Nowadays, lots of chemicals can be found in our food, cleaning products and cosmetics. Yet we never really hear about what might be included in some of the most intimate personal care products that women use as a part of their daily lives. Tampons and sanitary pads that women use in their day to day routine are among such products that are made up of lots of chemicals that are harmful for us.
Most of the people think that cleaning hand before eating or carefully choosing the place before eating is the only precaution one should take to remain healthy as food comes directly in contact with your body. But that’s not it. One should also be careful in using products which comes in direct contact with the skin because skin is the largest external organ and when these chemicals come in direct contact with your skin, they straight away get absorbed into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, directly attacking your sensitive organs. Once these chemicals find their way into your body, they tend to accumulate necessary enzymes.
Some of the harmful chemicals that can be found in easily available sanitary napkins and tampons in the market, are:
Chlorine: To give tampons and sanitary pads that pristine, “clean” white look, bleach is used for cotton menstrual products that can create toxin dioxin and other disinfection by products.
Fragrance: Tampons and pads with odour neutralizers and other artificial fragrances are a sort of chemical soup laced with artificial colours, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene that can lead to hormone disruption, cancer, dryness, or infertility.
Synthetics Materials: Many of today’s feminine hygiene products are made primarily from rayon, cellulose and not cotton. When used in tampons, these fibres can stick to your vagina and when you remove the tampon, the fibres stay behind inside your body, thereby raising the risk.
Heavy Pesticides: Most cotton used for tampons and pads is made from conventionally-grown cotton, which is treated with heavy pesticides.
Growth of Bacteria: Due to prolonged use of sanitary napkin and tampons, it encourages the growth of staphylococcus bacteria which releases toxin and poisonous substance that goes directly into the blood stream resulting in diarrhoea, vomiting, sunburn-like rash, dizziness, cold and fever.
There are many feminine hygiene products available to give freedom to women from the possible risk
- Menstrual Cups: Menstrual cups are ideal for women who are facing health problem due to sanitary napkins and tampons. This is a flexible device, which is usually made up of silicon/TPE, resembling an upside down bell that stores your blood that you can empty easily in the toilet. No more worrying or getting frustrated during your menstrual period.
- Menstrual cloth pads: This alternative is safer than any other sanitary pad. It is made up of cloth without using any chemicals and artificial fragrances that can be reused after washing.
- Cotton pads: You can customize the cotton pad according to your flow. Many cotton pads use removable liner for extra absorption and many of them have a waterproof lining sewn inside.
Thus, products like tampons and pads can’t be abandoned by women as it is a must part of their life. But through this article, we urge women to not only choose unscented or fragrance free alternatives, but also to opt for products that have not been bleached with chlorine to make it white and go for those made up of organic cotton.