• Steph Ryan

Ditch & Switch Feminine Products

Updated: Jun 10

Did you know that the FDA considers tampons and pads medical devices which means they are not required to fully disclose their ingredients?


Conventional tampons are made using a blend of synthetic rayon and cotton.

  • Rayon: When it’s bleached, a byproduct called dioxin is released. The FDA states that tampons have low levels of dioxin that pose no health risk, however, the EPA says that there is no safe level of dioxin exposure. Dioxin has been linked to cervical cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, and immune system suppression.

  • Cotton: One of the most heavily sprayed crops. Over 90% of all cotton is sprayed with glyphosate. Glyphosate is linked to neurological diseases, endocrine disruption, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease, kidney failure, insulin resistance, diabetes, and cancer.

  • Conventional tampons also have odor neutralizers, fragrances, and dyes which can be any number of other toxins.

  • The ingredients in pads aren’t much better.


Here are some safer options:

  1. Honeypot

  2. Rael

  3. Lola

  4. Cora

  5. Flex Disc

If you plan to order any of these, I would so appreciate it if you could shop directly through the links above. I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps support my mission while still being able to best serve you and my family.


For more safe swaps, check out my safe swap guide here.

Please note: This information is for educational purposes only. Consultation with a licensed health care practitioner is recommended for anyone suffering from a health ailment.

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