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Reproductive Health

What’s in Your Tampon? LOLA Co-Founder Tells All.

If you’re like most women, for as long as you can remember you’ve used the same pink box of tampons. It was the brand your mom stocked in your house when you were a teenager, and what you continued to buy out of pure habit once you went off to college and were responsible for your own drugstore runs.

And “what’s in your tampon?” isn’t exactly a common question. It’s funny because we talk about everything with our friends: men, food, our other friends, travel, sex, family, bosses, crushes on our bosses. But we never really get around to talking about each others’ vaginas. That, for some reason, seems too crude for general banter.You probably assumed the tampons you’ve been using were made of cotton—after all, they look like cotton, they feel like cotton, they must be cotton, right? Wrong!

As it turns out, the FDA doesn’t require feminine care brands to disclose a comprehensive list of ingredients on their product packaging. So, what have we been putting in our bodies month after month for all these years? Most tampons are made out of a mix of synthetic fibers like rayon and polyester. But even more concerning is that the fibers can be treated with all sorts of chemicals and packed with additives before being stitched into tampons: there’s fragrance, and chlorine, and dye (oh my!). Pair that information with the fact that your vagina is the most absorptive part of your body (even more than your mouth or your skin!), and you’re probably saying: how can this be?

When my co-founder Jordana and I learned this, we knew we had to do something. We talked to our family, friends, and focus groups to see if other women knew what was in their tampons (or had ever asked before) and realized we weren’t alone. That question, “what’s in your tampon?”, seemed so simple, yet no one seemed to know the answer. So,  LOLA was born. We knew there had to be a better way to make feminine care, which is why we developed a 100% organic cotton tampon.

LOLA offers 100% cotton tampons, pads, and liners (no mystery ingredients here!) in a flexible subscription service. You can pick you mix of tampons, how many boxes you need, and how frequently you want them to arrive, and they’re delivered right to your door.

The best part? You actually know what’s in your tampon.

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Lindsay Meisel

Lindsay Meisel is the Head of Content at Ava. She has over a decade of experience writing about science, technology, and health, with a focus on women's health and the menstrual cycle. Her work has been featured on The Fertility Hour, The Birth Hour, The Breakthrough Journal, and The Rumpus.

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