Organic tampons hit the feminine care market and made a big impact. Women across the globe began questioning their non-organic tampons: Is everything I know all wrong? Is my health at risk? Do I need to switch to organic tampons ASAP to avoid imminent danger?
The answer? Not exactly.
Are tampons bad for you?
Organic tampons are better than non-organic in one aspect: the environment. If you’re a die-hard tampon user, it wouldn’t hurt to make the switch and help better our planet. However, some organic tampon companies would have you believe you need to make the switch for your health. But let’s take a look at the main issues tampon-users need to be concerned with:
- Require frequent changes
- Can’t absorb heavy period flow
- Have been known to cause bloating and pain
None of these issues are solved by switching to organic tampons. You’re at no less risk for the thing that has scared all women since our cool friends started getting their periods: Toxic Shock Syndrome. In fact, not even menstrual cups protect you from that risk. However, it’s important to note that TSS is still very rare and has more to do with leaving a tampon (or cup) in for too long than with the actual product itself.
What is the Solution?
When the four biggest concerns you have with wearing tampons aren’t solved by switching to organic, it’s time for an alternative solution.
The only current period products that do not present a risk of TSS are pads. But for those of us who are immediately taken back to cringy middle school days at the mere thought of wearing a pad all day, there are period panties. These are typically made with a sleeker design for all-day comfort and built into a panty made with our cycles in mind. This means they’re much better for leak-free protection from heavy flows, require less frequent changes and of course, don’t put you at risk of TSS. Still concerned about Mother Earth? This solution is also far better for the environment than tampons. So, organic tampons: who needs ‘em?