If you’re of the male persuasion, welcome, but may I suggest you find another post to read? There’s a wonderful list of recent posts just to your right. This one is for the girls.
Ladies, we have a delicate subject to address today. Did you know that the products commonly available for our monthly cycles likely contain carcinogens? Yup, more carcinogens. Sigh.
Tampons contain dioxins, created during the bleaching process. They’re in very small amounts and the FDA says these small amounts won’t hurt us. BUT, the EPA hasn’t set an “acceptable” level of exposure since the real danger lies in repeated contact. Would using about 4-5 tampons a day, 5-7 days a month, for about 40 years be considered repeated contact?
Studies have shown that small amounts of dioxin exposure over a long period of time certainly can hurt us – by causing cancer and endometriosis. Fibers from the tampon can be left behind, causing a breeding ground for dioxins.
If the dioxins weren’t enough, the price of tampons definitely adds up over time, even if you buy them all with coupons!
A Natural Alternative
Thankfully, we have a great natural alternative! Have you ever heard of a menstrual cup? I started reading about them online and was a slow, skeptical adopter. Now that I’ve crossed over (sorry if that’s TMI!), I’m a fan! The cup I picked is made out of non-latex medical grade silicon and is reusable for 10+ years! Many women find that their periods are much lighter when they start using the cups.
The cup did take a couple of cycles to get used to, and I used a liner for a while to catch any leaks. (Which I had to do with tampons too sometimes!). I trimmed down the stem to make it more comfortable. I like not having to worry about when I’ll start, or being caught out somewhere without a tampon, and there’s a LOT less waste! The cup is easy to clean, just wash with soap and water, and it comes with insertion instructions. There’s even a YouTube video with directions if you like.
If you’re interested, I suggest reading different reviews on the cups you’re interested in. There are a number of different brands. I settled on the Moon Cup, Size A since I wanted the latex-free version and I’ve had two babies.
What do you think? Have you tried menstrual cups?