Should You Be Concerned About Ingredients in Your Tampons?
Have you ever wondered what chemicals and other ingredients are in your tampons? Should you even care? It’s not like you’re eating your maxi pads or tampons (that would seriously be gross)… And while you need food daily, it’s not like your period is an everyday thing. (Thank God!)
Some women are saying they have a right to know and their voices regarding menstrual health and period shaming have become louder. Glamour magazine even said that 2017 was a “good year to be a woman with period” and we hope 2018 is going to be even better.
Tampons and menstrual pads are not required to carry a list of ingredients
If you did wonder what’s in your sanitary napkins and tampons, the answer typically is not on the label. Unlike candy bars, cereal and even your makeup, tampons and menstrual pads are not required to carry a list of ingredients. Instead, many tampon makers give a suggested ingredient list saying their product “may” contain cotton or rayon or polyester, or possibly a combination of them. And many sanitary pads don’t list any ingredients at all on the package.
You may think… well, how bad could it be? It’s just stuff that absorbs your menstrual blood, right?
This model had her leg amputated because of a tampon
This model had her leg amputated because of a tampon in 2012 and she’s been telling her story ever since.
Lauren Wasser was on her period and using tampons when she developed Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). The rare but potentially fatal condition is typically caused by toxins from the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, or staph. Wasser lost part of her right leg and the toes on her left foot but her misery hardly ended there. She claims she’s in “excruciating pain” most of the time.
Many believe that TSS is a thing of the past, but women keep getting it and no one quite knows why.
Cotton in your pad is full of filth and toxins
While swapping tampons for pads will save you from TSS, it doesn’t mean that all pads are safe.
In order to understand how toxic stuff gets into your menstrual pads, you need to know a thing or two about the supply chain.Many people find surprising to learn that textile is one of the dirtiest, most polluting industries in the world! It all starts with cotton. A whopping $2 billion is spent annually on pesticides to spray cotton crops. You don't need to be a scientist to infer that if cotton contains pesticides, pads that are made of cotton are going to be tainted as well.. In addition, conventional tampons probably contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). According to the USDA, 94 percent of all U.S. cotton is genetically engineered.
Also, most of the world’s cotton is coming from countries like China and India. Even if you’ve never traveled to those countries, you probably know that their laws are not as strict as those of Western countries. Pollution in China has been very well documented and it’s a huge problem.
OK, so cotton in your pads is likely very polluted. Why would you care?
How do pollutants get from the pad into your body?
Unfortunately, food is not the only source of toxins that can wreak havoc on the essential systems of your body.
Take, for example, your skin, which is the largest organ in your body, and also the thinnest. Less than one-tenth of an inch separates your body from potential toxins. Worse yet, your skin is highly permeable — especially the skin in and around the vaginal area; which means toxins can go straight into your bloodstream. In her lifetime, a woman will use over 16,000 tampons or pads. That's a lot of cotton that comes into contact with the most intimate parts of your body!
Admittedly, things wouldn’t be so bad if your pads and tampons were made only of cotton. However, it’s not the case. Some doctors have pointed out that an average grocery store pad may contain dioxins, synthetic fibers, and petrochemical additives.
Some have suggested that conventional sanitary pads can contain the equivalent of about four plastic bags! With everything we now know about the hazardous nature of plastic chemicals, this alone is a cause for concern.All in all, so-called regular pads may contain formaldehyde, acetone, heavy metals, and dioxin. It has been proven that all of the above may cause allergies, skin irritation and that prolonged exposure may lead to more serious health issues.
Some of the elements are believed to be harmful hormone disruptors and carcinogens.
So, what’s a girl to do?
If free bleeding is not your thing, you may want to take a look at pads made with organic cotton. One of the biggest issues we had with some organic menstrual care brands that their pads simply don’t absorb as well as regular pads. Another issue is that they tend to be bulky.
But there’s one exception… Genial Day.
Now, we’re not claiming we have solved all period-related problems. But we can promise you is that unlike a conventional sanitary napkin, GENIAL DAY® maxi pads and pantiliners are skin-friendly, air permeable, and toxin-free.
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