Do you ever wonder what is in disposable pads and tampons?
Do you experience any physical discomfort like rashes and itching from using them?
Lunapads creator, Madeleine Shaw did. After months of experiencing recurring infections linked to disposable tampons, she decided to create something better. By choosing to use washable and reusable menstrual pads and cups you are no longer exposing yourself to the potentially harmful chemicals and synthetic materials found in most disposable pads and tampons.
IMAGE BY WOMEN'S VOICES FOR THE EARTH
Disposable pads and tampons are made primarily of bleached wood pulp or viscose rayon, made from wood cellulose. What makes these products perform so effectively is the use of high tech chemicals such as super-absorbent acrylic polymers (SAPs) surfactant-laced gels and leak-proof plastic backings.The long-term health and environmental impact of these ingredients is contentious and largely unknown, but they pose the risk of cervical cancer, endometriosis, infertility, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, immune system deficiencies, pelvic inflammatory disease, and toxic shock syndrome.
While we are not doctors or scientists, we have had the benefit of over 20 years of experience in talking to customers about their health and menstrual products, many whom tell us they have experienced an allergic reaction to disposable pads and tampons. This is most likely due to contact with the aforementioned chemicals and plastics. Manufacturers are not required to disclose or list their ingredients on their package, but studies show that ingredients commonly found in pads or tampons include: chlorine bleached rayon, dioxins, pesticides, GMO cotton, and fragrances - a catch-all term that represents an undisclosed mixture of chemicals.
When you make the switch to Lunapads, you know exactly what you are putting into contact with your body. You are in control.
SOURCES & MORE INFORMATION
- Chem Fatale: Potential Health Effects of Toxic Chemicals in Feminine Care Products by Women’s Voices for the Earth
(2 Page Fact Sheet | 24 Page Full Report)
Cumulative Exposure and Feminine Care Products by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
- The Hidden Price of Feminine Hygiene Products by E: The Environmental Magazine
- Detox the Box a campaign by Women’s Voices for the Earth asking the makers of Tampax and Always to list all ingredients and remove harmful chemicals.
- FLOW: A comparison of tampons to menstrual cups published by the College of Family Physicians of Canada
- Exposure assessment to dioxins from the use of tampons and diapers: A research article by Environmental Health Perspectives
- The Tampon Safety and Research Act of 1999, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s Bill to protect women from TSS
- Excerpt from a January 31, 2008 Media Release from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s office on the introduction of The Robin Danielson Act: The EPA has released reports identifying dioxin as a “probable cancer-causing agent.” Tampons currently sold in the United States are composed of rayon, cotton, or a combination of both. Rayon is produced from bleached wood pulp, and the chlorine bleaching of pulp produces a by-product of dioxin. While chlorine-free bleaching processes are available, most wood pulp manufacturers only use elemental-chlorine free bleaching processes which still use chlorine dioxide as a bleaching agent, and therefore still produce dioxin. The EPA reports that even 100 percent cotton tampons and completely chlorine-free tampons have trace amounts of dioxin because decades of pollution have caused an infiltration of dioxin in the air, water, and ground. Dioxin can still find its way into cotton and wood pulp products - and therefore tampons - because of this pollution.