Doctors warn women not to put crocheted tampons in their vaginas

We're all for recycling, reusing and reducing waste here at Newshub - however, this is not the way to do it. 

Doctors are warning women against DIY-ing their menstrual products after noticing an upward trend in crocheted and knitted tampons sold on craft sites like Etsy. 

Handmade tampons and pads, either made for oneself or bought off the internet, don't have to pass safety regulations like those bought at the store - regulations which are in place for a very good reason. 

According to Forbes, properly manufactured cotton tampons must submit to stringent safety evaluations, including analysis of the strength, integrity, absorbency and - most importantly - whether the tampons enhance the growth of harmful bacteria inside the vagina.

Doctors say that by resuing crocheted tampons, people are putting themselves at risk off Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

"Crochet tampons are completely untested. We have no idea how they may affect the production of bacteria associated with TSS, and no idea how to clean them appropriately," writes US gynaecologist Dr Jen Gunter in her new book The Vagina Bible.

TSS is caused by toxins produced by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus or occasionally types of streptococcus bacteria and can be fatal.

Experts recommend that if you want to reduce your impact on the planet, switch to a menstrual cup, or washable period underwear instead.