Wild Spirits, Let's talk about Tampons!! I know I know, not the most glamorous of topics, but if I don't go there, who will? We rarely talk about our periods or what I like to call TOM (time of month), so today I'm taking one for the team (you're welcome)!
Many moons ago, I found a very interesting YouTube video talking about the importance of using naatural Tampons. The wellness hosts spoke about all sorts of nasty ingredients that are put into mainstream tampons and the scary affects they can have on you. After watching the 12 minute video I got to thinking, do I want pesticides and other nasty chemicals in my va- jay jay? HELL NO! Especially considering it is the most absorbent and sensitive part of the female body, and all absorption goes straight into the blood stream, yikes!!
So here's the deal with non- organic tampons:
Most tampons and pads are bleached with chlorine which leads to a toxic byproduct called dioxin, which is linked to endometriosis and cancer, as it’s a known carcinogen.
You often see “Elemental chlorine-free bleaching” on a label (also referred to as chlorine-free). This bleaching process is NOT free of chlorine at all but means that it is not a chlorine gas bleaching process! This does not exclude the use of other types of chlorine in the bleaching process.
Recycled cotton any better? Nope. Again… tricky marketing at play. Recycled still cannot be chlorine or pesticide free because there’s no way to ensure that the cotton products recycled were clean.
Pesticide-residue getting into your lady parts? 26% of the world’s pesticide is sprayed on cotton. These pesticides have been shown to affect the health of wildlife and humans in a devastating way from infertility, hormonal imbalance, even cancer. In third world countries, up to 70% of farm workers are children aged 5-15, many of which are involved in spraying these potentially cancer-causing chemicals onto the cotton that your tampons are made from. This is just so wrong because these children are being exposed at such a young age.
So it doesn't matter if you're a pad/pantry liner or tampon user, go natural!
Which brands to use?
When I came across Veeda I heard a little gospel 'ahhhhh'. These are the pads I use for my TOM and they can easily be purchased here (Enter code NATURALBEAUTY10 for 10% discount at checkout). Veeda states their products are 100% cotton and have no chemicals, no synthetics, and no dyes. As a result, Veeda tampons reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), irritation, and allergic reactions.
Wild Spirits, after being armed with the above facts what are your thoughts? Pro natural? No natural?
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