So I've been writing a lot about the lady things lately. I mean, as women, our bodies are pretty complicated (and awesome)--- so I feel like we could chat endlessly about these things together. Since writing about lady contraptions for the time of the month I've got a lot of feed back from you guys and friends and family too. Different things work for different people. I learned that those prone to UTI's should maybe avoid cups. I've also researched and asked a lot more about tampons and other things. For me personally, I know that if I couldn't use a cup (like, if my body hated it, or if I worked outside my home without a private bathroom) my only real option would be tampons. Right now, as mentioned, I use a combo of different things depending on my flow, what I'm doing, and how I'm feeling. I think it's about 50/50 cup and tampons-- but again, my body lets me and my job lets me too. #periodblessed. That's not a thing, right? That should be a thing.
Shortly after writing my round up of lady contraptions, I learned about LOLA. So, the FDA definitely doesn't require tampon brands to disclose the list of ingredients in their tampons. Which means that a lot of companies simply won't list their entire ingredient list. I've read A LOT about this lately (though theres always more to read). There's a been a few activist doctors out there that have been pushing to get more of the ingredients tested. No surprise that the FDA is in no rush to do so. (womp). LOLA chooses to list their ingredients: they're 100% cotton, no additives within the tampons AT ALL--- which also means there are no synthetic materials like rayon or polyester. Most tampons are heavily treated post production--- which I've also talked about--- things like fragrance? Gross. There are no harsh chemicals sprayed on the tampons--- no cleansing agents, bleach, dyes, or chemical filled perfumes to stick up your lady parts. Also, they use a BPA-free plastic applicator. And because I like to double check everything-- I asked about the cotton used and pre-processing stage. LOLA's cotton is completely NON-GMO. And for those who are concerned about glyphosate--- I totally asked and their (european grown) cotton crops are completely glyphosate free. I figured (and hoped) for that much when I learned the cotton was grown in Europe and the tampons were made here. But I wanted to be sure (duh). Yes, GMO crap is primarily an issue here in the states-- but the reality is that it's problem almost everywhere. So I doubled checked. This is the response I received in email:
"The regulations are definitely much tighter in Europe regarding both pesticide use and GMO crops (our cotton is totally GMO free). Recently, there has been a lot of news about tampons containing glyphosate which is a byproduct of the pesticide Roundup, which is frequently used in the culturing of domestic cotton. No roundup is used on our cotton, we've verified with our growers and also through 3rd party tests.
Once picked, our cotton goes through a non-bleach based cleansing process that uses oxygen instead of chlorine."
win. You can read a bit more about GMO's and other crop dangers HERE if you're interested. Short easy, sort of non related read.
Yeah, I mean, in a perfect and modern world, we wouldn't bleed all over the place and need anything to protect our clothes and our rugs and the eyes of friends and family during our time of the month--- but that's not how mother nature works. We bleed. Once a month (typically anyway) and need to use things. Are tampons the perfect solution? Debatable. But they are a realistic one of so many people (myself included). LOLA is also pretty cool in that it's a completely customizable subscription service, making your lady monthly time just a tad bit easier (chocolate helps too). You can choose exactly how many tampons of what variety you want sent to you. So like, for me, loads of super industrial strength and just a couple light ones. But maybe for someone else, mostly lights and a few regular ones does the trick. You can also skip, cancel, or charge your plan anytime--- cause life is already filled with too many commitments, and your lady time should be easy, flexible, and uncomplicated. Or as easy, flexible, and uncomplicated as you can make it....
Wanna try LOLA out? The first 100 readers to use the code OHDEARDREA get 50% off their order* :)
*new customers only. continental US only. (sorry Hawaii and Alaksa).