We sometimes get a question about whether our pads and the ingredients used to make them are safe.
Yes, our pads can be used safely. Since 1983, ALWAYS’ focus has been your comfort and protection and that begins with your safety. It is the safety of the women who use our products that are the foundation of everything we do. We share our safety assessments and ingredient information with independent experts including physicians, university scientists, and health authorities. Also, we have published many of our safety assessments in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Importantly, pads are medical devices in the U.S. and are required to meet the strict safety expectations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Will your pads cause allergies or irritate the skin?
All of our products go through a rigorous safety evaluation to ensure they can be used safely and should not cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction. An example can be found here.
Are scented pads safe? Won’t they be irritating and make me itch down there?
We make sure the materials that are used in our pads, including the fragrance in our scented products should not be irritating, cause itching, or cause an allergic reaction. Both our scented and unscented pads can be used safely and it’s a matter of personal choice if you want it with fragrance or not. Additionally, the fragrance used in our scented pads meets the strict safety standards set by the International Fragrance Association, the world’s leading authority on fragrance safety. We recommend our unscented pads for women who prefer fragrance-free products or who may already have allergies or sensitivities to fragrances.
Why aren’t your pads made of 100% cotton?
We know that no two women are the same, and neither are their periods or their choices. All Always products meet rigorous safety and effectiveness standards, regardless of what they are made of, and there’s a choice of product for every woman, every period. Our mission is to make sure that women have the choices they want when it comes to period protection – and the Pure and Clean collection from Always and Tampax is now one of those choices. It was created for women who want pads or tampons made with simple ingredients that they can count on, but who are dissatisfied with current options in the “naturals” category due to leaks or discomfort. Pure and Clean offers women the trusted comfort and period protection women expect from Always and Tampax, and simple ingredients free of dyes, fragrance, and chlorine bleaching.
Is there chlorine bleach in pads?
No, none of our pads contain chlorine bleach. Always Pure and Clean pads are purified by a totally chlorine free process, while the rest of our pads are purified using an elemental chlorine-free purification process. Both processes are equally safe.
Why is any bleaching done on pads?
We use an elemental chlorine-free process to purify the fibers used in our products. Purification eliminates impurities and cleans the fibers. Whitening the fibers is a result of this process, but not its goal. Always Pure and Clean pads offer an option where the pad materials are purified through an alternative method that is Total Chlorine Free and uses hydrogen peroxide.
I’ve heard talk that pads contain toxic amounts of dioxin. Is this true?
No, the fiber purification involves an elemental chlorine-free process which does not cause the production of dioxin.Before the 1990s, elemental chlorine was used in one step of the purification process. This method is no longer used because trace amount of pollutants, like dioxins, were formed. Today, pulp and cotton are purified using an elemental chlorine free process or totally chlorine free process, and neither process forms dioxins.The FDA has addressed this topic on their website. Please visit their pad information at this website.
Do you have toxic dyes in your pads?
No, we do not. Pigments that are used in some of our pads have been rigorously assessed by scientists, health care providers and authoritative bodies to assure they can be used safely.
How do you assure your products are safe?
Please rest assured: our science-based assessment process works to ensure the safety of the women who use our products. Only the products and the materials that meet science-based safety standards can go to market. Further, we share our assessments with scientists, health care providers and authoritative bodies to assure that our products can be used safely. For more information about our safety process, check out this website.