85% of Tampons, Pads and Other Feminine Care Products Contaminated with Monsanto’s Cancer-Causing, Endocrine-Disrupting Glyphosate
Did you know that the vagina is an absorbent organ?
Did you know that the vagina is an absorbent organ? “The vagina is a mucus membrane and organic tampons and pads seem to be the latest trend. Chemophobia has sweep over the feminine hygiene aisle and it’s a multi-billion dollar organic industry. The U.S. organic market is big business with over $43.3 billion in sales in 2015.
No only is your overall health and well-being affected by what foods you consume but it’s also affected by stress, environmental endocrine disrupting chemical’s (EDC), lotions and potions you apply to your body, medications and many other factors.
Most of the pads and tampons on the market have been bleached with chlorine and the cotton has been sprayed with a Pesticide-residue. Chlorine leads to a toxic byproduct called dioxin, which is linked to cancer as it’s a known carcinogen and endometriosis. Dioxin can also be found in the air, water, and ground. Let me not fail to mention the toxic heavy metal dyes that could be on the on the cord of your tampon.
The FDA oversees tampons and considers them a class II medical device (some pregnancy test kits and contact lenses are also considered class II medical devices). There are three classes of medical devices—class I, class II, and class III—and class I devices are considered the lowest risk (dental floss is a class I device, for example). Class II devices are higher-risk than class I and “require greater regulatory controls to provide reasonable assurance of the device’s safety and effectiveness,” the FDA says, noting that condoms are classified as Class II devices.
If you’re already on the organic,eating clean and pesticide free, band wagon: inserting unnecessary chemicals in your vagina should spark some sort of interest.
As I further investigate, I’ve found that Organic tampons are not entirely pesticide-free. The crops are sprayed with a insecticide application.
The FDA considers cotton as a food crop even if its going to be used for textile purposes. Code of Federal Regulations: Title 21: Food and Drugs, Part 172 that “cottonseed products may be used for human consumption.”
There are many products used by women that have Both BPA and phthalates in them such as odor control items, soaps, body washes, douches, pre-moistened wipes, towelettes, powders and deodorant sprays. What do all these daily used items have in common? They all are “endocrine disruptors.” Endocrine disruptors are the nasty little chemicals that interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune destroying side effects.
Are organic tampons necessarily better than the “traditional” non-organic ones you’ve been using since you started menstruating? The FDA’s regulations are the same regardless if it’s organic or conventional tampons/pads and they both have same level of absorbency. If the tampons you’re using has a plastic applicator it will contain phthalates in that plastic so why not use a tampon that has a non plastic applicator? If you find that you have a burning sensation or itchy when using conventional tampons that can be caused by an allergic reactions to the fragrances; why not switch to a fragrance free brand? If you want to completely eliminate all soaps, perfumes and fragrances that are used in most brands, find a brand that doesn’t have any of these things in them even if its going to a organic brand. No need to worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome which is a rare, life-threatening bacterial condition that were linked to super absorbency tampons, and the FDA has stopped manufacturers from making those anyways. There is such a thing called Toxic Shock Sydrome and you should change out your tampons every two hours never ever leave them in longer than 8 or you will have a chance of getting TSS. Since the late 1990’s they are now using a type of chlorine-free bleaching process for all tampons organic or conventional but even with that process a small level of the dioxin hazard can be even found in all tampons even 100% cotton ones.
My take on all of this is; it’s really a personal decision. If you are still bombarding your body with these over the counter Endocrine disruptors that women use in everyday products whats the use of trying to use organic tampons and pads? If you are making your own products, clean eating and are aware of the things that you stick in your body and on your body then YES, Organic tampons and pads could be the new route for you to consider. I’ve found some organic pads at Target the other day for the same price as the name brand pads that I’ve been using ( $6.99). I grabbed a pack and I like them.
One or two big arrows will kill you just like a thousand tiny ones.
There are period alternatives for people who prefer not using pads or tampons.
Period panties, menstrual cups, sea sponges, washable reusable Cloth Pads and Beppy Sponges.
Typically we take for granted the safety of cotton products such as gauze, bandages, swabs, pads, wipes — and even feminine products, like tampons and sanitary pads. But a 2015 Argentinian study should give us pause for thought.
As it turns out, researchers from the University of La Plata found that a vast majority of these products contain glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s wildly popular Roundup herbicide and the same chemical that’s considered a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization.
If that’s not enough to get your attention, glyphosate is also associated with IQ loss/intellectual disability, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obesity (both child and adult), diabetes, infertility and cardiovascular disease. Needless to say, this isn’t the kind of chemical you want absorbed by wounds, or worse, through the vagina.
“Chemicals absorbed through the vagina are easily and effectively distributed throughout the body, without being metabolized. for example, when estrogenic drugs are administered vaginally, the resulting systemic levels of the drug in the body can be 10-80 times higher than when the very same dose is given orally.” [source]
Not only did the research team find 85 percent of the cotton products tested positive for glyphosate, but also discovered that 62 percent of the samples contained AMPA (or aminomethylphosphonic acid) — an environmental metabolite of glyphosate, which is potentially 1,000 times more toxic once inside the body.
However, the numbers were higher for some of the products. Says lead researcher Dr. Damian Marino:
“Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent.”
All the samples — gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products — were purchased in the La Plata area from local pharmacies and supermarkets.
Video: Ladies, Study Says You Might Be Putting Glyphosate-Tainted Tampons in Your Vagina
“It might not be the most popular thing to discuss, but we probably should. I admit I chose this title on purpose to catch your attention, but now that I have it, have you ever considered that the majority of cotton (in the U.S. anyway) is genetically modified, and as such, it might be tainted with cancer-causing, endocrine-disrupting, infertility-promoting glyphosate?” [source]
Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, president of the congress, draws attention to the fact that most cotton production is now genetically modified, where Roundup “is sprayed when the bud is open and the glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.”
In the U.S. alone, farmers sprayed an astonishing 2.6 billion pounds of the herbicide over agricultural land between 1992 and 2012. The chemical not only contaminates crops like cotton — but also the soil, air and waterways.
Gambling With Women’s Health
This isn’t the first time feminine care products have come under fire for unregulated safety issues. According to Women’s Voices for the Earth, health hazards include:
Tampons: Toxic ingredients: dioxins and furans (from the chlorine bleaching process), pesticide residues and unknown fragrance chemicals. Exposure concerns: cancer, reproductive harm, endocrine disruption and allergic rash.
Pads: Toxic ingredients: dioxins and furans, pesticide residues, unknown fragrance chemicals and adhesive chemicals such as methyldibromo glutaronitrile. Exposure concerns: cancer, reproductive harm and endocrine disruption. Studies link pad use to allergic rash.
Feminine Wipes: Toxic ingredients: methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, parabens, quaternium-15, dmdm Hydantoin and unknown fragrance chemicals. Exposure concerns: cancer and endocrine disruption, allergic rash.
Feminine Wash: Toxic ingredients: unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, dmdm Hydantoin, d&c red no.33, ext d&c violet #2, and fd&c yellow #5. Exposure concerns: endocrine disruption, allergic rash, and asthma.
Douche: Toxic ingredients: unknown fragrance chemicals and the spermicide octoxynol-9. Studies link douche use to bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical cancer, low-birth weight, preterm birth, HIV transmission, sexually transmitted diseases, ectopic pregnancy, chronic yeast infections, and infertility.
Feminine deodorant (sprays , powders and suppositories): Toxic ingredients: unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, and benzethonium chloride. Exposure concerns: reproductive harm, endocrine disruption and allergic rash.
Feminine anti-itch creams: Toxic ingredients: may include unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, methylisothiazolinone and an active ingredient, benzocaine, a mild anesthetic. Exposure concerns: endocrine disruption, allergic rash, and unresolved itch.
Thankfully, safer options are available in organic cotton and innovations like the silicone menstrual cup. Natural creams, soaps, wipes and washes are also a possibility. But until the toxicity of feminine care products becomes common knowledge, women around the world will continue to be put at serious risk.
There is enormous power within our government, religion, politicians, corporations, the media, and the 1% elite idealists in our world. Yes, the scientists and researchers are creating but the reality is the money behind them is paving the way. The funding behind the research is not always truthful and the data effectively influenced to benefit the funding party.
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