I have actually never heard of anyone getting this until my partner, who asked to be referred to as ‘my cowboy’ (insert expressionless face emoji) asked me if I know of TSS, AKA Toxic Shock Syndrome, and if I’m taking the right precautions. The obvious question, “Where did you hear those words and who have you been talking to?” He looked concerned and I looked at him with funny, laughable eyes.
He happened to come across an article while swiping thru the news on his phone about some celebrity speaking out about TSS and bringing attention to the subject. At first, I was like, “okay, she obviously left her tampon in too long or some other irresponsible thing that celebrities do,” (judging, of course)….
Well, it got me thinking that I have actually been noticing natural brands of tampons in my gym and in Instagram ads– and then it got me thinking if some brands are labeling themselves as natural then have the regular tampons I’ve been using my ENTIRE LIFE been unnatural?
As it turns out, non-organic, AKA your Tampax, Kotex, Playtex, etc., tampons are made of cotton, rayon and other synthetic fibers – and then some other ingredients like dyes, fragrances, odor neutralizers and other chemicals that the FDA doesn’t require manufactures to put on the label because tampons are “medical devices.” Um, what?!
The cotton is non-organic and likely sprayed with Round Up (pesticides) – which is a known cancer-causing agent and rayon contains trace amounts of dioxins from the bleaching process (which the FDA also approves of, of course). And we are just supposed to put this in our vajayjays every four weeks with no questions asked? (Scoff!)
So what did I do? I went to Costco, of course, and bought three commercial size boxes of organic tampons – I may have gone overboard and probably didn’t need 300 tampons, but they were on sale and I was being dramatic with the point that I will not put chemicals and toxins in my vagina!
There’s quite a few articles debating the subject but in an instance like this, I’d rather be safe than sorry, especially in a place my body that is can absorb so much (no pun intended).
Here are a couple of articles that on each side of the fence and you can make up your own mind.
Pro Organic Tampons: https://goop.com/wellness/sexual-health/are-tampons-toxic/
And here are a few organic tampons on the market. I’m sure your local health store will have organic and you can find the one that works with you!
7th Generation: https://amzn.to/2kP3Gp5