PFAS Tampon and Pads Contamination
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tested 23 types and brands of tampons, along with 46 sanitary napkin or pads for fluorine levels which are an indicator that the products contain PFAS. Results indicated that five types or brands of tampons, along with 22 types of pads were found to have toxic levels of fluorine, including several that were advertised as “organic”.
- Maxim Hygiene Organic Cotton Cardboard Applicator Tampons
- OrganYc Complete Protection Tampons (made with organic cotton)
- Playtex SPORT Regular & Super Tampons
- Tampax Cardboard Applicator Unscented Tampons
- Up & Up (Target Brand) Regular Tampons
- Cora The Got-You-Covered Liner Organic Cotton Topsheet
- Rael Organic Cotton Cover Panty Liners
Women who used tampons or pads which may have contained PFAS may have been placed at risk of harm and may be eligible for compensation.
PFAS Known to be Toxic
Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are long-lasting chemical which may cause harmful effects in humans and animals. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” as they break down very slowly and remain persistent in the environment and accumulate in the body over long periods of time.
PFAS toxic health effects may include:
- Reproductive effects including decreased fertility and increased pregnancy complications
- Slow fetal development and low birth weight
- Developmental effects in children including accelerated puberty, bone abnormalities and behavioral changes
- Increased rates of certain cancers
- Hormonal interference or disruption
- Metabolic effects such as increased cholesterol and obesity
PFAS found in health products may be absorbed through inhalation, ingestion, and skin exposure. Tampons and feminine hygiene pads contaminated with PFAS may pose additional harm if the chemicals are absorbed through the mucous membranes such as the vaginal tract.
New PFAS Sanitary Products Investigation
New reports indicate that hygiene products including popular tampons and pads still on the market may also be contaminated with PFAS.
Women who used tampons or pads which contained PFAS may have been placed at risk of harm and may be eligible for compensation.