Why choose biological periodic protections? A question that I asked myself a few years ago because I was not very satisfied with the “classic” periodical protections that I found more and more uncomfortable and I began to wonder how I could replace them. That’s what led me to test the menstrual cup that I told you about in this post. Following this sharing of experience, I had several exchanges with women telling me about not wanting to use a cup and preferred the tampons or pads. Obviously, this choice is purely personal. The important thing is that we can make this choice with all the necessary lighting.
Why choose biological periodic protections?
A real question that arises more and more following studies on the composition of tampons, pads, etc., which reveal the presence of many chemicals, endocrine disruptors,…in short, a lot of things not very safe in contact with our intimacy! Many articles have flourished on the web sharing the results of these studies, the concerns of consumers (eg ConsoGlobe, 60 Millions de Consommateurs – these are in french but you probably able to find infos in english) and the need to see the evolution of legislation.
Tampons and pads are made of synthetic materials and cellulose. The latter comes from the wood pulp and its natural color is brown. Except that no one has ever seen a tampon oreads of this color. Indeed, it would not be very “seller” (see Camille & Justine‘s video that made me laugh so loud). So, to whiten cellulose, industrialists use chlorine. Chlorine bleaching leaves residues of dioxin, a pollutant that is very persistent in the environment and potentially highly toxic to human health. The vaginal mucosa is permeable, so our body will be in contact with one of the most toxic products.
Coline from the blog Et Pourquoi Pas Coline shares a lot of information on the subject in her Toxic Shock Syndrome video (also in french).
It is for all these reasons that brands have developed to offer alternatives more respectful of the female body and eco-friendly, in the process.
Biological periodic protections
In recent years, it is possible to find biological periodic protections (pads, tampons), or even reusable (such as menstrual cups, menstrual panty, washable pads). Generally, we can find them in organic stores or on e-commerce sites.
I recently discovered the products Dans Ma Culotte (in my panty, in french) whose name I find quite appropriate to the situation that lives women (and then, I love this touch of humor!). Dans Ma Culotte is known for their washable pads in organic cotton. On the website, all the alternatives to traditional periodic protections are declined with an ultra playful and pampering aspect.
Personally, I will not try (at least for the moment) washable pads. The main reason is that I never liked the feeling that it involved from my teens – that’s why I moved very quickly to the use of tampons. As I said, the choice of its periodic protections is really related to the preferences of each one but I admit that being a curious nature, maybe one day, I will try the exercise.
I was able to test the organic tampons from Dans Ma Culotte which is an alternative to the menstrual cup. These tampons for normal flow (average absorption) are made of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. They are biodegradable and without applicators, they are gentle on the skin and limit allergies. In addition to being organic, they are sold by 16, in bulk or in a reusable cloth pouch to limit packaging.
Organic tampons, my test
After moving to the menstrual cup, it was a bit difficult for me to use tampons again. When changing a habit, it takes a little effort to get back to it! And I think I still had too much in mind the feelings that made me give up.
What I like is the fact that the product comes in this little pouch. We do not need so much packaging. The packaging is cute and practical for storing tampons.
Dans Ma Culotte – Organic Cotton Tampons + Pouch (7,90 €)
Dans Ma Culotte – Refill In Organic Cotton Tampons (3,90 €)