Dioxins ~ The Last Place You Want Them

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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5 Responses to Dioxins ~ The Last Place You Want Them

  1. Tania April 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    what about the DIva cup? I’ve switched to this method since having my daughters. Love it! I think it is a great alternative to the tampon.

  2. Lisa July 7, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    It is a common practice for those trying to be environmentally conscious to panic and dump their current supplies in favor of healthier options. Remember it is healthier for the planet to not waste what you have already bought.
    Thank-you.

  3. suzanne July 8, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    Thanks for the comment Lisa! And I totally agree, unless those products are toxic to your health. But in instances like dish detergent that isn’t eco-friendly, household detergents etc. I totally agree.

  4. Nikki July 29, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    Also good to note that the same bleaching process that makes tampons toxic also makes disposable diapers toxic. Do we really want our children sitting in carcinogens/disease causing agents for the first two years of their lives? YIKES!

  5. Katie June 7, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    I switched to the diva cup and cloth pads, SOOOOOOOOO much less waste, and lots of money saved. Infact, it almost makes that time of the month a bit of a non-event. Barely think about it! :-)

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