When I used to shop for period protection, I would always look for no leakage, great absorbency and comfortability; and I’m sure you can agree. But what about fragrance free, chemical free, chlorine free and 100% hypoallergenic cotton. I understand that for some these things may not be important. But allow me to explain why it’s so important and what it has to do with you. Well, did you know that over 84 million pounds of pesticides are sprayed on 14.4 million acres of conventional grown cotton every year in the United States? So I believe the horrifying question is, “are there pesticides in your vagina?”
FACT: 80% of tampons that are being sold in stores are contaminated with glyphosate, a chemical found in Monsanto’s roundup herbicide.
The reason for this is because cotton crops are being genetically modified and sprayed with the Monsanto, and a huge percentage of that cotton that is being produced is what’s being used in a majority of feminine hygiene products. Your favorite tampon company allows this. All thanks to Procter and Gamble.
So what is Glyphosate really?
Glyphosate is a known cancer-causing chemical. It has even been found to promote cancer at parts per trillion concentrations, meaning that even low exposure levels from tampons may lead to deadly cancers in women. Here are chronic diseases and conditions that are linked to glyphosate. Including but not limited to:
|Autism||Gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn’s disease||Obesity|
|Parkinson’s disease||Multiple sclerosis||ALS, and more|
Graph by Mercola
What is Toxic Shock Syndrome(TSS)?
Toxic shock syndrome is a rare but life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections. Toxic shock syndrome results from toxins that are produced by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, but the condition might also be caused by toxins produced by group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria.
Toxic shock syndrome has historically been associated primarily with the use of super-absorbent tampons. However, since manufacturers pulled certain types of tampons off the market, the rate of toxic shock syndrome diagnoses in menstruating women has declined.
Toxic shock syndrome not only affects women but also men, children and postmenopausal women. So you don’t even have to be menstruated in order to contract it.
I hope all of this information didn’t scare you. If anything, I want you to be aware and able to take action. Throw away those toxic pads and tampons, and replace them with natural, organic and toxic-free options. Although you may not be able to find organic feminine hygiene products in most general retailers and department stores, there are plenty of options online for you to choose from. So I gathered up a list of companies where you can find organic 100% cotton tampons and pads.
If you know of any other toxic-free brands please add them in the comment section below.
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