Do you know what your feminine products are made of?
Most conventional “period products” are made using plastics and rayon as well as harmful chemicals, bleaches and additives. When we use these products month after month, we expose ourselves to harmful materials and chemicals. And I’m one of them who sometimes forgets how long I’ve had it in. I can’t believe I just told you that but its true. The hours pass by and you’re busy and all of a sudden you remember. Crap…am I going to get toxic?
While disposable feminine products are convenient, they may be more dangerous than we realize. Greener alternative period products are not only better for the environment, but safer for us to use month after month. ImseVimse washable sanitary pads provide soft and natural menstrual protection. The sanitary pads allow your body to breathe and help you feel fresh during your periods.
Ok back to the topic. Prolonged exposure can have long-term health effects. What kind of long term health risks are we opening ourselves up to? So I went on this roller coaster search ride and this is what I found out:
Toxic Shock Syndrome– regardless of the length of time a tampon is used, a tampon is a harbor for bacteria to live and multiply. Traditional plastic applicators can tear the sensitive tissue of the vagina, allowing harmful bacteria to enter your body and cause Toxic Shock Syndrome.
You are absorbing those chemicals– According to Alex Scranton, Director of Science and Research at “Women’s Voices for the Earth”, the tissue in your vagina is highly absorbent – up to 80 times more absorbent than taking a product or chemical orally What does that mean for tampon users? It means that all of that bleach and chemicals is being absorbed by your body, quickly and easily.
Cancer causing substance– Dioxin, a byproduct from the process of converting wood pulp to rayon, is found in tampons. In 1994, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report stating that dioxins are known to cause cancer in animals, and probably cause cancer in people Enough said!
Infertility and birth defects– Artificial fragrances and other chemicals are often used to neutralize odor in both tampons and sanitary napkins. Add to that the adhesives and plastics (i.e. polyester, polyethylene (PET), propylene glycol (PEG) and polypropylene) which are linked to infertility, birth defects, cancer, hormone disruption and many other health concerns Yikes!
I believe that reusables can co-exist with disposables. You just have to be smart when choosing. Last period I started using Cora Tampons with my panty liners. And at night I use the night pad. I recommend you start with a regular size for night and see if the size works for you. You don’t want it starting by your belly button, ending just shy of our neck. Click here to see our feminine collection.
- According to the National Health Service, UK. For more information on TSS, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/toxic-shock-syndrome/
- As found in an article published by Bustle, read more at https://www.bustle.com/articles/83591-are-tampons-safe-7-reasons-we-should-be-concerned-about-the-ingredients-in-feminine-hygiene-products
- National Center for Health Research, http://www.center4research.org/tampon-safety/
- According to an article published by YogiApproved.com, https://www.yogiapproved.com/health-wellness/7-reasons-why-you-should-ditch-tampons-asap/