Published in: 2019
Should we worry? Many people worry that menstrual products may contain harmful substances, particularly since products are used for a prolonged time in close contact with highly absorbent skin around the vagina. So, should we be concerned?
What are the ingredients in menstrual products? Ingredients vary greatly, both by type and brand of product. One common ingredient is cotton, especially used in disposable pads. Conventionally grown cotton has some of the highest levels of pesticide use of any crop. Rayon and polyester, made from wood pulp, are used particularly in tampons and some pads. Plastic is common in tampon applicators, and well as to limit leakage in disposable pads. Most cups are made from medical silicone, with some (cheaper) brands being made from thermoplastic polymers.
Further FAQs are in the document.
Main researchers Andisheh Jahangir, Siri Tellier, Jennifer Rasanathan
WoMena (2019). WoMena FAQ: Do menstrual products contain harmful substances?. WoMena
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