Tampax Tampons are made from the same ingredients as most other feminine care products on the market, as the primary ingredients used in include purified cotton and rayon. Tampax Pure and Clean differs as it includes a 100% cotton core and are uniquely designed to provide anti-leak protection, comfort, and discretion.
Cotton and rayon are proven and completely safe for use in feminine products. In fact, they both have a long history of safe use. The purified cotton is a plant-based ingredient treated for usage and rayon is a synthetic component in our tampons that you might not be so familiar with – both are widely accepted as safe for use by physicians, scientists and health authorities. We do extensive safety assessments to make sure the millions of women who use Tampax each day can do so with confidence. We have our assessments reviewed by these independent experts who oversee tampon safety. These experts have confirmed that our tampons and the materials used to make them can be used safely. You can learn more about the safety of our tampons here.
Why do we need all these ingredients in our products? They provide you the most comfortable and protective tampon. Explore the graphic below to learn more about the components that make up the different Tampax tampons, what they’re made of and what each does to help ensure that your use is as easy and safe as possible.
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Are Our Tampon Ingredients Safe?
Yes, our tampons can be used safely. Tampax has helped millions of women to live their lives during their periods since we were founded in 1936. Tampax has always been there to protect you for your most important moments, and that protection begins with your safety. Our tampon safety assessments and ingredients have been reviewed by independent experts including physicians, university scientists, and health authorities who oversee tampon safety and they have confirmed that our tampons can be used safely. In fact, many women don’t know that tampons are medical devices in the U.S., so they are required to meet the strict safety expectations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
QUESTIONS ABOUT TAMPONS AND TSS
QUESTIONS ABOUT ALLERGIES AND FRAGRANCES IN TAMPONS
GENERAL INGREDIENT QUESTIONS
Because we think it is important that women have the facts about TSS, we want to share with you this additional information.
Do Your Tampon Ingredients Cause TSS?
TSS is a rare but serious illness and the most up-to-date scientific information assures that TSS is not affected by the ingredients currently used to make tampons. Regardless of what the tampon ingredients are, it is really important for you to know the signs and symptoms of TSS and what you can do to reduce your risk. Check out the information here or in the leaflet that comes in our tampon packs.
What Is TSS?
Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare, but potentially serious illness often associated with tampon use. It’s believed to be caused by toxin-producing strains of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. In a very small number of people, certain strains of this organism produce a toxin that can cause TSS. Most people have antibodies in their bloodstream to protect them from getting the illness. Read here for important information about TSS.
I Have Read That All-Cotton Tampons Have a Lower Risk of TSS or Even No Risk of TSS. Is This True?
No, this is simply not true. TSS is an extremely rare but serious disease. It is not ‘caused’ by a tampon nor is the risk of developing TSS impacted by the ingredients in a tampon, whether 100% cotton, organic cotton, or a cotton/rayon blend. The most up-to-date scientific information available today assures that tampons made with rayon ingredients and tampons made with cotton ingredients have similar risks of TSS.
In fact, TSS can occur with any product put into the vagina, such as menstrual cups, tampons, contraceptive diaphragms, contraceptive sponges, and cervical caps.
When using any of these products, it is important that women remain aware of the signs and symptoms of TSS, and to remove the product and get medical help if they experience TSS symptoms. For more information read this article.
I Read That 100% Organic Cotton Tampons Are Safer Than Tampons With Rayon Or Other Synthetic Materials. Is This True?
No; it is misleading as it may cause girls and women to think that they are protected from TSS by using all-cotton tampons. The most up-to-date scientific information available today assures that tampons made with rayon ingredients and tampons made with cotton ingredients have similar risks of TSS.
What About The Synthetic Materials In Your Tampons. Do They Increase My Risk Of Getting TSS?
No, they do not. Our safety assessments of these additional components of our tampons have been reviewed by independent experts including physicians, scientists, and health authorities who oversee tampon safety. These experts confirm that our tampons and the materials used to make them can be used safely.
Will I Get Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) If I Use Your Tampons?
All tampons in the market today, whether 100% cotton, organic cotton, or a cotton/rayon blend, are associated with a low risk of TSS. The best way to manage TSS regardless of what tampon you purchased is to be aware of the signs and symptoms of TSS, to remove the tampon right away, and to call a health care provider should you experience these symptoms while using a tampon. For more information read this article.
Are Scented Tampons Ingredients Safe? Won’t They Be Irritating And Make Me Itch Down There?
Your safety is at the foundation of everything we do, so like our unscented tampons, our scented tampons can be used safely. We make sure the materials and ingredients that are used in our tampons, including the fragrance in our scented products, should not be irritating, cause itching, or cause an allergic reaction. Additionally, the fragrance used in our tampons meets the strict safety standards set by the International Fragrance Association, the world’s leading authority on fragrance safety. We recommend our unscented tampons for those who prefer fragrance-free products or who may already have allergies or sensitivity to fragrances.
Are Your Tampons Hypoallergenic Or In Other Words, Will They Cause Allergies?
All of our products go through a rigorous safety evaluation to make sure they can be used safely. For a further step, the fragrances used in our tampons meet the strict safety standards set by the International Fragrance Association, the world’s leading authoritative body on fragrance safety. Our products are clearly labeled for those who prefer to use unscented tampons.
Why Aren’t Your Tampons Made Of 100% Cotton?
We know that no two women are the same, and neither are their periods or their choices. All Tampax products meet rigorous safety and effectiveness standards, regardless of what they are made of, and there’s a choice of product for every woman, every period. That’s why we have Tampax Pure and Clean tampons that is made of 100% cotton. Our mission is to make sure that women have the choices they want when it comes to period protection – and the Pure and Clean collection from Tampax and Always is now one of those choices. It was created for women who want tampons or pads made with simple ingredients that they can count on, but who are dissatisfied with current options in the “naturals” category due to leaks or discomfort. Pure and Clean offers women the trusted comfort and period protection women expect from Tampax and Always, and simple ingredients free of dyes, fragrance, and chlorine bleaching.
Do Your Plastic Applicators Have BPA (Bisphenol A)?
No, they do not. Tampax plastic applicators are made with a plastic that does not use BPA.
Are Tampax Tampons Made Of “Superabsorbent” Material?
No, our tampons do not contain any "superabsorbent" material.
Do Tampax Tampons Use Chlorine Bleach Ingredients?
No, production of the absorbent materials in Tampax involves only elemental chlorine-free purification processing.
Why Is Any Bleaching Done On Tampax Materials?
Bleaching is the technical term for fiber cleaning and purification. Purification of cotton and rayon is done to eliminate the impurities and clean the fibers. Whitening the fibers is a result of this process, but not its goal.
I’ve Heard Talk That Tampons Contain Toxic Amounts Of Dioxin. Is This True?
No, the cotton and rayon purification involves an elemental chlorine-free process which does not cause the production of dioxin. The FDA has addressed this topic on their website. Please visit their tampon information at this website.
Is There Asbestos In Tampax Tampons?
No, Tampax has never contained asbestos. For additional information, please visit this website.
What Does The FDA Have To Say About Dioxin, Asbestos, Rayon, And TSS Concerns?
The FDA has addressed these topics on their website. Please visit their tampon information at this website.