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by Bim Bam Boo Crew July 30, 2020 3 min read

Have you visited the doctor for pesky irritations down there, and you have no idea how you got it? News flash: it may be a result of the type of toilet paper you use. 
The average tree-based roll of toilet paper contains a gallon of chemicals. Including:
  • Chlorine
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Dyes
  • Formaldehyde

As a rule of thumb, the fluffier and more processed the fiber, the more chemicals the ultrasoft toilet paper contains. According to board-certified ob-gyn Pari Ghodsi, “Toilet Paper can irritate your vulva and your vagina, especially if you have sensitive skin.”

The Hidden Danger of Toxic-TP

Puffy, painful, itchy or swollen? Your toilet paper may be to blame. The unique skin of the vulva is especially susceptible to irritation due to its moistness and warmth. When harsh chemicals are introduced, it can throw off pH-levels and leave you vulnerable to infection, inflammation and rashes.Michael Ingber, M.D., a urogynecologist at  The Center for Specialized Women's Health, agrees, noting that toilet paper actually can cause all kinds of infections if you don’t use it properly.

 

 

 

What causes an allergic reaction?

According to the medical community, TP can trigger vulvovaginitis (also known as vulvitis), an inflammatory state that can be caused by contact-irritation or allergy. Even worse, vulvovaginitis can put you at risk of  bacterial, viral, or yeast infections. 

Toilet Paper Characteristics to Avoid at All Costs: 

It is common for major toilet paper brands to not fully disclose their production process or any chemical additives they use in their product. Because of this, we compiled a list of toilet paper characteristics that you can watch for when making your toilet paper purchases. If the toilet paper falls into one of these categories, it may be time to make a switch to something that is more gentle and hypoallergenic: 

  1. “Thick” and “Absorptive” Brands: 3-ply, expensive toilet paper 
  2. Dusty film or linty leave behinds on surface of toilet paper -- signs of BPA 
  3. “Ultra-soft” -- chlorine bleach was likely used in the production process unless they disclosed otherwise
  4. Patterns embossed on TP -- often more likely to have linty leave behind
 

Harmful Chemicals Used in TP Production:

Chlorine Bleach 

Chlorine bleach is a common additive in toilet paper used to turn the paper white and create that soft, luscious feel. Despite this, chlorine is an extremely harsh chemical and can result in allergic reactions on the skin. Since vulvovaginitis can be triggered by contact irritation or allergy, chlorine bleached products can often worsen this condition. 

Formaldehydes 

Formaldehydes are used in toilet paper to improve the wet-strength of the paper so that it does not crumble when you wipe. Thicker, heavier toilet paper likely contains a formaldehyde additive. Not only can formaldehyde lead to allergic reactions, but it is also listed as a known carcinogen. Since vaginas are highly absorbent this can be a dangerously easy way for carcinogenic chemicals to enter the bloodstream. 

Fragrances

Some toilet and tissue paper products include fragrances in order to maintain a fresh scent. This step is unnecessary, and many fragrance additives are known to cause allergic contact dermatitis. 

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Bidets aren’t any better for the vagina

If traditional toilet paper irritates private parts with formaldehyde and wet wipes are full of potential allergens and clog your toilet, what about an old-fashioned bidet? What could be better than water after all, right? Wrong.

A recent medical study found that “normal microflora (Lactobacillus species) was not present in nearly 50% of bidet users, compared to 9% of non-users. Fecal bacteria were detected in 50 of the 268 cases (18.66%), 46 cases in users (92%) and only 4 cases in non-users (8%). Contamination by other pathogens was 4 to 6 times higher in users than in non-users. 

“Habitual use of bidet toilets aggravates vaginal microflora, either by depriving normal microflora or facilitating opportunistic infection of fecal bacteria and other microorganisms,”

Counterintuitively, if you use a bidet you can be more prone to BV and therefore UTIs.

Choose Bim Bam Boo

Bim Bam Boo toilet paper was made with your health in mind. Our unique formula was developed specifically to be free-from irritants and major allergens. Bim Bam Boo is made of 100% tree-free bamboo, which has naturally occurring anti-microbial properties. Plus, our hypoallergenic bath tissue is pH-neutral, and free from all of those nasty chemical additives like chlorine bleach, itchy adhesives, and formaldehydes. 

  • Supports balanced pH-levels
  • Toxin-free
  • Hypoallergenic


In a survey, 40% of our users reported relief from irritation. Are you ready to experience the peace of mind that comes with toxin-free toilet paper? Make the switch to our life-changing hypoallergenic bath tissue. Try Bim Bam Boo today for a healthier wipe, and join our community @bimbamboopaper on Instagram.


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