6. Because manufacturers of feminine hygiene products are not require to disclose ingredients in their products, there may be many other toxins to which women are routinely subjected.
7. According to research by Joseph Mercola, DO, one typical sanitary pad contains the equivalent of about four plastic bags, making them both a health and environmental hazard. Chemicals found in plastics have been linked with endocrine disruption, heart disease, and cancer.
8. Tampons can interfere with the body’s own flora balance to create conditions in which harmful bacteria can flourish, which can trigger the potentially fatal condition known as toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Synthetic tampon ingredients appear to be particularly prone to the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria linked to TSS.
How to Protect Yourself:
1. Switch to organic cotton pads and tampons devoid of dioxins, pesticide residues, genetically-modified organisms, and other potential toxins.
2. Use pads instead of tampons as much as possible to reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
3. Write to the manufacturers of feminine hygiene products demanding that they stop using toxic ingredients in their pads and tampons.