Did You Know?
Rayon is commonly chlorine-bleached, and is a highly absorbent fibre. Dioxin, a toxic carcinogen, is a by-product of all chlorine bleaching methods and is also found throughout the environment in varying levels as a by-product of pesticide spraying and pollution from incinerators. Dioxin has been found to collect in the fatty tissues of animals, including humans and should, therefore, be a real concern for women. Published scientific reports have shown that evidence is growing that even low levels of dioxins may be linked to cancer, endometriosis, low sperm counts and immune system suppression. Considering a woman may use as many as 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, she may be subjecting herself to additional dioxin exposure.
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28 Aug, 2015, By Kirsty
After reading a horrifying article on Toxic Shock Syndrome where a young woman lost both of her legs after suffering from Septicaemia as a result of TSS, I started to do a lot of research into the safety of tampons. It is terrifying how little responsibility tampon companies take for what is a massive risk of tampon use.
Most mainstream tampon brands include synthetic ingredients like rayon that are used both to make the products ultra absorbent but also to make them very cheaply. The problem with synthetic fibres is they provide the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive - including bacteria that causes the terrible TSS that is often fatal. Apart from a warning in the fine print about TSS, tampon companies do very little about the massive risks associated with tampon use.
100% cotton tampons carry a massively reduced risk as they do not provide the perfect breeding ground for the associated bacterias like synthetic fibres do. If you think about the difference between wearing a light, cotton shirt on a hot summers day versus a clammy polyester, its obvious that in terms of environment, sweating, BO etc, the synthetic fibres are more prone to bacterial growth.
Knowing what I now know about the risks of TSS and the widespread use of synthetic fibres, I am so much more comfortable knowing Im making a safer choice with 100% cotton tampons. Yes, natural tampons are slightly more expensive but whats an extra R20-R40 a month when it comes to your safety?