Sexual Health

Should you buy organic tampons?

Q&A With Dr. Manny: Are organic tampons really worth the extra cost?


Encountering organic food at the grocery store is common nowadays and the idea of it is less intimidating than it has been in the past. But have you ever thought about organic feminine hygiene products?

We received this email from a viewer curious about the alternative products.

Dear Dr. Manny,
I’m seeing a lot of ads for organic tampons. Are they really worth the extra cost?

It’s true, there has been an influx of organic products like mattresses, diapers and now even tampons. The long-standing rumor that tampons contain poison is untrue. According to the Food and Drug Administration, no U.S.-manufactured tampons contain asbestos, dioxin or other harmful toxins– and they’re safe for use.

As far as organic tampons go, there’s no scientific evidence that finds they are better for you.

That said, if you’re environmentally-conscious and only want to use cotton that was grown without pesticides, organic is the way to go.

Remember, with any tampon use there is always the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. While it’s rare, it can be fatal. Tampon manufacturers no longer use materials that are linked to TSS.

No matter what you use, be sure to read the labels and change the tampon at least every 4 to 8 hours.

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