Many of us have engaged in the process of detoxing our home and our lives. We have ditched the processed foods for organic and whole foods. We have thrown out the synthetic lotions for natural oils. And we said goodbye to bleach and other noxious cleaning solutions. But what about your tampons and pads?
The fact is, most tampons and pads on the market have been bleached and treated with multiple chemicals during processing. And as a mucous membrane, your vagina is really good at absorbing what it comes in contact with. So, if you would rather your vagina not be a toxic waste dump, here are some of your options:
1. Organic Cotton Tampons and Pads
There are many companies that offer tampons and pads that have not been treated with chemicals. However, these products do tend to be more expensive. Another downside to using tampons and pads (of any variety) is the amount of waste generated. On average, a woman will go through 17,000 tampons or pads in her lifetime. That is a lot of waste and a lot of money.
2. Menstrual Cups
Menstrual cups are reusable silicone cups that can be inserted for 12 hours at a time. I will admit, at first, I found this idea a little gross. But after the adjustment phase, I am never going back. Menstrual cups are easy to use, hassle free, effective and sustainable. For normal flow, I find that the cup lasts for 12 hours, so no hassle of changing during the day. While changing a menstrual cup can be messier than changing tampons, I find the ease of menstrual cups to be worth it. There definitely is an adjustment phase when you first use it though, so be prepared for leaks during this time. In general, I find menstrual cups to be leak proof, except under abnormally heavy flow. Every woman's flow is different, but I highly recommend trying a menstrual cup. I personally use the Diva Cup, but there are several different cups on the market. There are also different sizes to accommodate changes that occur after child birth. I also highly recommend buying the wash for the cup.
3. Reusable Menstrual Pads
Reusable menstrual pads are another sustainable option. They come in different sizes for different flows and can be machine washed to be used again next month. They are made of cotton without the chemical processing of other pads. Great to use in combination with a menstrual cup during that adjustment phase. Personally, I prefer to use a menstrual cup during the day and the reusable pads at night.
I'm Dr. Carly and my mission is to create a health revolution. I believe that another prescription is not the answer. I believe in using natural therapies that go beyond the symptoms. And I believe that doctors should spend way more than 7 minutes with a patient.