I can't help but wonder if Mr. Cutlet, or someone like him, was the genius that came up with the tampon. It's all pretty and white and fluffy. It comes in a little flowery, pink, plastic package and essentially removes us ladies from any contact with our body and the filthiness that is The Period. Am I wrong on this? It's gross right?
No, it's not gross! It's not necessarily something you want to frame and hang on your wall, but it is what makes us ladies. We are an all inclusive package that comes with tummies, hips, bums, boobs, an occasional bout of The Crazies, and for the most part, we also get our periods. We are all very careful about how we dress up the hips and bums, attempt to hide the tummies and struggle to lift and squeeze the boobs, but how much thought do we give to a product we use on a monthly basis in the absolute most intimate of regions?
Have you actually thought about what is getting inserted into your vag for 3-7 days out of the month?
It wasn't until my first class in nutrition school, Nutrition And The Environment, that I actually gave it any thought at all. I decided to write my term paper on just that, the chemicals used in the processing of conventional tampons. And wouldn't you know it, I discovered that they seriously were like Toxic Sticks of Death.
Consider this: The average woman, menstruating for five days a month for 38 years will use approximately 11,400 tampons in a lifetime. With roughly 73 million menstruating women in America, the toxicity levels of commercial brands of tampons is a major concern.
Now because I like to stir the pot, as my grandma says, I wanted to find out what actually went into the 'pon. I may have had better luck breaking in to Fort Knox. Ingredients are listed on nearly every product we buy these days but not tampons. Tampons, a product that requires contact over an extended period of time with one of the body’s most porous and highly absorbent mucous membranes, are categorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a ‘medical device’. Therefore, manufacturers are not required to adhere to the same labeling regulations as food, drugs or cosmetics.
As with toxicity testing for chemical residues in our food supply, testing on chemical levels in tampons is done by the manufacturer or private researcher with findings presented to regulating bodies for review. Essentially, the scientists researching whether or not tampons are safe are getting their paycheques from the people who make and sell tampons.
Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturers of Tampax brand tampons, are keen to keep secret the chemical-soup tampon recipe. Seeing that North American women spend an average of two billion dollars per year on these chemical laced commercial brand sanitary napkins and tampons, the truth about these toxic products will not be revealed anytime soon.
My question of course, is what are they hiding? You know that when someone starts trying to cover something up- something fishy is going down.
Alas- I never suggest you avoid something without first explaining why, and then offering an alternative. The Diva Cup, my sweet fertile ladies, is my top top top recommendation. It is fan-freaking amazing. Change it twice a day, no fuss, no muss. Yeah, you do have to get up into the bits a little more intimately than you might be accustomed to- but if you aren't wanting to get up in there, why should you expect anyone else to either. Over the next couple of days, I will be sharing more info with you on the hazards of the 'Pon.
Over the next few days, I will be sharing info from my research paper, Tampax Tampons: Toxic Sticks of Death. If you prefer, you can download the entire document with references, at no charge, here.