94% of the cotton produced in the United States is genetically modified. Genetically modified crops are sprayed with the herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate. Glyphosate was recently declared by WHO to cause cancer in humans and has lead the California EPA to make Monsanto label glyphosate containing products as a carcinogen. Now, in a recent study conducted out of the University of La Plata in Argentina it has been found that 85% of tampons contain traces of glyphosate.
Via Marcos Brindicci:
All of the raw and sterile cotton gauze analyzed in the study showed evidence of glyphosate, said Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s head researcher.
“Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent,” Marino told Télam news agency.
“The result of this research is very serious, when you use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or for personal hygiene uses, thinking they are sterilized products, and the results show that they are contaminated with a probably carcinogenic substance,” said Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, president of the congress.
“Most of the cotton production in the country is GM [genetically modified] cotton that is resistant to glyphosate. It is sprayed when the bud is open and the glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product,” Avila continued.
Companies that produce feminine hygiene products do not have to disclose what ingredients are in their products. This is an important issue for all women to take notice of as infertility or certain types of cancer could be linked to the ingredients of the products we choose to use when we have our periods. So how do you avoid feminine hygiene products that contain carcinogens? Make sure you buy organic tampons and pads or use a menstrual cup, such as the DivaCup. If buying organic pads or tampons is not in your budget, menstrual cups may be your best option as they are reusable and made out of medical-grade silicone.