WARNING! T.M.I. MOMENT!
While I have been on birth control (IUD to be exact) since having my daughter, I've reached the point where I have to make a decision. I either continue using birth control, or I stop and have to prepare myself for having a period again. Well, I've made the decision to have my IUD removed. So, now it's time to start thinking about menstrual hygiene products. Pads can be bunchy, bulky, and just generally uncomfortable. THINX Period Panties seem interesting, but they are a little on the expensive side; ranging from prices $24.00 (for Thong) to $34.00 (for Hiphugger). And that price isn't for a pack of panties! The price is for one pair of panties!
In doing a little research, I came across Conscious. It is a natural, biodegradable tampon with a BPA-free plastic applicator. Not only are the tampons health and socially conscious, but so is the company. Co-founders, Annie Lascoe and Margo Lang are also conscious to the needs of women that are homeless and what Conscious can do to support them.
"We (Margo and Annie) started Conscious. with a mission to provide healthy period products for all menstruating women, not only through our 100% organic tampons that are a healthier alternative to what's on the market but also through our giving model to provide pads to women in need. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all the support we've seen so far in our Indiegogo campaign, and how many others out there believe in our mission to fill this need" - Annie Loscoe
Conscious tampons are set apart from the rest! They are non-toxic, 100% organic, and made with hypoallergenic cotton that is free of chemicals, synthetics and dyes. Lastly they are protected by a nonporous, polypropylene wrapper. How many menstrual product companies are offering that?! Only Conscious!
"While toxic shock syndrome is the best-known illness associated with tampons, advocates like Ms. Switalski are now more concerned with chemicals linked to cancer and allergies. Manufacturers have largely moved away from the ingredients linked to toxic shock syndrome since so-called superabsorbent products created a public health concern in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Food and Drug Administration still receives reports of illness relating to tampons, but says that instances of toxic shock syndrome are 'rare'" (Rachel Abrams, Under Pressure, Feminine Product Makers Disclose Ingredients, Oct. 26, 2015).
In consideration of being health and socially conscious, we most also consider the cost and availability of menstrual hygiene products. Period products are not covered by public assistance. In addition, taxes are applied to period products. With products geared to women's health and reproductive rights being expensive, unhealthy, having limited accessibility, and/or not covered by public assistance or insurance, why not support a company that is making a difference in the Menstrual Revolution!