172. The Connection Between Illness and Sanitary Napkins
Sanitary napkins are not a pleasant subject to talk about, of course, but they are important! Do you know, for example, how sanitary napkins and tampons are made? They contain chemicals such as chlorine, dioxin and plastic. I am concerned about this because sanitary napkins are used on an area, your vagina, where the skin is very absorbent. Your skin is capable of allowing chemicals to enter. Just think about strong nicotine patches that people use to stop smoking. They work great. And… the skin absorbs the substances in the patches, which support people who want to stop smoking. The same thing is true with sanitary napkins. The chemicals in sanitary napkins are absorbed into the body through the skin of your vagina and labia. Be especially careful if you use liners because they expose your vagina to chemicals daily. And you know what is so strange? There is no regulation about the production of sanitary napkins, liners and tampons!
Manufacturers have free rein
The manufacturers of sanitary napkins and tampons can do as they please. They produce them without any supervision. I was astounded when I read that! And I began to connect the dots between the chemicals in sanitary napkins and various female ailments, from vaginal yeast infections and bladder infections all the way to invisible and unrecognized ailments such as CVS, fibromyalgia and ME. But maybe I’m going too far… I can’t just say that, of course, without have any scientific evidence. But why do so many gynecologists advise women with chronic or repetitive vaginal ailments to use sanitary napkins and tampons without chemicals? And I also find it striking that so many women have migraines during their menstruation. Yes, hormones probably play a role, but could that also be the case with the chemicals in sanitary napkins and tampons?
Ellie wrote: “Since I no longer need to use sanitary napkins or tampons, I haven’t had a single vaginal infection.”
Buy chemical-free sanitary napkins
Up to now, little to no scientific research has been done on the connection between female ailments and the chemical in sanitary products. So I sent the Dutch Consumers Association a message asking them to pay some attention to this matter and for research to be done about this. But, can you wait until this research is done? I can’t! Since I became aware of this, I’ve been buying sanitary napkins to which no chemicals have been added. You can buy them online and an increasing number of stores carry them.
And… there are also reusable types of sanitary napkins and liners. These are cotton pieces of cloth that you can wash in the washing machine. A great idea! They are available in many online stores, including amazon.com.
Besides sanitary napkins there is also a very revolutionary idea, the menstrual cup, which has been around for the past 15(!) years! This is a small flexible cup that you insert into your vagina. After some practice, it easy to use and you can leave it in for a good 12 hours.
There are a number of advantages to using the menstrual cup:
– It catches menstrual blood but doesn’t absorb your vagina’s natural moisture.
– They are hygienic and don’t leave behind any fibers, for example, as do tampons.
– You can wear one for 12 hours, even at night.
– They are safer. No vaginal infections or TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).
– Less chance of odors.
– They are less confrontational; you see less blood.
– They are more comfortable; there are no visible sanitary products.
– You have much less chance of leakage.
– They are interesting; you see how much blood you lose, an indication about your health.
– They can be used for years, so are very good for the environment.
– And, also nice: they save you money!
Buy and pass on
And what I also like about this cup is that when you purchase it, one is automatically made available for another woman! Many women can’t participate in work or schooling when they are menstruating, simply because no sanitary products are available or because they are too expensive. And that prevents them from making their contribution to society.
The MIR-Method and menstruation
The MIR-Method can’t prevent chemicals being absorbed into your body. It can assist you with expelling them through step 2. Detox all toxicity. But, what doesn’t enter your body doesn’t have to leave it again! Saves you some energy. Many women feel better by doing the MIR-Method. They are less fatigued and have more energy. They have fewer yeast infections as well as fewer complaints. If these complaints don’t lessen for you, would you consider buying chemical-free sanitary products? I hope that you feel a lot better!
And how about you? Do you already use chemical-free sanitary napkins and/or tampons? Or a menstrual cup? Do you feel better doing so? I’d love to hear about it. Please write below. Thank you!
My wish for you is that your health improves by leaps and bounds!
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I am 84, and have been incontinent for over 20 years due to allergies and asthma causing me to cough really hard that expels my urine. I’ve had constant itching, which I usually apply Polysporin too.
I am experiencing izzy spells lately that doctors cannot explain. One day I even started to “black out.
What about women who have stopped menstruating but due to bladder problems continue to wear pads that catch involuntary passing your urine?
Yep, that is -sadly- exact the same problem! Thanks for asking!
Greetings, Mireille Mettes
one group of people you are forgetting here who are well past menstruation age from 50 onwards have weak bladders and weak muscle control so often have what’s kindly referred to as little leaks who need Sanitary towels again given a different name but made of same stuff. Which putting it mildly really is a pain. (did want to say pisses me off but thought that rude) as we think past the age of menstruation Whoopi we don’t need those nappies any more and before you know it we are back in them again.so could it be having all that toxic stuff next to the most intermit part of our bodies most of our adult life is partly the cause? or is we ladies just living longer? but I’m off to view Bio or organic versions of S. towels as never to late to get healthy down there. so many thanks you newsletters get me to think out of the box.
Yes, the toxicity is really a problem. I had a lecture in the Netherlands. A lady came up to me saying she stopped using the toxic materials for urine loss and she said: ‘No more itching down there!’ Well, it DOES indicate something! I am glad you give the organic versions a try!
Let me know how you’re doing!
Greetings, Mireille Mettes
Hello, this is not related to this article but in have non idea how to contact you regarding missing tips on the newsletter. I did not receive tip 4 & 5
I will forward your question to my husband Remco. He will send you the missing emails. I’m sorry about that! And thanks for letting us know! Next time you can send us an email through the contact page. Hope the MIR-Method helps you and you can pass it on to many people in South Africa!
Greetings, Mireille Mettes