The more we learn about the things we put on and in our bodies, the more wary we become of using products with ingredients we don't know much about. The debate on conventional feminine products versus organic ones has been going on for a while. To determine which one is actually better, you have to ask yourself if you care about the possibility of chemicals used in conventional products doing some harm in the long term.
According to an article in Time, experts are starting to agree more and more that tampons may belong to a certain list of hazardous personal-care products. Conventional feminine products are often bleached with chlorine, which is known to produce dioxins. Dioxins are known to be extremely toxic and can cause certain cancers and reproductive problems. Conventional tampons are also known to cause toxic shock syndrome, which the Mayo Clinic defines as "a rare, life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections" with symptoms that include headaches, seizures, and vomiting.
With that in mind, we like to give you all the options. We've rounded up a few organic feminine products that we love. If you're thinking of making the switch, scroll down to see our picks.
Cora Organics Regular Cotton Tampons ($7)
One hundred percent cotton and made with absolutely no GMOs or pesticides, these tampons provide great protection during our periods while also being pretty safe to insert into our bodies. Plus, for every month's supply you buy, Cora will provide a month's supply of pads and health education to a girl in need.
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Maxi Pads ($4)
You'll find chlorine-free pads that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free as well. They're thick enough to provide protection against leaks but still comfortable enough so that it doesn't feel like you're wearing anything in your underwear.
Lola Compact Applicator Tampons ($10)
These 100% cotton tampons do not contain any synthetic fibers, chemical additives, fragrance, dyes, or chlorine bleach. They're just as comfortable as conventional tampons and are also biodegradable.
Rael Overnight Pads ($9)
We love this for your heaviest days. It holds up for at least eight hours, so it's ideal to wear while you sleep. These pads are chemical-free and don't contain any odor-producing chemicals that could interact with any bodily fluids.
Yes VM Natural Organic Moisturiser ($15)
If you've ever felt an itch, dryness, or any other uncomfortable feeling in your vagina but were too afraid to put anything topical on it because you didn't know if certain ingredients would cause further irritation, this might be the cream for you. It no glycerine, propylene glycol, aspartame, parabens, or unpronounceable preservatives. It treats alleviates itch, moisturizes, and restores pH levels to maintain your vagina's health.
So if you're thinking of making the jump from conventional to organic feminine products, you can't go wrong with any of these.