’t work.
If you’ve had those thoughts, don’t worry girl – I’ve got your back. I tried them and am hear to tell you its safe. I bought the brand called “L” tampons at Target. They seemed the most reasonably priced at $6.99 you can get 30 tampons. And their packaging – to die for. They also donate a tampon, pad or liner for each one sold to a girl in need in a developing country. They’re like the TOMS of tampons- bad joke.
For the last few months I’ve been using the regular and super tampons when necessary. I honestly have not noticed a difference. They work just like the conventional brands. The packaging is just a little noisy, but they have a smooth plastic applicator and I didn’t experience any discomfort putting them in or taking them out. Also – I didn’t experience any leaks, although I did change them pretty regularly.
I haven’t tried other organic tampon brands so I can’t say the ones I mentioned are the best. The best part about all of this is there are SO many options to choose from. The bottom line is that you definitely don’t need organic tampons. But now that they are largely more accessible, inexpensive and seem to really work, it’s worth a shot.