When it comes to menstrual care products, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. While organic and all-natural tampons (as well menstrual cups) have become popular and widely used in recent years, if you prefer wearing traditional pads during your period, there are plenty of non-toxic options to choose from as well. While tampons aren’t inserted (and therefore don’t pose a risk for developing Toxic Shock Syndrome) that certainly doesn’t mean that they don’t have irritating additives that can throw things off down there—especially for those who have sensitive skin.

Commercial pads often contain irritating additives including fragrance, as well as scary chemicals like pesticides and herbicides (yikes). The vulva can actually absorb these chemicals emanating from the cotton—even though they aren’t inside of you. Fortunately, organic pads and panty liners generally contain much less of these chemicals, and they also tend to be more breathable as well. If you’re ready to make the switch to organic maxi pads, see below for some of our favorite options.

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