tampon ingredients

Let’s talk tampons. And pads, for that matter. Do you know what you’re sticking up your vag each month?

Honestly, I had never thought twice about what tampons were made of until recently. But once I heard that the FDA didn’t require tampon companies to reveal their ingredients, I had to know.

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Credit: Always

P&G (which owns Always, Playtex, and U by Kotex) were pressured into releasing heir ingredient lists after the internet rioted and demanded to know what they were putting in their body. What I thought would probably just be a list of polyester and foam, turned out to be a lot longer than expected.

Above is the ingredients of Always pads, straight from their website. Don’t recognize some of those ingredients? We don’t blame you!

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Credit: U by Kotex

Luckily, tampons seem to be a generally a little more straight forward. Above is an example of the ingredients in U by Kotex tampons.

Related: Today in Period News: High School Boys Threw a Tampon Drive For Their Classmates

Finally learning what was in their tampons, a few companies decided it was time to go organic. Because if you’re fruit can be organic why can’t your tampons be too?

So What’s the Big Deal About Organic Tampons?

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Credit: Lola

You may have heard that organic tampons are all the rage, especially with companies like Lola and the Honest Company making it easier than ever to get them (Lola actually allows you to set up a subscription so your tampons and pads can automatically come to you as you need).

The special thing about them is they have just one ingredient: organic cotton. They’re also biodegradable, making them environmentally friendly. But are they actually better for you?

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Credit: Honest Company

Turns out, there’s no proof one way or the other (bummer, right?). And as someone who is currently rocking an organic cotton pad (hey, they were on sale at CVS!), I can confirm that they don’t feel particularly different against your lady bits.

I guess that means the only true advantage to buying organic is it helps the environment (although some still claim that they’re “healthier” despite a lack of evidence).

So, now that you know what’s in your run of the mill tampons, does it make a difference to you? Are you convinced to switch to organic despite the increased price?

As for me, I think I’ll stick with whatever’s on sale. Although, it is nice to know that, at least for today, my vajayjay is getting treated like a lady!

Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to started Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. She’s currently obsessed with Vanderpump Rules, lipstick, and her kitty Tom.

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