HealthHeavy metals in tampons: New study raises health concerns

Heavy metals in tampons: New study raises health concerns

Are tampons dangerous?
Are tampons dangerous?
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11:39 AM EDT, July 7, 2024

It might seem that tampons are one of the safest hygiene products women use during menstruation. However, it turns out that their composition can include substances harmful to our health.

In the pages of the magazine Environment International, scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, published the results of research on tampons from 14 popular brands. Experts admitted that heavy metals were found in all of them. Does this mean that using these types of hygiene products is dangerous?

Dangerous substances found in tampons

The study's lead author, Jenni A. Shearston, emphasized that until now, there have not been many studies on what exactly is in tampons. This is a mistake because the skin around the intimate areas is very delicate and absorbs substances it comes into contact with very well.

Scientists examined as many as 30 types of tampons available in the USA, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. They were looking for substances such as arsenic, barium, calcium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, mercury, nickel, lead, selenium, strontium, vanadium, and zinc. Unfortunately, they found that the above metals are present in all the tested products.

However, it is worth noting that the amount of each substance in the tampons varied. It depended, among other things, on where they were sold, what brand they were, and what materials they were made from.

Are tampons dangerous?

It isn't easy to pinpoint one specific reason for the presence of metals in tampons. Metals could have been introduced through water, air, soil, or during production. This does not mean, however, that they should be entirely discarded.

Scientists noted that they were unable to determine whether the amount of metals found in tampons could negatively impact women's health. Further studies are needed for this purpose.

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