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Should We Use Tampons with Endometriosis?

I remember the first day of my period—way back when I was 13 years of age. It was terribly embarrassing! My mom gave me a tampon and said, “Just push this up there.” I pushed it in and she said, it can be a little sore, so I expected that. For the first hour, I walked around with it, only at the entrance of my vagina! Yes, that was sore! I really believed that was, what she had meant.

After that day—and after learning how to use them properly—I used tampons for the better part of 20 years. I never questioned any of it: what I was sticking up there, whether it was safe or not; I certainly didn’t follow the safety instructions of recommended removal time. I was lazy and I would often leave them in there for a full day, if it was in the later stages of my period.

It was only after visiting a Chinese doctor some years ago that I actually thought about the potential effects of using tampons. I never realised how the tampon would actually slow down the excretion process of my monthly. The Chinese describe Endometriosis as a “blockage” in the abdominal cavity. By using a tampon, we are essentially putting a big fat plug in the pipelines! There is no free-flowing or natural release by the uterus.

The other thing I never considered was what tampons are made of or how they are produced. Tampons are typically made of cotton which is one of the most pesticide-sprayed plants there is. If you haven’t read the connection between pesticides and Endometriosis, go check it out. It is frightening to think that for all those years, I exposed my vagina to countless amounts of pesticides and dioxins. These nasty chemicals were coming in direct contact with my vagina and were super close to all that could trigger an auto-immune response by my body!

Now, I am sure there is more to developing Endometriosis than just tampons but I am sure these things don’t help!

The other thing I never considered was the hygiene element of sticking tampons up there and having all that old blood still sitting up there. Our fingernails are one of the most dirty places in our bodies and here we are sticking our fingers up there! Never mind all that old stuff, not being fully excreted from the body. Our monthly is a form of toxin release by the body, so that stuff should be coming out and not hanging about a minute longer!

Here’s the thing… I loved tampons and would boast about their benefits to all my friends for years. I couldn’t imagine using anything else. They are just so convenient, right?

So what else can we try? There are a couple of different options these days and they are far better than tampons. The Diva Cup or Mooncup are two that we can use which have the same convenience factor of tampons but they don’t sit all the way up and against the vagina walls.

I personally just use pads now and get the unbleached cotton ones or use re-usable, washable ones.

I have heard many women say that by changing to something other than tampons, their period pain has substantially reduced. I personally believe this has to do with the body’s natural desire to get that stuff out! It will keep pushing until it is out!

What are your thoughts? Do you use tampons or did you use them in the past? Did you notice a difference when you stopped using them?

Hugs, Melissa x
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  1. Melissa Roberge

    I love reading all these comments everyone writes about just recently getting endometriosis let me tell y’all ladies wearing tampons does not make the pain better or worse. And I have more room then any of y’all to talk (not to be rude) I was born with it found out after my very first surgery at 10 from an appendix about to pop that I had something called chocolate cysts when I was 11 I went to my first on/gun appointment I had a blockage that was keeping me from having a cycle. Instead of the crack putting me in the hospital to remove the blockage that was a balloon she did it in the office. When I was 14 I had my very first surgery for endometriosis. I was told I was born with it nobody else in my family ever had it. At 16 I was told I couldn’t have kids, at 22 I was told the something almost 5 years ago I had a baby girl gave her up at 3 days old. 3 years ago at the Age of 26 I had a baby boy sadly we both had issues during labor with my water not breaking and all. I have to get my tubes stapled the same year. So my point is its not the tampons that are the problem its the endometriosis.

  2. Natalia

    Very good read. I have used tampons since I was about 15 and I am now 25. I haven’t been diagnosed with endometriosis but I have all the symptoms – i just don’t get them every month. But when I do get them I have excruciating pain that drops me to my knees & I literally can’t fiction. It would usually last for hours. Anyway, I decided to stop using tampons & out of no where on my 3rd day of my period I started getting endometriosis pain.. it was pretty bad. I sat in the toilet with pain & suddenly I drop about 3 blood boots & my pain went away completely. This is the first time i experience this – all the other times, I had a tampon on and my pain would last for hours, so I am conviced that the tampons had something to do with it.

  3. Melissa

    That is a very valid point – it is simple a liquid flowing and anything inhibiting it, is doing just that 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    I always used pads for the first year of my period, but for the last 6 months I have been using tampons, I never used to get cramps, but now, after using tampons, i get them really bad

  5. Gail Goodman

    I couldn’t agree more that the use of tampons has a negative impact in terms of endometriosis development. I’m older -64- diagnosed with very bad case at 19; partial hysterectomy at that point; years of various meds and hysterectomy at 24. For years I attended any lecture and read everything I could on endo and counseled my daughters ( we have 4 adopted children) not to use tampons of any brand because of my concern over linkage. At the lectures I attended I never met anyone with Endodontist who didn’t use tampons and the only sufferers who seemed to be getting improvement or relief had ceased using. While I know there were studies early on about linkage – at the time gynecologist did not ask what type of monthly supplies we used, pads, tampons etc and from discussions with my daughters, they still don’t. When you stop up one opening in an organ with 3, the fluid, due to pressure gradient, will flow (out) to a lower pressure area. I’m not an MD but that seems to be basic to me. Sometimes the causes (or at least contributing factors) are simple. I realize pads are not nearly as convenient but risks are too great.

  6. Amie

    I got my first period when I was 12-1/2. (I’m almost 21 now.) For over 7-1/2 years I stuck strictly to pads. I was scared of tampons because of tss. For the last 5 years I’ve been suffering from endometriosis. In Sept. I finally went to the Dr. My periods were becoming more and more irregular and painful and the pain was debilitating. Eventually it got so bad that I was in pain all month long, not just when I had my period. The pain was on my left side. It was a dull ache at best. I would be going about my normal routine when suddenly I would double over and grit my teeth in pain. At the time I was a caregiver and I was under a lot of job-related stress. Not long after that I ended up quitting. This was not necessarily the main reason I quit, but really it’s the best thing I could have done. Destressing my life helped a lot. Slowly it got a little better. I’m still in such debilitating pain for at least 4 days during my cycle that I’m unable to continue my normal activities, but that feels like a big improvement. I’ve also started taking some supplements that have helped a lot. Around the time I quit my job I started using tampons. I was stressed out because I was constantly worrying about leaks at night and while traveling. With pads I hardly had any clots at all so I figured it would be worth a try. I tried supers and they were very painful to insert and I was in pain till I removed them. Then I tried Kotex regular and haven’t had a problem with them. I’ve been using them for 6 months now. Several times I’ve rotated between pads and tampons, but couldn’t tell any difference. Everybody needs to listen to their own body and do what’s best for them. I do wish I could find tampons that are more natural.? I’ve never used a tampon without an applicator so far because they gross me out.

  7. Melissa

    That is really interesting Anna and so instant isn’t it? I found the same thing 🙂

  8. Anna

    I can confirm the exact same thing. Had heavy, horrific period pains literally making me cry on the floor since I was 13, always using tampons. Have stopped at age 27 and all out of a sudden period pains have drastically decreased. A whole new experience. First month with pads really sucked, but after 1 month you get used to it. Have been trying to use a tampon last months for the first time in months, as I was out and had the worse cramps ever. Instantly removed and pain was gone. Never going to use them again!!

  9. Nadia

    Ive been on the fence about tampons for a few years. I just turned 40 and have started evaluating alot of things in my life and what I put in it. Just recently I noticed that when I used tampons my body would produced terrible cramps and very heavy bleeding and I’d soak through supers two every hour. And I still had to use a pad for extra coverage. Half way through my recent period I decided to free flow and the cramps lessened and the flow slowed. Maybe I wasnt listening to my body…I feel so much better.

  10. Evee

    Hello Alexandria,
    It’s not coming up after you click on it -Your video.

  11. Shirley Conachey

    Realized I didn’t comment about avoiding tampons during period. I used them in my 20’s but stopped at age 28 when I started to have bladder pain and frequent yeast infections (endo related I’m sure) and when my periods got more painful. Tampons were useless for the big, numourous clots. Used only pads since menstrual cups not available yet. I couldn’t use tampons but maybe some people can. I advise avoid using them. I think a menstrual cup is a better solution.

  12. Shirley Conachey

    I am post menopausal and was diagnosed with endo for the first time at age 56. I was erroneously diagnosed with interstitial cystitis at age 30. I had endo for 36 years until I was diagnosed. I conceived my child at age 32 with no difficulty and I understand pregnancy will facilitate “cleaning out” endo. No doctor ever suggested I might have endo despite very painful heavy flow and abdominal discomfort and pain. The endo was not in my uterus; it was surrounding my large intestine, and in the area called the recto-uterine pouch, also called the cul-de-sac. This is the empty cavity between the uterus and rectum. Endo interfered with my digestion and caused elimination to be extremely difficult and painful. I was at my worst from age 40 until diagnosis. Post menopausal at age 47. Endo doesn’t leave the body (unless through pregnancy I was told). No doctor suspected endo until doctor who diagnosed me. During my years of seeing various doctors for my abdominal pain I was told the following: it’s all in my head, accused of having anorexia ( I told this doctor I would not be there begging for help if I was anorexic), I’m too uptight, nervous, depressed (I was depressed since I was in pain). Was told to take more acid reflux medication. I developed a motility disorder in my G.I. tract due to the endo. Doctor who lasered out my endo said there could still be some microscopic pieces of endo in my large intestine and cavity pouch. Very difficult to remove without removing some of the intestine and pouch. I was told to avoid soy products since soy mimics estrogen which feeds endo tissue. I felt I got my life back at age 56 ( I’m 61 now). I believe I started with endo at age 20. One of my three sisters also suffered with endo when she was diagnosed in her mid to late forties. She is 65 now abs was never able to conceive during her child bearing years. I hope someone finds my experience helpful.

  13. Jane

    AMAZING STORY: please take time to read. I am 39 y.o. I’ve had painful periods since I was 14. I had 3 laporoscopies to remove endo cells/tissue in my 20’s and 30’s. The last time the doctor took out one of my right ovary. It took almost a decade for the idiot doctors to diagnose me- I had my appendix taken out in 2004, because I was in the hospital with dibilatating pain in my lower right abdomin- after 24 hours of tests- they made me sign a “I won’t sue the hospital” waiver because the pain was so intense, they had to operate- knowing it most likely wasn’t my appendix ( due to my white blood cell count being normal. )This was a reputable hospital in NYC in 2004!!!
    I woke up the next day to a doctor telling me my appendix was “slightly inflamed”… or (“please don’t panic and don’t try and sue”) …that I should see a doctor specializing in Endometriosis. He saw chocolate cysts on my right ovary. He was only doctor with any clue and he wasn’t a gynecologist! I have been battling this awful condition for 25 years. How is it, in 2004 in NYC, I went to a doctor (after the surgery) who specialized in ENDO… tell me “there is NO WAY you have Endo, you are too young!” He did an ultrasound, saw nothing and sent me on my way. I saw another doctor, same thing!!! Was I stuck in the 1800’s in Kansas? There was also little / to no information on the internet for me to research. I cry reading all these stories, my emotions are still intense during pms. I am bawling crying at this very moment. Anyway…. YES, YES YES YES!!! Wearing Tampons raises the risk of developing endo/ they certainly do not help if you have endo!!!
    YES YES YES!! ITS A F’ing FACT!!! … why? because I said so! I had several NYC doctors vehemently deny I had endo, JUST based on my age in 2004!! They took out my appendix without cause! I later realized it was from a ruptured cyst. Not appendicitis. I have done more research on the subject then most woman- spent more “free” time Researching than anything else for many many years! I believe there’s a chance- it’s the companies that make tampons that troll these sites to deny they are harmful to women. Think about how much money they generate. 50% of the population purchase them every month. They have the loads of money to influence. EVER since I stopped sticking those UNNATURAL FOREIGN OBJECTS inside of me, the pain subsided. I don’t have pain like I use to, I bleed heavily every month, and sometimes for 7 days. With tampons I had minimal bleeding with no clumps for 4-5 days. That is unnatural! Our bodies expel the blood for a REASON!! We are not meant to shove something inside to stop the flow. I believe that’s when the blood clumps inside and causes cysts. I know because it’s UNNATURAL TO STOP
    THE FLOW OF BLEEDING! Period!! No pun indented. Would you shove a cotton stick inside your anus to stop from having a bowl movement!?!? HELLO!! Wake up! It’s common sense!! If you don’t believe me – idc, go see the surgeon who took out my appendix and the ones that said there was NO WAY I HAD Endo at 26 because I was “just too young! ” ANY WEBSITE THAT SAYS TAMPONS are not the cause of endo may be correct in their “guessing” but that’s all it is!!! No one will ever know for sure…there will never be any facts!! It’s impossible, every woman’s body is different!! Tampons ARE NOT NATURAL AND IT’S NOT NATURAL TO LET THAT BLOOD POOL UP INSIDE OF YOUR UTERUS! If your body is expelling something , when is it ever okay to shove it back inside, or stop the release?? When!? If you stuck a large q-tip up your nose when you had to sneeze would that be healthy? I am sorry I am so emotional, but it’s that time of the month and I am hardcore Pms’ing. WOMEN, BAN TAMPONS! Don’t even bother saying “convenience”… please! There is nothing wrong with pads. They are allowing your body to release what has to be released -to have that fluid expel from your body without plugging it up feels good, better than shoving a stick inside you so your vag looks good in jeans! That’s GROSS! When you get a severe cut or gash, do you shove cotton inside the wound? Is that how the idea of tampons started?? When one bleeds, one should use cotton to stop the blood from flowing?? That’s when you have a cut/ wound, NOT YOUR MONTHLY PERIOD! Would you stick a piece of “something” in your urethra (if you could) so you wouldn’t have to pee as much during the day, every day, out of convenience? You think that would be healthy?? I’m sorry I could go on forever- I dare anyone to challenge me on this, especially when I’m having severe pms! There is absolutely NO PROOF WHAT-SO-EVER tampons cause endo, it is a FACT they don’t help!!! That’s a fact and I dare you to challenge me! Please do!

  14. Heather Froman

    Just wanted to put this out there. I mean doctors at Yale are supposed to be some of the best and this was published by the head of their obgyn research dept. They say tampon use can actually be good for endometriosis. I mean if you stopped using them and it made you better then I’m glad it helped. Everyone is different. Here is what I found https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://endometriosisassn.org/pdfs/Endo-and-Dioxins.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwieqOa_mvbRAhVG7YMKHetfDVQ4ChAWCC4wBQ&usg=AFQjCNFT3Bb9UPA0jZggvs6ttX-SkJkcqQ&sig2=msXO-Ve_xGVm0ljfU96Hxg

  15. Brittany Farley

    Just wanted to put this here; I have endometriosis and I’ve had my period for over five years. Today was the first time I have ever used a tampon.

    Tampons DO NOT cause endometriosis. Endometriosis is mostly a genetic thing.

    And btw, just so you guys know if you don’t already, endometriosis is where the uterine lining that usually grows inside your uterus grows in other places in your abdomin, causing you to bleed OUTSIDE your uterus, which can cause severe cramps among other things.

  16. Grace

    I’m only 18 as well and have only had my period for 3 years and I was diagnosed with endo. You are not too young. You know your body!

  17. Samantha

    I have only been having my period for 5 1/2 years and I have endometriosis. I’m only 18. No one is too young. That’s why you have to be so careful.

  18. Ms. Comeaux

    I can say since I was around 12 ( when I started my periods) they’ve never been easy. I do believe this disease is hereditary. My mom had these same cramps and she’s the oldest sibling and I’m also the oldest of my siblings and the only one with this. It was super embarrassing passing out anytime with or without notice, throwing up, sweating profusely and etc. I was diagnosed with “labor cramps” and they tried me on birth control and in my opinion this made my period worse. But I don’t know where this disease arises from but I’m in a bout with alot of you ladies.

  19. Alexandria A.

    I have been researching this disease, because I have it. I made a video about some of my research, and as a documentary of my symptoms. I hope some of you will watch it. Today I found more research on another site that talks about the history of studies on retrograde menstruation. Please watch my video. I hope it will save some lives. I nearly lost mine. I’m still not in the clear. God bless you all for sharing your stories. Please keep sharing them. Here is my story. I will post the link to my video documentary, which includes a resource to get you started.

  20. jane doe

    I had switched to the diva cup after using tampons for over 30 years. My cycle was normal and like clock work with the diva cup, until suddenly I went from 28 days to 20 days, 5 day long periods to 10, and hemmorhaging in teh final day. After a few of these cycles I saw an OB/GYN who recommended I take heavy doses of ibuprofen. He assumed I was near menopause. The ibuprofen worked for a few cycles, but then I started bleeding heavily again and having huge clots of blood. I saw a nurse practitioner who recommended an IUD, but that came out a month later, as it turns out this may have been due to the suction of the diva cup. or the fybroid pushing it out (fibroid not found until later). So in the 10th month of this nightmare I finally wound up in E.R. getting a blood transfusion, 3 units low, very serious. Also severely anemic. Finally saw an OB/GYN who was on the ball, and she ordered an imaging test and a hormone test to see how far I was from menopause. I had years to go yet even though I was 50. Then we finally saw the fybroid. So the next week I had a hysterectomy.Turns out I also had a polyp in my uterus and a form of endo. There are contraindications for a diva cup, but many health professionals are unaware of them, so ask your provider to do some research to make sure it is a good option for you. If you have heavy bleeding or clots, do some more tests to make sure you should be using a diva cup, or if you have an underlying condition that requires treatment.

  21. Jay

    My friend ammy and i each had a 9 year old child at the age of 29 and were not using any birth controll when the dr.told ammy and her husband she could not have any more children at the same time i was recovering from my 3rd miscarriage about 3 months later ammy and robert moved into there 1st house on the opposite side of town that we bought or 1st condo and for about a year we sadly lost touch but knew we were trying to build our future’s both did a little remodeling and more hrs at work for everyone when all of a sudden i find out im pregnant so affraid of having another miscarriage and not knowing how to tell ammy my good news knowing she couldn’t have anymore kids i waited till i was 7 months pregnant before getting the courage to tell her i knoked on her door and there she stood with a 7 month old baby boy in her arms and once we stopped cryig and really talked we discovered that we both had stopped using tampons and went back to pads for 3 cycles before we got pregnant so we told a 3rd friend who had been trying to get pregnant for a few years and she tried the same and sure enough all 3 kids are in jr high together. all we had to do was LET IT FLOW LOL

  22. Lizard

    I’ve had surgery to remove endo that formed a benign tumor on the site of my c-section scar. It attached itself to my left ovary and was in all of my lymph nodes up to my chest. I was still using tampons until a year ago. When I use tampons the cramps are in my lower abdomen, back, and down into my rear end. No tampons, way less cramps and they are just in my uterine area. I’ve noticed my period is much shorter, 4 days. But I always wonder where do the thick clots go when I wear a tampon?

  23. Melissa

    That is a cool story! Thanks for sharing Agatha!

  24. Agatha

    I started my periods in December 2000 I had horrible cramps and all. Over the years I had very irregular periods. did a hormone profile and yeah my hormones are not balanced. in 2003 I started using tampons plus pads had heavy periods and the first cramps. I stopped tampons for a while cause I felt my blood was being blocked from free flowing. so after some months I was going out with some people and decided to use one after months of no pain I had cramps I just couldn’t understand until I excused myself to the loo and just removed the dang thing instantly the cramps disappeared.

  25. Jann

    I’m too young to have endo, (I’ve only had my period about 3 1/2 years,) but, I agree that tampons are a problem. I used a tampon for the first time in June, and have used them more frequently since July. My period symptons have gotten way worse since then as well. I made the connection recently between them. One day during my last period I was using a tampon and I had horrible lower back pain and was a little dizzy. My head was pounding as well. None of those used to be normal symptons for me. I replaced the tampon with a pad, and an hour later nearly passed out. I’m relativly certain that I would have passed out had I not removed the tampon. A half an hour after that my headache was gone, my back pain was barely noticable, and my dizziness was greatly reduced. I then put in a new tampon because I needed something and didn’t have any more pads on me. Within 30 minutes or so my symptoms had returned. It was not until I removed that tampon and my syptoms went away again that I made the connection. I had previously know that tampons posed tss and infection risks, but I didn’t think there were any other problems with them, with the possible exception of their containing rayon (look it up if you don’t know about this). I had come to perfer tampons with all their convenience, thinking that the increased symptoms had no connection, but I am now determined to go back to pads only.

  26. Melissa

    That is amazing Tiia and quite a dramatic difference. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 I am sure it will encourage many of us to stop using them 🙂

  27. Tiia Carraway

    The month that I stopped using tampons I had an instant and substantial change in my period. The montht that I stopped using tampons I had a dramatically less pain and significantly less blood flow. I stopped using tampons in Feb. 2015 and 5 months later my cycles are, now, having never used a tampon again, what I consider normal. I have regular blood flow and so little pain that it is almost unimaginable.

  28. Melissa

    Pleasure Christy!
    There certainly could be some correlation and connection as yes, this stuff wants to come out and tampons are also terribly unhygienic!

  29. Christy

    I have been saying this for some time now since endo is basically backed up blood that has nowhere to go but out, and when we use tampons we cause the blood to move out of the uterus. I really wish someone would do some research to conclude tampon use and endometriosis. If it doesn’t cause it it is atleast making it worse. I wholeheartedly believe that tampons have made many symptoms worse as well as the problem itself leading to more surgeries, more scar tissues and less fertility. Thanks for your site!

  30. Stef

    I have been using the Mooncup for 4 cycles now and it has made a massive difference to the period cramps/pains/twinges I used to get. Not sure if this is from switching from tampons or just my cycles changing but I noticed although my periods were lighter and less painful they now last a day or two longer than they used to. I’m not complaining though, any sacrifice for reduced pain is worth it!

  31. Megan

    I completely agree as well. I switched from tampons to the Diva Cup about 9 months ago. It took about 3-4 cycles to really get the hang of using the Diva Cup but I love it now. My pain and cramps have significantly improved. I will never put any more chemicals from commercial tampons, pads, or pantyliners near my body again!

  32. Melissa

    Thank you for sharing Kendall 🙂 You are in the right place!

  33. Kendall

    I had surgery to remove long term stage IV endo last year. Fell pregnant straight away and now I’m 3 months post partum. My period returned already despite exclusively breastfeeding (midwives told me that endo girls experience early menses return after birth).

    As a tampon user for 20 years, I never realised I was making my pain worse. It was only now at 32 years old – post partum with no endo symptoms whatsoever – that I noticed the separate issue with pain that tampons bring on. Switched to pads during day 2 of my first real period since pregnancy and it was INSTANT relief from the cervical pain and cramps that tampons appear to generate with me. Pads only from now on…..as gross as they are ……and doing whatever it takes with my lifestyle to prevent the endo growing back. Love your website! Thanks!!!

  34. Audrey F

    I highly recommend that ANYONE with endo try giving up tampons (& only use pads) for at least one menstrual period. I have stage 4 endo & had used tampons religiously since my very first period at the age of 11 (I am now 31). Last year, I got to talking with a friend of a friend who also has endo & she mentioned her periods were much less painful when she didn’t use tampons. I hated the idea of a big old pad, but eventually gave it a try. I will never go back!! My periods (while still plenty painful) are MUCH MUCH better when I don’t use tampons. Seriously ladies — try it for one month (or even one DAY of your period) — you’ll be happy you did!

  35. Melissa

    Thanks for sharing Maria. I also found they got worse with tampons. 🙂

  36. Melissa

    Total pleasure Kristin. That’s what it is all about: getting all the info we can 😉

  37. Kristin

    I was using tampons up until nine months ago. I started having really bad UTI’s when I would wear them and also had worse lower abdominal cramping. I have since stopped using them until recently when I was having an extremely heavy period, but after reading this I will definitely discontinue my use of them permanently. I never thought about all of those pesticides getting shoved into my body! Quite an eye opener, thank you for the article!

  38. Aubree

    I’ve never been able to use tampons, but did notice a difference when I changed to the organic cotton pads over the main stream bleached ones. Less cramping 🙂

  39. Aubree

    I completely agree with you Rachael 🙂

  40. Maria

    Most time I use pads. With tampons, my menstrual cramps get worse. Its like my uterus cramps a lot stronger trying to get out the blood despite the tampon blocking the way. And the only insertion of the tampon already hurts. With endo, its just all so irritated and pressure-sensible down there during the period. Sorry for my english, I am not a native speaker.

  41. Rachael

    Thanks 🙂 I’m still fairly new to it all but I’m convinced the power of the mind when it comes to healing this thing is the key x

  42. Melissa

    That is really cool and love how you do that form of meditation! It is so amazing how much that kind of thing actually works and is so powerful 🙂 Love it!

  43. rachael

    I wholeheartedly agree with you.

    I use the minimum amount possible, or not at all if I can help it and I make sure they are organic, unbleached and doixin free.. like you I use organic pads. It was like watching a horror film when I read about the toxins in them for the first time, I was mortified that companies would actually make something so harmful to us!

    I find my backache isn’t as harsh when I don’t use them and I more importantly i feel a much better metal sense of “release” if that makes sense?
    A bit like if I meditate on my period for a few minutes and picture the toxin release flowing out of my body with all of the stress of the last month, that helps me to control any emotional pain I might face from the endo.. I can’t do that with a tampon in it just doesn’t work, there is a massive road block in the way… definitely the body’s way of saying no I think 🙂 x

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