Since my operation, I have had to use sanitary pads. I normally never use that and of course went to my local store and bought some. Turns out, 10 days later I have an infection. Which according to my doctor is quite normal when using pads. I didn’t think much of it, focusing all my intention on being irritated on yet another problem, but it was when I got the tip from my mom to look for organic options instead, I started thinking.
Organic? But what is in the pads I have now?
After having done some research I found that the issue of safe feminine hygiene products is HUGE! And rarely discussed. Because who would like to be the freak that discusses blood coming out of your vagina? Well, guess I am. It’s after all a vitally important topic for roughly a third of the population.
So, what´s really in sanitary pads and tampons?
Well, as it turns out, conventional sanitary pads and tampons are filled with synthetic materials and chemicals, and can contain the equivalent of about four plastic bags! FOUR PLASTIC BAGS ladies! And chemicals within the plastic alone include potentially toxic pesticides and petrochemicals. And have you ever stopped to wondered why feminine hygiene products are so bright white? No? Not me either! But get this: to get that pure look, manufacturers use chlorine bleach.
That’s quite a chemical concoction to put in contact with the most sensitive skin on our body.
Our skin is after all the largest organ in our body, and also the thinnest! So less than one-tenth of an inch separates your body from potential toxins. I don’t know about you, but it is horrifying! And I think it is important to speak about it.
After only doing a short Instagram story on this topic yesterday, several women wrote me they suffer from infections on a regular basis and they never understood why. Well ladies, maybe time to upgrade your products and see what happens? Because during a lifetime, the average woman will use between 16,000 and 24,000 tampons/pads depending on how long her body menstruates. Without the ability to rid these toxins absorbed, they accumulate over time.
Luckily there are alternatives that you can choose to lessen your exposure to the materials contained in various products (if you want – and I would say you should).
- Organic cotton tampons, free from synthetic materials, pesticides, bleach and other harmful chemicals. Check out Yoppie for example.
- Organic sanitary pads. Available in health food stores. And no worries, these products must pass an absorbency test so you are not likely to find any reduction in the quality.
- Menstrual cup. An alternative many woman go for these days.
I am no expert, and there might be tons of different opinions on this topic, and I would love to hear them all! I am just speaking for myself when saying I am never going to use regular sanitary pads (or tampons) ever again. I want the natural choice to be products that don´t harm my body.
Good luck ladies, let’s keep taking care of our pussy power!
Lots of love from Henriette Sophia