Do tampons have effects on fertility?


Do tampons have effects on fertility?

It’s one of those things about monthly hygiene. The perfect solution for everyone does not (yet) seem to exist. Every product has its advantages and disadvantages.


Bandages, for example, can itch and lead to unpleasant sweating moments in the underpants, especially in midsummer. The advantage, however, is that they are used externally, so they do not have to be inserted. With menstrual cups you have to try your hand at the different sizes and offers until you find the right one for you and for some the handling with the insertion and emptying can be unpleasant and unfamiliar. But they are very sustainable, environmentally friendly and you have got used to their use, also very practical.


Tampons are among the most popular monthly hygiene products. They are available in different versions, with or without applicator (especially popular on the US market), and with wings on some models to increase leakage safety. Truths and rumours circulate about the disadvantages of tampon use. One of them occurs again and again, especially in the child desire community, namely that tampons should make infertile.


Tampons are inserted into the vagina and remain in the woman’s body for a few hours. Not only do they absorb the menstrual blood, they also absorb some vaginal fluid.  This can help the vagina to dry out. Depending on the product and manufacture, tampons can release harmful substances into the bloodstream or impede air circulation between the vagina and the outside world, which can lead to infections.  Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is known from the media and is also warned about on every tampon pack.


Unfortunately, it is not always easy to determine which materials are actually used for the production of tampons, as either the composition is not declared on the packaging, or the ingredients are vaguely stated. How exactly certain components of tampons affect the fertility of women needs to be clarified and is the subject of current research. To generally claim that tampons would have a negative effect on fertility is too hasty and simply wrong at this point in time. The necessary long-term studies and research results are still pending.

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