Shocking: Why Tampons and Pads are Some of the Worst Poisons We Face
- Published on: 21 December, 2013
- Last update: 26 January, 2016
Did you know that feminine hygiene companies don’t have to disclose the ingredients in their tampons and pads because they’re considered ‘medical devices’? Yup. Another loophole that leaves us in the dark. This is a topic I feel is so important to talk about because every single woman uses feminine products – it’s a part of life (duh!) Yet, so many of us blindly use the big-name brands that are on sale thinking they’re all the same and would have to be safe in order to be on shelves. Wrong and wrong.
Every woman should take the time and look at her pads and tampons after reading this. This shocked and angered me when I first researched the topic. Tampons have always irritated me and basically every female I know has either bad cramps, hormonal acne and disruption, extremely painful periods, irregular periods, or skips periods. I do not know anyone with a normal period. Nature should not hurt. This is NOT how it is supposed to be.
Aside from the pollutants we already know are harming our hormone composition such as pesticides, GMO’s (a big cause of infertility/missed periods), and parabens or sulfates in soaps and shampoos, let’s look at the actual products we are putting inside of our most private bodily area: tampons. Let’s also look at pads, since they come into direct and constant contact with this sensitive skin.
- Fact: The skin around the vaginal area is highly vascular meaning it is incredibly permeable to compounds and chemicals.
As I’m sure everyone knows, this skin is a different texture, thin, has many pores that secrete all types of liquids, and is very sensitive. Yet look at the ingredients on the box of Tampax… not only does it contain three different kinds of non-organic plant fibers (GMO cotton since it’s not organic, rayon, and polyester) which are covered in pesticides, it contains POLYETHYLENE & POLYPROPYLENE?! WHAT? I’m pretty sure that I did not sign up to put those chemicals inside of my vagina.
Let’s look at the GMO aspect first: Conventional tampons contain pesticides (of course) and are usually GMO. According to the USDA, 94 percent of cotton grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Cotton crops make up just 2.4 percent of the world’s land, but each year a whopping $2 billion is spent on pesticides to spray this one GMO crop. So there’s that.
Now let’s look at the other ingredients: Polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene, and propylene glycol (PEG), are contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness, and infertility. And they are all inside the permeable skin of your delicate and sacred female parts every time you use non-organic tampons. Rayon is a cellulose fiber made from wood pulp. It has been associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a systemic and sometimes deadly illness caused by bacteria associated with the use of tampons made with rayon.
- Andrea Donsky from naturallysavvy.com called Procter & Gamble to ask them what was in their Always Infiniti Pads.
They said it contained “foam and infinicel” but “could not tell her anything else!” Infinicel has over 60 different patents. When you examine the process of some of those patents, you see rubber, glass, and CRUDE OIL. Through Andrea’s research, she discovered that all conventional sanitary pads contain this crude oil plastic, along with harmful chemicals like odor neutralizers and fragrances. The rayon and cotton that these tampons are made of is bleached, and a byproduct called dioxin is released. According to the EPA, dioxin exposure causes cancer in lab animals and poses a high risk to humans as well.
And here is a visual of the tampons and pads we have all religiously used to show you just how detrimental they are. Andrea set two different types of pads on fire: “Always Infiniti,” and “Organic Natracare.”
The “Always” pads burned quickly with tons of black smoke (toxic), a large flame, and a vile smell. It left black residue on the plate where it was burning. This indicates the presence of dioxin (a confirmed carcinogen, as we just said), synthetic fibers, petrochemicals, or other additives. The organic pad left no resideue, had nearly no flame, and burned very slowly with clear white smoke.
In 2003, House Representative Carolyn Maloney introduced legislation that would have started research into the health risks associated with feminine hygiene products including endometriosis, breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer. THE LEGISLATION DID NOT PASS. The topic was hushed and NO research has propelled further.
The thing is, that organic pads and tampons are no more expensive than conventional products. And why would you ever want to put money in the pockets of Procter & Gamble? As I’m sure you realize after reading this, buying organic pads and tampons IS A MUST. Please protect your family, friends, daughters, mothers, etc. and share this post. Below I have included pictures of the organic brand I use, which is the same brand Andrea used in her flame test.