Have you ever wondered if your period products are safe? We’ve worn more than a thousand of them over the years, but most of us don’t even know what they’re made of. Yikes!

If you have a favourite, or just grab the first (or cheapest) pack you see, it’s time to take a good look at the ingredients. Pads, tampons, and even menstrual cups and reusable pads, all have their own concerns – some contain synthetic plastic materials, pesticide residues, fragrance chemicals and dyes, which can be hazardous to our health. Even a plastic tampon applicator can be a cause of concern!

Don’t wait until you get a reaction to start monitoring your vaginal health, it’s a must when using these products because our vaginas are sensitive – the surrounding skin is highly permeable, meaning it can easily absorb harmful chemicals and other toxic ingredients.

When it comes to the environment, most pads and tampons are unsafe because they’re made up of plastic and contribute to pollution. Look out for organic and plastic-free options, but menstrual cups and washables pads are also available as an eco-friendly, money-saving alternative. Check out these period products from local brands that are safe for both you and the environment:

Pads: Enya


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Enya prides themselves in their premium pads made from 100% organic cotton topsheet. This allows their pads to be more breathable, as well as gentle enough for sensitive skin. They don’t contain any fragrances, harmful chemicals or toxic adhesives, and you can get their high quality pads delivered to your door step every month with their flexible subscription plan.


Tampons: BOBBLE


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Using GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton, BOBBLE’s tampons are free from toxins, chlorine, perfumes and dyes. This reduces the risk of rashes, allergies, bacteria growth and toxic shock syndrome. They also strive to be a sustainable brand with products made out of biodegradable materials, including the packaging, and have a convenient subscription plan available.


Menstrual Cup: The Cherry Cup

The FDA-approved Cherry Cup is manufactured in the USA, but specially designed to suit Asians. It is made with 100% Highest Medical Grade Class VI Silicone, is latex-free and does not use any toxins or bleaches during the manufacturing process. It is one of the safest menstrual products available on the market, and is even suitable for sensitive users.


Reusable Pad: In Between Cultura

In Between Cultura’s organic washable pads are made out of cotton instead of harmful synthetic fabrics that pollute the environment, and pose a threat to sea animals, because they shed microfibres when washed. The handmade cloth pads come in many different sizes and designs, and have excellent absorbency.


So when shopping for period products, just keep it 100 – make sure your pads and tampons are 100% organic cotton, and menstrual cups are 100% medical-grade silicone!