6 toxic ingredients to watch out for in your tampons
For women, when that time of the month hits, you dash to your trusty stash of (hopefully) healthy tampons, try all your natural methods to keep PMS at bay, and eat the proper foods to avoid bloating and hormonal breakouts.
But for those who grab whatever tampon's available (often of the Tampax and Kotex sort prevalent in drug stores and your local bodega or grocery store), you're most likely putting some pretty toxic ingredients in an area of your body that's incredibly absorbent.
That's because, as is unfortunately the norm with personal care products, there's not much regulation at all in terms of ingredients used (hence the clean beauty revolution for the world of skin care and cosmetics). Tampon and pad manufacturers are not even required to list the ingredients on their packaging.
Realizing this stirred Talia Frenkel—formerly a photojournalist who worked with the Red Cross and United Nations to document humanitarian crises—to create L., a brand which started with condoms and has now expanded to include feminine care products.
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"We put between 10,000 and 11,000 tampons into our bodies throughout our lifetime," says Frenkel. "You're putting pesticides, chlorine, fragrance, and all sorts of harmful chemicals inside you. And there are no long-term studies done on the impact these ingredients have on women's bodies."
Another important factor to note? Toxic shock syndrome isn't necessarily from just leaving your tampon in for too long. "People get confused about TSS," says Frenkel. "At the end of the day, it's caused by toxins produced by bacteria—and studies have concluded that using high-absorbency tampons increase the risk of TSS. Synthetic additives make tampons more absorbent."
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Until the industry cleans up its act, you should be aware of common chemicals in feminine care products that could be doing your body harm. And with all the emerging healthy (and chic) tampons on the market, there's just no need to put your healthy body through that.
Read on for the six items on the label to watch out for: