New Dangers of Tampons Sound Scary but Here's What You Can Do

tamponsEver since the word "period" first came into your vocab, you most likely knew about the dangers associated with using tampons. You know, the whole schpeel that keeping one in for too long could expose you to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and that was NOT a good thing. Well, a new report is shedding new light on the potentially harmful chemicals found in tampons that may surprise you. According to the newsletter Chem Fatale, dangerous undisclosed substances may exist in tampons, pads, sanitary towels, and wipes including pesticides, preservatives, fragrances, and dyes. These substances may have adverse effects such as genital irritation, onset of asthma, allergic rash, and scarily enough -- an increased risk of cancer.

Apparently since tampons and pads aren't regulated by the FDA, companies don't need to list these potentially harmful ingredients. Scary, eh? So what can we feminine product users do to avoid the risk associated with these products? Let's discuss. 


There's always been a risk when it comes to using tampons and other feminine products. The best thing we can all do is be smart about how we're using the items. So, our suggestions:

  • Choose unscented products: Unscented products have less additives and fragrances -- meaning they are less likely to cause irritation. Even though you may like your lady parts to smell fresh, it's better to freshen up using soap and water than scented products.
  • Choose chlorine-free or unbleached cotton tampons and pads: Organic tampons and pads won't have these dangerous additives. More pricey? Slightly. But it's a price personally, I'm OK with paying. 
  • Change your tampon/pad often: Just like with TSS, changing your feminine product often allows less time for bacteria down there to fester.
  • Go washable: Hey, it's just a suggestion. Personally, washable menstrual pads aren't my cup of tea but eh -- to each her own. 

Do findings like this make you rethink the way you use feminine products? Or are you not likely to change your habits?


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