When that time of month rolls around again, you need to make sure that you are selective about the feminine products that you choose to use. Many women don’t realize how many unhealthy chemicals and dangerous ingredients are used to make feminine products. As a result, you might be using a pad or tampon that could lead to major health problems later on!
As you browse through the store shelves to see all of the feminine products that are for sale, the colorful boxes can be quite deceptive. You might get caught up in the marketing messages and different shapes and sizes that are available, but those boxes don’t indicate anything about the potentially harmful chemicals that may be contained inside.
Unfortunately, this is a topic that isn’t often discussed. Even though it may be an uncomfortable topic for some people, it is important that women are educated about the way they are harming their health by using conventional feminine products.
Don’t worry though, because there are a few alternatives that can be used which will allow you the convenience of modern feminine products and help you protect your health at the same time. We’ll talk more about these details later in this article.
Did you know that the skin is the largest organ on the human body? It is highly sensitive and absorbs things that come in contact with it. In the vaginal area, the skin is highly permeable… which means that toxic substances can easily enter your body in this area.
If something is in constant contact with your skin, then it is likely that the chemicals will enter into your bloodstream and contaminate your entire body. This is especially true of feminine pads and tampons, which remain in contact with your skin throughout the time of your period.
The contents of these feminine products can be quite dangerous. The problem is that these products are considered “medical devices,” which means that the manufacturers aren’t required to disclose the ingredients that are used in the manufacturing process. Most of the products contain synthetic fibers, dioxins, and petrochemical ingredients used as additives.
To help you to understand the high level of toxins in these products, consider the fact that a conventional sanitary pad is equivalent to 4 plastic bags! So, you are putting your body at risk every time you reach for a sanitary napkin or tampon.
It is estimated that a woman uses nearly 17,000 tampons during the course of her lifetime, plus other chemical-containing products such as sanitary pads, panty liners, or nursing pads. Because of the high exposure to these products, you need to make sure that you are choosing chemical-free options!
Luckily, there are modern solutions that can be used as an alternative to these harmful feminine products. Some companies have seen the need to provide natural and chemical-free products for women to use, and these are a few options that you might consider:
Menstrual Cup: It might be a foreign idea of you haven’t heard of it before, but there are many benefits to using a menstrual cup. These cups are designed to be re-usable, and they are free of toxins and harmful ingredients. Additionally, you can wear the cup for 12 hours at a time before it needs to be cleaned. Check out the Diva Cup or Intimina for more information.
Natracare: One brand of chemical-free sanitary products that I like is called Natracare. These organic products are made of cotton, and they reduce the chemical exposure compared with conventional brands. You can find all types of products from this company, including tampons, pads, liners, wipes, nursing pads, and more.
Azalea: This brand is another type of feminine product created using natural ingredients. You can find these tampons and pads at Whole Foods and other health food stores, and you will have the peace of mind to know that you are protecting your health.
Sea Sponge Tampons: Yes, that’s right! I didn’t believe or understand the concept either until I looked into it. These sponges are naturally occurring organisms, so they come in various sizes and are sustainably harvested and biodegradable. The sponges from the sea are exceptionally absorbent on their own and even contain naturally occurring enzymes that inhibit odors and the growth of bacteria in addition to containing healthy sea minerals. Check out The Sea Sponge Company or Jade & Pearl Sea Sponge for more information.
There are a number of different brands and options for you to choose from, and it is worth the effort to choose a natural product if you want to protect your health. Even though these products might be a little more expensive compared to conventional feminine products, it is worth the cost because you can avoid the chemicals.
Do a little homework, learn about the natural brands that are available, and try a few different brands to find the ones that you like. Once you have found the products that work well for you, then it is easy to continue using these healthy alternatives.