Did you know that tampons can contain toxins?

Yes, tampons are synthetically made which contain toxins and chemicals harmful to our health. The mucus membranes of the vaginal canal is susceptible to toxins and chemicals because it is more permeable than our skin so it absorbs more. The vaginal canal also contains its own microbiome. Toxins can disrupt our normal vaginal microbiome which normally protects us against vaginal and urinary tract infections.

What are the harmful chemicals in synthetic tampons and feminine products?

Rayon – A synthetic fiber made from wood pulp.

Dioxin (1,4 dioxane) – Byproduct from bleaching cotton and wood pulp (rayon), and can be found in air, water and the ground. The EPA has shown it is a carcinogen, as well as increasing risk of infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.

Fragrances – Disrupt the pH affecting the normal vaginal microbiome, and contain ingredients that are allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disrupters, neurotoxic chemicals, and carcinogens.

Non-organic cotton – Can contain pesticides and fertilizers which get absorbed and can affect our overall health.

Plus, leaving tampons in too long can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) which is a life-threatening bacterial infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus that can cause sepsis, resulting in failure of our vital organs to function. Symptoms are fever, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, and rash. The applicators themselves can contain harmful chemicals from plastics and phthalates which are endocrine disrupters, as well as pollute our environment.

Alternatives:

100% Organic tampons & Pads

Pro: Natural ingredients, no toxic chemicals. Reliable companies list ingredients on packaging.

Con: Make sure you still are changing tampons frequently to prevent TSS.

Brands: Check out Lola & Sustain online. Target also sells Cora, L., and Rael.

Medical grade silicone menstrual cups

Pro: Can leave in cups for up to 12 hours.

Con: Make sure to learn how to insert properly and get the right size to prevent leaking.

Brands: Cora, OrganiCup

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3948026/?fbclid=IwAR33tIIPBzlTMl1yGXFj30dMkFyaoBb77Aln_VrYVY7d4Orkc3lO2Uyzl7A