Pads and Tampons: Healthier Options Are Available

imagesUGO9S5BK (2) The Robin Danielson Act of 2014 is about women receiving full disclosure about the health ingredients and risks associated with pads and  tampons. In the effort of full disclosure, I currently use Natracare pads. I haven’t used a tampon since 2008 when I put Operation Save Uterus into motion in order to avoid a hysterectomy and reclaim my health. Since my health issues related to something stuck and hidden inside me for a long time, I wanted to make sure my female path was open to flow.

Although the number of supporters of the petition is growing, the petition still needs more signers and help spreading the word. It’s become obvious in my conversations there is a lack of awareness of the health issues and options available to reduce risks. Since this is the fifth time the bill has been presented to Congress, it also prompted me to hang up and hand out flyers and talk to many women and men near my home, and spread the word on social media. My sense of urgency was also sparked by learning that the last national surveillance data on TSS happened in 1987 and current reporting of TSS by each state is voluntary.

I’ve crossed paths with women who are aware of healthier options for receiving their periods. However, the majority of women I spoke to weren’t aware of other options. The most common description using common brands (Always, Tampax, Kotex etc.) was “itchy.” Thank goodness for options! Here are a few to consider if you’re looking to make a beneficial change using your pads and tampons:

  • Menstrual cup: in the form of a bell-shaped cup that collects menstrual blood; made out of medical-grade silicone; cleaned and reused; can be used for up to twelve hours; not linked to TSS or other bacterial infections. Typically costs around $40. Diva Cup is popular.
  • Cloth-pads: Washable pads that include a pad base and an insert that absorbs the majority of your flow. For a 100% cotton, organic and GMO free option, check out If you’re looking for a lot of design options check out Party In My Pants.
  • Natracare pads and tampons: 100 percent cotton and 100 percent dioxin-free; no synthetic ingredients and non GMO cotton.
  • Maxim pads and tampons: 100 percent cotton; the only 100 percent cotton-based hygiene product that is free from synthetic fibers and wood fluff pulp. Cotton naturally breathes and is hypo-allergenic and non-irritating; might be helpful for women who experience vulva-vaginal irritation.
  • Update: Sea sponge tampons – Sea sponges are natural and grow in the ocean.  They are absorbent, can be worn for up to eight hours and can be used for up to six months.

Let’s also pay attention to chemicals, plastics and materials from common pads and tampons that negatively impact our environment. Approximately twelve billion pads and seven million tampons end up in landfills per year according to Lunapads. The healthier options listed above not only are softer and healthier to a woman’s body but also are gentler on Mother Earth. imagesCR0Q0TZH

Lorraine Giordano
Inspired To Health