Do you ever wonder about what's in disposable pads and tampons? Have you experienced any physical discomfort, like rashes and itching, from using them?
Lunapads creator, Madeleine Shaw did. After months of experiencing recurring infections linked to disposable tampons, she decided to create something better. By choosing to use natural, reusable alternatives like Lunapads, you avoid exposing yourself to the potentially harmful chemicals and synthetic materials found in most disposable pads & tampons.
Secret Toxic Chemicals In Pads
Disposable pads and tampons are made primarily of bleached wood pulp or viscose rayon, made from wood cellulose. What makes these products perform so effectively is the use of high tech chemicals, like super-absorbent acrylic polymers (SAPs) and surfactant-laced gels. The long-term health and environmental impact of these chemical ingredients is contentious and largely unknown.
While we're not doctors or scientists, we *have* had the benefit of 20+ years experience talking to customers about their menstrual health, many whom tell us they've experienced allergic reactions to disposable pads and tampons.
These reactions are likely due to contact with the aforementioned chemicals and plastics. Manufacturers are not required to disclose or list their ingredients on their package, but studies show that ingredients commonly found in pads or tampons include: chlorine bleached rayon, dioxins, pesticides, GMO cotton, and fragrances - a catch-all term that represents an undisclosed mixture of chemicals.
When you make the switch to Lunapads, you know exactly what you're putting into contact with your body. You're in control.
Sources and More Information
- Chem Fatale: Potential Health Effects of Toxic Chemicals in Menstrual Products by Women’s Voices for the Earth
- Cumulative Exposure and Feminine Care Products by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
- A Question for Women's Health: Chemicals in Feminine Hygiene Products & Personal Lubricants by Environmental Health Perspectives
- Detox the Box a campaign by Women’s Voices for the Earth
- FLOW: A comparison of tampons to menstrual cups published by the College of Family Physicians of Canada
- The Tampon Safety and Research Act of 1999 by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney