Now, I know it's been 2016 for two and a half months, however, I have made some great choices and life changes in 2016 thus far. One of them being a change in my feminine hygiene products and I couldn't be happier!
I've had a lot of issues with my feminine hygiene products. However, I've found them less than hygienic. I use pads and tampons once a month for at least a 4-6 days. These products also contain TONS of chemicals, which subsequently enter your body and in turn cause your body a lot of harm. There was a study conducted in 2014 that discusses what can be found in your tampons here. According to Andrea Donsky, founder of Naturally Savvy and co-author of Label Lessons: Your Guide to a Healthy Shopping Cart, tampon and pad manufacturers don't disclose any of the chemicals added to their products because they aren't required to. This is because they're considered, "medical devices." She performed an experiment using Always pads and Natracare 100% organic cotton pads. You can find out a lot about the chemicals that are added to our products by watching what happens when you burn both pads. I'm sure you can guess the results, but if you want to see what happens, watch the video here. Essentially, the Always pad burned at a much faster rate, while smoke was black and produced an awful smell because of the toxic additives. That's why I've compiled a list of tons of alternatives to reducing your monthly chemical intake. If you prefer pads or tampons, it's best to use 100% organic/natural products. If you're willing to make a giant leap towards less chemical and garbage waste, you can use a Menstrual cup (aka - the diva cup), cloth pads, or sea sponges. If you're skeptical about making the switch to any of these "out of the ordinary" products, here are interesting testimonials from real people found in the Wellness Mama.
Personally, I'm not sure I'm ready to make the switch to a diva cup, but I've been really happy ever since I switched to Natracare. I like them because they use 100% organic cotton. I've noticed my cramps have decreased immensely (and I get really bad cramps). I've also noticed greater absorbancy in the organic tampons versus my chemical ridden ones. One regular size can hold the same amount as a super, if not more. I've also seen another brand of tampons and pads, Lola, which uses 100% cotton and offers a monthly subscription. However, Lola, although completely transparent and very convenient, doesn't use organic cotton, just cotton. This can be problematic because of the chemicals that are added to the cotton plant during cultivation. Unlike organic cotton, which does not use chemicals during cultivation. It's really up to you to decide which product and which company is right for you.