Should You Stop Wearing Tampons?

in ancient Rome tampons were made of

wool Indonesians used vegetable fibers

and Japanese women used rolled up paper

the first commercial tampons were

launched in the 1930s and today women

use up to 12,000 menstrual hygiene

products per lifetime but is there a

better option should you stop wearing

tampons despite being a completely

normal biological process that half the

population faces menstruation is often

taboo the menstrual cycle begins every

28 days on average and repeats from

puberty to menopause every month in

response to the reproductive hormones

progesterone and estrogen the lining of

the uterus grows and thickens preparing

for a potential pregnancy however if

pregnancy doesn't occur progesterone

drops and the thickened lining sheds the

menstrual flow is a combination of this

uterine lining and blood from the

arteries in your uterus which is a

unique trait as few other species

menstruate at all and every other mammal

other than humans primates bats and the

adorable elephant shrew the endometrium

only thickens in response to getting

pregnant during menstruation 30 to 90

milliliters of fluid is lost and 81% of

women use tampons as the primary method

to absorb this blood at times in

combination with pads tampons use

exceptionally absorbent materials like

cotton and rayon that interacts strongly

with water and while cotton and rayon

are biodegradable the rest of the tampon

isn't contributing to 300 pounds of

waste in a woman's lifetime the

materials also provide an environment

that the bacteria staphylococcus like

which can lead to a rare but potentially

fatal disease known as toxic shock

syndrome as menstrual blood adds

neutralizing proteins to the vagina

which are normally more acidic its

ability to kill bacteria is reduced in

1983 more than 2,200 cases of toxic

shock syndrome were reported to the CDC

but by 1997 there were only five cases

this decrease is attributed to education

about tampons like the need to change it

at least every eight hours and using the

lowest absorbency for your flow on top

of this tampons can

to vaginal dryness and breakage in the

skin leaving you prone to further

infection on average women spend close

to $100 on tampons and pads a year which

are often taxed as luxury goods despite

being a basic necessity protests have

influenced governments like Canada to

remove the tampon tax but in many

lower-income nations the high price of

tampons causes girls to miss school in

South Africa 9 million girls ages 13 to

19 miss school because of a lack of

menstrual hygiene products or facilities

to change them throughout the day one

alternative solution to tampons is a

menstrual cup it's a non absorbent

reusable barrier cup that collects blood

the cost of the cup is significantly

less than tampons and is reusable for

multiple years it can also be worn for

12 hours meaning women can change it at

home as opposed to school or work and it

creates substantially less environmental

waste in a study where women aged 19 to

40 who had previously used tampons as

their main method were given menstrual

cups for 3 cycles and 91% said they

would continue to use the cup and

recommend it to others despite the

learning curve period blood could also

save your life scientists are developing

diagnostic tests that women can use at

home to monitor early signs of cancer

reproductive diseases sti's and

endometriosis using their menstrual

blood additionally stem cells found in

menstrual blood are more powerful than

those found in bone marrow these stem

cells can differentiate into 9 different

types of cells meaning period blood

might provide a potentially unlimited

easily collected inexpensive and without

ethical dilemma source of stem cells for

regenerative medicine from gross and

taboo to normal to potentially

life-saving periods are pretty cool

period if you want to learn interesting

scientific hacks to minimize physical

pain and emotional pain during your

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