There is a significant amount of information in the media about toxins in foods and daily household products – makeup, detergents, toothpaste, sunscreen, shampoo, nail polish, and perfume. However, there is barely a whisper in the media about The Robin Danielson Act of 2014 and the risks of using tampons and pads made from synthetic fibers, undisclosed perfumes and dioxin – a known cancer producing toxin. It’s shocking that in 2014 there remains a lack of transparency about the risks associated with menstrual hygiene products!
Here’s an except from The Robin Danielson Act of 2014 petition submitted by the Society of Menstrual Cycle Research:
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has recently introduced into Congress a piece of legislation, HR 4746, The Robin Danielson Act, that would advance the menstrual health and safety of girls and women everywhere. This legislation is necessary to provide women with accurate information about the safety of menstrual products and to increase awareness about the risk of TSS. The bill would require appropriate Federal agencies to conduct research and make available to the public information about the potential contaminants in menstrual products, particularly tampons and pads.
Just as it is important to be aware of the food you put in your body, the material you put in your vagina for long periods—month after month—year after year—matters too. I can’t help but wonder:
- Isn’t it time for women to know what kind of potential toxins are used in products they use during their monthly flow?
- Why has this critical piece of legislation been rejected and stalled for over two decades?
- Why is there only a 1% chance for this bill to pass?
- Even though the US Centers for Disease Control has conducted studies for over fifteen years and claims there is no evidence that rayon fibers increase the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, how realistic were those tests handled? If you look at the petition you’ll notice that many women still experience and even die from Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Please reach out to your congressman/woman and take a minute to sign the petition here! Share this information with other women!