As tampons are placed directly inside of a woman's body, they bypass the typical metabolic process, according to Ami Zota (assistant professor of environmental health at George Washington University.
The chemicals from these products are absorbed by the vaginal mucosa and pass directly into your bloodstream.
These chemicals tamper with the hormones your body’s endocrine system regulate.
This can lead to a number of issues including
Reproductive Issues / Fertility
Dioxins are byproducts of bleaching when manufacturing tampons.
According to the World Health Organization, Dioxins are “highly toxic” and “known human carcinogens” (cause cancer)
Some manufacturers would like us to believe that the presence of dioxin is low and our exposure is so small that its a non-issue. However, because an average woman will use ____ amount of tampons in her lifetime, the exposure is cumulative and increases a woman risk.
There are very little studies or data concerning the long term use of these products or their link to cancer and disease. Tampons are considered MEDICAL DEVICES and therefore there are no labeling requirements for ingredients. So even if you are someone that reads every ingredient in your organic eye cream, you will have trouble avoiding these toxins as they are not labelled.
2. Toxic Shock
“Toxic shock syndrome has been associated primarily with the use of superabsorbent tampons,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
An average woman will use 11,000 Menstrual Products in her Lifetime. Tampons, pads and panty liners generate more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, and they all contain plastic - in fact, pads are around 90% plastic - which ends up in landfill or, even worse, in seas and rivers.
Average woman will spend $1,773.33 on tampons in her lifetime. ($84 dollars a year) Add in the costs of new underwear, pantyliners the cost of using tampons adds up!