In celebration of International Women’s Day we wanted to talk about the ‘cross all women bare’ – menstruating.

We wanted to get into the nitty-gritty of the topic and ask are feminine hygiene products safe.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and it is also the thinnest. It absorbs everything we put on or near it and includes toxins. Taking into account that the vagina in particular is highly permeable, this means that you will be absorbing whatever is in your tampons or pads. Once absorbed these chemicals accumulate in the body.

The average woman uses up to 16,800 tampons in her lifetime. And that’s just tampons. Many women use countless sanitary pads in place of, or in addition to tampons.

So, what’s in them?

Many of today’s feminine hygiene products are made primarily from rayon, viscose, and cellulose wood fluff pulp. Rayon and viscose present a potential danger in part because of their highly absorbent fibres. When used in tampons, these fibres can stick to your vaginal wall, and when you remove the tampon, the loosened fibres may stay behind inside your body, thereby raising your risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.