Every month, women’s blood makes big $$ for big businesses like Tampax, Always, Playtex, P&G, Kotex and O.B. These companies thrive off our menstruation and do so with zero concern for our health. Their products contain chlorine bleach, dioxin, rayon, dyes and synthetics- AKA toxic shit and cancer causing agents. This is especially concerning when you know that a woman’s vagina is the single most absorbent portion of her body… Not to mention these companies perpetuate a culture of shame around menstruation and the need for their ‘sanitary’ products to serve as feminine ‘protection’ against our own bodies.
So why do these products contain known carcinogens you ask?
Cus its cheaper of course. Whereas organic cotton tampons use hydrogen peroxide (a naturally occurring disinfectant), these mainstream products use chlorine bleach to whiten and disinfect raw materials- the cheaper option. Dioxin is then produced as a byproduct of this process. Studies show dioxin collects in your fatty tissues and has been linked to abnormal tissue and cell growth, cancer, endometriosis and is a hormonal and endocrine system disruptor. Additionally, when women use these products, small parts of the tampon fibers can break off and stay in the vaginal canal. This can lead to bacteria infections as well as Toxic Shock Syndrome.
And our government isn’t doing anything. The FDA doesn’t require menstrual product manufacturers to disclose ingredients or conduct testing to determine their products’ long-term effects on our bodies (wait whaaa?!). ALSO does anyone find it odd that tampons and pads are taxed yet Viagra and Rogaine aren’t?
Bottom line, f*#$ these fools. Taking our power back is as easy as switching to organic cotton tampons or more sustainable options like @lunettecup @gladragspads or @shethinx undies (on average women throw away 250-300 pounds of tampons, pads and applicators in their lifetime- giving us some insight as to the burden our environment bears).
You deserve more. Your vagina deserves more. Our bodies, our periods, our earth, our choice.