Have you ever really thought about what the health risks may be of the sanitary items we use every month? You may be surprised to find out that your private parts might not be so happy with you. More recently, there has been a concern about the chemicals being used in sanitary items: pads, tampons, and diapers (yikes…not the babies!). This is mainly because of the undisclosed ingredients used in the making of these items. The manufacturers are not required to disclose all of the ingredients, as these feminine hygiene products are considered “medical devices.” The issue with this is that the undisclosed ingredients are being found to be extremely toxic. Vaginal tissue is much more absorptive than other skin on the body, making the presence of toxins in feminine care products especially concerning. More and more women are utilizing organic and all natural products.
READ: Toxic Beauty: What Cosmetic Companies Won’t Tell YouEver wonder how some feminine care products get to be SO white? According to the Tampon Safety and Research Act of 1999, the chemical Dioxin is “a byproduct of chlorine bleaching processes”. Dioxin has been seen to stay in the body for up to 20 years after exposure. The World Health Organization considers it to be apart of a group of dangerous chemicals, better known as the “dirty dozen”. These chemicals are known to be pollutants and human carcinogens.
Other potential concerns:
Tampons and Pads: Pesticide residues, unknown fragrance chemicals, and adhesive chemicals such as methyldibromo glutaronitrile. Exposure concerns include cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption. Studies link pad use to rashes.
Feminine Wipes: Methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, parabens, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Triclosan and unknown fragrance chemicals. Exposure concerns include cancer and endocrine disruption. Studies link wipe use to rashes.
READ: Women: Keep Your Lady Parts Healthy (And Happy)