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Organic Cotton Tampons: What For?

Have you ever thought about the tampons you use? You may buy a certain brand because that's what your mother uses, or it's what you've been using forever, or the brand is on sale.

It pays to read the label of your feminine hygiene products too. The next time you buy tampons, check to see if they are made with chlorine free organic cotton. Organic cotton tampons are made without rayon, synthetic chemicals, binders, or fillers.

Here's why you might not want to be putting rayon inside your body - it is chlorine-bleached and dioxin, a by-product of that bleaching process, is a carcinogenic. Dioxins have been found to collect in the fatty tissues of animals, including humans.

Research has shown evidence that even low levels of dioxins may be linked to cancer, endometriosis, low sperm counts, and immune system suppression. Considering a woman may use as many as 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, she may be subjecting herself to additional dioxin exposure.

Fit's Tips: If you are not using non-chlorine bleached organic cotton tampons, look for ones made by Natracare, Seventh Generation, or Organic Essentials. You can find them at a health food store near you with or without applicators, in Regular, Super, or Super Plus absorbencies.

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