If you use tampons during your period, you're in good company—for approximately 70% of American women, it's the go-to choice.
But, did you know that tampons can be harmful to both your health and the environment? In this article, we'll discuss why you should stop using tampons and use tampon alternatives instead.
We'll cover different options, like organic reusable pads, menstrual cups, and organic period underwear. Plus, we'll offer a few valuable insights into what's in your sanitary products.
Read on for everything you need to know about why you should stop using tampons.
The Environmental Impact of Tampons
One major environmental issue associated with tampons is the amount of waste they produce. On average, a person who menstruates will use around 11,000 tampons in their lifetime. That's a lot of waste!
When tampons are disposed of in landfills, they can take years to decompose. This contributes to the buildup of waste and pollution in our environment.
Many tampons are made from synthetic materials like fossil fuels and can take centuries to break down, releasing toxic chemicals into the environment as they do so.
By choosing natural tampon alternatives, you're helping to protect the environment and doing your part to live more sustainably.
The Risks of Using Tampons
Tampons are a popular choice for many women during their menstrual cycle. They're easy to use, discreet, and widely available. However, tampons aren't without their risks.
Let's take a look at a few of the dangers associated with using tampons:
Tampons contain synthetic materials and chemicals, such as chlorine and dioxins, which can be harmful to your health. Dioxins are a group of toxic chemical compounds that can cause cancer, reproductive problems, and immune system damage. Chlorine can cause bladder and breast cancer, as well as other health problems.
Your sanitary products are intimate personal care items. You deserve better than the toxic chemicals present in bleached tampons.
Risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome
Tampons can increase the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a rare but life-threatening bacterial infection. TSS is caused by toxins produced by certain types of bacteria, which can enter the bloodstream through tears in the vaginal lining.
TSS symptoms can include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and a rash. If you or anybody you know experiences these symptoms while using tampons, it's important to seek emergency medical care.
Scented tampons may seem like a good way to mask menstrual odor, but they can be harmful. The chemicals used to make the fragrances can irritate, cause allergic reactions, and even lead to cancer.
When it comes to sanitary products, we firmly believe in the natural approach. All our products are organic and free from chemical nasties like chlorine, bleach, and dioxins.
Now that we've looked at the dangers of tampons, let's explore some tampon alternatives that are safer for your health and the environment:
Organic Reusable Pads
Our reusable cotton pads are an excellent alternative to using tampons. They're made from natural, chemical-free cotton, making them breathable, absorbent, and gentle on your skin.
After use, you can wash hannahPADs in the machine or by hand, and they're ready to use again. Our organic reusable pads can last for years, making them a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to disposable pads and tampons.
We also stock Organic Cotton Pads for a healthier disposable option.
Menstrual cups are another great way to ditch tampons. The hannahCUP is made from medical-grade soft silicone or latex rubber for ultimate comfort during your period.
Menstrual cups can hold more blood than tampons, so you can wear them for up to 12 hours without needing to change them.
The hannahCUP is easy to use. Fold it and insert it into the vagina, where it forms a seal to prevent leaks. When the cup is full, you remove it, empty the contents, rinse it, and reinsert it.
Our menstrual cups can last for years with proper care, making them a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option. Check out our guide to cleaning and care for more information!
Organic Period Underwear
Organic period underwear is becoming a popular alternative to traditional menstrual products. Made from absorbent and breathable cotton, ours come in various sizes and colors to suit different preferences.
With several layers of absorbent fabric that can hold up to two tampons' worth of menstrual blood, our period underwear provides all-day protection without the need for extra products. This makes them a great option for people who prefer a more natural approach to menstrual care.
Unlike tampons or pads, which need to be disposed of after use, period underwear can be washed and reused. This not only saves money in the long run but also reduces waste and environmental impact.
Say Goodbye to Tampons Today
Ditching tampons is not only safer for your health, but it's also a crucial step toward protecting the environment. From reusable organic pads to menstrual cups and period underwear, we've got plenty of options available to suit your preferences and needs.
By making the switch, you can reduce your carbon footprint and say goodbye to harmful chemicals, toxins, and synthetic materials found in conventional tampons. So, why not give it a try and join the growing movement toward sustainable and natural menstrual care? Your body and the planet will thank you!
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