Perhaps you already know what conventional tampons are made of and that they are by no means as innocent or as pristine as they look? Making the switch to organic prevents any side effects and gives peace of mind too.

What’s the difference between conventional and organic tampons?

A woman uses over 12,000 tampons in a lifetime, yet regular  and by regular we mean non natural/non certified organic tampons may include unwanted nasties like polyethylene, polypropylene, rayon, bleach and cotton that is grown using pesticides. Certainly not the kind of things you’d want anywhere near some of the most delicate skin and organs in your body. The best way to be sure if your tampon is safe is to choose Certified Organic so you know that it’s been officially assessed. Being made from 100% natural cotton, organic tampons can also decompose more quickly than conventional ones, so they are much better for the environment too.

Can I rely on organic at that time of the month?

The Therapeutic Goods Association requirement  is that all tampons meet the same absorbency levels, so there is no difference in the absorbency of organic tampons and conventional brands. Organic tampons only use pure cotton, so they tend to be a bit bigger and denser to match the absorbency of synthetic materials.

Here’s an experiment you can do yourself to see the difference. Pull apart a conventional tampon and an organic one – the organic one is much harder to pull apart while the conventional one can easily be shredded. The reason for this is that organic tampons are made with dense, virgin, long fibre cotton, unlike the low quality, cheap-to-produce short fibre found in non-organic brands. Another useful experiment to spot the difference is to drop two different tampons into two glasses of water: watch as the organic tampon stays intact and the synthetic one falls apart, spreading fibres and chemicals into the water. Do we really want to run the risk of exposing our bodies to these chemicals  which can potentially be  absorbed into the bloodstream?

How can you avoid toxic tampons?

Toxic tampons are easily avoided  by choosing tampons made from Certified Organic cotton which hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides. TOM 100% Organic Cotton tampons are Australian Certified Organic and have been tested by a panel of women, who said using organic gave greater peace of mind and made periods more tolerable and less irritating. According to TOM Organic the likelihood of developing an unpleasant rash during menstruation  is significantly reduced. TOM also tell us that organic tampons can also decrease the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. To date there have been no reported cases of toxic tampon shock by women who have made the switch to organic.

Which organic tampons do we recommend?


TOM Certified Organic Tampons Regular

TOM Certified Organic Regular Tampons provide protection for a light to medium flow. These pesticide-free cotton tampons contain no synthetic chemicals, ensuring that they are soft on delicate skin while maintaining optimum absorbency. With a sturdy string and strong cotton, these tampons are long lasting and are completely biodegradable too! They are also available in Mini and Super sizes to match your flow.

TOM Regular Ultra Thin Pads

Made with soft Organic cotton, the TOM Organic Regular Ultra Thin Pads are ideal for extra protection or for anyone who prefers not to use tampons. With an interwoven core for even absorption and leak-proof wings, these comfortable and discreet non-toxic pads are eco-friendly, biodegradable, hypoallergenic and breathable. They are also available in Ultra Thin Liners  and Night Time Super Ultra Thin Pads for the right amount of protection based on the heaviness of your flow.

TOM Maternity Pads

Ideal for use during pregnancy or after birth, the TOM Organic Maternity Pads, are made from highly absorbent, 100% organic cotton that is hypoallergenic and breathable. These extra long pads provide maximum protection as well as comfort through their form-fitting, contoured and wingless design. Comfortable and discreet they are softly cushioned for extra protection. Ideal for use along with the super-soft and highly absorbent TOM Nursing Pads, which can be used on sensitive and cracked nipples for effective protection. Just attach with the non-slip adhesive strip. Safe for you and baby! 

TOM Organic is better for you and for our environment.