04 Jan Risks of Feminine Hygiene Products Every Woman Should Know
You are already very conscious of the harmful chemicals saturating the market of household and consumer goods. You try your best to buy organic produce or natural cleaners to keep you and your family safe from toxins at home. However, there is another way for chemicals to potentially enter into your system that most women don’t consider: the use of conventional feminine hygiene products.
So what’s really in the materials of these products and what health risk do they pose? There are currently no regulations as to the chemicals used in manufacturing disposable napkins, nor are manufacturers required to disclose the ingredients. However, the public knowledge of the hazardous nature of plastic chemicals merits a high concern over the amount of plastic actually used in conventional pads. BPA and BPS, plasticising chemicals, have links to endocrine disruption, heart disease, cancer and are known to disrupt embryonic development. Bleaching processes, used to give tampons and pads their “hygienic” white look, commonly involve chlorine. This can create toxic dioxin and other disinfection-by-products (DBPs), of which there is no “safe” level of exposure according to the EPA. Even trace levels of dioxin have been linked to abnormal tissue and cell growth, immune system suppression, and hormonal disruption. Not to mention the fact that some pads are laced with odour neutralisers and fragrances, which can have potentially adverse health effects. This is a high price for the convenience of disposable sanitary napkins, one which women should not be forced to pay.
The danger of traditional feminine hygiene products is not only confined to the potential chemicals they contain, but also how they enter into your body. The skin surrounding the vaginal area is very thin and highly permeable. Any substance that is absorbed through the skin can end up in the bloodstream, finding its way to the lymphatic system and other sensitive organs. The true hazard of chemicals being absorbed through the skin (as opposed to the digestive system), is that enzymes found in the saliva or the stomach do not break them down or flush them out. Without a filter, these toxins tend to bio-accumulate in the body. Imagine the amount of potentially toxic ingredients in tampons and pads that come into contact with the delicate vaginal skin over a women’s lifetime, and you can see the potential risks involved. Women deserve to know what they are being exposed to on a monthly basis and to have the safest and healthiest products available to them.
At Lotus Liners, we believe that no woman should be unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals, especially in contact with such a sensitive area. We want women to able to celebrate their periods and feel happy that they are making a healthy decision for their bodies. Our washable panty liners contain no unknown harmful chemicals. No toxins. We use a 100% synthetic fiber that resists rash, chafing, or any type of irritation, composed of a 80% polyester and 20% nylon material. Our super soft fabric does not restrict the flow of air around the vagina, reducing the risk of bacterial or yeast growth. By using our non-disposable liner, you can feel better about the informed choices you are making for your health.