Every month, we need to use sanitary napkins to collect our menstrual flow. There are so many types available that promise to prevent leakage on to our clothes. But how much do we really know about the pads that we use? Are they really safe to use? Read up on what you and every woman should know about this basic hygiene product.
1. You shouldn’t wear a napkin for more than 5 hours at a stretch
The chemicals used in the sanitary napkins turn the liquids into a gel. This can cause severe infections and even cause cancer in the uterus or bladder. Every year, girls die from wearing the same pad for the whole day.
2. Benjamin Franklin designed the sanitary pads we use today
But the pads designed by Benjamin Franklin were not created for menstrual hygiene. They were made to care for buckshot wounds of soldiers.
3. Sanitary pads made from synthetic or plastic material are dangerous
Pads made out of synthetic fibres are known to cause serious fungal infections. It suffocates the area thus allowing for growth of fungus in the area. Instead, opt for the more common cotton sanitary pads.
4. Cotton pads can be unsafe too
The cotton pads are treated with dioxin to make them appear whiter. This chemical can cause problems with our reproductive organs. Rayon is another chemical added to pads to increase absorptivity. This chemical also contains dioxin.
5. Women opt for cloth pads for health reasons
To avoid the risk of contracting infections that are caused by most synthetic sanitary pads, most women opt for cloth pads. They are washable, reusable and can last a long while. It would be difficult for you to make the switch if you have been accustomed to using regular sanitary napkins all your life.
6. Menstrual cups are supposedly safer to use
Now, most women are sceptical about using menstrual cups but considering how much more hygienic they are to use, one might consider using them. They prevent leakage and can collect up to 12 hours worth of flow. Women who use it have said that their menstrual cup lasts for at least 2 years if maintained properly.
7. Directly flushing a sanitary pad can cause blockage
You may have been taught to always wrap up a used napkin in a paper before disposing it safely into a trash can. The reason for this is that the sanitary pad can actually cause a blockage if you simply flush it down the toilet.
8. Sanitary pad producing companies don’t disclose the ingredients
The producers of these popular sanitary napkins are not allowed to disclose the ingredients used to make these pads. They are simply termed as medical devices.
9. A research team from Korea found out the ingredients
From the research, it was found that the sanitary napkins contain ingredients like polyacrylates, plastic, surfactants, polypropylene and recycled paper or chlorine bleached wood-pulp.
10. The first commercial sanitary napkin was made in 1896
Johnson & Johnson produced the first commercial sanitary napkin. The company that produced the sanitary napkins were mostly into producing bandages which gave them an idea on how to stop the blood flow in the way that bandages did.
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