Tampons

Why choose organic cotton tampons?

Most brands of tampons are made from a mix of rayon and non-organic cotton, and are commonly chlorine-bleached. Some tampons may even be wrapped in a plastic outer, or be dyed a different colour. Rayon is a highly absorbent fibre which rapidly absorbs menstrual blood but at the same time can also dry out the natural protective mucous lining of the vagina.

We believe that women should not be exposed to pesticide residues, phthalates, azo-dyes and dioxins, especially in such a sensitive and absorptive part of the body. By using only 100% organic cotton and nothing else, you know exactly what you are putting into your body.

with applicator

Regular Applicator Organic Cotton Tampons
  • Only 100% organic cotton, and nothing else
  • Totally chlorine free
  • No rayon, plastics or dyes
  • Biodegradable & compostable
  • Smooth, easy glide cardboard applicator
  • Expands lengthways

The Natracare smooth, easy glide cardboard applicator helps with the insertion of the tampon. The material used to make this biodegradable applicator tube is totally chlorine-free. The organic cotton wadding of the Natracare applicator tampon is designed to expand lengthways, elongating as the menstrual flow is gently absorbed. The organic cotton withdrawal cord allows you to easily remove the tampon after use.

The applicator tubes of many brands are often made from plastic. One of the chemical groups found in plastic are phthalates, which can be absorbed through the skin. Disposal of these plastic products contributes to global marine pollution.

without applicator

Regular Non-Applicator Organic Cotton Tampons
  • Only 100% organic cotton, and nothing else
  • Totally chlorine free
  • No rayon, plastics or dyes
  • Biodegradable & compostable
  • Expands widthways

The Natracare tampon without applicator is made from a rolled wadding of 100% organic cotton. As the cotton gently absorbs the menstrual flow, the tampon expands widthways. Unlike the applicator style, this tampon is inserted using your longest finger which tucks into the flared end of the tampon to enable the tampon to be pushed into place. Deciding between an applicator and non-applicator tampon is generally a matter of personal preference.

About 20% of women naturally have a retroverted uterus (the uterus tilts backwards towards the spine instead of forwards) and using an inflexible applicator can cause pain during insertion. The Natracare non-applicator tampon, gently eased into the correct position using the longer index finger, makes inserting the tampon more comfortable. The organic cotton withdrawal cord allows you to easily remove the tampon after use.

What about Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Independent research, conducted at New York University Medical School, suggests that the use of 100% cotton tampons may reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome compared with tampons that contain rayon. Natracare 100% cotton tampons were included in this research, and in the tests they did not produce the bacteria which leads to Toxic Shock Syndrome. All brands containing rayon did produce the bacteria.


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Q: “Are Natracare tampons as absorbent as other brands?”

The absorbency of a tampon is not determined by its actual physical size but by the amount of menstrual fluid it absorbs. Rayon and cotton fibres absorb very differently, so a tiny compact tampon made from rayon may absorb more fluid than a slightly larger cotton tampon. All Natracare tampons conform to regulatory requirements for absorbency terms and the range is described on our packaging to help you select the correct tampon for your menstrual flow. Natracare tampons are generally at the lower end of the absorption range because cotton absorbs differently to rayon tampons, however if you find the absorption isn’t enough you can just move onto the next absorption up.

Q: “Which absorbency should I choose?”

Always go for the lowest absorbency that you need. During your period, you may find you use different absorbencies because your flow is lighter at the beginning or end of your period.

Q: “How often should I change my tampon?”

It’s important to change your tampons regularly, every 4-6 hours, and alternate between using tampons and pads. It is not recommended that you wear a tampon when you are sleeping because you will most likely be leaving it in too long. Please read carefully the instruction leaflet found in the tampon packs for how to use tampons safely.

Q: “Should I use applicator or non-applicator?”

Deciding between an applicator and non-applicator tampon is a matter of personal preference. About 20% of women naturally have a retroverted uterus (the uterus tilts backwards towards the spine instead of forwards) and using an inflexible applicator can cause pain during insertion. The Natracare non-applicator tampon, gently eased into the correct position using the longer index finger makes inserting the tampon more comfortable.


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