Ok, if you’ve clicked on this post thinking it’s going to be an article on soft porn or something similar, you’re wrong. If you’re thinking it’s going to be an article on sexy underwear, you’re wrong again. The panties in the main pic are called ‘period panties’. Heaven forbid. If you’re a male and you’re still reading, you’ve probably read too far already. Girl talk only.
We’re talking ‘that time of the month’.
(I can hear the men slowly tip-toeing away from their screen).
Discussion around tampons and periods and all that other girly stuff can sometimes be embarrassing for people to talk about. Why, i’ve got no idea. Every single female on this planet experiences ‘that time of the month’ during their lifetime and it’s nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. At the moment, there is something like 3.5 billion of us women in the world who will, are or have gone through it – so why be embarrassed? Get over it.
Tampons have been around for a good 80 years and they have been a necessity for most women for a long time. A woman uses on average 12,000 of them in her lifetime and every single one of them comes into contact with one of the most absorbent parts of her body – her vagina, vajayjay, fanny, whatever you want to call it. With this in mind, why on earth would you want to put a vessel loaded with chemicals and launch it into your private parts. No thanks.
Conventional ‘cotton’ tampons and their clever marketing campaigns have been smothering our shelves, screens, magazines, you name it, since the stone age. There is a reason why most of them have such a hold on the market – they have lots of cash-ola to splash around. Up until a few years ago, I was one of those people that went, ‘tampons, they’re pure cotton, duh’ because that’s just what you assume they are, right? Tampons are cotton. Makes perfect sense!
Wrong. So, so wrong.
Those conventional vaginal rocket launcher looking things aren’t just cotton. No, no, no. We’ve been spoon-fed a load of baloney for a long time. They’re jam-packed full of toxic and chemical ingredients that couldn’t be further from natural or organic if they tried. And what’s worse, with non-organic tampons, chemically treated fibers often breakaway from the tampon and get left inside the body just sitting there. How putrid.
If that’s not enough to turn you off non-organic tampons, these feral ingredients should be:
Rayon – a manufactured cellulose fiber derived from chemically treated wood pulp. WTF.
Phthalates – a toxin used widely in many products and a known endocrine disruptor. Use tampon applicators? Those bad boys are loaded with phthalates.
Infinicel – a trademarked highly, highly absorbent material that can hold up to ten times its weight in water. The actually materials used to make Infinicel are unknown, so we could theoretically be shoving anything up our clackers.
Dioxin – a seriously harmful environmental pollutant and public health threat. It is a by-product of bleaching and herbicide production. I wouldn’t want to even lay eyes on it, let alone shove it somewhere inside me. Pass thanks.
Polypropylene – a ‘silk’ covering and coating on pads.
Conventional Cotton – one of the most heavily treated insecticide/herbicide treated crops in the world.
Dyes – chemical-laden dyes are often used on the strings of tampons.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) – some absurd figure like almost half of the world’s cotton is grown using GMO’s. Skip that genetically engineered crap. It’s not good for the environment, not good for the animals and not good for you.
Still not turned off?
Another X next to non-organic cotton is for the damage it does to our already fragile environment. Cotton is widely considered as the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, the most dangerous and hazardous pesticide to humans, animals and the earth. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 25% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop. The use of massive amounts of pesticides results in toxic cotton, and this is reeking havoc on those that farm it. Since 1997, almost 200,000 Indian farmers, many of them cotton growers, have committed suicide and every year the number of suicides increase. What is commonly known as India’s ‘suicide belt’ has seen a growing amount of toxic water ways, pesticide poisoning and the destruction of crops (and families) due to the use of GM seeds and incredibly hazardous chemicals.
So what should you use? I personally recommend Tom Organic which can be purchased from most health stores and supermarkets. They are an Australian owned brand and have a wonderful philosophy around personal health and the environment. Don’t buy into the happy smiles, galloping around on horseback, fairy-flutterby crap that conventional tampon ad campaigns spin, go for the good quality products that are upfront about the materials they use and where their cotton is sourced from.
Going organic and chemical-free whenever possible is important. It’s important for your own personal health and also the environment. When most people think of their health, they think about the exercise they do or how healthy they eat or even how much sleep they get. However, only a small number of people consider what is actually applied to their skin or even inside their bodies. It’s incredibly important to look at the whole picture and consider things such as the tampons or other personal hygiene products you use and decide whether they’re the best option for both your health and the environment.