Let me dust off my soapbox here for a moment. We’ve all heard of the dirty dozen: produce containing the largest amounts of pesticides (ie. strawberries, apples, potatoes). And, we’re diligent about avoiding parabens and synthetic fragrance in our skin care.
Dioxin is a carcinogenic chemical produced during the bleaching process of cotton.
We wouldn’t think about ingesting these toxins or putting any of these chemicals directly into our blood stream. But most of us essentially do…every month.
Ladies, I’m talking about tampons.
Yes, organic tampons can be difficult to find, and yes, they are slightly more expensive (for now!). BUT, here’s why you should go to great lengths to find them and make the switch. Conventional tampons are made with a mix of cotton & synthetic fibers, petroleum-based materials, and bleaching agents (hence, dioxin).
Dioxin also falls into the category of endocrine-interruptors. Meaning, they have negative effects on our body’s hormones. Which may be why some researchers suspect a link between dioxin and endometriosis.
But, that’s not all. Apparently popular brands think we also need to smell like a “summer breeze” during our menstrual cycle and add synthetic fragrances to feminine products.
As far as toxicity is concerned, “Fragrance” rates a high concern by the Environmental Working Group because of “Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), and Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).” That warning stands even for items that aren’t applied internally.
I have long suspected that something introduced within the past thirty-forty years is having a major impact on women’s reproductive system. Too many women I know are having hysterectomies, ablations, and polyps. Why? I don’t know. Endocrine-interruptors?
Organic-cotton tampons are one simple switch I can make to help protect myself and my daughter.
And though we may be paying a little more for the box, what will we save in future healthcare?