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Ladies, when it comes to your periods, it is a personal choice whether you use tampons or pads. Whichever makes you feel better, or is more convenient, is usually, what you go with… but today, what I wanted to cover something different! One of the biggest red flags in tampons and pads is the use of cotton because according to the Environmental Justice Foundation, cottons are the “world’s dirtiest crop”!
So what are the ingredients that make tampons and pads so toxic?
Chlorine: Used to bleach cotton menstrual products, particularly tampons and menstrual pads
Dioxins (by-product of chlorine): known carcinogenic that can cause reproductive issues as well as developmental and hormonal problems.
Fragrance: most of the time you’ll see “fragrance” or “parfum” listed in the ingredient lists of conventional makeup, lotions, shampoos or even tampons. However, what you don’t see, is the details of what “fragrance” really means. Fragrance contains multitudes of harmful chemicals – none of which are required to be disclosed on labels! Fragrance could not only cause allergic reactions, but also is a known human immune system toxicant, human respiratory irritant, as well as wildlife and environmental toxin.
Parabens: used as preservatives, these are carcinogenic substances known to disrupt hormones.
GMOs: As I have mentioned cottons are highly genetically modified.
Pesticide residue: the FDA “recommends” that tampons be free of pesticide residue! However did you know that 7 out of 15 pesticides used on cotton crop are either “likely carcinogenic” or a “known carcinogen”? Also to mention, cotton fields covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land, but use 16% the world’s insecticides. Cotton is the only crop that used this amount of insecticides, and because of that cotton is the most “dirtiest” crop in the world.
Synthetic material: tampons and pads aren’t 100% cotton anymore. Some use synthetic fabrics like rayon, or Super Absorbent Powders (SAPs), which when combined with other chemicals mentioned above, could wreak havoc on your system!
So what should you do?
Invest in an organic product that uses 100% organic cotton. Not only this is going to benefit you, but it will also benefit the environment tremendously.
Where can you purchase organic tampons and pads:
You can purchase organic pads and tampons from natural stores, whole food stores, or anyplace that carries organic products. Look for “100% organic cotton” in the ingredients list (As shown as in the picture above).
More information on tampon vs. pads, and why I only use pads… because they are safer….but Shhh!:
*Since we are on the subject of health and sanitary items, did you ladies know that the average woman uses around 12,000 tampons in her lifetime (I actually am not a part of this category, because I strongly refuse to use them, even in emergency situations). Part of the reason why I never use them, is because I want to reduce my chances of infection. Also I know my body and know that whenever you insert anything inside your body (I am talking about the vagina here), you run the chance of infections. Not only that, the introduced item in the body, may also disrupt the normal balance of bacterial and yeast biota, in the delicate environment of the vagina. If that balance is disturbed, one can end up with painful conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and yeast infections.
*Also, a rare, life-threatening complication caused by certain types of bacterial infections can cause toxic shock syndrome (TSS), which has been associated with using tampons (super-absorbent kinds).
*Pads are a better safer choice, because there isn’t much of a risk for infection, unless you leave that pad on for days! They even feel more comfortable (I actually did wear tampons twice in my life, and I am never going back).
I hope you found this information useful!
Comment for questions 🙂