Tampons, pads and panty liners. Most women use them. But are they secretly harbouring dangerous chemicals that could be causing us harm?
Lifestyle blogger Kyly Clarke seems to think so.
Kyly, who is married to Australian cricketer Michael Clarke, explained in a post on her blog Lyfestyled that after receiving products from an organic feminine hygiene company she did some research on the subject. Research that led her to conclude your body could be “absorbing dioxins and other bleaching agents” through the porous membranes in your vagina.
“You may not be aware that cotton (that is not organic) comes from one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world, and polyester itself is derived from crude oil, and therefore these ingredients are being absorbed by your vagina on a regular basis,” she claims.
“It’s so incredibly important to look after your body inside and out and nobody has ever said they like toxins in their body, have they?
“Yes, we are always making sure the environment around us is liveable, healthy and safe, but the most important environment is the one inside us.”
So should you listen to Kyly’s advice and ditch your non-organic tampons and pads?
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Well, first off, let’s be clear, this post was an advertisement. But that’s no reason alone to discount the information being passed on. We have no doubt Kyly would only partner with a company she agrees with, whose values align with her own and that her own views are being expressed in this post.
BUT it does mean that unlike say, a news article, there was no opportunity for other tampon and pad brands to defend their products nor input from experts who may verify or disagree with the statements presented.
Yes, dioxins are nasty chemicals and the by-product of converting wood pulp into a synthetic fibre, rayon, which is an ingredient in some tampons and pads. But US manufacturers were required to change their bleaching methods in the 90s and the process no longer creates dioxin, according to Forbes. This is relevant because many of Australia’s popular pad and tampon brands are also sold in the US.