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Why Your Feminine Hygiene Products are (Probably) Killing You

Why Your Feminine Hygiene Products are (Probably) Killing You

Why Your Feminine Hygiene Products are (Probably) Killing You

why feminine hygiene products are killing you

We all know it comes like clockwork, that time of the month that we usually dread. Whether it be because of the pain, the costs of feminine hygiene products or just an irritating week of taming the red river (too graphic?)

In elementary school they teach us about menstruation and what a pad and tampon look like. The options like winged pads and absorbency levels, they even teach us about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) which could be a lethal side-effect to using these products during our menstrual cycle.

Isn’t it funny that we’re taught to reduce, reuse, recycle. Live a healthy lifestyle by eating our veggies and try and lessen our carbon footprint – but they don’t tell us about the options for organic and natural feminine hygiene products which are healthier for our bodies and the environment?

Fast Facts about feminine hygiene products

The Traditional Pad + Tampon

Tampons and pads that you can buy from the drugstore are not 100% cotton. In fact, they’re usually a mix of Synthetic ingredients, Cotton and Viscose Rayon. Rayon is a coarse fiber derived from wood-pulp. Rayon may increase the risk of scratching open the delicate skin and, in-turn cause very tiny cuts which allow openings for bacteria and other nasty chemicals to embed themselves – increasing the likelihood of getting TSS.

During the process of making traditional tampons, the fibers are bleached and treated with a handful of chemicals to perfume and increase absorbency. Pads or Tampons treated with perfume or fragrance can upset the balance of your body’s natural pH balance and can lead to an increased risk of a bladder or yeast infection. As long as you are changing your feminine hygiene products every few hours there should be no need to use a perfumed product.

Perfumed feminine hygiene products

Unfortunately, during manufacturing a lot of these toxic chemicals stay behind. The chlorine bleaching process (which makes feminine hygiene products white) leaves the worst offender; Dioxin. A carcinogenic chemical which can lead to other side effects like endometriosis, where tissues that should grow inside of the uterus spread to other parts of the pelvic region. Endometriosis can be very painful – here is a more in-depth description of endometriosis.

Now, health authorities in many countries have cracked down on Dioxin levels. Stating that Dioxin should not be in any feminine hygiene product. Luckily, this has lead to companies using chlorine-free bleaching methods. However, the FDA has stated that there can be trace amounts of Dioxin in tampons and pads from the cotton, and rayon fibers used.

The cotton that traditional pad and tampon companies use is not organic. Over 2 Billion dollars (and counting) has been spent on spraying cotton with pesticides in the US this year. More pesticides are used on Cotton than any other crop in the agricultural industry. Do you think that all the chemicals are washed out during the tampon + pad manufacturing process? No. So what is the alternative?

Veeda Natural + Organic Feminine Hygiene Products

Veeda natural feminine hygiene products

Veeda produces natural pads and tampons from 100% cotton. During cultivation, the cotton is not sprayed with pesticides. The manufacturing process uses pure oxygen instead of the dioxin-causing chlorine bleaching process.

They offer a wide range of absorbency options – from light to super plus, just like traditional pad + tampon companies. However, these are entirely hypoallergenic. Vaginal skin is very permeable and can absorb toxins just as easily as ingesting them – so it’s important to make sure that you are using a product which is not laced with harmful chemicals, like Veeda.

I did have to opportunity to test out the Veeda Regular absorbency pads and panty liners. They work just as well, if not better than a traditional pad because they are soft to the touch and much more comfortable down there. If I don’t have a heavy flow which doesn’t require the use of my beloved menstrual cup  these pads are a perfect option.

To be honest, I would never go back to using traditional pads + tampons after making the switch to a menstrual cup and all-natural pads. It may be more difficult to source feminine hygiene products like Veeda because they are not at your local Walmart – but it’s healthier for your body and the environment. Win-Win, if you ask me.

Psst! – Veeda does have shipping to many different countries.

Here are some other resources I found interesting while researching:

FDA:  Tampons and Asbestos, Dioxin & Toxic Shock Syndrome

Pads on Fire – Burning an all-natural pad versus Always Infinity Pad

What’s your go-to product for that time of the month?

P.S – This post was not sponsored, although I did receive products to test from Veeda. I’m just genuinely passionate about a healthy, happy period!

  • Some eye-opening facts. I like that there are alternative options out there…it’s a shame there aren’t some more affordable, readily available products out there for the average woman to purchase. We do have a responsibility, but I have an absolutely miserable time during my period so sometimes you just grab the first product at hand.

    – Lubna | The Digital Review

    • For sure! Veeda has products on Amazon and the prices really are very affordable. A package of 16 tampons for $4!
      I know what you mean though, it’s something that you just want over and done with haha!

  • Wow you must have went to a really good elementary school because my school did not prepare us one bit lol! I’ve tried on Veeda too and love their products! I just wish it was easier to get a hold of here 🙁

    Stacey +

    • Really!? It was a pretty small school. But I know they have recently revamped the Sex-Education here in order to be more open and informative about puberty etc. I guess my Teacher just wanted us to know everything LOL.
      Veeda is great – I have seen them on Amazon!

    • Veeda

      Thank you Stacey for your support, for reviewing and using Veeda. We appreciate the support we’re getting from health-conscious women all over the world.

  • It’s always great to see 100% natural feminine hygiene products! Thanks for sharing all these important info!


    Tamara –

  • I really wish we can have more companies making economic friendly sanitary pads and tampons. This statistics are scary. Great post though.

  • Thanks for this very informative post! So important to know this!=)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Such a great post, I think more women need to see this!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

    • Veeda

      We completely agree too, fell free to e-mail us for product samples and trial.

    • YES! It’s so easy to not even think about – even for something you use monthly.

  • Great review. I love Veeda products too!

  • It is right that I never thought about the chemicals we use, it should be of concern. But in all honesty, I have just taken the pill consistently without a break for many years, so there was no need for any kind of female hygiene products. Not everyones cup of tea, obviously, due to the hormones, but a way that works great for me.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • You’re so lucky that it worked out for you! When I tried to do that I bled for months straight anyway. Weirdest thing ever. Haha

  • I have been hearing a lot about Veeda, love this company, this was quite a scary post but so important. We rarely think about such things, thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Veeda is an amazing company. It’s refreshing to see a company that cares 🙂

      • Veeda

        Thank you so much for sharing our mission and our for spreading the word about our products! It means the world to us to have the support of young and informed women!

  • Veeda seem like a great brand. You know It’s so scary that no one seemed to know about all these chemicals until recently. I mean it’s just not something you think about until you are told about it!

    Gemma x

    • No, definitely not. It’s a shame that companies aren’t required to disclose the chemicals and ingredients that make these products because they are considered “medical devices.”

  • I heard about Veeda a lot but sadly it doesn’t ship to Lithuania 🙁 Anyways, this is a really good and educative post, Lindsey. Good job! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Oh no! That’s a shame. I’m sure there’s other organic/natural companies that may be available there. Can you order from Amazon?

    • Veeda

      We will soon be in Europe too, thank you so much for your interest! 🙂

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    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love

    Instagram @alionawithlove

    Twitter @alionawithlove

  • While I’m aware of companies’ efforts to reduce their carbon footprints, many of them didn’t necessarily let us know about pads and tampons. Thank you, it gives me the creeps but better to be safe than sorry.

  • Ugh, I know, like I know about all of this but I don’t see myself using a menstrual cup anytime soon. I don’t like the idea of it but I completely understand it’s so much better for the environment!

    Naomi in Wonderland

    • if you’re not comfortable with a cup, Veeda’s natural pads and tampons are a perfect option! And they aren’t super-expensive.

  • I was clueless all these years myself so it was an eye opener when Veeda reached out and I did my research. Isn’t it crazy?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Yes! Although I did know a bit because for some weird reason I’ve always been interested by this stuff haha. It’s unfortunate how much consumers aren’t told though.

    • Veeda

      We absolutely loved the review and having you as our brand ambassador in Canada!
      Much appreciated, thank you girls.

  • Emma Corrie-Hill

    oh wow this is such an eye opener- thank you!!

  • This is really informative; thank you! My mom has been warning me about a few feminine products, but it’s not like we have a choice.

    xx, Richel Goes Places

    • Haha – well no, but we do have options! Which is better than nothing 🙂

    • Veeda

      Hi Richel, you have a healthier choice and a safer alternative with our affordable products.

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    This is such an informative post, hun! 🙂 I’ve seen quite a few bloggers talk about Veeda lately, it definitely seems like a brand that’s worth checking out! I could never use a menstrual cup myself, something about it makes me feel really uncomfortable & I’ve read a few too many horror stories! I think that natural pads are the most comfortable option, haven’t tried Veeda yet but might check them out. Thank you for sharing, babe – hope you’re having a fab weekend! xoxo <3 <3


    • Thanks for reading, Kay! I can totally understand your fear of a menstrual cup. It is definitely very daunting at first. Natural products are a great option instead! 🙂
      Thank you! <3

  • Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Sarah Flandro

    Thanks for all the great info! It’s crazy that I’ve had my period for almost 15 years and am still learning things I didn’t know. 🙂 I’m definitely interested in trying some more natural products and am going to look into it. I followed you and would love if you followed me back when you get a chance!!

    xo, Sarah

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