Article: Endometriosis in tampon users
Endometriosis in tampon users
Endometriosis? What is this?
Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory gynecological disease. It affects one in ten women of childbearing age. The disease arises from a dysfunction of the endometrium, which is the lining present on the inner walls of the uterus.
Normally, during menstruation, the uterine lining is supposed to be evacuated naturally. In women suffering from endometriosis, some endometrial cell tissue is not shed and can become lodged in other organs such as the vagina, ovaries, bladder, and even in the walls of the intestine!
Like the endometrium, these cells react to hormones, and break down during menstruation. But in case the menstrual blood is not expelled, they end up stagnating. This non-evacuated bleeding then causes inflammatory reactions causing lesions, such as cysts or nodules. Menstruation then becomes extremely painful.
Why tampons can cause endometriosis?
Tampons contain dioxin, a toxic molecule used as an industrial bleach. According to several studies, this molecule is directly linked to the development of this widespread disease. Dioxin is a powerful endocrine disruptor, and its use is both harmful to health and the environment. When using tampons, the vaginal mucosa absorbs this molecule, promoting the development of this disease. A study carried out by Louvain Center for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (LTAP) also showed that in patients with endometriosis, the level of dioxin in the blood was particularly high.
The silence of the sanitary tampon manufacturers
It is shocking to see the lack of communication and information on this subject. The vast majority of users of this type of solution are unaware of the danger they represent. A few years ago, I myself had no idea of the impact of tampons on my health. Unfortunately, our society still considers periods to be a taboo subject, and resources on the subject remain too few in number, not to mention accessibility to them.
Look at the back of your packs of stamps: you will see that no composition is mentioned. It was while conducting research related to the creation of my business that I became aware of the impact of this essential product on my health. The shocking documentary “Tampon, our intimate enemy” should, like a user manual, be seen by all consumers. It is high time to change our consumption habits and turn to external hygienic solutions, such as menstrual panties.
Towards a healthy and ecological alternative: Soje Menstrual Panties
Are you looking for a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative to tampons? Period panties might just be the solution you're looking for. These reusable products, like those we offer at Soje , are not only ecological, but also beneficial for your health. Unlike tampons, which often contain potentially harmful chemicals, our period panties are made from safe, natural fabrics. They do not interfere with your body's natural processes and do not contain dioxins or other endocrine disruptors. Additionally, they are designed to be comfortable and effective, giving you optimal protection during your period. Believe me, your menstrual cycle will now be much easier to manage!
In conclusion, it is essential to be aware of the potential risks associated with the use of tampons, particularly as they relate to endometriosis. However, it is equally important to know that there are safer alternatives that are more respectful of the environment and your body, such as period panties. By making more informed choices about the products we use, we can not only improve our own health, but also help protect our planet. At Soje, we are proud to offer products made in Montreal that meet these criteria. We invite you to explore our range of menstrual panties, designed to offer you comfort, safety and peace of mind during your period. Together, we can change our consumption habits and take another step towards a more sustainable and healthier future.
Katherina Piché, founder of Soje
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