15 Sep What’s in my tampon?
I think it’s amazing that we are in 2018 & vaginal health is still a conversation we skip out on. Seriously! Think about how much money you spend a year on cosmetics that go on your face & clothes that go on your skin. Now think about how little you spend on your vagina……
When we go down the aisle, we pick our pads/tampons based on flow. You obviously go for the longer, thicker, fragrant- filled pad for night time so there are no accidents on your lovely Nate Berkus sheets in the morning. You pick the smaller thin pads when its the last day & you wanna wear something cute. But little to no attention goes into what’s in and on the pad. When was the last time you turned the package around and read the products used to make the tampon?
We have a couple of areas on our body that are incredibly vulnerable to toxins. For example our mouths, vagina, and rectum. All areas of high permeability. Meaning, liquid passes easily into the tissues around and inside the vagina. I remember reading a couple of years ago, about teenage girls that were dipping their tampons in alcohol to get drunk. Like really? How did these girls know they would get drunk, but most people don’t know about the permeability of their vaginas haha.
We should think of our vaginas the same way we think our mouths. You don’t just put anything in it. Your stomach is filled with acid and other enzymes that help break down chemicals/nutrients, your vagina doesn’t. So things can be very fragile in there!
Most brands advertise style and function, but rarely do you see ingredients at the forefront. Let me break it down for you.
Personal hygiene products are marketed based on colors and odor. In order to say ‘odor-free’, they have to use chemicals that are harmful to our skin. Your not gonna go out and bleach your armpits so you don’t smell, why allow it to be around your vagina? Bleach coupled with chlorine can be beneficial in regards to whitening and can be sanitizing, but also are very harmful. There is a chemical called Dioxin that has been seen to be absorbed by the fatty tissue. There is plenty of research proving that dioxin causes abnormal tissue growth, hormone dysfunction, and even immune suppression.
Plastic! Yes, plastic is also found on pads. The same chemical, BPA, that is found in plastic can also be found in tampons. BPA is known to disrupt embryonic development, cause heart disease and is even linked to cancer. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, Synthetics and plastic restrict air flow and trap heat and dampness, potentially promoting yeast and bacteria growth in your vaginal area.
So many women suffer from recurrent yeast infections, hormone imbalance, and infertility. You can help yourself by doing the research on how products included in everyday living can be harmful to your lady parts.
If I can’t provide enough information for you to lower your animal product intake, maybe just maybe you’ll take this information instead and change what you put in your vagina.
Here are some great brands that I love:
L. Organic (my favorite, affordable and you can buy a bulk pack)
If you have some extra bucks to spend, check out monthly subscriptions. The grove collaborative is one of the leading companies that use natural products. You get a box every month of natural products ranging from cleaning stuff, beauty and personal items, like pads & tampons etc.