Finding Non Toxic Feminine Products

Feminine hygiene products are either tucked against the most sensitive areas or inserted directly into the body, and they’re often loaded with bleach and other possible toxins. Non-toxic feminine products can reduce your risk of illness.

Avoiding Toxic Shock With Non-Toxic Personal Care Products
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection often associated with tampons. It’s caused by bleach used to improve the appearance of feminine hygiene products. While it’s much less common today than it was in the early days of tampon use, it’s still enough of a concern that all tampon manufacturers include warning labels or inserts along with their products.

Avoid the dangers of toxic shock by using unbleached, organic tampons and sanitary pads, and by replacing them every four to six hours.

Other Common Dangers of Feminine Products
Most sanitary products, such as tampons, are made from cotton. In the United States, about 50 percent of the pesticides used are sprayed on cotton crops. These pesticides leak into the cotton plants and are present in the finished products.

Many pesticides have been related to neurotoxicity, organ system failure and cancer. To avoid the risk of pesticides entering your body, use organic cotton products.

Some feminine hygiene products, such as sanitary pads, include fragrances to help reduce feminine odor common during menstruation. Fragrances are unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients used in either natural or artificial fragrances–some of which are potentially toxic.

Alternative Feminine Hygiene Products
If you don’t fancy using toxic products on your most sensitive areas, several alternatives are available. Unbleached, organic cotton tampons and sanitary pads are healthier than the common alternatives, though they’re expensive and produce waste.

Menstrual cups are small, cup-shaped rubber or plastic inserts often used in a manner similar to tampons. They’re inserted into the vagina to collect blood, however unlike tampons they do not absorb the blood, but rather they collect.

They need to be emptied when they become full, which depending on the flow rate may be every few hours or just once a day. When you’re finished, just clean the cups with soap and water and store for use the following month.

If you prefer sanitary pads to inserts, try reusable pads. Reusable pads are made from organic cottons or other materials, and are used in the same way as regular pads, only you launder them instead of throwing them out after each use.

Many women prefer reusable pads as an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to disposable feminine hygiene products.

Making healthy purchases depends on knowing what to look for in personal care products.