May 18, 2015
I remember shaking in the bathroom when I finally got my first period at sixteen, calling up my best friend who’d used tampons for years. How did she get it to go in? How was it supposed to fit up there? Could it get stuck? Though they were a normal part of life for most women, my sixteen year old self wondered if using a tampon was safe.
…”Vaginal tissue is lined with permeable mucous membranes, which protect the body from bacteria, but which can also easily absorb or be irritated by other chemicals,” explains Alex Scranton, director of Science and Research at Women’s Voices For The Earth, a group that advocates more research into menstrual products’ safety, on the group’s blog. These vaginal membranes are filled with blood vessels, which allow any chemical they are exposed to to be easily absorbed into your bloodstream…