Your skin is a highly absorbent organ, which means when your vulva and/or vagina come in contact with any chemicals, they can be absorbed straight into your bloodstream.

Manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products

Conventional Sanitary Pads have been found to contain the equivalent amount of plastic as four carrier bags. A number of plasticizing chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption and disease processes associated with heart disease and cancer.

Dioxin a chemical created by the bleaching process of pads and tampons is a known carcinogen and leaves detectable residuals in bleached products. It is also linked to immune system suppression, reproductive issues and cancer.

Besides plastics and dioxins, conventional sanitary pads can also contain other potentially hazardous ingredients, such as odor neutralizers and fragrances.

Synthetics and plastic restrict airflow and trap heat and dampness, potentially promoting yeast and bacteria growth in your vaginal area.

Tampons can react with bacteria in your body to create the ideal environment for bacteria to flourish, triggering potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS)

The absorbency of tampons also causes less serious but very unpleasant problems, upsetting the natural pH balance of the vagina and drying it out, which can lead to discomfort, itching, rashes and infections.