You probably have heard of tampons a lot from those who regard the menstrual pad as not too safe because of the chemical content in it or not liking to feel like they are "wearing a diaper"(this was me at beginning at age 15). If we all believe that pads contain chemicals that are hazardous to the health, do we now exempt tampons from such claims?
Moreover, the answer is, NO!
The same hazardous claim that is meted on pads remains an active attribute to tampons. Tampons possess a more additional risk to the body system, especially when not used correctly.
First of all, what are tampons?
A tampon or tampons are absorbent materials that are used as a feminine hygiene menstrual tool. The etymologically meaning of the term makes it have a close relationship with the typical menstrual pad. Etymologically it is derived from a French word tampon, which means a piece of material that is used to block flow.
How is Tampons Dangerous?
First, the primary use of tampons by an ordinary consumer to some extent seems to be weird and unethical when you take a close look at the process of using the tampons. In some countries, the use of tampon is categorized medical materials.
That aside, with the utilization of a tampon, it raises the chance of the user to contact toxic shock syndrome (TSS). The underlying assumption is that, once the tampon is soaked with blood, some bacteria present in the vagina may develop TSS toxins that can go into the blood stream.
What is TSS?
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is an uncommon life threatening complication of a particular type of bacterial infection. On the average, TSS has a significant trace to toxins produced by the Staphylococcus bacteria.
Why Should We Be Concerned?
Tampons are categorized as medical products hence their compositions are not made public as other conglomerate products. This is much more like what we eat, or apply to our skin and bodies and it affects our bodies directly. Also, the vagina is the driest part of the feminine body and the use of tampons can cause tears which allow more opportunity for the bacteria to enter. The vagina absorbs 10 to 80% more chemical than any other part of our bodies. So it becomes very possible to contract any potential toxins that lap on the vagina. Moreover, as you know just like as common to the nostril, bacteria which reside there, which are possibly not harmful externally can become dangerous when they are forced to release a toxin into the bloodstream, and such is common with the cause of TSS.
What should you guide against?
Since we cannot avoid our menstrual cycle, what else do we do to ensure we stay hygienic without affecting our health?
There are some other alternatives such as the menstrual cup and the likes(many young girls cannot use them and many feel it's just too "icky"), and our amazing product PurEssence. It is a safer, healthier, and affordable alternative to tampons and traditional pads!! But, beyond that, you should avoid the following when it comes vagina menstrual care.
- Pesticide residue
- Artificial fibers
- Bleaching agents fragrances, and dyes
- Upgraded products
Your health and hygiene is our concern. Have a fantabulous day on purpose!!