The topic of sustainability has now also arrived in menstrual hygiene. However, according to a gynecologist, homemade tampons for repeated use are a dangerous trend.
There is much to be said for making oneself as independent as possible from industrially produced mass-produced goods. The do-it-yourself trend is still on the rise. In the best case, this can help to avoid environmental pollution, environmentally harmful production conditions and a high volume of waste. This idea has meanwhile also reached hygiene articles, including tampons. Of course you can also make these yourself and also reuse them, but that’s a dangerous idea, as the gynecologist Jen Gunter told the online magazine “forbes.com”.
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The desire for more sustainable tampons
Every woman who uses tampons uses an average of well over 9,000 of them in the course of her life. And there are those who get lost somehow, not counting at all. Tampons are industrial single-use products and so it is not surprising that there is now a niche for more sustainable and, above all, more environmentally friendly products.
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The industrial product tampon
After all, women knew how to help each other even before the invention of the industrially manufactured wadding tampon. A type of tampon made from soft papyrus sheets already existed in ancient Egypt. The modern style tampon was developed in America in the 1930s. And it wasn’t until 1947 that the ob brand (which stands for “without a bandage”) established the tampon on the German market. The mass-produced item has since celebrated a success story because most women prefer the tampon to a pad, special underwear or the menstrual cup. However, the industrial product does not do particularly well in terms of sustainability.
Homemade tampons as an alternative
That is why in the past few years especially The focus was on two aspects: the possibility of making tampons yourself and their reusability. Both are quite possible. Tampons can be crocheted from wool and these pieces can then also be cleaned in the washing machine. And so there are now countless instructions on how to crochet yourself on the Internet or to corresponding finished products. Sounds good, but it’s dangerous.
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E.in dangerous trend
A.At “forbes.com” gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter quoted as follows: “Crocheted tampons are so far yet completely untested. We have no knowledge of their hygienic properties or how to clean them properly. “In your opinion, there is a greatly increased risk of contracting the notorious Toxic Shock Syndrome, a bacterial infection that can lead to complete circulatory and organ failure In 1980 1,365 women died of it in the USA alone, the cause at the time being inferior industrial tampons.
Deaths that could be attributed to crocheted tampons are not yet documented. Currently still In any case, no woman should expose herself to unpredictable risks.
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