New Study Finds Lead, Arsenic and Other Metals in Tampons

A new study has found that tampons contain several metals, including arsenic and lead.

“Our results highlight the need for regulations requiring manufacturers to test for metals in tampons,” the study said.

The study, published by Environment International on July 3, analyzed 30 tampons from 14 tampon brands and found that they contained measurable concentrations of the following metals:

  • Arsenic.
  • Barium.
  • Calcium.
  • Cadmium.
  • Cobalt.
  • Chromium.
  • Copper.
  • Iron.
  • Manganese.
  • Mercury.
  • Nickel.
  • Lead.
  • Selenium.
  • Strontium.
  • Vanadium.
  • Zinc.

“Although toxic metals are ubiquitous and we are exposed to low levels at all times, our study clearly shows that metals are also present in menstrual products and that women may be at higher risk of exposure when using these products,” said Kathrin Schilling, co-author of the study.

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Exposure to metals in tampons poses a ‘significant potential risk of public concern’

According to a press release about the study, tampons “are of particular concern as a potential source of exposure to chemicals, including metals, because vaginal skin has a higher potential for chemical absorption than skin on other parts of the body.”

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