We care about your well-being and believe everyone should understand the risks associated with any product they use. Conventional disposable pads and tampons present two major health concerns: TSS and dioxins.
TSS, or Toxic Shock Syndrome is a real risk. Studies have shown that almost 99 percent of all TSS cases are found in people wearing rayon-blend tampons, these studies also show the higher absorbency of the product the more increased risk of TSS. This is because the bacteria responsible for toxic shock syndrome, Staphylococcus aureus, breeds easily on synthetic fibres such as rayon and viscose, and flourishes in a dryer environment.
Dioxin is a result of chlorine bleaching processes and has been deemed a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). At one time almost all conventional tampons and pads were chlorine bleached. Oh no! This ended when action by the Women’s Environmental Network led to most major manufacturers using alternative bleaching processes over chlorine bleaches (thank-you ladies!). There is a problem though: despite these actions, there is evidence to suggest that these alternative processes merely reduce possible dioxin contamination – they have not eliminated it.
How does it get into a body, you may ask? Well dioxins are known to leech through skin and accumulate in fatty tissues . Vulvae tissues in particular are highly sensitive and permeable, and chemicals are easily absorbed, causing irritation, discomfort, and possibly, serious health problems.
Choose a product that is safe and reliable
The many options out there include unbleached organic cotton disposable tampons and pads, reusable menstrual cups and of course, reusable organic cotton/bamboo pads!