The Mooncup is a reusable silicone cup that provides a safe alternative to traditional sanitary pads and tampons for women during their menstrual cycle. Many health-conscious women are slowly becoming aware of the advantages of using this healthier method of sanitary protection.
The average woman will go through over 15,000 tampons during her lifetime, and most are completely unaware of the hidden dangers that lurk in seemingly innocent feminine hygiene products. Sanitary products are currently considered by the FDA to be medical devices; and, manufacturers are therefore not required to list the ingredients and materials contained therein, although almost all contain a potent chemical cocktail that slowly enters the bloodstream and leeches into the vital organs. The tampon and pad industry is a multimillion dollar empire that spends a fortune on clever advertising that plays down the risks associated with using sanitary products, and they have managed to convince an entire generation of women that tampons and pads are their only options for staying fresh and clean during their monthly cycle. These dangers are not associated with using the mooncup and other safe, alternative and effective sanitary products that do not release toxic chemicals into the body, or do further harm to the environment by creating enormous amounts of waste.
Cancer-causing Ingredients in Sanitary Products
Conventioal tampons and sanitary pads will always be sold as clean and white to attempt to reassure women that they are using a safe and hygienic product without any contaminates or chemical additives. The reality is, all sanitary products including diapers and nursing pads contain a chemical called dioxin, which is a by-product of the bleaching process that manufacturers use. Dioxin is a known carcinogen that has a cumulative effect in the body, and according to the Tampon Safety and Research Act of 1999, it can remain present in the system for up to 20 years. It has been linked to pelvic inflammatory disease, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and even birth defects. The cotton contained inside sanitary products is usually from genetically modified (GMO) crops that have been sprayed with a variety of pesticides and herbicides all of which find their way into the body over time. Sanitary napkins also contain the same amount of plastic as four plastic shopping bags, which not only restricts the flow of air to the genital area, it creates a huge environmental problem regarding waste disposal.
Mooncup Offers an Alternative Solution
Thankfully there are many solutions for women looking for safe alternatives, and many are kinder to the environment as well as the body. Many pharmacies now carry some form of organic sanitary pads that are chlorine free, and in many cases can be reused after sterilization. The Mooncup has recently been gaining popularity, and it is comprised of a soft silicon cup that is inserted into the vagina and can be worn for up to twelve hours at a time. It is then removed and emptied, and can be reused for up to 10 years without having to be replaced. It is constructed from medical grade silicon which is safe for use in the body, and many women have switched to this form of sanitary protection after finding it more comfortable and effective than traditional methods. The cup is available in two different sizes, one for women under 30 who have not given birth, and another for older women and those who have given birth vaginally. It is available for purchase from all major pharmacies or online. It works by collecting menstrual fluid instead of absorbing it through chemically treated material, and is suitable for any type of flow.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and any chemicals that come into contact with it are almost instantly absorbed and distributed throughout the entire system. Delicate mucous membranes and vaginal tissues are highly susceptible to the onslaught of chemicals contained within conventional sanitary products. As individuals become more aware of the dangers of chemical additives in food and personal care items, they will choose to avoid products containing GMOs and those sprayed with pesticides. The same awareness must be applied to the products that come into contact with the skin as they are just as dangerous to the body and the immune system.
Humans are constantly bombarded with toxins from the air, food, water supply, and products used for health and sanitation purposes, that contribute to the declining health of the general population. Limiting the exposure to chemicals of this nature will allow the body to repair damaged tissues and cleanse the system of toxins absorbed from healthcare products. Substituting traditional methods of sanitary protection for safer alternatives such as the mooncup, will not only help prolong long-term health, it will also benefit the planet by cutting down on excess waste and save you a little money on the side.
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