August 28, 2017; By Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) The average woman is expected to have 350-500 period in a lifetime. Every month most women will buy brands of feminine care products that unknowingly contain toxic materials that can cause an onset of health concerns. Since the areas that these products are used are in highly sensitive places such as inserted vaginally (tampons) or rubbed against the skin (such as a pad) aren’t protected by thick layers of skin like the rest of the body. In fact, they are used on highly sensitive mucous membranes that are more susceptible to synthetic and toxic exposure. The best option is to choose natural feminine care and avoid toxins found in mainstream feminine hygiene products.
Toxic Chemicals Found in Feminine Hygiene Products
Despite the glitzy advertising that convinces women that if they use these products they will feel fresh, alluring, strong and sexy–the truth is actually quite contradictory.
Always pads produce styrene, a known cancer causing chemical, along with chloroform, acetone, chloromethane, and other toxins listed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the State of California Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens and reproductive and developmental toxins. 1.
None of these chemicals were ever listed on the label but were found by the good women at Women’s Voices for Earth . They state:
“Our Chem Fatale report finds toxic chemicals commonly used in feminine care products like pads and tampons — and there’s nothing sexy or fresh about toxic chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm, hormone disruption, and allergic reactions in products that come into close contact with sensitive lady parts. Feminine wipes, for example, can contain preservatives that release toxic formaldehyde. And test results show dioxins, furans and pesticide residues in tampons, which have been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and hormone disruption.”3.
Most of these ingredients are not required to be on the label, but women have the right to know especially since there has been such an increase in breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and reproductive issues in women all across the country.
Opt for a Natural Alternative
There are natural options for your feminine care similar to those on mass market shelves that will not cause harm to you so that you do not have to give up the protection that you’re used to.
In addition to tampons, pads and liners, there are other products safe to use such as a reusable cloth pad, as well as reusable inserts such as the DivaCup that collects menstrual flow.
Here are some must try’s for natural protection:
- Seventh Generation – Seventh Generation Free & Clear has no fragrances or dyes and no chlorine processing in the pads.
The PureFit pads which conforms easily to your body are made with:
- Chlorine-free processed wood pulp
- Super-absorbent polymer
- Silicone-coated paper
LOLA is made with 100% organic cotton and a non-toxic adhesive and is unscented. You will not find any synthetics, additives or fragrances.
Organyc has a line of 100% organic cotton pads, pantiliners, tampons, and other products, including baby items and cosmetic products.
I know it sounds gross to have a reusable pad but these are promised to work! And imagine how much money you would save!
Lunapads are snapped into place around your underwear and has a very absorbent liner insert to catch the flow. You can change them throughout the day and they also come in a variety of absorbency based on your needs. They also come in a variety of colors and designs!
These are only a few of the natural feminine products offered on the market, the best thing to do is to just start trying different ones out and see which works best for you! Check them out on amazon if you have trouble finding them in stores. It is essential to choose natural feminine care and avoid toxins, as many toxins as possible! Where there is a will, there is a way.