7 Reasons To Stop Using Tampons Immediately.

Introduction

The woman’s body is meant to flow naturally, especially turning the time of menstruation aka having your period! Tampons come in different “sizes” (absorbencies), like light, regular, and super. Some tampons come with applicators — small sticks made of cardboard or plastic that help you put the tampon in your vagina. And some tampons don’t have an applicator, so you just put them in with your finger. Periods are normal and healthy. They shouldn’t make people uncomfortable, disrupt daily activities, or appear shameful.

Free Bleeding

[3] Free bleeding is an empowering and positive way to confront the reality and social stigma of menstruation. So what’s free bleeding? Free bleeding is exactly what it sounds like. It’s going through your period without the use of tampons — literally going with the flow.

There’s nothing worse than removing a barely soaked tampon too soon or on a light day. To dislodge plastic from menstrual care, though, will take more than design disruption, because the reasons plastic has lodged itself so deep in the design in the first place are tangled in a web of culture, shame, science, and more. Tampons absorb more than just menstrual blood — about a third may be vaginal and cervical fluids (depending on how absorbent your tampon is). This might change the amount of fluid your vagina produces during the rest of the cycle, but more research is needed. Free bleeding keeps your usual secretions in place.[3]

By allowing your body to flow naturally, you allow your body to function as intended! This means fewer period cramps, bloating, and lower risks of reproduction problems, such as fibroids, and cysts. Femi Secrets’ Pretty Panty allows you to flow with confidence.

Environment

[3] Switching from applicator tampons to tampons-sans-applicator a few years ago felt like a stride in the right direction for the environment. Think about all those plastic applicators that go straight into the trash — it’s not like they’re typically recycled. But ditching tampons entirely reduces the energy to produce and dispose of them. Canceling your menstrual subscription service — the one that delivers packaging within packaging — will also reduce your carbon footprint.

Not to mention, tampon manufacturers use recycled plastic to make more tampons! We’re all about recycling, but honestly, do you want recycled materials in your vagina??

[2] Getting a handle on how much plastic waste comes from menstrual products is tough, in part because it’s labeled as medical waste and does not need to be tracked, and in part because so little research has even looked at the scope of the problem. But rough estimates for the likely output are staggering: In 2018 alone, people in the U.S. bought 5.8 billion tampons.

Chemical

Several tests have been conducted on some of America’s popular tampons brands

Please see these shocking results below.

Read the full results here

What do these results mean?

[1] The results tell us that there may be ingredients (or contaminants associated with ingredients) in tampons leading to exposure to chemicals of concern. It is important to note that there is no available research on potential health impacts from vaginal exposure to these chemicals. These results confirm neither a known level of danger nor do they establish a threshold of safety for these exposures. What these results do indicate, however, is that there is more than we need to know about what tampons are made of and what kinds of chemical exposures they may lead to.

What is carbon disulfide?

[1] Carbon disulfide is the chemical we detected most frequently in our testing. Carbon disulfide is a chemical commonly used in the production of rayon. Our results detected carbon disulfide emissions from all four tampons that contain rayon, but it was not detected in either of the all-cotton tampons. Exposure to carbon disulfide among female workers in rayon manufacturing plants has been associated with an increased risk of menstrual disorders, early menopause, and hormonal disturbances. Other studies of rayon workers have linked both adverse cardiovascular and neurological impacts with carbon disulfide exposure.

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