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8 Things Every Woman Needs to Know about Feminine Hygiene Products

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.

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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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