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Diapers, Menstrual Pads and Tampons Are Full of Toxic Chemicals

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Studies demonstrate diapers, tampons and sanitary pads are full of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and phthalate chemicals with known negative health effects, which may have a greater absorption into the body as they are placed against permeable membranes and kept at temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Used internally, tampons serve as a direct route to the bloodstream for contaminants, including dioxins, furans and pesticide residue; most cotton fibers used are genetically engineered (GE) and while the risks are unknown, inserting GE cotton into your vagina many times each month is likely no different from ingesting GMO food
  • Tampons create a favorable environment for bacterial growth; micro tears in the vaginal wall can allow bacteria to enter your body and accumulate, increasing your risk for toxic shock syndrome
  • By switching to my Premium Personal Care line for women or organic cotton diapers for babies, you may reduce your overall exposure to toxic chemicals known to accumulate in your body and trigger long-term dangerous health conditions

Many women don't consider how feminine hygiene products are made. If the brand says cotton on the label, most automatically think it's safe. Since feminine hygiene products are classified as medical devices, companies do not have to release materials used in the product. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only regulates tampon absorbency, so all must meet the same guidelines.

Any chemicals, fragrances or plastics used in the manufacturing of the product do not have to be disclosed. However, these products sit right up against your skin, the largest organ in your body and also the thinnest. Less than one-tenth inch separates your body from potential toxins. What’s worse, the skin around your vaginal area is highly permeable.


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