Do you know what’s in your tampon?

Anything coming in constant contact with our skin will end up in our bloodstream. This is why I like saying "Don't put anything on your body that you wouldn't put in your mouth."

Did you know? The average American woman uses 16,800 tampons in her lifetime without counting pads.

Tampon and sanitary pad manufacturers aren't required to disclose ingredients because feminine hygiene products are considered "medical devices." I was completely shocked when I saw this video showing what happens when an organic vs. conventional sanitary pad is burned.

  • Conventional tampons contain pesticides: $2 billion is spent annually on pesticides to spray cotton crops.

  • Conventional tampons probably contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). According the USDA, 94 percent of all U.S. cotton is genetically modified.

  • 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.

So what can you use to replace a regular tampon or pad?

Organic Cotton Cover Pads and TamponsNatural, doesn’t smell weird, causes no skin irritation. Rael is available in 19 countries worldwide and growing. This is what I have been using for the past year or more and I absolutely love their pads.

Period Cup - I have to be honest, this one does not appeal to me. I have friends who use this and swear by it, and they are probably reading this blog right now (Hi, friends!) I told them I was gonna try it one day so whenever that happens I will write a post about it. 

Period underwear are washable, reusable underwear designed to replace pads and tampons, or be worn with tampons and cups for extra protection. Basically, they look and feel just like your regular undies. I have mine in the mail and soon will be able to give you an honest review. Some brands are Thinx and Modibodi.

Do you have a favorite lox tox period product you love? Let me know in the comments.

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