As the title suggests, this blog is about choosing between what suits one’s comfort
levels, health condition, and personal preferences. Taking a look at the pros and
cons of each will empower you with an informed choice of which should you pick,
organic or regular tampons. Narrowing in on the right tampon based on one’s
individual needs ensures how comfortably one breezes through that time of the
month. Unfortunately, this does not happen without a bit of trial and error
attempts, simply because tampons are not a “one size fits all” hygiene product.
With the realization that the vagina is one of the most absorbent areas of the
human body, so anything inserted in the vagina (which is where the tampon goes)
can, for some people, cause vaginal skin reactions. These reactions are due to
chlorine bleaching agents used to transform the off-colored raw material to make
it white. These chlorine bleaching agents called dioxins are toxic, and are known
carcinogens. This is a standard manufacturing product used in all non-organic
pads and tampons.
Organic tampons, on the other hand, are made of one hundred percent organic
cotton, which means; the cotton used in the processing of an organic tampon has
to have been grown under a set of guidelines that deem it organic cotton, and
therefore suitable for the processing of organic tampons. To begin with, the
cotton needs to be grown from seeds that are not genetically modified (GMO).
This cotton is grown without the use of pesticides, and the picked cotton is free
from chlorine bleaching agents. So with an organic tampon, one can be assured
the vaginal walls are not exposed to a toxic, reactive, and carcinogenic tampon.
Then there is the environmental factor; when weighed for its environment-
friendly factors the regular tampon or pad takes around five to eight hundred
years to disintegrate into the earth naturally as for the organic tampon which
decomposes into the soil in a mere six months; that when considered is a definite
plus for the organic tampons as opposed to the regular pads and tampons. Third
and again an environmental factor is that the whole process of cultivating natural
cotton, without the use of any pesticides and insecticides, actually preserves and
promotes the survival of several species of pollinating birds, butterflies and bees,
this being to their benefit as well as to the productivity of crops. The cost is
another factor in which most people have the misconception that the organic
variety of anything, including organic tampons, is more expensive than the regular
product. Not so, as mentioned, this is a misconception; the price of both the
organic tampons and the regular tampons vary, very negligibly, depending on the
brand you choose.
Finally, the most important, personal preference and choice. Based on your
physical comfort and well being, organic tampons offer almost no self-restriction
to the activities you indulge in on a daily basis.
We have an excellent list of suggested organic tampons on this page, along with further information regarding organic tampons at the pages below:
— Tampon Regulation History in the U.S.
— Reasons for Using Organic Tampons
— Organic Tampons Environmental Benefits
— The Tampon Debate