Thursday, September 04, 2008

Natural Sanitary Protection

Ladies, is your choice of sanitary protection affecting your health?

Whilst your period is an inevitable part of your life and not something you would choose to have each month, the sanitary protection you use is within your control. The unquestioned choice for the vast majority of women in the UK is to use either tampons or sanitary towels. In fact, we buy more than 3 billion disposable sanitary protection items each year, which are being flushed away adding to marine pollution or dumped in landfill sites. The environmental costs are clearly a concern, but have you considered how safe they are to use?

The main areas of concern are:

Dioxin is a potentially harmful byproduct of the chlorine bleaching process used in the wood pulp industry, which includes the manufacture of sanitary towels and tampons. Evidence is growing that even low levels of dioxin may be linked to breast cancer, cancer, endometriosis and immune system suppression.

Surfactants (additives used in tampons to increase absorbency) and fragrances may pose additional unnecessary health risks in feminine hygiene products.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare bacterial condition with up to 20 confirmed cases in Britain each year. Tampons (particularly high absorbency ones) may facilitate the infection because their use may cause lacerations and ulcerations of the vaginal wall. In fact half of all cases occur in menstruating women who are using high absorbency tampons.

However, there is another more modern form of sanitary protection that thousands of women all over the World are now choosing to use:

Femmecup® menstrual cup is a reusable alternative to tampons. It is a small bell shaped menstrual cup worn internally during your period. It is very soft and made from approved medical grade silicone. Unlike a tampon it collects the flow instead of absorbing it.

Femmecup contains no harmful chemicals, bleaches, fibres or perfumes and does not cause dryness.

One Femmecup lasts for years; produces no waste and saves you lots of money aswell.

Femmecup has never been linked with TSS and is discreet, comfortable and easy to use. It can be worn for up to 12 hours, overnight and whilst swimming and playing sports.

Find out more about the future of feminine hygiene at

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