On average a woman will have her period once a month, for about 5 days, for around 40 years of her life! The Tampon and Pad industry is a $718 Million dollar market, and tampons and pads are necessities. However, most of today’s tampons are toxic as they are made from a blend of bleached cotton and/or synthetic products, such as rayon, viscose and plastic.
Rayon is a cellulose fiber made from wood pulp. It has been linked toToxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). It’s a potentially deadly, illness caused by bacteria associated with the use of tampons. According to the Mayo Clinic:
“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 fibers in the tampons can scratch the surface of the vagina, making it possible for bacteria or their toxins to enter the bloodstream.”
“Internally worn products, such as tampons and cups, are worn in the most absorbent part of the body, off and on for literally decades, yet there is a paucity of independent research that addresses the potential risks associated with these and other menstrual products,” says Chris Bobel, a public health advocate.
The use of conventional tampons is dangerous for our health and has been linked to:
- Allergic reactions and irritation
- Increased period pain
- Abnormal tissue growth in the abdomen and reproductive organs (which can lead to breast, cervical and ovarian cancer)
- Abnormal cell growth throughout the body
- Immune system suppression
- Hormonal and endocrine system disruption
- Irregular menstrual flow
- Absorption of GMOs