Are Organic Tampons Safer?

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If you are super serious about your health, chances are you purchase a tone of all-natural beauty products as is, but do you buy organic feminine products as well? Is it necessary?

The true concern when it comes to tampon usage is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a serious but rare disease women get from improper use and poor manufacturing of tampons. Dating back to the 1980’s TSS has been a health concern, as in early years tampons were made from high-absorbent synthetic materials such as some rayons, polyester, and cotton.

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The use of some of these materials have since been outlawed. Most tampon packaging will also advise one to only use the absorbency necessary for their their cycle. Meaning, if you are on the back end of your period and are only spotting, don’t use the high absorbency tampon because you only want to have to change once a day. This is not only unsanitary and foul, it presents serious health risks!

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are two ways super-absorbent tampons cause TSS: When they are left in place for a long time, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Additionally, the absorbent fibers can scratch the surface of the vagina, making it possible for bacteria or their toxins to enter the bloodstream.