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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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kjh kjh 9 years
You can find these at I'm going to order some!
MsWalton MsWalton 9 years
I never would've thought. Will definitely remember to buy organic!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
11,000 tampons? Ugh, I never thought about it that way.
the-clam the-clam 10 years
Why can't you get these at regular drug stores?? It's annoying. Trader Joe's does carry them, though.
Emers Emers 10 years I got an e-mail about this a while back and found this website that explains some of this information. Obvioisly, Fit wouldn't say that there are asbestos in tampons like the original e-mail claims, but the article does talk about rayon and dioxon also.
sashak sashak 10 years
one of my old roomates flipped out about tampons & only uses the organic ones now...
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I was just about to say that magita :OY:
magita magita 10 years
ooooh more thing to worry about
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