Plastic waste continues to be a major global issue. And among the known contributors to the problem is the waste that comes from menstrual products like disposable sanitary pads and tampons. So, it’s not surprising to see more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives emerging these days. In addition to reusable pads and menstrual cups, crocheted tampons seem to be another viable solution to your period problems.
At a glance, this new wave of reusable and washable tampons seems promising at first. Of course, in an effort to be more environmentally conscious, more people are now ditching disposable items for reusable ones. And feminine hygiene products are no exception.
Just imagine not having to spend money on a pack of pads or tampons for three months, at the very least. It might not be a significant saving, but at least you would still get to save a few bucks. Besides, you would also get to save Mother Earth in your own little way.
So, the question is, are crocheted tampons really safe?
Unfortunately, experts strongly advise against using them, citing irritation and infection as probable risks of using thereof. What’s even worse is that it may also lead to toxic shock syndrome. Dr. Leila Frodsham, consultant gynecologist and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, warns about using such products.
“We do not recommend reusable crochet tampons as they have not been tested effectively and could have harmful effects for women. It is not known how to clean crochet tampons appropriately, to avoid any build-up of bacteria on the tampon, and in the vagina, which may lead to toxic shock syndrome.”
Unlike typical menstrual products, reusable tampons, particularly those sold online, might have not undergone proper tests and procedures. For all we know, they might have not secured a permit from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well.
They also have them in toy form for cats or hanging on your Christmas tree as a very ‘unique’ decoration
As most of these products are DIY, it’s hard to guarantee the reliability of craftsmanship or even the quality of the materials used. As such, to be safe, doctors recommend using reusable sanitary pads and menstrual cups instead. These are not only more sustainable options but are much safer as well.
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