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New Patent Analysis Shows Toxic Risk From Tampons
Date:7/14/2014

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What’s in a Tampon Anyway?
Scranton’s research shows that while manufacturers disclose the main components of tampons, the list usually looks something like this: “Rayon and/or cotton fiber, polyethylene overwrap, cotton cord, cardboard applicator.” What’s missing is the disclosure of the other potential absorptive materials, additives, fragrances, and potential contaminants that can be found in tampons. Public patent documents acquired by WVE and held by tampon and pad manufacturer Procter & Gamble (US Patent #6,840,927) indicate a number of other chemicals they may be adding to tampons, including:

  •     Creped cellulose wadding
  •     Meltblown polymers
  •     Chemically-stiffened fibers, polyester fibers, peat moss, foam
  •     Tissue wraps and laminates
  •     Super absorbent gels and open-celled foams

Examples of additives that may be used in tampons include:

  •     Myreth-3-myristate (as lubricant) (US Patent # 5,591,123)
  •     Natural and synthetic zeolites (as odor-absorbing particles) (US Patent # 5,161,686)
  •     Alcohol ethoxylates
  •     Glycerol esters, polysorbate-20 (as surfactants to disperse fragrance)
  •     Unnamed anti-bacterial agents (US Patent # 8,585,668)

Scented tampons are infused with fragrance, which could be made up of combinations of any of nearly 3,000 different chemicals. Examples of potentially harmful chemicals that have been found in fragrance include:

  •     Cancer-causing chemicals including: styrene, pyridine, methyleugenol, butylated
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