Two Surprising Truths about Tampons and Pads

Avoid Using Chlorine and Dioxin in Your Pads 

Every woman in the world gets her period and most of us deal with Aunt Flo for close to thirty years. That’s 30 years, or 360 months, of feminine hygiene products we have to get intimate with.

When choosing pads or tampons, most women select products by brand, design, reputation, or sometimes packaging. But what many women forget to include, as a criterion for selecting products, is the process by which they are made.

Conventional tampons are bleached with chlorine for sterilization and to achieve that perfect white tint of cotton. Because this is the norm for many manufacturers of sanitary products, the dangers of this process aren’t widely discussed.

Here are two surprising truths to consider about generic tampons and pads:

The process of bleaching cotton results in a bi-product called dioxin.

Dioxin is a toxic chemical byproduct of pesticide manufacturing, bleached pulp and paper products, and medical and municipal waste incineration. It is also found in feminine hygiene products such as pads and tampons . New research by the Endometriosis Association shows that there are links between dioxin (TCCD) exposure and the development of endometriosis.

This is why organic hygiene products are being increasingly valued for their safety. Organic products pose fewer risks to women’s health. Maxim tampons, for example, are sterilized using hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine.

Tampons leave behind cotton fibers along the vaginal walls.

Putting in and taking out tampons causes friction against the vaginal walls and the design of most tampons leave cotton residue in the vagina. This is dangerous as the chemicals in tampons stay in the body even after the tampon has been removed. Thus, the risk for TSS isn’t completely eradicated.

Maxim conducted a “drag test” to demonstrate how Maxim tampons compare to popular national brand equivalents when it comes to this key factor and we found that generic tampons leave a significant amount of cotton fiber when compared to Maxim’s design. Check out the “drag test” we conducted — this video below  explains the security veil, a lining in the design that acts as a net to keep the maximum of cotton within the tampon.

Maxim’s core company values are to protect women’s health and the environment, which led them to create organic products that in addition to the above points, are also hypoallergenic, biodegradable and eco- friendly. We’re proud to offer this fine line of products to you for purchase on .

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About John Montague DC

John Montague DC is the owner of WebVitamins. He is active in the industry and is currently president of the NPA East.

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