Glyphosate In Tampons
Written by: Sarah Lawrence
Have you read the headlines? Glyphosate in tampons?! Well, that’s what a team of Argentinean scientists found in a recent study. We’re talking tampons, feminine hygiene pads, gauze pads, etc. Holy shiznits! I mean, nevermind worrying about this stuff contaminating your food… shift the concern to your lady parts, because this is a new ball game. Intimate. Internal. Personal. You with me?
85% of personal care and feminine hygiene products tested contained traces of glyphosate. This isn’t just an Argentinean issue either; nearly all of the cotton in the U.S. is treated with glyphosate, too!
Why Is Glyphosate In Tampons Such A Big Deal?
We’re talking about chemical contamination of your feminine hygiene products, right? These products are either near or inside your vagina. It’s important to know some facts about the chemical and some facts about your vagina and why the two should never cross paths:
- Drugs and chemicals absorbed in the vagina go directly into the bloodstream without the benefit of being filtered out in the liver.
And here are the 3 facts about Glyphosate:
1. We’re pretty sure it’s a cancer causer. The World Health Organization has classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic.”
2. As an endocrine disruptor, glyphosate messes with your hormones and your endocrine system.
3. It doesn’t take much! Even in very low levels, exposure to glyphosate has been found to promote cancer at concentrations as small as parts per trillion.
The BIG DEAL → Your body has less protection from toxins introduced via the vagina. Small exposure, as in the exposure to tampons 5 times a day for 5 days a month, could equal big problems long term.
When evaluating your risk of getting cancer from a chemical (like glyphosate), you would consider criteria like these:
1. How much of the chemical were you in contact with?
2. How long did the contact last?
3. How often were you exposed?
4. When were you exposed?
5. How were you exposed?
6. How’s your general health?
With the onset of menarche happening as early as age 9 and menopause around age 45, women and girls can expect about 2,200 days of menstruation in a lifetime.
That’s 52,800 hours of low-level exposure to products containing glyphosate. Could this exposure be impacting the rise in problems with female hormone balancing and menstrual problems like PMS, fibroids, endometriosis and PCOS?
Some Safer Alternatives:
Certified Organic Feminine Hygiene Products
Organic products are free from glyphosate and other chemical contaminants. If you choose to stick with cotton for tampons, pads or even cloth options, then opt for a certified organic brand to reduce your toxic exposure.
If you’re new to menstrual cups, check out your options and read about them. Many women love their cups. Personally, it took me a few cycles to really get the hang of it and feel comfortable using it. The DivaCup is my go-to, but there are several great brands available!
Advantages of using a menstrual cup:
- Medical grade silicone is generally hypoallergenic.
- Safe to use for up to 12 hours (holds up to three times as much as a super plus tampon).
- Safe to use overnight.
- Economical and environmentally friendly (reusable, washable, lasts for years).
- Doesn’t impact natural vaginal moisture.
- Molds to your body so there’s no leaking.
- Flexible and easy to insert and remove.
- Can be worn during all types of sports and exercises.
- Small, light and easy to store.
What do YOU think about glyphosate contamination? Have you changed your feminine hygiene products to avoid unnecessary toxins? Post below and let me know!
Sarah Lawrence is a Certified Holistic Health and Integrative Nutrition Coach, Speaker and Reiki Master based in Southern NH. Sarah creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to shift from their current habits into healthier ones. Her philosophy is that small changes, over time, can yield big results. By developing a technique that leverages the benefits of whole foods nutritionals, seasonal detoxification, reiki, aromatherapy, meditation and life coaching, Sarah artfully combines her knowledge from years of study in the fields of chemistry, nutrition and energy healing.
Sarah leads clients from frustration due chronic health issues to elation by attaining and sustaining balanced health. Her intuitive style supports true healing on all levels. Sarah studied at Fairfield University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; she is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is dedicated to continuing her studies so she can provide the best support for her clients.
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