I hadn’t used tampons in five years–until recently. If you love the convenience and comfort of disposable tampons but are wary of the dangers of tampons, I can’t wait to tell you about a great alternative.
Warning to all the men: You might want to skip this post. This post is for female eyes only. Got it?!
When I was in the 8th grade, I called the emergency hotline number on the back of a package of tampons.
Writhing in pain on the bathroom floor of my best friend’s house, I was sure that I had been stricken with the deadly disease connected with tampon use, TSS (or toxic shock syndrome).
Only a year into menstruation, cramping was a whole new experience for me. Why else would this hurt so much? TSS was the only logical conclusion my 14-year-old brain could imagine.
I can laugh at that time now–because I know that TSS is so rare, with only 1-2 cases per 100,000 women each year (source).
However, I have spent the past five years completely worry-free about the illness because, after learning about even more disconcerting risks of using tampons, I gave them up all together.
When I made the transition to living a more natural lifestyle, I decided to not only switch from processed to whole foods and from conventional to toxin-free household products, but I also gave a hard look at the ingredients in my conventional feminine hygiene products.
After all, although we ladies only use feminine hygiene products once per month, we position them in the most intimate parts of our bodies. If I cared enough to stopped using toxic skincare products, wouldn’t feminine care products be all that more important?
What I discovered about the dangers of conventional tampons, in particular, was alarming:
- Conventional tampons are comprised of synthetic materials that make them cheaper for companies to produce. These materials can include rayon, which is derived from wood pulp and combined with cotton (source).
- Conventional tampons may be treated with harsh chemical cleansing agents, fragrance, and dyes (source).
- Conventional tampons contain pesticides sprayed on cotton crops (source).
- Since 94 percent of all U.S.-grown cotton is genetically engineered, cotton used in conventional tampons is most likely GMO (source). If I avoid GMOs in my food, why would I want to insert GMO-cotton down there?
- The FDA doesn’t require brands to disclose a comprehensive list of ingredients in their tampons, so most of them don’t (source).
In his article “Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients,” Dr. Joseph Mercola writes:
“Tampons and pads with odor neutralizers and artificial fragrances are virtually a chemical soup, laced with artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility.” (source)
Have these facts made you want to run to your bathroom drawer, grab up all your conventional tampons, and flush them down the toilet?
(Wait! Don’t do that! It will cause a major plumbing problem!)
Or, are you in tears because there is no way, no how you are ever going to give up the convenience and comfort of disposable tampons?
I’m not here to convince you to give up disposable feminine hygiene products or tampons all together. Rather, I want to encourage you to be mindful of the ingredients of every.single.thing you put into your body.
In his article “Dangers of Feminine Hygiene Products That Every Woman Needs to Know,” Mercola went on to say: “If you prefer the convenience and fit of tampons to pads, you should use only those that are natural, with NO synthetic ingredients…” (source)
There are alternatives for those who don’t want to give up tampons all together but get the heevy jeevies at the thought of reusable alternatives.
Thankfully, I recently discovered a disposable tampon that is made with 100% European cotton and has BPA-free applicators–LOLA.
I’ve had the opportunity to give LOLA a try, and I’ll be honest: I had completely forgotten how wearing tampons can make you almost forget you are on your period!
Although I don’t mind using pads, you can’t ever forget Aunt Flo while wearing them. They are a constant reminder that it’s that time of the month.
When it comes to swimming and exercise, you might as well take one week off each month. (And just pray your family vacation to the beach doesn’t coincide with your period!)
For the past five years, I’ve either not exercised or swam during my period, or I’ve cringed and used a conventional tampon during family swimming vacations, albeit with the knowledge in the back of my head that I was using something that could be harming me.
I’m excited that I can now add LOLA tampons to my feminine hygiene safe list and no longer have qualms about using tampons during my period.
Not only are LOLA tampons a safe alternative to conventional brands, but they also make it impossible to start your period without having feminine hygiene products on hand.
Is anyone out there the type to start your period and then think: “Oh man! I need to run to the store! I’m out of tampons!”
Yep–that was me!
You can choose your mix of light, regular, and supers, your number of boxes, and frequency of delivery, so you don’t ever have to text your hubby on the way home from work: “Will you PLEASE stop by the store and get me some tampons?!”
Your husband will forever be indebted to you for crossing this particular after-work store run off his list!
Special Offer: First 100 Readers Get 50% off your first LOLA Order!
If you are wanting to ditch conventional tampons but aren’t willing to give up tampons all together, I’m excited to share that LOLA has made a special offer just for 100 of my readers!
This is how it works:
Go to this link.
Use code HumbledHomemaker to get 50% off your first order! Please note that this is for new customers only, and LOLA is only available in the continental U.S. and does not ship to Hawaii or Alaska.
Do you use tampons? Were you aware of the dangers of conventional tampons?
Thank you, LOLA, for partnering with me to educate my readers on safe tampons.
Disclaimer: This blog is for entertainment purposes only. I am just a mom who loves to research. Please conduct your own research and consult your trusted healthcare professional before making any decisions regarding your health.
“Here’s What Could be Hiding in Your Tampon” @ Huffington Post
“Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients” @ Huffington Post