New Info On Toxicity of Feminine Hygiene Products

This post is the final of three very good research articles on The information contained in this article was brand new news to me and reaches beyond using natural sponges to save money. It goes into detailing chemicals used in the manufacturing process that are, according to researchers, dangerous with long term use. Consider how long women utilize over the counter feminine hygiene products and it is definitely cause for concern. This reminds me of other hidden sources of toxic chemicals like ones used in fingernail polish and non-plant-based hair dye.

Another interesting point was apparently, in 2003, Representative Carolyn Maloney, who was my New York congresswoman in the House of Representatives, pursued this subject matter to investigate how these chemicals have impacts on developing cervical, breast, and ovarian cancer. Check out the video at the top of the article for more on that.

Story at-a-glance

  • When chemicals come in contact with your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs
  • Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary pads are an oft-ignored source of a variety of potentially toxic ingredients, including genetically modified organisms and pesticides
  • Manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products
  • One conventional sanitary pad contains the equivalent of about four plastic bags
  • A number of plasticizing chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption and disease processes associated with heart disease and cancer. Conventional tampons and pads may also contain dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives
  • Tampons can react with bacteria in your body to create the ideal environment for bacteria to flourish, triggering potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS)

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