So, what’s in a tampon and why should we care?
Increasingly, lifestyle journalists, health experts, gynaecologists and women have raised concerns about what’s really in feminine hygiene products. Tampons and pads still exist in a regulatory grey area where the law does not require Companies to disclose their ingredients.
According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) tampons fall into the category of ‘medical device’ because they are worn internally, so there is no requirement by law to disclose the ingredients in tampons and pads.
Tampons are typically made from rayon and other unnatural synthetics. Rayon is a cellulose fibre that comes from wood pulp. When it’s bleached, a by-product called dioxin is released. This is known to be toxic to humans. Tampons and pads are also known to contain a concoction of dyes, bleaches, perfumes and plastics.
Rayon and viscose are cheap to produce and synthetics such as these have a higher capacity for absorbing fluid. Synthetic tampons have been associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a systemic and potentially deadly illness caused by bacteria associated with the use of tampons.
“Researchers don’t know exactly how tampons may cause toxic shock syndrome. Some believe that when super absorbent tampons are left in place for a long time, the tampons become a breeding ground for bacteria. Others have suggested that the super absorbent fibres in the tampons can scratch the surface of the vagina, making it possible for bacteria or their toxins to enter the bloodstream.”
TSS has never been associated with the use of 100% organic cotton tampons.
Over 99% of women believe that their tampons and pads are made from cotton, but nothing could be further from the truth. Women today have been left in the dark by companies whose manufacturing processes are such that synthetics have been made to mimic cotton. But let us not be fooled. Synthetics derived from wood pulp do not even come close to the real deal, 100% certified organic cotton.
Women have been deceived. The use of synthetic fem hygiene products has been linked to various health conditions such as allergies, irritation, discomfort and increased risk of infections.
Synthetic tampons can cause irritation as rayon and viscose fibres are more likely to fall away when removed after use, leaving fibres embedded in your body to create the perfect environment for bad bacteria to thrive in.
For years, women have trusted their favourite brands but now everyone needs to be aware of what they are putting in and on their bodies and the potential health risk associated with unnatural synthetic products, in the same way that we read labels on foods.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. And it happens to be the most absorbent. The vagina is the most absorbent part of our body, more so than the mouth.
Much of what we put on our skin is absorbed, directly into our bloodstream.
Don't be fooled. None of these tree-derived synthetic substances come close to natural organic cotton.