Even a woman who has no problems might like to think about using natural sanitary products not only to protect her own body against chemicals but also to protect the environment.
Many of the niggling problems women experience could be put down to wearing tampons – toxic shock syndrome is the worst scenario, but itching and discomfort may well be caused by the chemicals used in manufacture. TSS (toxic shock syndrome) symptoms include sudden high fever, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea and rashes and can be fatal – read the leaflet in a box of tampons to find out more. TSS is now less common since some manufacturers removed synthetic fibres like rayon, but there are still tampons made from these – read the box. Research has shown that tampons made from 100 per cent cotton pose a much less serious risk.
In another reseach study by gynaecologists it was found that up to a third of women with symptoms of vaginal itching, soreness and/or discharge may well be experiencing Allergic Feminine Irritation. Apparently as many as 60 per cent of women who visited UK gynaecologists found that this was all that was wrong with them.
Some tampons are made from chlorine bleached rayon or a combination of cotton and rayon and during the bleaching process the TSS toxin which comes from the bacteria Staphyloccoccus aureus is produced, a substance that has been linked to cancer, endometriosis, low sperm counts in partners, and suppression of the immune system. This area is far too delicate to be subject to all these chemicals.
There are several ranges of sanitary products including organic cotton tampons which are oxygen bleached. They are designed to absorb well with minimum shedding of fibre. Their pads are made using non-chlorine bleached fibres.