Some of us may be old enough to remember Toxic Shock Syndrome in the 1980s, where certain tampons, specifically Proctor and Gamble’s Rely brand, contributed to serious bacterial infections in women. A different kind of toxicity comes from the repeated exposure over a lifetime of tampon use, particularly exposure to potential hormone-disrupting chemicals and carcinogenic dioxin, a residual of the bleaching process. We need a massive increase in funding for and focus on women’s differential exposures to toxic chemicals, particularly through highly absorptive vaginal tissues, from certain classes of personal care products. A recent article in Time magazine summarized some of the work of Ami Zota at George Washington University and the non-profit Women’s Voices for the Earth.