Many women are unaware of the risks they undergo while going through their monthly ritual, hoping it would be less painful this time. But what every woman often neglects and is ignorant about, is that the sanitary pads that they use have become a silent health threat over the years, like a ticking time-bomb. A silent killer.
These are some of the side effects of sanitary napkins:
1. GEL PADS
The cellulose in your super-absorbent pads can cause cervical cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women.
2. There are chemicals in your pads which can cause multiple diseases and infections.
Dioxin present in pads and tampons can cause abnormal tissue growth in the reproductive organs. Rayon, used to increase the absorbing capacity of pads, also contains dioxin.
To differentiate their products, these are now widely used by napkins companies. They can enter the bloodstream causing problems or can have a local effect on the vagina and again causing allergies and skin reactions.
4. Cotton pads
Pesticides and herbicides sprayed during the rearing of cotton, used in making pads, can make its way into your bloodstream and cause cancer.
Sanitary napkins also contain synthetic material, which blocks wetness and temperature, leading to the growth of yeast and bacteria.
The bottom layer of pads is impermeable making even air passage to be difficult. The trapped heat and moisture provide ample environment for bacteria growth, further leading to problems.
Phthalates, also called plasticizers, give tampons a smooth finish, which can lead to multiple organ damages.
The tampons are bleached with Dioxin and Rayon. These chemicals are toxic to our immune and reproductive system.
If you don't change your pad or tampon in 4 hours, it can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome and even death.
An overgrowth of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in the vagina leads to Toxic Shock Syndrome, which in extreme cases can lead to death.
When worn for a longer time, napkins can cause lumps on the vaginal area leading to irritation and other infection.
Apart from affecting our bodies directly, these napkins are becoming a concern for the environment. Since napkins are being disposed in such huge numbers and are non-biodegradable, they create the problem of solid wastage.
On an average, a woman disposes of around 16, 800 pads in a lifetime, which is a major concern as these pads are non-bio degradable and cannot be recycled.
One conventional pad is equal to 4 average size plastic bags. Imagine the size of a landfill filled with disposable, commercially made pads used by all the women in the country.
At present most of us prefer the sanitary napkins. Given the huge risk that these napkins pose, it's time to rethink about our choices. There are alternatives being available, but we do not even take into account them as choices. So it's high time to expand our choice set.
Watch this video to educate yourself a bit more:
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