At a glance, this new wave of reusable and washable tampons seems promising at first. Of course, in an effort to be more environmentally conscious, more people are now ditching disposable items for reusable ones. And feminine hygiene products are no exception.
Unfortunately, experts strongly advise against using them, citing irritation and infection as probable risks of using thereof. What’s even worse is that it may also lead to toxic shock syndrome. Dr. Leila Frodsham, consultant gynecologist and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, warns about using such products.
“We do not recommend reusable crochet tampons as they have not been tested effectively and could have harmful effects for women. It is not known how to clean crochet tampons appropriately, to avoid any build-up of bacteria on the tampon, and in the vagina, which may lead to toxic shock syndrome.”