Many women, when they have their period, they use tampons, but there are some evidences that these feminine hygiene products are poisoning women.
The University of La Plata in Argentina conducted a study which showed that 85% of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested contained glyphosate.
These pharmacy-bought samples also included American-made products.
Using this hygiene products can increase the risk of fertility problems in women, such infertility, birth defects and miscarriages, and it’s all because the glyphosate contained in them.
It is the main ingredients in Monsanto’s popular “roundup” herbicide. This compound is also on the World Health Organization’s list of carcinogenic chemicals.
The study’s head researcher, Dr. Damian Marion says: “Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent[…]”
Another doctor, president of the 3rd National Congress of Doctors for Fumigated Communities, Merdaro Avila Vasquez says:“The result of this research is very serious, when you use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or for personal hygiene uses, thinking they are sterilized products, and the results show that they are contaminated with a probably carcinogenic substance.”
At first, the purpose of the study was not glyphosate testing. Instead, the researchers were curious about how far chemicals sprayed by aircrafts can spread. People use this method in commercial farming in order to spray pesticides or herbicides more quickly on crops.
At the begining of the study, the researchers were only interested in testing feminine hygiene products and gauze was not part of the targeted group.
The doctor said that they have a basic premise in research that when they complete testing on out target, they have to contrast it with something that is “clean” and that is why they selected the sterile gauze for medical use which is found in pharmacies. He explains:
“So we went and bought sterile gauze, opened the packages, analyzed and there was the huge surprise: We found glyphosate! Our first thought was that we had done something wrong, so we threw it all away and bought new gauze, analyzed them and again found glyphosate.”
Also the products that are availble in America are not much better. According to the US Department of Agriculture, in 2014, 96% of cotton produced in the U.S. was genetically modified. The cotton was engineered to survive toxic chemicals. Monsanto sells both these GMO seeds and the herbicides they are meant to withstand.
Since 2013, this chemical has been considered safe in the USA. Moreover, Monsanto’s request to allow higher levels of glyphisate in consumer good was recently approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency. It was even said that glyphosate could be “used without unreasonable risks to people or the environment.”
This chemical has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, autism, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Beside this, it is responsible as well for the decline of 90% of the total population of the Monarch butterfly, which is equal to 900 million butterflies. How could these two facts not be considered “unreasonable risks to people or the environment?”
If you are a woman, you should take the best care of your reproductive system, so instead of using tampons full of chemicals, you can try reusable menstrual cups made of medical-grade silicone which serve as a great tampon alternative. You can also find organic non-GMO menstrual products at your local health store.