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8 Things Every Woman Needs to Know about Feminine Hygiene Products

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8 Things Every Woman Needs to Know about Feminine Hygiene Products

What you donít know about your pads and tampons may be hurting you.† Here are 8 things you need to know:

1.† Most pads and tampons contain dioxin residues from bleaching the cotton used to make them.†Dioxin is a known carcinogen that is directly absorbed into the bloodstream without filtering when in contact with the skin.

2.† Dioxins also leech magnesium from the body, which may result in a deficiency of this critical mineral.† Magnesium is required for proper nerve and brain cell conductivity, muscle movement, to release anxiety and stress, and hundreds of other essential biological functions.

3.† Cotton used to make pads and tampons is heavily sprayed with pesticides like organophosphates.† Like dioxin these chemicals absorb through the skin directly into the bloodstream.† The US Department of Defense (DOD) published a 1.5 million dollar study in the journal Nature Genetics connecting neurological disorders like attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Parkinsonís disease with organophosphate exposure. The study found that the pesticides inhibited the activity of a gene that controlled bodily movement.

4.† These pesticides are also known hormone disruptors, even at extremely low exposures.† The same pads and tampons women rely on throughout their periods may actually be causing them hormonal imbalances.

5.† Most pads and tampons are made of genetically-modified (GM) cotton. The result of skin contact with this GM cotton has never been tested.† Trans genes in genetically-modified organisms are known to randomly migrate to affect the genes of living things in contact with them so there is a potential health risk for women.

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11:08PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Thanks for the info. Very helpful to know.

8:27AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

toxic shock is easily avoided, as for the rest just be a smart consumer

6:30AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

I have used the Diva cup for a couple years. It takes a little to get used to it, but I will never go back.

4:19PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

I've used the Diva Cup for a few months now, and I love it!

3:47PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

i believe this is the reason i get a bad reaction to those always ultra thin ultra dri pads. thank goodness i never took a liking to trying tampons..i never felt comfortable with the idea of it... now even more reasons to look foe unbleached pads made with organic cotton. has any of you ladies tried luna pads or the diva cup? if so how do you like it?. thanks for this info.

6:19PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Natural sea sponges are good but you have to watch out for tiny shells-ouch :-)

5:06AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

Not glad to hear! It is not normal to contain such toxic substances, even not mentioned on the package.

1:24PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013


5:48PM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

A good substitute for these tampons is sea pearls sponge tamptons:

They are a little messy but you get used to them. I rinsed them with white vinegar and had no problems. (I get nothing from endorsing this, am just a satisfied customer).

10:29AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

This is disturbing to hear. There must be a way to stop manufacturers from making unsafe products. We should all write the Consumer Protection Agency.

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