COMMON MISTAKES WHEN YOU USE A TAMPON
Can you really use a tampon wrong and if so how?
So here’s the thing about tampons. There is a right and wrong way to use them, and we’re not just talking about which hole to put them in.
Here’s a list of the most common mistakes:
1) YOU’RE USING THE WRONG SIZE TAMPON
It might sound common sense, but you’d be surprised about the amount of people who use the wrong size tampon. Perhaps you’ve felt sore or itchy or uncomfortable when you’ve taken your tampon out?
There are 4 absorbency’s out there - mini, regular, super and super plus. Now your flow is different on EVERY SINGLE day of your period. That’s why you should be using the RIGHT absorbency for your flow at that particular time. (That’s why we have a different mix of tampons in our boxes).
2) FLUSHING TAMPONS DOWN THE TOILET
This is a big NO-NO! Seriously. Tampons (or any menstrual products) should NOT be flushed down the toilet.
Over 100 billion menstrual products get thrown away globally every year and most of them end up in the landfills or oceans. By flushing your tampon down the toilet you’re pretty much just throwing them into the ocean….I mean, do you think there is a tampon catcher down there who collects them and then puts them in a special box.
3) YOU’RE USING NON ORGANIC COTTON TAMPONS
So, yes, this ones a bit of self push shout out to ilo but seriously. Non organic cotton tampons are full of nasties! We’ve listed the major ones here in our FAQ’s but it’s worth saying again.
Here are the big 3:
dioxin - something the WHO says is a probable carcinogen and something that is in every mainstream tampon. It’s a byproduct of converting wood pulp into rayon which, most tampons are made from. It’s an issue because while there may only be trace elements of dioxin in a single tampon, accumulation of dioxin is seriously damaging so if you' use an average of 9000 tampons in a lifetime. That’s a pretty big build up.
non organic cotton - 90% of the US cotton is sprayed with a huge amount of chemicals and has been made to be resistant to roundup, which is technically glyphosate and that is a known carcinogen.
scents and fragrances - mainstream tampons contain chemical odor neutralizers, dyes, and synthetic fragrances. Recent research has shown that scented female product may increase a woman’s exposure to dangeroud phthalates, known endocrine disruptors. These chemical scents also cause an imbalance in your vagina’s delicate pH, which can lead to infections. Flowery scented tampons simply aren’t worth the risk.
So, next time you’re buying your tampons or sanitary pads, have a good hard think about what you want to put into your most absorbent body part.
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