Okay male Mommy Footprint readers, just grit your teeth and we’ll all get through this article. It’s not one you need to commit to memory, but you do need to forward it to the women in your life. Tampons and sanitary pads are not a topic even moms chat openly about. After wondering what makes tampons so white (suspecting bleach), I’ve done some digging and am again surprised at why so many products are toxic to women’s heath ~ makeup, deodorant, personal care are others to list a few.
The only negative I’d heard about tampons before researching this article is the small risk of developing Toxic Shock Syndrome if the tampon is not managed properly. Well this is not the only concern women should have and I’ve learned most brands actually produce toxic tampons! Non-organic brands are made of rayon (a derivative of wood pulp) or rayon cotton blends that is chlorine bleached to make them look clean and white. By using this method of bleaching, dioxins are produced and are a known carcinogen (cancer). Could dioxin exposure actually be the cause of endometriosis, fertility problems, reproductive disease, cancer, fibroids as the growth of these diseases climbs?
Facts that we know about tampons and the dioxins non-organic tampon brands produce:
› The process of chlorine bleaching to make tampons appear clean and white produce dioxin.
› Dioxin collects in the fatty cells/tissues of animals and humans and stays there for the rest of our lives.
› Synthetic fibers remain inside a woman’s uterus after a tampon’s been removed.
› Only trace amounts of dioxins remain from tampons, but these amounts add up and remain over time and a typical woman uses 12,000 tampons in her lifetime.
Learning this stopped me from ever using one of these chlorine bleached products again. I won’t be using up my left-over Tampax and went to Planet Organic today to purchase chlorine-free organic cotton tampons and pads. Yes, it’s not the most fun topic I’ve posted at Mommy Footprint, but it might be one of the most important. Read the facts and replace traditional sanitary pads and tampons with a safer alternative. 7th Generation can also be found at Whole Foods and provides tampons free of rayon, whitened without chlorine, made with 100% organic cotton. And although pads are not absorbed inside your body, I would recommend replacing pads too because they are treated and whitened with the same process as tampons.
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