Tampons: our little toxic sticks?

Honestly, talking about this doesn’t come easily to me, (hence kicking it off with a good dose of humour last week), but because we’re wonderfully built, let’s know how to treat our bodies better…

Toxic tampons

‘Consider this; The average woman, menstruating for five days a month for 38 years will use approximately 11,400 tampons in a lifetime!’

Blimey, that’s a whole lot of stuff we’re slipping into our bodies without much thought. Or was that just me?

My gynaecologist certainly didn’t raise any cautionary flags around tampons. Neither did my mom, nor my friends. And guess what? Our supermarkets only stock the heavily promoted brands, (those with a strong carefree lifestyle message), and guess what? They’re chlorine bleached and contain synthetic materials, such as rayon, or chemical additives such as binders or surfactants.

Then I heard Caryn Hartglass, a charismatic ovarian cancer survivour, siting her use of tampons during her teen years as a main cause for her body’s high levels of toxicity. Gosh, really?

For me, being a mother of two tween girls, that idea was enough to make me research more, while finding alternatives to my ‘regular’ tampon brand. MyOwnCup

For fellow South Africans, I highly recommend visiting the online shop, Faithful to Nature to order MyOwnCup, along with some Natracare tampons and liners.  What a revolution!  Much like the Canadian The Diva Cup or U.K.’s Moon Cup, locally produced MyOwnCup is a menstrual cup which is free of fibres, bleach and deodorants, it’s long-lasting, far more economical and eco-friendly than disposable options!

I really encourage you to read Meghan Telpner’s blog, Part 1 and Part 2, entitled Tampax Tampons: Toxic Sticks of Death. (you can even download her free PDF paper). To healthier personal care Sisters!

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