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What's in a Toxic Tampon?

Tampon Use

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  • Vulvar and vaginal tissues are more permeable than the rest of your skin, making them especially vulnerable to chemicals and other irritants in tampons and other feminine care products
  • With mucous membranes, numerous blood vessels, and lymphatic vessels, the vagina provides a direct entryway for chemicals to circulate through the rest of a woman’s body
  • Despite the fact that the FDA recommends that tampons be free of dioxin and pesticide and herbicide residues, tests show small but detectable levels of these chemicals in common tampon brands
  • Health hazards associated with chemicals commonly found in feminine care products include cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive harm, allergic rash, and more
  • Tampons can create a favorable environment for bacteria growth, increasing your risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome; this is especially true with super absorbent tampons

By Dr. Mercola

Up to 85 percent of menstruating women use tampons, but very little research has been done to confirm, or refute, their safety. What could be dangerous about a tampon?


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