Watch out for toxins in your feminine hygiene products

For most women of reproductive age, every month you place feminine products in direct contact with your skin.  With your skin being the largest organ in your body, and vaginal skin being highly absorbent, it is wise to ensure that your feminine products are clean.  Not clean, as in not yet used, but rather free of harmful chemicals.

There are six known chemicals in feminine hygiene products that can act as hormone disruptors.  All women should be aware of this, but especially women who are trying to conceive. The six chemicals of concern are:

Phalates – these are found in scented products

Dioxins – these are used to make pads and tampons white

Glyphosate – most non-organic cotton is heavily treated with glyphosate (the stuff in RoundUp!)

Mercury – this is a biproduct of the bleaching process

Rayon – this increases the chances of toxic shock syndrome

Fragrances – chemicals used in fragrances may contain carcinogens

So what’s a girl to do?  A few options:

  1. Buy organic, chemical-free tampons, pads, and liners.
  2. Try a menstrual cup
  3. Sport some period underwear