16 NOV 2019

Just say NO to synthetic sanitary pads

From the age of menstruation till the age of menopause women are blessed to create another human being. Until the time Sanitary Napkins entered, the term hysterectomy was uncommon. Our grandmothers who were in the practice of using cotton cloths during their menses had a better reproductive health status, while our mothers' were introduced to a higher rate of uterine diseases. Soon after the arrival of disposable sanitary pads in the 90's, women not only conquered the fear of blood staining but also ventured into the world with confidence. As years passed Sanitary Napkin was a lifestyle modification for many women. Indeed life without the winged friend was not to be imagined at all.

We believe that the pad we use today is clean and pure. Well, the reality is quite frightening. Recycled paper and cotton undergoes a bleaching process to make it look white and pure, and we are fooled by the eyes. Would you use a pad that comes from garbage or something that is filled with chemicals and fumes?

The chemicals present in a sanitary pad are a silent threat to women’s reproductive health. A huge population of women fail to understand that the great innovation has an even greater health risk attached to it. With continuous exposure to bleach and other whitening chemicals we put ourselves in danger leading to genital problems, UTI, congenital abnormalities, skin irritations and cancer.

Let us introduce you to Dioxin, a by-product of bleaching compounds. Dioxin is the most poisonous man made carcinogen. Guess what? It’s present in your pad.

Endometriosis Association of America correlates the high incidence of endometriosis to dioxin in sanitary Napkins. Dioxin can cause infertility, hormonal imbalance and multiple menstrual disorder.

It is not just one exposure but 500 menstrual cycles, 2500 menstrual days which accounts for approximately 6 years. On average, a woman uses at least 15000 sanitary pads in her lifetime. Study says, 65 % suffer from uterine fibroids and more than 70% suffer from UTI and PCOS. No wonder gynecologists discourage to use ordinary pads. While we were not aware of these dangers till date, we did definitely experience some discomfort using ordinary sanity Napkin.

What should you look for in a sanitary pad:

a. 100% organic cotton

b. Zero chemicals

c. Protection against bacterial infestation

d. Non bleached cotton

e. Food grade gel for absorption

f. Breathable layers

g. Certifications like NABL and FDA for quality control

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