Tampons linked to infertility?

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Do you believe that tampons can cause or exacerbate fertility issues?

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Tampons linked to infertility?

Postby Tipper916 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:10 pm

I was really bored at work today and since the witch just showed her face the other day I decided that I would do some research on any studies where there may have been links between tampon usage and infertility. While there were no definitive studies either way (that I could find) I found a lot of anecdotal "evidence" that really made me think about my choice, now that I'm TTC and even beyond this. Inasmuch as I hate wearing pads, I think I'm gonna switch back to them for a while. At least while we're TTC. I don't know for sure if this even necessary, but for me personally, pads just make more sense. Even if you're changing your tampon as often as you should, how do you know with 100% certainty that using tampons isn't affecting your ability to conceive?

"Female Problems" run in my family and out of all of the women in my family (eight) who have had ovarian cysts, hysterectomies, endometriosis and other such problems, myself and my cousin (who is my mom's twin's daughter) are the only ones who have not had any of these problems. I have another cousin who is 6 months younger than I am, who has endometriosis and has used tampons her entire life (since puberty). I, however, did not start using tampons until my mid to late 20's. Waaay after my DS was born. Now don't get me wrong, this could just be a coincidence. I realize that there are MANY women who have used tampons faithfully and have had no trouble conceiving MULTIPLE children, but with all of the toxins (dioxin, which in high levels can be very toxic) and the risks (TSS or toxic shock syndrome) it stands to reason that maybe pads are a better (even if only for the short-term) option.

Sorry that this is soooo long, but I've been thinking about it all day and would love to hear your preferences and opinions.
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Postby rileysmommy06 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:16 am

I just quit using tampons because of all of the chemicals in them. I'm now using a Diva Cup, and I LOVE it!!!! Rather than using chemicals to absorb/suck all of the fluid out of you, it simply catches the flow. It's easy to use, and you won't be spending money on pads every month!

Here's a link if you'd like to check it out!
http://www.divacup.com/?gclid=CLDzpPih_ ... agodd0_IDQ
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Postby Tipper916 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:54 am

Thanks for reading my post, RileysMommy. I checked out that link to the DivaCup website. When I initially saw it, I thought I sounded disgusting! *LoL* but then I kept reading and I actually started to warm up to the idea. I'm definitely not using tampons anymore and pads suck! Hehe, so I think I might give the DivaCup a shot. Luckily, I'm already on CD4 so I won't be needing it this time around, but I'm gonna order it for next month just in case DF's little guys don't meet my eggie during O time. Thanks so much for opening my eyes to other methods!
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Postby babydust2me » Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:46 am

I actually never thought about tampons causing any problems. I've been using them probably since not long after I started having periods. I don't really remember when I started but I remember being in middle school and hearing other girls freaking out about where you put a tampon and I had no problem with it because I was already using them. The Diva Cups are interesting but I'm pretty squeamish about the idea. It doesn't increase your risk of infection down there?
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Postby Tipper916 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:08 pm

I initially felt the same way when I read the description, but I'm sure it probably just takes a little getting used to. I felt squeamish about tampons for the longest time. It wasn't until I had my DS that I got over that. You'll be surprised how much less grossed out you are by things once you have a kid! Especially a boy! *LoL* anyway, w/ the whole tampon thing, yesterday I really started to think about a lot of things. All the chemicals and unnatural materials that are used to manufacture tampons. The different levels of absorbency. Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds since tampons were first created, but something just seems "off" about them now that I think about it. It seems completely unnatural. Our bodies go through so many changes every month to basically prepare to make a baby and using tampons almost seems counterproductive when I think about the entire process. We're using all these "remedies" to increase our CM but just a week or so prior to starting those efforts, we're drying the environment out? Sorry if I'm rambling or babbling. I'm just trying to articulate the thought process behind this whole issue. Anyway, GL to you and lots of BabyDust!
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Postby Bebe4me » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:30 am

:roll: ........This post really has me thinking. As much as I hate a pad sometimes we have to sacrifice.
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Postby Tipper916 » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:50 am

That's exactly how I feel. No more tampons for me. I used pads this cycle and if I'm not preggo by next cycle I'm gonna try the DivaCup.
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Postby PixieB » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:00 pm

For me it doesn't sound realistic that tampons would interfere with your fertility, given AF is your body cleansing out the uterine lining from the previous cycle. So long as you're changing them regularly you're not likely to get an infection.

Especially when you consider that there's at least a week between the end of AF and ovulation. It doesn't seem likely that anything would stay in your body (barring a serious infection which one would hope you'd notice and go to your doc to get dealt with properly) given the flow of CM, gravity etc.

If you want a more natural option, I've heard of women using sea sponges, just giving them a good rinse under the tap every couple of hours. :dunno:
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Postby victoria_1024 » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:22 pm

I don't know for sure about tampons and infertility, but I know that putting tampons in your body is really not great because they used bleach to make the tampons white. A natural tampon would look more yellowish and so they bleach them to make them appear white and clean, even though they are clean before! Putting bleach into your body is never a great idea! You can actually buy natural tampons through some different websites.
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Postby astrila » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:09 am

I also agree that tampons are unnatural and can cause problems, for all the great reasons pp already discussed. When my mom taught me about menstruation and whatnot as a tween, she also told me that tampons were very unhealthy for your body and should only be used in dire circumstances, so from the very start I've never used tampons and I don't ever plan to either, unless some "dire" circumstance comes my way, like a super duper cool, once in a lifetime pool party or something like that.

I don't think anyone "likes" pads, but I do think they're the healthiest option. I also don't think the Diva cup is a good option either. Your body is trying to cleanse itself, and keeping a pool of blood inside your vagina is not the way to go. Excess moisture is never a good idea, and messing with the natural circulation pattern down there just doesn't seem like a good idea either. Since ancient times women have used pads of some sort, and I think nothing that's been invented so far is healthier than that. Pads collect it after it's done flowing out of your body, in the natural way.

I use a combination of NatraCare, for spotting and light days, Seventh Generation for medium and heavy days, and Always for overnight the first 2 nights (toxic, I know, but I have very heavy periods and 7th Gen just doesn't cut it for the first 2 heavy nights)
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