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Are Tampon Ingredients Harmful For Your Body?

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So first off…

What’s in a tampon?

According to the FDA, tampons that are sold in the U.S. are made up of:

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  • cotton
  • rayon
  • or blends of both ingredients

And the FDA also states that rayon “is made from cellulose fibers derived from wood pulp,” and is bleached during the process.

And not to worry, the method used to treat the wood pulp is actually completely safe and is totally chlorine-free.

But before the above info was actually released, there was previous information which noted that the wood pulp bleaching process was a possible breeding ground for a chemical compound called dioxin.

Yikes!

So to solve that god awful problem, a different method is used today, which dramatically reduces the amount of dioxin found in tampons.

And according to Betsey Miller, a certified nurse practitioner at Messiah College, the little traces of dioxin present in tampons is actually harmless.

Miller says: “Dioxin is present in tampons, but only in trace amounts, so it isn’t significant enough to be harmful. It also will not raise your risk of toxic shock syndrome, since the two are not related.”

So, is it true? Is there asbestos in tampons?

Let’s put this rumor to rest now.

The answer is no.

Does TSS have anything to do with tampon ingredients?

Toxic shock syndrome, also known as TSS, is a rare but potentially fatal condition.

According to WebMD,  it’s caused by the release of poisonous substances from an overgrowth of bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, which is found in many women’s bodies.

Toxic shock syndrome affects menstruating women, especially those who use super-absorbent tampons. The body responds with a sharp drop in blood pressure that deprives organs of oxygen and can lead to death.

You may have heard about TSS in health class or you may have read about it in the booklet that comes with every single box of tampons.

A real easy way to lower your risk for TSS is to make sure that you monitor the absorbency of your tampon throughout your cycle based on your flow.

Note: TSS is related to how often you leave your tampon in, rather than the ingredients in the tampon itself.

So, how can I prevent TSS?

It’s best ti make sure you are using lower absorbency tampons and that you are changing them often.

The time range is usually between 4-8 hours, but can vary.

Also, you should never sleep with a tampon in or leave one in for more than eight hours, since it can increase your risk for bacterial infections.

What’s the difference between organic and regular tampons?

This is honestly base on a matter of preference rather than health concern.

Both types of tampons will absorb your flow in the same way and both are considered safe to use.

The “all-natural” and “organic” labels do not necessarily mean “better.”

Using organic can bring a lot of women the mental comfort that they need.


Are Tampon Ingredients Harmful For Your Body?

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