Prolonged Use Of Sanitary Napkins Can Put You To Risk Of Cancer

By: Niharika Choudhary
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Advertisements can be very deceptive. Sanitary napkin advertisements aired these days have actually exaggerated my delusion about advertisements.

Some basic questions that I would like to raise to the advertiser are as follows:
1. Why does the model have to wear only white-coloured lowers during periods?
2. Why girls and women are shown doing excessive challenging things during periods?
3. Why do some sanitary napkin-making companies promote the usage of sanitary napkins for prolonged hours?
4. Isn't the napkin bleached with chlorine gas to make it look sparkling white and clean?

Did you know that doctors across the globe have criticised the use of a sanitary napkin for more than 6 hours at a stretch?

Millions of girls and women, knowingly and unknowingly, put themselves to the risk of major health hazards every month, in which many of them even die! The most common disorders amongst these are infertility, depression, hormonal disruption, diabetes along with drying and itching sensation in the vagina.

The most common disorders amongst these are infertility, depression, hormonal disruption, diabetes along with drying and itching sensation in the vagina.

Do not put your health at stake just because the model in the ad looks really pretty while doing so or a man wearing a lab coat recommends you to do so.

Hence, we are sharing some of the major health threats caused by the use of fancy sanitary napkins that you can remember while using one the next time.

Avoid Using Ultra Napkins

Ultra napkins that convert liquid into gel are exclusively marketed asking the consumers to use a single pad the whole day. Doing this gives an open invitation to cancer in the bladder & uterus.

Say No To Pads With Artificial Fragrances

Pads that advertise to neutralise period smell and come with artificial fragrances are actually infused with artificial additives and chemicals like polyethylene (PET), polypropylene and propylene glycol (PEG). These chemicals have been linked to dryness, infertility, cancer and hormone disruption.

Pads That Have Sparkling White Clean Look

These ultra-white napkins can easily lure you into buying them, but did you have any idea what makes them so sparkly white? Well, these pads are bleached with chlorine gas to give them that stunning look. Using them results in dioxin residues.

Results Of Dioxin On Our Body

Dioxin is a known human carcinogen. According to studies, it collects in the fatty tissue and eventually effects the female reproductive organs with its accumulation.

Plastic And Synthetics Used In Pads

If you get a chance to cut open a napkin, you'll see a thin lining of plastic or similar synthetic material in it. This lining of plastic blocks the air flow and traps heat and dampness. This results in bacterial growth in the vagina and vulva.

TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) Risk

Toxic shock syndrome, or as it is commonly called TSS, is a rare but serious medical condition caused by a bacterial infection.


Most of the feminine hygiene products contain rayon and viscose, both of these have highly absorbent fibres.


These fibres stick to your vaginal wall, upon being removed, some of these stay behind increasing the risk of toxic shock syndrome.

Pesticide And Herbicide-Infected Cotton

There are very few companies that use organic cotton to make napkins. Almost all the pad-making companies use commercially grown cotton. This type of a cotton is sprayed with chemicals, which again can affect our body in different ways, such as hormonal disruption, infertility, etc.

Best Alternatives That Can Be Used

One option for using safe sanitary products during periods is using organic sanitary napkins and menstrual cups. These are made up of organic cotton and silicon, so they are safe from the pesticides used on commercially grown cotton and also do not pass through the chlorine-bleaching process.

Another option is using reusable and organic cloth pads made with cotton, hemp or even bamboo.

 

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Story first published: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 14:55 [IST]
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