The Truth About Tampons

Myth Busting: The Truth About Tampons vs. Organic Tampons

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Here’s the truth: Brands selling organic tampons or “all natural” products employ scare tactics and promulgate baseless rumors in their marketing campaigns.

They imply (if not outright say) that standard tampons are unregulated, contaminated with harmful chemicals like dioxins, are less effective, and unsafe, potentially causing hormonal changes and dangerous conditions like Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Other insane conspiracies include that tampons contain asbestos to make you bleed more/need more tampons. That’s certifiable crazy talk.

Suffice it to say, these rumors are false. They are not supported by any scientific evidence. The truth is easy to find if you’re willing to do the research.

Highly regulated

Because menstrual products are considered a class II medical device by the FDA, they are highly regulated and frequently tested to make sure they are safe for use.

No harmful chemicals are added

Today’s menstrual products are naturally free of harmful chemicals and contaminants including asbestos, chlorine and dioxins. (FYI: Tampons with fragrances should be avoided because they can cause irritation.)

Not your mama’s tampons

To repeat: There are no dioxins added to conventional tampons. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, menstrual products were made with a combination of cotton and rayon and then bleached with chlorine, which could result in dioxins entering the body. The modern process for treating Rayon is chlorine-free and dioxin free. (Note: Dioxin is found throughout the environment in trace amounts. Approximately 90% of human exposure to dioxin is through food.)

More absorbent

Why use Rayon? Tampons use rayon because it is significantly more absorbent than cotton. Rayon is not a synthetic product: it’s wood pulp from birch trees and is the same absorbent material gynos use in pap smears.

Just as safe for you

As far as the risk for toxic shock syndrome (TSS), natural fibers aren’t any safer than synthetic fibers. There is no medical or scientific evidence to suggest that organic tampons or all-natural tampons are better than leading brand products or that organic tampons make people safer from developing TSS.

Some companies tout that their products don’t contain “synthetic superabsorbents,” yet these materials aren’t used in ANY tampons in the US. (Thanks FDA and CDC!)

Always pick the right product

It’s crucial to know that TSS can affect anyone regardless of the kind of tampon you use, what matters is the absorbency level of your chosen product. To lower your chances of developing TSS, experts recommend using tampons that are the appropriate level of absorbency to avoid bacteria build up, and changing your tampon every 4-8 hours. If you sleep more than 8 hours, consider wearing a pad at night.

The right information can save your life. The wrong information is a waste of time and, often, money. If you are someone super duper concerned about toxins entering your body, here are some products you might consider eliminating from your life: sugar and booze. (No, thank you!)

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    Lianne Knowles
    November 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    You’re basically endangering women’s health with your misleading facts. Haven’t you considered the negative and devastating impact on the environment? For example, a non-organic pad has the equivalent of up to 4 carrier bags of plastic in them, which take 800 years to degrade! The pesticides used to farm conventional cotton are responsible for polluting waterways and killing wildlife? The fact that 10s of thousands of farmers lose their life due to cultivating non-organic cotton, the dirtiest crop in the world? Doesn’t any of that matter? Apparently not, because it would appear you are more focused on selling a product and profiteering from a murderous and planet destroying trade. Well done!

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      Monthly Gift
      November 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Lianne, Thank you for your feedback. If there is misinformation in our article please feel free to email us at help@monthlygift.com as we are unsure of which facts you are referring to. We see many of your concerns are in regards to cotton – please note that Monthly Gift tampons are not made of cotton, but are comprised of rayon which comes from birch trees. We consider safety above all else and are believers in seeking out sustainable (but safe) options for our customers. Our tampons are made right here in the USA in a controlled and regulated environment. Many of the organic brands source their products from undisclosed locations in Eastern Europe, broadening the carbon footprint on the environment when they ship their products to the US. We appreciate your concerns. Please stay tuned for alternate sustainable options from Monthly Gift. Xx

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        Audi
        March 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm

        Rayon in tampons is not more absorbent. Even washing clothes, rayon vs cotton pulling them out of the washer, rayon is drier and crunchier. I can attest as somebody with periods so heavy that I have to get iron infusions several times a year, that the more rayon they add to save money because cotton costs more, the less effective they are. They upped the non cotton parts again in my regular ultra tampons that I’ve used for two decades. Clots and leaks pass through now despite never having a vaginal birth and changing tampons on the hour. They no longer unfurl and you can visibly see the layers that aren’t absorbing. I don’t care that the cotton is organic, just that I can find a tampon made entirely of cotton so a 40 year old woman doesn’t look like she’s slaughtering animals in her bathroom every 20 days. Yes, every 20 days. Don’t try and con me about textiles. Rayon is a synthetic. Wood pulp might be how it starts out but the chemicals and processes used legally classify it as synthetic. Rayon vs cotton towels. No comparison. Rayon is inferior. They use it because it’s cheaper and initially before wear in garments it feels softer but it doesn’t hold up long term like cotton or age well. Rayon knit irritates my skin, cotton does not. I’m not surprised if some women are sensitive to it inside their bodies. I just care that a tampon does what it is supposed to do, period.

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    Fran
    March 2, 2018 at 3:35 am

    It seems that this article disproves your claim of rayon being perfectly fine and of dioxin being absent in tampons. I think I’ll stick to organic, non-chlorine bleached tampons for now. https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/122-a70/

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