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Is rayon safe to use in tampons?

Yes. Much like cotton and other natural plant fibers, rayon is made from cellulose and has been used in Tampax® tampons for more than 25 years. Extensive testing by a number of leading scientists at Harvard, Dartmouth, University of Minnesota and the Centers for Disease Control has demonstrated that rayon and cotton are equally safe materials

Do Tampax® tampons contain dioxin?

No. The methods we use to analyze for dioxin are the most advanced government-approved testing methods available, and can detect even minute amounts of dioxin, if present. Tampax® contains no dioxin.

Why is bleaching done on the raw materials used to make Tampax® tampons? Is it done only to whiten the fibers?

Purification of the cellulose fibers used to make rayon and purification of cotton are done to eliminate the impurities which would inhibit our ability to make clean absorbent fibers. By cleaning the fibers in this manner, we can make a better performing product with fewer raw materials, which has clear benefits for the environment. Whitening the fibers is a result of this process, but not its goal.

Do Tampax® tampons contain asbestos?

Absolutely not. There is no asbestos in Tampax® tampons, nor has there ever been such a material in the product.

Can tampons cause endometriosis or cancer?

No. Tampon use is widely accepted by medical professionals for menstrual protection, and there is absolutely no scientific evidence that tampons lead to the development of endometriosis or cancer. We regularly review our tampon safety information with independent experts -- doctors, nurses and other scientists -- to help make sure Tampax® remains a menstrual protection product that women can use with confidence.

How often should I change my tampon to avoid Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)?

There is a small risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) associated with tampon use. To reduce the risk of menstrual TSS, use a tampon with the least amount of absorbency needed to control your menstrual flow. You can also reduce the risk of TSS by alternating your tampon use with feminine pads. Remember that a tampon should always be changed every 4-8 hours.
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