Are Toxic Tampons the Culprit Behind Rising Infertility Rates?

Holy Hormones Journal:
Say it ain’t so – but then again chemicals in the vagina?  Even commercially available sanitary pads are not to be trusted.  Dalene uses Wikipedia to explain all of the toxins in femcare products:

tampons what do they contain

“The materials used to manufacture most pads are derived from the petroleum industry and forestry. The absorbent core, made from chlorine bleached wood pulp, could be reduced to make slimmer products with the addition of polyacrylate gels which sucks up the liquid quickly and holds it in a suspension under pressure. The remaining materials are mostly derived from the petroleum industry, the cover stock used is polypropylene non woven, with the leakproof barrier made from polyethylene film. The extraction, production and manufacture of these plastics contributes Nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and Carbon dioxide – ozone depleting gases; human toxins that lead to cancer and birth defects as well as chemicals that cause the acidification of trees.”

Every woman needs to read this well-written and researched article. Dalene goes through each ingredient explaining why it may be toxic to your health. Remember, too that women’s immunity is at its lowest during the paramenstrum.

And then we need to start thinking about other options. There are many resources and women-run companies that are creating all natural fem care products.

Tampons & Infertility – Are Your Feminine Care Products Affecting Your Fertility?

Natural Fertility Info
October 2013
Dalene Barton, CH, Doula

tampon1-200x300When you walk into any supermarket or general pharmacy to purchase your monthly feminine care products you are bombarded by a plethora of choices. Tampons and pads in variety of absorbency and style; light, regular, heavy, super heavy, scented, long, with wings, ultra thin, applicator, no applicator, new smooth applicator; you get the picture. All these choices take up almost an entire isle. I don’t know about you, but I feel overwhelmed with all of these choices.

Recently I moved to a new state, with new grocery stores, I was comfortable with my one and only choice in my feminine care needs, but gasp! I went to all of the local grocery stores and they don’t carry my one and only choice. What should I do? I spent a good half an hour looking for a replacement product, then left disappointed because none of those stores offered anything closely resembling natural feminine care products. You would think I would be able to make at least one choice right? Nope, not one product that was 100% cotton, didn’t contain plastic by-products or was not scented in some way. Now you may be thinking, why should this even matter?

Something brought you to seek out natural fertility information. Whatever that reason may be, there is something about the word natural that appeals to your idea of good health. So maybe recently you have worked toward changing your diet, you are eating more organic foods, trying to incorporate some natural healing methods, searching out healthy alternatives for skin care products, trying to avoid plastic, reading labels on everything and trying to make healthy sustainable choices for the planet, but did you ever consider your choice in feminine care products and how they may be impacting your health? What are those things made of anyway?

Ingredients in Feminine Care Products

While the ingredients may vary from company to company there is one scary truth out there; most mainstream makers of feminine care products do not list ingredients on their products. I guess that out of sight out of mind makes it easier for us to unconsciously feel it is ok to purchase these items, after all they are really the only choice we have when shopping at a local store. If you live rurally your options are slim on finding any natural feminine care products.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.