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CHANGE YOUR TAMPON

 

Why choose feminine hygiene products that are made with your health and best interest in mind?

 

The vagina is a delicate place. It doesn’t take a lot to upset its happy little ecosystem.

When we did our homework on the feminine hygiene industry we were shocked. And then we were outraged. Why had nobody warned us what tampons were made of? Why have we been exposing ourselves to irritation-provoking pads over years and years of periods? Why is nobody talking about this? 

So, in 2011 we began to produce tampons and pads that are up to our standards.

The vagina is a delicate place

Most tampons and pads are not made of cotton.

We asked a number of women what they think their tampons are made of, and without exception, we heard the word “cotton.” And, true, if you read the ingredient label on your tampon box (be forewarned: you’ll need a magnifying glass), it probably lists cotton – along with a bunch of other ingredients, like rayon, polyester, polyethylene, perfume, and something referred to as “fiber finishes,” whatever they are.

Pads and pantyliner packages often don’t list ingredients at all. But you can learn a few things yourself by taking apart pads and examining what they’re made of. Many brands have plastic cover sheets. Even pads you buy at natural product retail stores probably contain filler made from wood pulp.

Cotton is naturally breathable, hypoallergenic and absorbent. Companies are going to a lot of trouble to manufacture materials that are kind of like cotton, but when all is said and done, they simply are not cotton.

All Emerita® tampons are made from 100% Organic Cotton grown without pesticides and made without Chlorine/Dioxin.

 

Typical tampons tend to shed fibers more readily than cotton tampons.

Put one of our 100% Organic Cotton Tampons in a water glass… and place a typical tampon in another water glass…and watch what happens. Over the course of an hour or so, you’ll notice the other tampon is shedding fibers. Eww! Tampons should be about removing stuff from your body, not leaving stuff behind, right?

Every Emerita® tampon features a soft mesh Security Veil around its core. That Security Veil helps prevent fibers from shedding and staying inside you. Our tampons are designed for minimal fiber loss, because when fibers are left behind, there’s a chance for bacteria to grow on them.

Typical tampons shed fibers
In the glass on the left sits a conventional tampon, on the right a 100% Organic Cotton Emerita® tampon with security veil. Both have been sitting in the water glasses for the same amount of time.
 

 

The average woman will use about 12,000 tampons in her lifetime.

Before you dismiss that tampon or pad as the feminine hygiene equivalent of a paper towel or a tissue, consider that tampons are essentially something that’s ingested. The average woman will use 12,000 tampons in her lifetime. She’ll wear each one for about 4-6 hours, so she’ll spend the equivalent of 6-8 years of her life wearing a tampon.

 The average woman will use 12,000 tampons

 

Maybe it’s time to stop buying whatever’s cheapest…and to really think about what’s best for you.

Just like organic produce is more expensive to grow and produce than conventional fruits and vegetables, organic cotton is more expensive to process than rayon and other materials.

As a natural product company whose mission is “improving the health and lives of women,” it wasn’t a hard decision at all to get into the organic and natural cotton feminine hygiene business. Someone’s got to carry the torch high. Someone’s got to help spread the word and to get women to think differently about their tampons and pads. That’s why our message is: What you put in your body matters.™

 

We were the first brand to offer an organic tampon multipack!

It’s an idea that could only come from a woman-operated company, right? The notion that maybe every day of your period might not be a Super-Plus day. Some days might be Regular. Some might be Super. So why should tampons mostly be available in only boxes of Regular, or Super or Super-Plus? 

Certainly this multipack idea is not new. It’s just that we were the first brand of Organic Cotton Tampons to do it. Why? Because we support vagina-friendly feminine care.

What you put in your body matters™ and what you put next to your skin matters, too!

Make the only choice that makes sense for your feminine hygiene needs…Emerita® Organic Cotton Tampons and Natural Cotton Pads and Pantyliners.

Emerita Family of Products

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What every woman should know about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare disease that can be fatal. It’s caused by a bacterial infection and is has been associated with tampon use.

The incidence of TSS is estimated to be 1 to 17 cases per 100,000 menstruating women and girls per year. The reported risks are higher for women under 30 years of age and teenage girls.

To reduce the risk of contracting TSS, use tampons with the minimum absorbency needed to control your menstrual flow, and change your tampon every 4-6 hours. You can also reduce your risk of TSS by alternating your tampon use with pads or pantyliners, or avoid the risk of tampon-related TSS by not using tampons.

 

What are the warning signs of TSS?

Sudden onset or high fever (usually 102º F or higher), fainting, near-fainting when standing, dizziness, a rash that looks like a sunburn, vomiting and diarrhea. Other signs include aching of muscles and joints, redness of the eyes, sore throat and weakness. TSS can rapidly progress from flu-like symptoms to an illness that can be fatal. If you have these symptoms during your period, stop using tampons and see your doctor immediately. You may not have TSS, but you should make certain, because TSS can be dangerous if not treated correctly in its early stages. Tell your doctor that you have been using tampons and that you are concerned about TSS.

 

Absorbency

Our tampons come in the following standard industry-wide absorbencies to help you to choose the right absorbency to meet your needs: 
• Regular for days with moderate flow
• Super for days with heavy flow 
• Super-Plus for days with extremely heavy flow

 

Synthetic Materials and Menstrual TSS

Menstrual TSS has been linked to the use of synthetics in tampons. A study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1994 looked at 20 varieties of tampons—including 100%-cotton tampons and tampons containing rayon. It concluded that the all-cotton tampons did not produce the dangerous TSS toxin, while other tampons did. The results of this study suggest that 100% cotton tampons may pose a lower risk of TSS than other tampons.