May 2017 Hot Flashes

Are Tampons Bad For You?

Of course, you’ve heard that tampon use can put you at a small risk of developing a potentially dangerous infection called Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS. TSS can lead to inflammation and even organ failure if it’s caught in time. But, again, TSS is rare—according to research from the University of Minnesota, approximately one in every 100,000 women who use tampons contract TSS every year (that’s 0.001 percent of tampon users). 

You may have heard that the ingredients in tampons are potentially troublesome, but there’s really nothing to worry about. According to the FDA, which regulates tampons, the products are made of cotton, rayon, or a blend of the two, noting that rayon is made from cellulose fibers derived from wood pulp. "In this process, the wood pulp is bleached," the FDA explains. In the past, the bleaching process has taken some heat for potentially being a source of trace amounts of dioxins (toxic chemical compounds that can cause reproductive and developmental problems), but the FDA notes that bleaching method is no longer used.

If you’re interested in using an alternative to tampons, experts say you should go for it—just don’t do so because you’re afraid tampons are bad for your health. 


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