Vaginal tissue is one of the most permeable areas of the body, meaning that anything that comes into contact with it will be immediately absorbed into the bloodstream.
Many feminine pads contain phthalates (DBP and DEHP) which are classified as reproductive and developmental toxins. Phthalates have been researched and shown to interfere with ovulation, reduce follicle growth in the ovaries, and decrease production of estrogen that is responsible for the growth of these follicles. Additionally, high levels of phthalates = low survival of embryos in IVF. Women with high levels of phthalates in their bodies before becoming pregnant are also more likely to miscarry.
Tampons are often made with genetically modified cotton that contains pesticide residue (like glyphosate 😵). They also often contain parabens and phthalates which are carcinogenic (cancer causing), linked to hormone disruption, and cause fertility issues as listed above.
Canesten, an over-the-counter antifungal used to treat vaginal yeast infections, alters the microbiome of the vagina, vulva, and cervix which can lead to bacterial overgrowth and yeast. Did we just go full circle? Yeast infections and bacterial overgrowth can be treated naturally and effectively with herbs (call me).
Opt for organic, non GMO, fragrance free products. I personally LOVE using a medical grade silicone cup and wish I had known about them earlier. Lena makes an awesome one, which can be purchased in my online pharmacy.
Cora makes great quality non-toxic tampons and feminine products.
Top Organic Project is also a favorite- they make both tampons and pads.
My favorite silicone period cup is by SAALT, and is an awesome option if you are looking to steer clear of tampons and pads all together.
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Charlotte Morgan, M.S. L.Ac.