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You’ve probably heard me say that what goes ON your body is just as important as what goes IN it. Reducing the toxic burden on your body is one of the key ways to balance hormones. It’s frustrating to me that feminine hygiene products (think tampons, menstrual pads, pantyliners, etc.) don’t fall under the same regulatory guidelines as medicine or food because they’re not ingested. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and will absorb what touches it as well. Most sanitary pads and tampons are made white by chlorine bleaching, which creates dioxin (a carcinogen) as a byproduct. Other unwanted chemicals and materials in many feminine hygiene products include insecticides, glyphosate, perfume (synthetic fragrances are endocrine disruptors and get absorbed into your bloodstream), dyes, adhesives, BPA and BPS (used to make plastics), PFAs (those “forever” chemicals, usually used to create a waterproof barrier), and genetically modified cotton. The problem with GM cotton is that it contain traces of pesticides and herbicides, which only amplifies the problem. PFAs are known to decrease your immune system, possibly increase cholesterol levels, decrease infant and fetal growth, and increase the risk of some cancers. They may also be associated with a decrease in your thyroid hormone and can may interfere with estrogen as well. I’m not sharing this to scare anyone, but rather to educate and empower you! If you’re interested in the sources of this information, let me know.

So here’s the plan, if you aren’t doing so already, let’s stick to feminine hygiene products that are not carcinogens or endocrine disruptors. Here are some suggestions:

  • Stick to perfume-free / unscented tampons, pads, pantyliners, and toilet paper. Here are a few brand options: Natracare, Organyc, Rael (available at Target), and Cora (available at Target).
  • Purchase menstrual pads and tampons made from organic cotton instead of synthetic fibers, and stick to those that are manufactured with non-chlorine bleach. Brand options are above.
  • Be cautious about using period underwear / panties as many brands have been found to intentionally use PFAs to help with keeping these water and leak proof.
  • Try a menstrual cup which is safe, effective, reliable, and easy to use for many. The most recommended brands are the Saalt cup and Diva cup.

What questions do you have about feminine care products? Are you planning to make any changes to what you’re using after reading this? I’d love to hear your comments!

 

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