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4 Natural Period Swaps

4 Natural Period Swaps

If you have a sensitive ecosystem or are seriously looking to cut down on chemicals, your feminine products are a great place to start. We’ve all heard about Toxic Shock Syndrome from friends or the warning slip that comes with your tampons, but other than that you may not have considered the health effects of period products. What’s in pads and tampons anyway? Companies are not required to list every ingredient that goes into your menstrual products. Conventional products may contain bleached GMO-cotton, plastic (which contains toxins, petrochemicals, and pesticides), rayon, and unnatural fragrances. Not to mention, your skin is extremely absorbent. The more you know, right? Luckily, there are plenty of natural alternatives changing the game for women! We've included 4 period goodies, and 1 baddie...

1. Start with organic cotton pads

If you’re hesitant about new feminine care products, natural cotton pads are the perfect way to transition without it feeling too alternative. Ditch the pesticides and bleach in favor of organic cotton. Fruitful Yield proudly carries Maxim Hygiene, Genial Day, and NatraCare organic cotton pads. Free of chlorine and plastic, these biodegradable buddies are the helpful sort – for you and the environment!

(Pssst, we have a giveaway going on with Maxim Hygiene, so you can win natural period products and other goodies! Enter here: Maxim Hygiene Giveaway)

2. Convert your tampons

They work the same as your favorite traditional tampons, but without the added chemicals, pesticides, and fragrances that may irritate your sensitive areas. Some organic tampons come in cardboard applicators to be more “green”, but many brands also have bio-degradable plastic options for your comfort.

TIP: As with traditional tampons, changing tampons every 4 hours and using the lowest absorbency possible helps the body avoid buildup of harmful Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. This bacteria is the same that causes Toxic Shock Syndrome.

3. Check out cloth pads

Finding the right cloth pad for you can be some trial and error, but when you find the right one for you, they can be a great investment. Plus, since they’re reusable, they’re better for the environment. Some even contain a charcoal layer to naturally avoid odor.

4. Try a menstrual cup

Like the idea of cloth pads, but not the washing out the cloth? Check out silicone or rubber menstrual cups. When your cup is full, you pour it into the toilet. Afterward, they’re easy to rinse; though, it helps to have access to a private bathroom to rinse out your cup.

 

Finally, when you have all these awesome safe options, make sure any other alternatives are well-researched, FDA approved, and safe before trying! Which brings us to our last point...

5. Sea ya later, sponge!

You may have heard of sea sponges as a trendy alternative to tampons, however, they have actually been around since the 80’s. When menstrual sponges first came out, they were tested by the FDA. The Baltimore district lab tested 12 different sponges and found sand, grit, mold, and yeast. One sponge even had Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. Beyond that, they can be abrasive inside the body and even break apart during use. Users recommend washing the sponge before use, but unfortunately, sponges are prone to mold when moist.

 

*Content contained in this article is not intended to provide or to constitute medical or healthcare advice. Nor can it be relied upon as preventative care, cure, or treatment for any disease or medical condition. You should consult a qualified healthcare professional for advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any supplementation, nutritional, exercise, or other medical programs.


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