Are your feminine-hygiene products damaging your fertility?

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog, Lifestyle

Are your feminine-hygiene products damaging your fertility?

Sanitary pads and tampons – the hidden dangers within!

You could be forgiven for thinking “pads and tampons = out of sight, out of mind”.  Or perhaps you’re one of the growing number of women who’s becoming increasingly aware of the health hazards associated with their prolonged use.  You might be aware of the term “toxic shock syndrome”, but did you know that it may lead to infertility? They can create the perfect home for bacteria-growth which can pass deeper into your body.

Your monthly cycle is natural; it’s nature’s way of telling you that you haven’t conceived and the preparation of your uterus for a new foetus isn’t required this month.  It’s been going on since time began, crossing all cultures and belief systems.

Stuffing chemical-laden tampons into our bodies is not natural.  It’s a relatively new invention with commercial tampons becoming available in the early 1920’s.

Do you know what they are made of?

I’m guessing the answer will be a resounding ‘NO’ as their ingredients are not listed on packaging. Most pads and  tampons are made from cotton which if you’re not buying organic are highly likely to have been sprayed with glyphosate-containing weed-killer amongst other insecticides, which has been linked to a host of health issues.

Add to that odour neutralisers, fragrances, plastics liners, bleaching agents, adhesives and artificial colours and you’ve got quite a chemical concoction, up close and personal!  And bearing in mind that your vagina is made up of delicate fatty tissues and glands do you really want your body absorbing those toxins?

Have they been scientifically tested?

In the majority of cases the answer is again ‘NO’.

So to recap, many of us put a tampon made of unknown substances, which has never been scientifically tested, into our bodies month in, month out for years and years without thinking of a potential link to PMS, hormonal issues, endometriosis or infertility.  When you are trying to get pregnant it is definitely time to allow your body’s natural processes to do what they need to do without the additional burden of the monthly influx of these toxins.

So what do I recommend?  Firstly, ditch sanitary tampons completely.  If you can’t do that, choose only organic brands, aim to change them every 3 hours and definitely avoid night-time usage.

Look for organic sanitary towels/pads or failing that, avoid the ones with obvious colours or those that are “super-absorbable”.

The more of these little things that you take control of, the less your exposure to toxins and the healthier you will become.