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    Default Are tampons and pads toxic?

    I was reading on here once from people who use those cup things that pads and tampons have really toxic chemicals in them and they make you bleed more.? Is this right? Why do they need to have harmful things in them. And are those cotton ones any better?

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    I don't think that's completely correct, the thing i think your talking about is toxic shock syndrome, you can get it from tampons, i haven't heard about it with pads though, maybe Google, toxic shock syndrome using tampons, they warn you about it on tampon packs, better of looking it up online, but i think you get it from leaving a tampon in for too long.


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    There are some people who will tell you that pads have toxic chemicals in them, or that they contain some of the same materials as asbestos which is a ploy from the pad companies to make you bleed more and therefore need to buy more pads.
    I think there is a conspiracy theory for everything...even menstrual products! (that's not to make light of toxic shock syndrome though, that's a real thing, even if it is very very rare)

    I personally use cloth pads cos I get a rash on my vajayjay from something in disposable pads. Very weird after 15 years of no problems it just started happening! With pretty much every brand! I can get away with it for a few hours each day, but definitely not a whole period. I don't even tell people I use them cos I feel like theyd think i was some hippie freak lol

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    Jelly Fishie I'm the same. Even just smiled and nodded when the girls at work were bagging the crazy hippy people who use cloth pads lol

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    They do have chemicals in them that I use to react to so I switched to a cup but they are the same as nappies and I use them on babies

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    But what about the brand that states cotton only? I have been researching and most sites state that tampons have a dye to bleach them white?

    And it's interesting that most people that say that they have switched to a cup or cloth now have lighter periods!

    Mmmm

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    My lady parts don't even seem to like the cotton ones unfortunately.
    I also do think that I've gotten a bit lighter since switching. I honestly have no explanation for it! But I would say lighter flow and possibly less period pain too. I cannot come up with any physiological reason why it would occur...apart from being naturally allowed to flow out as opposed to be 'drawn' out by something absorbent? But it's just a pad, it's not like there's a suction machine down there! I don't get it, but I can agree that it does seem to happen.

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    Menstrual conspiracy theories, what will they think of next!
    Logically, how could a pad, worn outside the body or even a tampon, cause more bleeding? Your period is the uterine lining that your body has produced to nourish a foetus- which you shed if you aren't pregnant. It takes your body weeks to build that lining.
    Pads and tampons are usually bleached etc but no, I highly doubt they can cause more bleeding. Menstrual cups are economical and good for the environment though

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyflower View Post
    But what about the brand that states cotton only? I have been researching and most sites state that tampons have a dye to bleach them white?

    And it's interesting that most people that say that they have switched to a cup or cloth now have lighter periods!

    Mmmm
    Is it made out of organic cotton that's free from pesticides and the likes?
    I think unfortunately most things are packed full of chemicals these days with little consideration of what long term health effects they will cause.

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