A woman’s menstrual cycle can be a blessing, a curse or just uncomfortable. Which ever it may be at the time we don’t really think too much about what’s in your tampon or pad, right?
There are so many varieties out there, pretty little dainty tampons, rocket looking tampons, pads with wings, pads you could mop a floor with, reusable pads you can wash and cups you insert. Then there’s feminine wipes, douches and sprays (these I’ve never understood) there is so much to choose from, the last thing your thinking is whether it’s harmful to your body. So I decided to do some investigating and found out that because tampons and pads are classified as “medical devices” they don’t have to fully disclose the ingredients.
After some lobbying and pressure from Women’s Voices of the Earth, two major corporations responded with listing some of the ingredients online. So I checked out the ingredients they posted online, they’re made with purified cotton (bleached with hydrogen peroxide) and or rayon, synthetic fibers and fragrance. The fact it has fragrance, which can be made up of twenty to thirty different chemicals and rayon, which is a synthetic material and probably a byproduct of Dioxin and cotton, that may or may not have been treated with pesticides, there is no way I’m sticking one of those up my vagina now. Products placed inside your vaginal wall, are able to pass directly into your bloodstream, so over time your body is absorbing all those chemicals over and over again.
- Dioxin is the most toxic chemical known to science, experiments have shown that they affect a number of organs and systems. Once dioxins enter the body they last for a long time because of their ability to be absorbed by fat tissues, where they are then stored in the body for 7 to 11 years. Dioxins are a by-product of a wide range of manufacturing processes including smelting, chlorine bleaching, and the manufacturing of herbicides and pesticides. High levels of Dioxins are also found in soil and food, especially dairy, meat, fish and shellfish. Dioxins can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.
- Fragrances, A National Academy of Sciences, points out that about 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals, these chemicals include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates and a bunch of other known toxins that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorder and allergies. Again manufactures can legally hide their ingredients from the consumer and say it’s a “trade secret” so we will never know what they are using. So avoid any products that have “fragrance” on the ingredients list. (I look for essential oils as a natural fragrance) but when it comes to tampons or pads, I don’t want anything that scented.
m so glad I decided to pick this topic today, I learnt a lot, and through being aware of the sneakiness of major companies and not fully disclosing their ingredients I’m choosing to go with tampons and pads that are chlorine-free, synthetic-free, fragrance-free and toxin free and I will pass this knowledge onto my daughter when the time comes.
Now I’ll add Feminine care products to The House Detox, So excited, a new category! 🙂