No Lie, TMI: Organic Feminine Products

Organic Feminine Products: *Disclaimer* I don’t have a filter. Let’s just throw that out in the open now. I grew up extremely embarrassed of anything and everything that could make me a target. As I have aged, quite well if I do say so myself, I have made a complete 180 and give zero f***s. So with that being said, let’s get into it.

Organic feminine products. What’s the deal?

It wasn’t until about maybe two years ago, I became aware that such products existed, but being a creature of habit, and honestly just not caring enough, I didn’t look into them, acknowledge them, or give them a second thought. I kept purchasing my usual popular brands expecting them to be my best option. As the years have gone on and I continued to flourish, I started to notice how uncomfortable tampons were for me. They stung, especially upon removal. I just thought it was me and I kept using them. It wasn’t until recently I decided to really contemplate what was going on. I am quite sensitive and have allergies to different products… (are you catching my drift?) and started to consider what I was purchasing. I decided to look into what was the difference between organic tampons and regular tampons and what I found was pretty horrific if you truly contemplate it. I decided to purchase organic tampons and noticed they were more comfortable for me and the discomfort was eliminated. I started to question what I was putting into my body and what I found out wasn’t what I was expecting…

For one thing, chlorine. Yup, you are putting chlorine in your Hooha and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t like it. You’re swimming pool likes it, but your Hooha not so much. Companies want their products to look clean and what better way to promote a sterile-clean look than to make sure your white pad or tampon is bleached with chlorine to perfection.

Secondly, dioxins. Dioxins are the result of the chlorine-bleaching process. Dioxins not only disrupt your hormones, they can be linked to endometriosis, cancer, immune problems, and pelvic inflammatory disease. I’m pretty sure these weren’t on your shopping list when you went to Target to pick up your feminine supply for Satin’s arrival.

Thirdly, non-organic cotton and rayon. What’s the problem? Well, non-organic cotton is grown with pesticides and insecticides. Pros: We can be sure there will be no insects swarming our Netherlands. Cons: Why would you want that inside your body? Our skin is our largest organ, but a very thin organ. When chemicals and toxins are put on our skin, they get absorbed into our bloodstream and well, NO BUENO HOMIE! If you want toxins absorbed into your bloodstream, I’m sure there are ways that are far more fun. Rayon is made from wood pulp. Yes, WOOD pulp (AKA sawdust… Ouch, splinters). Rayon also is bleached, which is linked to cancer as we know, and is also the cause for the potential of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome… key word being TOXIC).

Fourthly, phthalates. The plastic applicator on non-organic tampons is another endocrine disruptor, just like dioxins. Phthalates are also found in pads, of course, because pads use as much plastic as approximately the same amount of plastic utilized for 4 plastic bags, YAY! More chemicals like BPA and BPS to cause hormonal changes and disturb our delicate friend.

Fifthly, fragrances. My theory on fragrances goes a little something like this… I’m not going to spray perfume up there so why would I buy fragranced products? I’m 100% on board for smelling fresh and clean, but not at the risk of irritation. Our skin is sensitive, especially where the sun don’t shine. Fragrances/deodorants on pads and tampons also contains phthalates which like I mentioned before, can cause hormonal disruption.

Now, feminine products are considered medical devices and don’t need testing from the FDA. This furthers the need to take this matter seriously. Since there are no tests being performed to properly see the difference between organic and non-organic products, marketing companies can firmly strategize to create a convincing defense on their products and argue that there is no difference, but the facts are here. There is a slight price difference, but I am committed to my lady bits.

What are your thoughts on organic vs. non-organic feminine products? Let me know in the comments!