Natural Feminine Products Phoenix AZ

Since about half of reported TSS cases occur in women using tampons, it's wise to choose menstrual products that are least likely to contribute to it. TSS, which is caused by bacterial toxins, is a rare but potentially fatal disease.

Victor Kissil, DO
(602) 942-2310
2302 W Greenway Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Business
Deer Valley Ob/Gyn
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Teresa Malcolm
(602) 406-3538
350 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Candice Tong
(602) 406-3517
350 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Carol Ann Hahn, MD
(602) 265-9161
333 E Osborn Rd Ste 340
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Good Samaritan Reg Med Ctr, Phoenix, Az; St Josephs Hosp & Med Ctr, Phoenix, Az
Group Practice: Central Phoenix Women's Health

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Cristina Carballo
(602) 277-4161
300 W Clarendon Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Armity Simon, MD
(480) 860-2322
9070 E Desert Cove
Scottsdale, AZ
Business
Armity Simon, MD, PC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, APIPA, Great West, United Health Care, Maricopa Foundation
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Scottsdale Healthcare Shea
Residency Training: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, 1988
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology American Medical Association Member American Fertility Society Member Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons Member
Awards: Dean's Award-Indiana University School of Medicine President of Graduating Class Indiana School of Medicine Summa Cum Laude Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society-Indiana State University
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish,Persian

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Kristi L Herbst
(602) 240-2401
650 W Maryland Ave Ste 1
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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James R Mouer
(602) 406-3715
500 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Richard Charles Zacher, MD
(602) 264-9359
5 H Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1962

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Nathan T Lepp
(602) 277-4161
300 W Clarendon Ave #375
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Natural Beauty - Protecting Yourself from Feminine Protection

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By Anna Soref

For many women, choosing a monthly supply of menstrual products is a no-brainer—toss some tampons and pads into the shopping cart, and it’s on to the toothpaste aisle. But there may be more than meets the eye to these seemingly simple products.

Most conventional menstrual products contain synthetic fibers that may be a factor in toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Many of them also contain perfumes and other potentially harmful chemicals that may pose long-term health consequences. By learning how to choose these products carefully and use them properly, you can avoid health risks without sacrificing protection.

Ingredients matter

Of all the personal hygiene products, the tampon raises the most important health issues because it sits for hours surrounded by some of the female body’s most porous membranes. “The vagina absorbs quite readily,” says Dr. Philip M. Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at New York University Medical Center. “When you put a chemical substance in the vagina, it’s in the bloodstream a half hour later.”

No wonder it’s important to know what’s in your tampons. And that should be as easy as reading the label, right? Well, not really. No one requires tampon manufacturers to list ingredients on their packages, so you need some savvy if you want to make wise choices.

Since about half of reported TSS cases occur in women using tampons, it’s wise to choose menstrual products that are least likely to contribute to it. TSS, which is caused by bacterial toxins, is a rare but potentially fatal disease. A lot of controversy exists over what it is about tampons that increases TSS risk, but two widely agreed-upon factors are the tampon’s absorbency and amount of time it is left in place. Another less clear factor may be the material from which the tampon is made. As a rule, most conventional tampons are made of rayon or a cotton/rayon blend. Rayon is a synthetic fiber made from wood pulp, and while it is more absorbent than cotton, Tierno claims it increases a woman’s risk of TSS. “Rayon provides a perfect chemical condition for production of staph [Staphylococcus aureus, the bacterium usually responsible for TSS],” says Tierno. And he asserts that not one case of TSS has resulted from a 100 percent cotton tampon.

Dioxin presents another reason to be concerned about the rayon or conventional cotton used in tampons. A byproduct from the chlorine used to bleach those fibers, dioxin is a probable carcinogen, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Until several years ago, conventional feminine protection manufacturers were using chlorine to bleach the wood pulp used in their products. Under pressure from the FDA, manufacturers abandoned this chlorine bleach and now use hydrogen peroxide or chlorine dioxide (a different agent from chlorine). But the FDA recently reported that traces of dioxin are still present in mainstream tampon products—even 100 percent cotton ones.

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