Feminine care and sexual health are hands down two of the most taboo viewed topics in the world of blogging and social media today. Even in day to day life I feel it's an issue which I need to keep discreet. We say "It's my time of the month." or "I'm on.." God forbid if we were to turn around and publicly announce "Sorry I'm feeling a little unwell, I'm on my period."
I was on holiday with a few friends this month and when we arrived one of my male friends told me he couldn't wait to get into the pool. I said to him "If only..." leading to me then awkwardly having to explain to him I was on my period so it wasn't really convenient timing for me. The topic in turn made him feel awkward and he responded with near enough no response "Oh, I don't really know what to say back to that.. sorry."
It's quite saddening that in society today that even with our friends the topic of female menstruation is still an awkward topic to discuss. Some of my female friends have told me that their biggest fear each month is either leaking in public or the constant worry that their towel/pad is visible through their pants. I now have a confession to make. You see the above photograph? I'm laughing away in a fairly short, white, skort. Well, I was on my period. I embraced all of the cardinal sins of menstruation. I wore white, I wore something tight and short. But instead of letting all the above worries ruin my holiday, I simply embraced it.
Now we're past the 'why let it affect your day and attire' argument let's move onto ways of keeping our lady areas happy and healthy during this time of the month. I was recently contacted by the team over at Veeda; promoting only 100% natural and organic period towels and tampons. Veeda, translating as a combination of 'Vida' the Latin/Spanish word for 'life' and 'Veda' the Sanskrit word for 'Knowledge'; was an initiative surprisingly set up by two men. After noticing their female friends struggle to find many natural sanitation options and those that were available, were expensive; this led the two men to set out and change that.
Another confession. Tampons have never really been my best friend. I'm fairly forgetful and always have the worry that I'll forget it's there and then it would have been left in too long and with all the fears of Toxic Shock Syndrome, beginning my periods at the age of 13 I think I just scared myself away from the mere thought of tampons. This however, is where Veeda are able to reassure nervous girls and women out there like me.
Toxic Shock Syndrome is caused by a bacterial infection which can attack the major organs. Resulting in kidney failure, collapse of the lungs and can even run the risk of cardiac arrest. Research has shown that almost 50% of all occurrences are associated with high-absorbency tampon use. Even though medical science and knowledge of such diseases has improved massively within the past couple of decades, the risks are still just as high as they were in the 1980's. Viscose rayon found in conventional tampons has been proven to promote toxin productions which can ultimately lead to TSS. In today's society, 1 in 100 women shall be affected by the disease.
Using only natural ingredients, all Veeda products including tampons, towels and liners are free from chemicals, wood, synthetic fibres, additives and pesticides which make all 3 options the purest and most hypoallergenic products available to you on the feminine health market today. Additionally helping to reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Everyday tampons which have made household names in our homes, are in fact made from blends of bleached cotton and/or synthetic products which may contain: Dioxins from the bleaching process, pesticide and herbicide residues, synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances and dyes. All contributing towards a higher risk against TSS.
Research has highlighted that there has never been a case of TSS when using 100% cotton tampons. And this is just why Veeda are promoting the education of all young girls and women to be aware of the importance of feminine care. And not only do Veeda tampons consider the importance of all natural ingredients but they consider the importance of comfort too. This is why the Veeda tampon is designed to expand width wise to fit comfortably to your shape and seal in your flow. Additionally a thinner string is used to avoid leaks.
Through using the towels and tampons myself, I am able to confirm that Veeda truly do place comfort and care at the heart of their products. The feel of the organic cotton in both the towels and tampons truly does feel softer and of a higher quality than the leading high street brand. As I mentioned above, I wore a short, white skirt and I did not suffer with any leaks nor visible panty line. If you're a woman with a heavier flow then have no fear, Veeda provide a colour coded absorbency chart in line with their tampons/towels to help make you aware of which product is right for you:
BLUE: LIGHT FLOW (LITE)
Absorbency of 0g-6g
GREEN: LIGHT TO MEDIUM FLOW (REGULAR)
Absorbency of 6g-9g
PURPLE: MEDIUM TO HEAVY FLOW (SUPER)
Absorbency of 9g-12g
ORANGE: HEAVY FLOW (SUPER PLUS)
Absorbency of 12g-15g
When it comes to disposal, Veeda have even considered the importance of biodegradable packaging. The towels and liners and made from a form of Biofilm packaging which breaks down in 6-12 months, making this much more environmentally friendly. Furthermore, the tampons themselves are 100% biodegradable making this a trio of products that are truly unstoppable both inside and out.
To discover more about the brand including their mission, advice on tampon application and prices check out: veeda.co.uk
Have you ever used organic femcare before?! Help to spread the message of femcare positivity in the comments below and let's educate a nation!