Demystifying organic tampons will empower one to make informed, well-
educated decisions to use organic tampons with absolute confidence. First of all,
and this is important, one must realize that the food and drug administration
(FDA) approves and classifies organic tampons as a “class II medical device,”
which equates it with products such as contact lenses and condoms. From that
standpoint, here is the low down on organic tampons per the FDA standards for
one’s physical wellbeing.
Organic tampons are made of the purest, organically cultivated cotton. This
means that genetically modified organisms (GMO) farmed cotton cannot be used
to produce organic tampons. This is a process of genetically modifying the plant
genes to alter productivity and quality, it’s not natural, and cotton grown from
GMOs is not considered “organic” cotton. The growth process of non-GMO cotton
has to have been free from the use of pesticides. At the end of the day, one can
be assured that under the FDA purview, the cotton used in organic tampon is one
hundred percent “organic.”
The myths that surround tampons have most often come from “old wives tales”
some with no scientific evidence to go on. Here are a few:
- All tampons are ecofriendly﹕ Certainly not. If the tampon is manufactured and
has any synthetic material in its composition and additives, it is not eco-friendly
because it could take the next five to eight hundred years to decompose. A
genuinely organic cotton tampon takes only six months to disintegrate or
decompose entirely into the earth. One of the reasons for this myth is that
everyone takes for granted that anything organic is biodegradable. So while you
are purchasing tampons, make sure to check if indeed it is an organic tampon.
Even labels can sometimes be misleading because, as a “medical device,” they are
not subject to the same stringent laws as govern food items. So relying on a
promising brand name, reputed for its quality, would be the way to go.
- Every time you urinate, a fresh tampon is needed﹕ Completely untrue﹗ On
examination of the anatomy involved you can understand that the tampon gets
inserted inside the vaginal canal, and a little above the urethra (the exit point of
urine) and as one pees the tampon is not in the way at all. The string that hangs
out might get moist but can be prevented if one holds the string aside from the
tip of the urethra.
- Tampons should not be worn overnight﹕ A fairly common myth about
tampons is that they are super high maintenance, and heavy bleeders are better
off using a pad. Definitely not. If you follow the instructions on the package, it is
quite simple. All you need to look out for is to get the tampon in place just before
getting into bed, and you are set for the whole night.
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