On Friday, April 20th, a Philadelphia mother of 2 nearly died from Toxic Shock Syndrome. Yes, in 2018, women are still at risk of dying from super absorbent tampons. The problem is many of the feminine products on the market today are made of ingredients that are toxic to the female body and can interfere with the delicate reproductive system.
Vaginal tissue along with the vulva, clitoral hood and labia minora are composed of mucous membrane, making it 10 times more absorbent than regular skin. Ironically, the products we use on the most fragile ecosystem of the female body are riddled with chemicals that can lead to various cancers, skin irritations, cramping, and possibly infertility.
Most feminine care product manufacturers aren’t required to state what goes into their products. Think about it, when was the last time you saw an ingredient list of what goes into your Tampax? Proctor and Gamble (the makers of Always Infinity Pads) do not disclose what goes into their renowned Inficel technology that enables the material to absorb up to 10x its weight in liquid.
The natural health living website Naturally Savvy, ran an experiment where they burned the popular pad to test for chemicals. The burning pads turned charcoal black indicating there are flammable substances such as Acetone, Chlorofoam, and Chloromethane present in these products.
Once upon a time, Chloromethane was used as a refrigerant cooler until it was discovered this chemical could be toxic to the kidneys, liver, and brain. Yet, it is still an ingredient used to produce products for women. We all know what acetone can do to the skin on your hands, imagine the dismay it may be causing on your lady parts.
Just like us here at D.I.D. Nail Paint, there are several other natural eco-friendly alternatives that are not only safer for you and your bodies, but for the planet as well.
Lola for example, if you live in NYC, then you’ve definitely seen the subway ads for this brand. They make tampons out of 100% pesticide free cotton and will even ship it to your door so you won’t need to make a trek at 10 p.m. to your nearest 24-Hour Walgreens.
The Honey Pot fuses natural essential oils like soothing peppermint into their pads which helps to reduce cramping. They are also available at Target.
Thinx, The Period-Proof Panties are a specially designed underwear company that has created underwear that won’t allow blood to leak through your clothes or leave you feeling wet and icky.
These babies have been around since the 1800s and are made of medical grade silicone. You can leave them in up to 12 hours and some even come with a discharge valve so you won’t have to remove the cup in order to empty it. It’s a tricky but very useful little device and once you get the hang of it, your whole menstruation life will change.
How do you feel about these chemicals used in these products and the lack of regulation from the FDA or EPA? Tell us how you really feel in the comments below.