I've seen bits and pieces
of tampon related information
on e2, in fact I went searching for as much of it as I could find, just because I think that it's important that people know exactly what they should be worrying about. The title of this node used to be "We'll absorb the worry", which is actually a slogan
from a once popular tampon brand, Rely
, whose product killed a number of women
Not all tampons are something to worry about, there are natural all-cotton
brands.. but the most popular and widely used products contain many synthetic fibers
that are extremely harmful to some people. TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome
) is the biggest problem here, but it's not the only problem, and thus, I've decided to create this little list
of sorts in an attempt to dissuade
people from buying what is not only harmful
to them, but to the environment as well.
, two of the most popular tampon brands tend to increase the price
of their product regularly while lowering the number of tampons that are actually in the box. This just proves
that these companies don't really care about the consumer
, a typical large business problem, really. They also know quite well that many of their products present a considerable risk
to your health.. they've shifted the responsibility to your shoulders by placing warning
s on the boxes.
2. The cotton
that is used in the production of tampons made by the major brands could possibly contain, at least to some degree
, and a slew of other chemicals. This is because they don't pay particularly close attention to the source
of their cotton, money issues being prevalent here. These companies are not looking out for you
, you have to look out for yourself. Even "Tampax Naturals
" have been found to contain some synthetic fibers, though they claim that they don't. (I believe a lawsuit is pending
, here.) It should also be noted that most tampon products contain chlorine
, which isn't particularly healthy
3. Toxic Shock Syndrome
is of course the best reason to avoid these products. People still die
from this, though not as frequently. The number of people who get incredibly sick from it hasn't dropped greatly by any stretch of the imagination
. You just don't hear about it all that often.. a nice example of concealment
in the industry.
4. Plastic tampon applicator
s are a terrible environmental problem. It seems foolish
to contribute unnecessarily to our pollution problems, considering that it is true that they really aren't necessary
. No one likes to see applicators washed up on beaches
, etc., but it seems to happen an awful lot.
If you find that you simply must use a tampon
, at least take the time to learn exactly what you're purchasing. Organically made products are available
now, though they weren't at one time. I only know of one brand, personally, but I don't even use tampons.. "Natracare
" is supposed to be good. Any ways, just please look into these things, it really is quite important
The site I obtained some of this information, though I already knew much of it, is quite helpful. There are many others out there, so you've no excuse to not know these things!