Representative Caroline Maloney – has been pushing for this fem care issue for 17 years. What is the problem? Why the delay? How is it possible that with the millions of women in the U.S. using tampons – spending thousands of dollars for fem care products that there has not been any research into product safety?
This question was asked back in 1998 and is still relevant today. I found the article on a site called “The Body – The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource.” Obviously, an article like this would be shared with women already immunocompromised? But aren’t we all?
Why is it acceptable to have toxic substances in our feminine hygiene products? The tampon industry is convinced that women need bleached white products. They seem to think that we view this as “pure” and “clean.”
And that is the issue. The pharmaceutical companies and…. well screw that – let me start over and make this simpler; MEN still have this idea that they want their women to be pure and clean – at all times and at all costs…. but at what cost to our health? And at what cost to our environment?
The marketing message has been the same if you are having a problem with sexual intimacy – then it is because of your odor…
…there has been much controversy regarding the presence of Dioxin, Rayon, and other harmful agents in feminine hygiene products, mainly tampons and sanitary napkins. Dioxin, which has been called one of the most toxic substances ever created by humans, is a by-product of the chlorine bleaching process used in the production of tampons and pads. Dioxin is potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing), and is known to impair the immune and reproductive systems.
There are many who have linked the use of fem care products to the rise in gynecological cancers.
So we use cancer-causing steroids so men can have as much sex as they want with us -and we are using toxic tampons to keep ourselves fresh and pretty. And we then deal with cancer. Does any of this make sense to you?
Too snarky you say?
What about the use of Lysol as a birth control method and as a douche back in the 1950’s? Did you know about that one?
Adolescent girls and young women today are even more at risk because of autoimmunity and the nutrient deficiencies in our food sources. And remember our immunity is at its lowest during the paramenstrum (premenstrual and menstrual phase).
This is wrong – all so wrong. My recommendation is to move away from these products and research natural products that are available.
As far as this legislation goes, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research has been invited to participate. We all need to participate. This is a woman’s issue. When this house of cards comes tumbling down – it will be big.
Do You Actually Know What’s in Your Tampons?
According to Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the average woman will use over 16,800 tampons and sanitary pads in her lifetime, but we don’t know much about the materials that go into those products — which is why Maloney is reintroducing (for the tenth time!) the Robin Danielson Act, a bill named for a woman who died of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) in 1998. The bill calls for research into feminine-hygiene-product safety.
“Almost no independent research has investigated potential health impacts of long-term feminine hygiene product use, aside from the many studies on TSS,” writes Mary Emily O’Hara, at RH Reality Check:
Part of the problem is that tampons and pads are considered “medical devices,” which means companies test them before submitting the results to the FDA as part of their pre-market approval (PMA) documents. PMAs — including testing results — are not readily available to consumers. Furthermore, the FDA does not require companies to list the ingredients on these products.
Toxic Shock Syndrome (or TSS) — that spectral disease promised to be the fate of any young girl who doesn’t change her tampon frequently enough — is not the only concern here. The concern is, really, the unknown.
“There are many other leachables that come from fibers, and they leach out chemicals whether [the fibers are] organic or inorganic, and [they] clog the liver,” Philip Tierno, a microbiologist at New York University, told O’Hara. “If you have a woman who has no or low antibodies, not only are the leachables being absorbed, but other chemicals that come into play when the liver is clearing toxins.”
So, why has Congresswoman Maloney’s bill been passed up so many times before? Chris Bobel, the president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (and a woman!), suggests that it could be “a result of activist inattention,” or activists pressuring the product manufacturers rather than the overseeing government agencies.
When you use a product often enough, you stop thinking about it — especially if, like a tampon, it’s literally inside of you. But a little transparency seems like it shouldn’t be too much to ask.