How’s your period? Are you the type to get sick and go through every emotion on earth, or do you go through those seven days with a breeze? Either way, do you know that what you use to absorb the blood may play a part in your menstrual cycle experience?
There are a lot of options out there, such as sanitary pads (disposable or reusable), tampons, menstrual cups, and even “period panties” like Thinx. There are different qualities that you look for when choosing the right option for you, such as absorbance and comfortability. Remember, your vaginal area is the most sensitive, absorbent, and permeable part of your body, so you want to be careful of what you use down there.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
It is easy for chemical compounds -toxic chemical compounds- to be absorbed into your skin from those options stated above and spread throughout your body from the bloodstream.
SN: My goal is to provide you with information and for you to do your OWN intensive research. I could easily make this blog into a research paper, but how boring would that be?! I encourage asking questions and leaving comments, so that way we can interact and learn more! (:
So let’s dig in
I’ve read several articles and research papers on this topic. On environmental health news, they stated that there was an investigation in South Korea in 2017 in which they found pads causing menstrual problems. What does that have to do with us? Well, the products that were collected were from the markets in Korea, Japan, Finland, France, Greece, and the United States! In the research, they didn’t state which products they used, but it was well known, popular brands, so just let that sink in!
Most major manufacturers are not REQUIRED to disclose the substances used in their products. Hmmm, I guess…
Here’s a list of dangerous chemicals that could be in your pads/tampons:
1. Plasticizing chemicals like BPA and BPS
3. Synthetic Fibers
5. Methylene Chloride
TIPS: If it ends in -ene then most likely it's toxic. If you can’t pronounce what’s under the “ingredients,” section then …. Most likely it’s not good. It’s best to see if the company has “full disclosure labeling.”
Here’s a visualization of two pad brands being burned; pay close attention to the difference
I encourage you to research the brands that you are currently using and go from there. A lot of these chemicals are linked to things such as ovarian cancer, infertility, and other health issues. I personally use either the L. brand or Cora whenever I'm on my monthly cycle.
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Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Menstrual Tampons and Pads: Information for
Premarket Guidance.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA,
“Feminine Hygiene Products: Are They Safe?” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 31 May 2019
“Kotex Tampons Recalled for Bacterial Contamination.” Product Reviews and Ratings - Consumer Reports,
Mercola, Joseph. “Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 17 Aug. 2013,
“Phthalates Factsheet.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 Apr. 2017