Let’s begin with the obvious: Every woman in the history of humanity has or had a period.
So why were we raised to speak in low tones about periods? To be filled with shame if our menstrual blood happened to stain our skirt?
Periods are nothing to be ashamed off.
Periods are normal and natural and the human species would not be here if periods did not exist.
I remember a man who said a period was like shit. Well, sacred shit, I told him, because you wouldn’t be here if periods didn’t happen.
In that vein…I started my period four days earlier this month, not sure exactly why, as my periods are normally quite regular.
The fact that it came early pissed me off.
I wasn’t prepared for it at all, so that’s another pair of perfectly serviceable knickers that’s gone to waste.
I was on my way home from a great morning with my friend and all of a sudden that feeling overcame me.
You know that feeling, right?
It’s kind of difficult to describe so I am not going to try. If you know you know.
The week before this, the usual subtle changes took place; my breasts were tender, my body temperature increased and I was more irritable than normal.
In addition, for me, when I am on my period, I also feel more tired than usual and my appetite decreases (the only joyful thing that happens to me when I am on my period). Some women notice only one sign, but other women are heralded by a cluster of symptoms I describe above. Don’t even get me started on the bloating and the cramps!
Usually, I am not one to share something this intimate to but there are millions of girls all around the world who go through a monthly period and so I thought it would be worthwhile not only shedding some light on this ‘joyful’ monthly experience but more importantly sharing some of my new found knowledge about periods.
Ever since I started my period over a decade ago, I have always used pads. I have tried tampons but they’re just not for me. Always have been my go to brand for years because that’s what I grew up seeing my mum and my sisters use.
If it wasn’t Always and didn’t have wings I wasn’t interested. I was a complete snob when it came to ‘branded’ pads. When we didn’t have money to buy Always and had to use Kotex, let’s just say I was not impressed. I just didn’t find it as comfortable, and when you’re on your period, comfort is a priority!
Anyway, I digress.
A few weeks ago, I saw an advert on TV in America that encouraged me to do research into the ‘sanitary towels’ industry and I discovered some interesting facts, that I wasn’t sure was common knowledge or if I was just late to the party.
First and foremost, I am not a scientist, I am a woman who has taken the time to write about something that affects her. I am not going to go in the greatest of detail, as it’s not a research paper but what I will do is provide links to certain sites, if you interested in finding out more.
Did you know that the average woman wears a tampon for more than 100,000 hours in her lifetime? If you wear pads and panty liners, the same time estimate applies.
I know the issue of safe feminine hygiene product options is something that is rarely discussed but its so important.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and also the thinnest. Less than one-tenth of an inch separates our body from potential toxins. Worse yet, our skin is highly permeable — especially the skin in and around the vaginal area.
Anything coming in constant contact with our skin will land in our bloodstream for distribution throughout our body.
So it was shocking to me when I found out that there is a very good chance ‘conventional pads’ still contain some residue from chemical herbicides and pesticides. Moreover, they probably contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).
What’s worse is that those tampons and pads with odor neutralisers and artificial fragrances (i.e. the ones that smell nice, my favourite type) are laced with all sorts of shit that are linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness, and infertility!
How is this not common knowledge?!?!
I honestly felt so stupid that I didn’t know this any sooner.
Natracare is an organic brand and their feminine hygiene products are made from renewable, biodegradable and compostable materials including organic cotton, bioplastics (made from plant starches) and wood pulp.
Their products are free from all ingredients commonly found in conventional feminine hygiene products; plastics, chlorine, polyacrylate super absorbents, petroleum derivatives, synthetic ingredients, latex, and perfumes.
And what’s even better is that they are comfortable and have wings. Financially they work out cheaper than Always, which is a plus in my books. The only annoying thing is that they don’t stock these in Superdrug or Boots so I have bought in bulk online. Considering the health advantage of choosing organic, this is something I will get over.
For women who want to restrict their contact with synthetic materials and unnecessary chemicals, Natracare is a natural choice.
Other brands I haven’t tried yet but came across in my research as safer alternatives are:
Would love to hear from you guys on this? Like, this is something completely new to me. Am I late to this party? Did you guys all know this already? Have you guys tried any organic feminine products, if so, what are your thoughts? If not, would you try them?
P.s I found this video which demonstrates what happens when an organic vs. conventional sanitary pad is burned. Not sure what it means 100% nevertheless an interesting watch!
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