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Week 49-Are scented tampons dangerous?

July 31, 2009

CottonPlantsmConsensual Text is featured on Twitter, along with other information relating to a range of topics.

Scented tampons are not good to use. Commercial tampon manufacturers use artificial fragrance to create flowery fresh scents.  The perfumes used can irritate vaginal walls and it’s also an easy way to get a yeast infection.   Although scented tampons are marketed, they are not recommended.

It is best to use unscented tampons. 

Scenting is also unnecessary-there shouldn’t be a bad odor from your period. If you think there is, try changing your tampon more often. If the odor continues, call your health care provider.

Ideally, you would also use tampons made of organic cotton.

According to Seventh Generation, there are some pretty good reasons for this:

“…an incredible 55 million pounds of pesticides are sprayed on cotton fields each year in the US… The World Health Organization classifies many of
these pesticides as “extremely or highly hazardous”. Five of the nine most commonly used cotton pesticides have been identified as possible human carcinogens. Others are known to damage the nervous system and are suspected of disrupting the body’s hormonal system.”

Not something you want near your fun parts.

On other related tampon questions,we are often asked: “can you masturbate with a tampon in your vagina?”

Yes, you can … if it’s comfortable for you, then there is no problem.

Some basic tampon advice:

  • Change tampons regularly – don’t leave in for a long time.
  • Don’t use scented tampons
  • Don’t leave a tampon in your vagina overnight
  • Try using organic cotton tampons – there are some good brands on the market

If you have any problems with odor or irritation, have it checked out.

Planned Parenthood of northern New England’s Education Department carefully selects all weekly questions. All questions are actual inquiries made to PPNNE by college-aged students.

Should you have a question you would like to see included, please send an email to goddess@ppnne.org

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