Description: One hundred percent certifiably organic tampons and pads are made from all-organic cotton, which has not been fertilized with harsh chemicals or chemically treated with pesticides. Products certified as organic are NOT made of rayon, are NOT chlorine bleached, and do NOT contain plastic or synthetic chemical additives. Non-organic tampons may have been bleached with chlorine, or contain synthetic chemical additives such as binders or surfactants.

What to look for: One hundred percent all-organic tampons and sanitary pads. All-organic tampons decrease a woman’s risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) when compared to non-organic tampons. Look for sizes, styles, and absorbency levels that suit your needs.

Uses: All-organic tampons and sanitary pads are used in the same manner as familiar brands, but do not contain harsh chemicals from bleaching or crop cultivation. Use tampons wisely by matching the absorbency level of the tampon with the amount of menstrual flow. A tampon should not be left in the vagina for long periods of time. It is a good idea to occasionally alternate tampon use with organic pads, a menstrual cup, or sea sponge.

Where to find: Natural food stores, online resources, or order directly from individual companies.

Avoid: Avoid rayon and rayon blend tampons, as they are highly absorbent and more likely to contain dioxin. The FDA does not require that tampon companies list ingredients or byproducts. The clearest way to avoid harsh chemicals and toxins that one would not wish to invite into the vagina is to eliminate the use of all tampons that are NON-organic. Use disposable products conservatively, and avoid plastic applicators whenever possible so as to avoid unnecessary waste.