Vaginal Health-Are Tampons Good For You?
How many of us can openly talk about our periods? Talking about periods is a complete no-no for most of us. We are not supposed to talk about them, we are expected to hide their existence, and we are often not allowed to do certain activities for those few days of the month. Unfortunate, but true!
Since periods is such a taboo subject, many of woman’s health issues are often not addressed. Many of us are perhaps not aware of the risks we might face. And I am not just talking about not being safe in public spaces. Most of our health risks are directly related to our genitals, and reproductive organs. But discussing or asking questions about these body parts is looked down upon, we often are ignorant of things we need to do to take care of ourselves.
Using tampons can be very liberating, especially for woman who are physically active or love dancing, and swimming. Tampons are certainly one notch better than bulky uncomfortable sanitary pads, but do you really know much about this tiny blood absorbent you use?
A little trivia
Tampons were created way back in 1920; which means it’s been 94 years since the first tampon was tried by a woman. Interestingly, in the mid-20th century, religious leaders feared that using a tampon could lead to arousal. Today Tampons are preferred over pads, and 70% of the female population in developed countries use tampons. Tampons have only become popular in Urban India for the last decade or so.
Major health concerns
Tampons are made from cotton, rayon and any other synthetic fiber that is absorbent. Very often tampon manufacturers add bleach to make them look whiter and thus more aesthetic visually.
The scary part is, it is not necessary for tampon producers to reveal any component they add in the manufacturing process.
The bleaching process that tampons grow through produces a chemical by product called dioxin, which is well known as a harmful chemical. These chemicals can be found in small amounts in tampons.
Some manufacturers add fragrance to tampons as a marketing gimmick. While the idea of having fragrant tampons does sound appealing, the combination of different chemicals these carry is shocking.
It has been studied that the cotton used to make tampons may not be pesticide free. We spend so much time and money trying to find pesticide less organic food, yet we unknowingly come in contact with pesticides that may harm us in the long run.
But isn’t there a way around it?
Whether or not tampons are risky for your vagina, is still a huge debate. While some argue that tampons are exposed to chemicals because of bleaching, some argue that the process of bleaching that releases toxins is not used when bleaching tampons.
The myth that tampons cause Toxic Shock Syndrome has been busted. But tampons which claim to have the higher absorbency, may also leave your vagina dry.
If you want to use tampons, it is important to understand the different types of tampons available. Some are coiled, some are rectangular. You can avoid vaginal discomfort and dryness by choosing the right size and range of absorption according to the amount of your menstrual flow.
Reading the product description provided on the packaging will help you reduce risks. Tampons are much more convenient than sanitary pads and are a boon for women who can’t stop their physical activity. But knowing a little more about these products will do you good.
Do you think Tampons are good for you?
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