Pads and Tampons: Inconvenient and Dangerous

· October 13, 2014
Did you know that over the course of her life, a woman could use nearly 12,000 tampons or pads? The invention of sanitary pads was a true revolution, as washing cloth pads were a real headache.

Tampons turned out to be much more comfortable than pads, although there are still some women today who refuse to use them.

It’s important, however, that we know the impact they have on our health.

Are pads and tampons safe for our health?

Sanitary pads and tampons could cause strong irritation. Over the last few years they have become very sophisticated, and contain perfumes and odorfresh systems. Those systems are a mixture of materials that have the ability to remove bad odors. Some even contain gel that solidifies the discharge, preventing it from leaking.

Tampons also contain chemicals, but you must remember that these two products are made with cellulose, which comes from wood. Due to its origin, it is not a white material. This is why these products must undergo chlorine treatments to look like cotton.

All of these compounds produce allergic reactions, causing strong irritation in this delicate area. Tampons cause vaginal dryness, thereby creating a lot of opportunities for infections to appear.

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What are the alternatives?

Ideally you should use products that don’t contain fragrances and are 100% cotton. These are hard to find, because organic pads and tampons are not a part of the mainstream market.

But there is another alternative: the menstrual cup. It’s organic, hygienic and affordable.

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What is “the menstrual cup”?

Menstrual cup

The vaginal or menstrual cup is a device that’s been around since 1930. However, it’s design has been improved, making it more fashionable.

This product fits perfectly in the vagina. It’s very comfortable and doesn’t let even one drop of liquid escape, making it very trustworthy. You can even wear it for 12 continuous hours, as it does not cause any sort of allergic reaction. For this reason, it’s perfect for sensitive skin.

The menstrual cup is used internally, and those that have used it assure that it’s very comfortable, and they couldn’t change it out for any other product, no matter how organic it is.