8 Things Every Woman Needs to Know about Feminine Hygiene Products

What you don’t 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 Parkinson’s 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.

Keep reading to discover the shocking amount of plastic in one pad and how to protect yourself…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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Lika S.
Lika P4 years ago

Thanks for the info. Very helpful to know.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

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

Kelly P.
Kelly Pawluk4 years ago

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.

Sue Savage
Susan Savage4 years ago

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

Samantha D.
Samantha D4 years ago

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.

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider4 years ago

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

Ionete Oana
yonette VO4 years ago

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

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder4 years ago


Barbara D.
Barbara D4 years ago

A good substitute for these tampons is sea pearls sponge tamptons: http://www.jadeandpearl.com/sea-pearls-sea-sponge-tampons/

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).

Jane R.
Jane R4 years ago

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.