Alright, ladies, listen up.
Whether you use a tampon, sanitary pad, or both, you might want to reconsider the type of protection you’re using.
These products get put to use at least once a month and it’s not uncommon for longer, more frequent periods to occur. So what exactly are you using on your body each cycle?
1. Bleached and Dyed Pads
Those clean looking pads with neat little colored outlines are actually bleached with chlorine and dyed. And yes, even the white parts are bleached – not such a clean idea. Chlorine creates toxic dioxin, which is associated with abnormal tissue growth in reproductive organs, immune system suppression, and even hormonal endocrine system disruption. As if women needed to deal with more hormonal changes!
2. Toxic Materials
Think all your tampons and pads are made from cotton? Unfortunately not. Feminine hygiene products are labelled ‘medical products’ which mean manufacturers do not need to disclose all of the ingredients used.
And according to recent research, all popular brand name pads contain almost four plastic bags in their makeup. Plastic contains BPA which is linked to heart disease and cancer.
And tampons are no better, being made with plastics and cheap Rayon which is a fiber mixed of sulphuric acid and caustic soda. Common side effects of Rayon include headaches, chest pain, and nausea – so don’t always assume Aunt Flow is the culprit of these nasty symptoms.
Researchers also say that chemicals on the skin may be worse than ingesting them. When we eat, our stomach helps break down chemicals and flush them out. But when they touch our skin, there is a better chance those chemicals are entering straight into the bloodstream.
3. Uncomfortable Methods
Tampons are downright uncomfortable, no matter what the packaging tells you. There is unfortunately no tampon on the shelf that your vagina will naturally conform to – because tampons aren’t natural.
And we all know tampons are a risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome, or TSS. It’s a life-threatening condition and is the main reason changing a tampon every 46 hours is highly recommended. You should also never wear tampons to bed and avoid using the super-absorbent brands unless necessary.
Or, to be on the safe side, just eliminate tampons as best as you can.
4. Environmentally Damaging
Pads and tampons aren’t only harming your health, but also the earth. The plastics they’re made out of cannot be easily disposed and end up sitting in a landfill where their toxic chemicals leak into our earth.
What You Can Do
There are many alternative solutions when it comes to feminine hygiene. Pure cotton pads are a 100% clean option, as are cloth pads which have the added benefit of being reusable. Natural sponges and inserts are also a great alternative to tampons and normally do not disrupt the flow as traditional tampons do.
Although it may seem like a big change to your monthly routine, when it comes to your health and safety, why not choose a better route?