It’s that time of the month…are you taking care of yourself?
Periods. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. They are messy, beautiful, and connect women in a very real way. My period is tough. I struggle with cramps, make constant trips to the restroom, experience mood swings. But now, it seems I’ve been doing damage to my body ever since I was thirteen and used my first tampon. Fast forward ten years –I have since been using that same brand tampon, without knowing any information about its contents, and without thinking anything of it.
Until recently, after reading a couple articles about tampon use gone wrong. It’s quite scary and honestly, it made me a bit angry to learn that I was so unaware, not discussing with fellow women about the most absorbent part of our bodies. So, let’s get real, break it down a bit, learn something and make a change.
First of all, do you know what you are putting inside your body each month? Have you ever flipped the box over and read the components? It’s crazy. I’m a three-year vegetarian who likes to shop organic, and is always trying to utilize the most natural of beauty products. I’m pretty much a nut about ingredients. But for some reason, I never, ever, thought twice about my tampon. It just became routine; something I have been doing for so long now that I neglected to consider their safety.
The Ugly. Pesticides, chemicals, synthetics, dyes, wrapped inside a plastic applicator. These things — all of them — could be hidden inside your tampon. Synthetic cotton tampons are typically a blend of artificial fibers, polyester, rayon and more. The better-sounding choice would be 100% cotton, but it is a very dirty crop, often sprayed with harsh chemicals and pesticides. While feminine products are regulated, the ratio of some big brands’ ingredients could simply just be at the bare minimum. Your body is a sponge, and may be absorbing all of those scary things, for hours at a time, while on your period.
The Good. You have the power to take care of yourself. To change the way you live. There are many choices of all-natural, organic tampons available. There are also other natural feminine products in sponges, pads, cups and cloths that may be right for you! Your product of choice may work perfectly for your lifestyle, though impractical to another woman, but none of that matters. Making an effort to be aware and make changes, even if it’s a tiny one in a better direction, is wonderful. You are now informed, and have the chance to spread the word!
Find brands that are happy to share the full list of ingredients used in their tampons.
I feel better about 100% cotton over synthetics, but make sure that it is cleaned safely, without harsh chemicals like bleach.
Find what is right for you. Don’t be afraid to try a few different brands each period. I have neglected to try anything else since I was a teenager until now. It’s all very personal.
Change tampons every few hours to decrease bacteria build up.
Stay hydrated, be active and get rest. These three things will keep you happy while nature does its thing.
Let your girlfriends know! We all need to take care of each other.
+Have you been paying attention to what’s inside your tampon? What ways do you stay happy and healthy throughout your cycle? Let me know in the comments!