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You Asked: Are Chlorine-Free Tampons Healthier?

Dear Fit,
I was at the health-food store and noticed chlorine-free tampons made with organic cotton. They cost $5.99 for a box of 20, and the ones I buy at the grocery store cost $6.99 for 40. Are they worth paying almost twice as much?
—Trying to Save a Buck

With the economy the way it is, I can understand you looking for places to save money. To find out if chlorine-free tampons are worth the splurge keep reading.

Chlorine-free basically means the cotton is whitened without the use of the chemical chlorine. The problem with using chlorine for bleaching is that dangerous toxins known as dioxins are the by-product. Studies show that dioxins collect in the fatty tissues of animals and humans, and even low levels of exposure can lead to cancer, endometriosis, birth defects, and reproductive disorders. It can also irritate your skin, so if your lady parts are sensitive, chlorine-free is definitely the way to go.

Another plus is that chlorine-free tampons are often made solely with organic cotton, and contain no polyester, rayon, plastics, or other synthetic ingredients. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, so it's safer for the farmers who grow it, safer for the environment, and also safer for you. Since a woman will go through about 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, it's worth the splurge to decrease you exposure to chlorine and other chemicals.

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