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VisualMadness69
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My mom picked me up a box today and they're scented. I have never had scented tampons before and I am totally confused as to why they would need to be scented. The idea of putting something with a scent in me while on my period makes me worry a little, just doesn't seem safe?

It also has on the side of the box the absorbency range of tampons dep. on if you get lite - super plus ... why would a girl want to know this? How could you even measure such a thing? I don't think I know of any girl that enjoys her period so much that she wants to know such specifics.

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Heather
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It's not sound for your best vaginal health to use scented tampons.

Will it kill you? No. It also isn't likely to make you particularly sick. But it can incline you more towards vaginal infections. When it comes to what goes inside your vagina, you want it to be as pure as possible: if you're using tampons, the best choice is 100% unbleached cotton, for instance. As well, adding fragrances when you have your period actually makes it more likely your flow will have a stronger scent, not less. But menstrual shame is so widespread that people can make money marketing things like this to women.

Tampon boxes list absorbency ranges so people can know which size is best for them. That's not frivolous information, since part of reducing the risks of TSS is to use the lightest absorbency possible for a given person's flow, so a person needs to know that info. And you can measure what that flow is like you measure anything else: for women who use Divacups there are even markers on the side to see exactly how much flow there is for those who want to know, and some folks do want to know just because it's their bodies, and they want to know as much as possible about them.

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VisualMadness69
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Oh I see, I understand, thanks. I'm looking into getting the diva cup but it isn't cheap.
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justpeachy
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I'm just wondering, are most tampon brands like Tampax, Playtex, and Kotex... are those tampons all usually made with bleached cotton... or not?

I'm assuming they are, and that I'd need to go to a health food store around town to get tampons that are not made with bleached cotton.

I read the side of the boxes, and it doesn't say specifically "bleached cotton" it just says "cotton rayon fibers" something like that.

Does anyone know more specifically about this??
Thank you!! [Smile]

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orca
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Unless it says "unbleached" or something similar on the box, you can assume it is bleached. Natracare is one brand that makes unbleached, organic tampons. They're on the more expensive side, though. If you go to a health food store (or if you have a Whole Foods grocery store near you) you can usually find some unbleached tampons and pads there.

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Thank you so much!! [Smile]
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