U by Kotex Alternatives

U by Kotex Alternatives

Recently, it was announced that U by Kotex recalled certain tampons due to reports of them unraveling inside the body.

If U by Kotex is your preferred brand of tampons, you may be on the hunt for a replacement.   Here is a list of alternative tampons that are healthier and more reliable than conventional tampons.

Cora

3sifbxr66dyfylgyaqiq.jpgCora is a brand of organic feminine care products.  Cora products are made from cotton that is free from genetically modified seeds and pesticides.   The Cora brand believes that feminine care products should be healthy for consumers, farmers, and the environment.   For every Cora product purchased, they send feminine care products and provide health education to women in need.

Cora believes that feminine hygiene products are a necessity and not a luxury, so they pay all sales taxes on their products and continue to advocate for tax free feminine care products.

If you purchase a Cora subscription online, you can customize your box based on the length and flow of your period.

Price: $6 – $34
Products Available:  
Pads, Tampons and Bladder Pads
Where to Purchase:
Target and the Cora website

Lola
I remember when I first heard Vicky Logan talk about the Lola tampon subscription service.  I thought she was just being super extra, until I did my research on the chemicals found in conventional feminine care products.

Lola is another brand of feminine care products that can be purchased as a part of a subscription.   The Lola brand has dedicated their mission to producing trusted products that are free from synthetic fibers, additives, and mystery ingredients.  Lola has you covered, whether you’re looking to improve your sexual health, sooth the effects of menopause, or improve your menstrual health.

Price: $8 – $34
Products Available:  Tampons, Pads, Liners, Daily Supplements, Essential Oils, condoms, lubricant, and cleansing wipes.
Where to Purchase:  Lola Website

L.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I love the products from L.  L. products are free from pesticides, rayon, fragrances, deodorants, or dyes and it says so right on their packaging!

L. is dedicated to making health products accessible to women around the world that are in need. For every L. product purchased, feminine hygiene and sexual health products are provided to women in lesser serviced countries.
Price:
Products Available:
Pads, Tampons, Liners, and Condoms
Where to Purchase:
Target, CVS, and This is L. website

My hope is that this recent scare with U by Kotex, will encourage women around the world to pay more attention to the products they use for their feminine care.  Take a minute to do your research on conventional feminine hygiene products and make the switch to non-toxic products today!

 

Healthy Lady Parts

Healthy Lady Parts

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We’ve all had our fair share issues with our vaginas… yeast infections, bacterial infections, heavy  and painful periods… you name it… we’ve been there!

I struggled for years with my vaginal health…  I had no idea that many of the products I was using on my body and my diet were affecting my vaginal health.  Are you struggling with your vaginal health or looking for ways to improve it? Then keep reading!

Take Probiotics

Probiotics are vital when it comes to vaginal health.  I guess I should explain what a probiotic is before I go further.  Probitics are a healthy form of bacteria that produces lactic acid and helps reduce and discourage the growth of bad bacteria.   Probiotics play a major role in our health, by enabling the body to fight off infection.  Taking probiotics can aid in the treatment of Yeast Infections and Bacterial Vaginosis.

When it comes to oral capsules, I take the probiotic by Renew Life… its the only vegan probiotic capsule I’ve been able to find in my local stores.

I also drink kombucha regularly.  Kombucha is loaded with natural bacteria that aid in boosting our immunity and improving our overall health.

You can also eat yogurt, kimchi, kefir, tempeh, sourdough, dark chocolate and a ton of other foods that are loaded with probiotics.

Recommended Products

Ultimate Flora Women’s Care
Health-Ade California Grape  Kombucha 

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Speaking of food, there are a lot of foods that will improve and maintain vaginal health.  Here are some of my favorites:

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A.  Vitamin A aids in maintaining healthy vaginal and uterine walls and helps produce the hormones we need that allow us to stay energized.

Avocados

Avocados have many health benefits, but one of them is that they can help you stay naturally lubricated down there, and it can enhance your estrogen levels.   Avocados are rich in vitamin B-6 and potassium which have positive effects on your libido.  For women that struggle with fertility and are undergoing IVF treatments, avocado may increase your success due to its unsaturated fats!

Cranberry Juice

Its packed with acid compounds that ward off unwanted and unneeded bacteria.  Cranberry juice is known for helping prevent and relieve the pain of urinary tract infections.  Skip the Ocean Spray and go with all natural no sugar added cranberry juice to take full advantage of its benefits.

Fresh Fruits and Well… Eating Plant Based in General

I can honestly say that since I switched to a plant based diet my menstrual cycles are much more manageable.  I experience very little cramping and my cycles went from 7 days to just about 3 days.  I can definitely tell when I haven’t been eating the way I should, because I experience numerous issues including terrible cramps.

Sugar and Alcohol

While there are foods that you should definitely ensure you are eating, there are also a few that you should avoid to make sure you are as healthy as possible.   If you are prone to yeast infections avoid foods that encourage yeast to grow like excessive sugar and alcohol.

Use Organic Feminine Care Products

It’s no secret how I feel about organic feminine care products. But I wasn’t always an advocate for organic feminine care products.   I remember how crazy I thought Vicky Logan was when she mentioned using organic tampons…  I thought… she is SO EXTRA!!!  But then, I did my research.  Now, I am willing to spend more and travel far for organic products that will improve and maintain my vaginal health.  So here is the tea… most conventional feminine care products contain:

  • Rayon
  • Chlorine
  • Pesticides
  • Latex
  • Dyes
  • Chemical Additives
  • Plastic Materials

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) many of the chemicals that are found in conventional feminine care products contain glyphostate which some studies suggest is linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Why on earth would you want any of that near your vagina?

For me, switching the products I use completely changed the game when it came to my menstrual cycle.  I bleed a lot less heavy now and I  have not had a bacterial infection or yeast infection in 3 years.  I was getting them monthly and had no idea that it was coming from the types of products I was using.

Recommended Products:

This is L Ethical Personal Care Products
NatraCare Feminine Care Products 

Read the Labels

Many of the feminine care products on the market are filled with chemicals that can lead to health issues.  Many health issues that come along with using toxic products have nothing to do with the vagina.  Check out the Chem Fatale Report from Women Voices and see how many of the products being used are known to cause endocrine disruption, reproductive harm, asthma, and even cancer.

 

Get Rid of Washcloths

Washcloths hold bacteria, and its best to keep bacteria as far away from the vagina as possible.  Instead, buy a detachable shower that has an array of settings. This type of shower head will allow you to get to the parts of your body a regular shower head can’t reach. With a little warm water and if you desire an organic feminine wash, you won’t need to use a washcloth to keep your lady parts fresh.

Recommended Products:

 

Keep That Yearly Appointment

You should be on a first name basis with your OB/GYN or any other doctor you may see.  Its crucial to your health always know whats going on with your vaginal health and your health in general.  Sometimes there may be something going on that you are not even aware of.   About ten years ago I went to the doctor to see what was going on with my menstrual cramps, I was getting them really low in my pelvic area and it felt different than usual.  Turns out, I had a cyst on one of my ovaries.   If I had just brushed it off as regular cramps who knows what it could have developed into.

Take the time to make your annual appointment, tell your doctor everything that’s going on with you.  Don’t be afraid to be candid with them… trust me you’re not the first person they’ve talked to that is experiencing the same symptoms or issues that you are.

 

Vaginal health is a huge part of our health so its very important that we take care of it.  What are you doing to keep your lady parts happy and healthy?

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Detox the Box!

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For women, the most sensitive part of our body is our vagina…  vagine, vajayjay, honey pot, coolata,  whatever you want to call it. it s one of the most sensitive areas on our bodies.  Due to its sensitivity, we must handle it with care!

During my quest to lead a more natural and organic lifestyle, I stumbled across organic feminine products.  Since most feminine products claim to be hypoallergenic, I never really thought about the chemicals in the products I used being toxic.   After subscribing to Lola (organic tampon subscription) I decided to do a bit more research on the chemicals that are alive and well in the products that the majority of women are using.

The Issue

The vagina is lined with a mucous membrane that is kept moist by cells on its surface and by secretions from the glands in the cervix (I sound smart don’t I?  I’m not here is where I found that out).  Many of the products used by women contain chemicals that are not to be used on mucous membranes because the are known to increase risk of cancer, cause rashes, release formaldehyde and cause toxicity.   Chemicals like Pesticide residues, parabens, and preservatives really have no business touching such a sensitive area of the body.

Here’s a Little Trivia

  • Chemical products are used by the majority of women in the United States
  • 86% of women use tampons in the U.S.
  • African American and Latina women are impacted the most by these toxic chemicals because they are more frequent users of products like douche, wipes, and sprays
  • Feminine products like douche, wipes and sprays are used by 10 to 40% of women in the U.S.
For more information, please see the Chem Fatale report from Women Voices

The Chemicals

Here are a list of the chemicals that are not to be used on mucous membranes, increase risk of cancer and cause toxicity.  A full list can be found here

Chem Fatale

Hall of Shame

Here is a partial list of some of the brands of products out there that contain all or some of these toxic chemicals. A full list of products can be found here 

  • Tampax
  • Always
  • Summer’s Eve (been using this since I was a child)
  • Vagisil
  • Massengill
  • CVS
  • Equate
  • Kirkland

Alternatives

There are a number of plant based and organic products by companies that can be used as alternatives for mainstream feminine care.  Here are a few:

  • Honey Pot – Feminine wash, pads, and wipes ( Product Junkie Approved)
  • Seventh Generation – Unbleached pads and tampons
  • Lola – Organic unbleached cotton tampons (Product Junkie Approved)
  • Natracare –  Organic panty liners, tampons and pads (Product Junkie Approved)
  • The Honest Company – Organic tampons, panty liners, and tampons
  •  ORGANYC – Organic tampons and pads

Where to buy?

While many of the products I’ve listed can only be purchased online, you can actually buy many of these products at stores like Whole Foods, Walgreens, and Target.

Take Action!

The corporate pharmaceutical companies  have the power and the money to detox the box!  They can make their products organic, bleach free and chemical free and keep women healthy!  Take action by writing your local senators, protesting companies and contacting the pharmaceutical companies to have them make this change!

Let me know what products you all decide to purchase!  I’d love to hear about them.

Until next time…