Being one of the most widely used method for menstrual management, feminine sanitary pads have been in use since 10th century as Hypatia, a Greek Alexandrian philosopher was said to have thrown her menstrual rags at an admirer just to evade him. From those early times, sanitary pads have come a long way frequently changing with scientific advances. The feminine hygiene industry seems to be booming as 12 billion pads and 7 million tampons are dumped into U.S. landfills each year. The industry is projected to hit roughly $15 billion in sales by 2017 which is something we have never thought of right? Despite the hike in pad use have you ever thought how safe they are? Probably not.
Usually, about 7 to 10% of a woman’s life is associated with menstruation. While going through their monthly ritual, many females are unaware of the risks they undergo by using poor quality ‘less natural’ pads which has become a silent ongoing threat, just like a ticking time-bomb. It is true that most product makers and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) say most hygiene products are safe as they contain either only trace amounts of toxic compounds but the danger is real and bigger than you think as studies suggest.
Possible health hazards from using ordinary sanitary pads
The perilous by-product ‘Dioxin’, an environmental pollutant
Most sanitary pads are produced using recycled papers which are bleached using chlorine dioxide that gives them their brilliant white color. However, what most of you don’t know is a chemical by product called ‘Dioxin’ is also formed during the process and this Dioxin is about 130 times more potent than cyanide. According to a report by the ‘US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’, dioxin is becoming a serious public health threat and has no “safe” level of exposure indicating even a tiny amount is treacherous.
According to ‘WHO’, long term (chronic) exposure to ‘dioxin’ can result in skin lesions, poor immunity, nervous system defects, hormonal and endocrine system disruption and genital cancers like cervical carcinomas that occur in the cervix. Studies show that dioxin accumulates in your fatty tissues with time without showing any signs or symptoms.
Deodorants and chemicals in pads causing infections.
According to the US patent office, pads could also include glycerol esters, unnamed anti-bacterial agents, and a combination of nearly 3,000 different chemicals as fragrance, to name a few. It’s understandable that some pads contain odor neutralizers or deodorants because every woman hates the smell of blood. However, pads with artificial scents can cause severe yeast infections. They do not always cover up the odor, but instead cause an even worse odor. The mechanism is believed to be by chronic irritation as this is a dark, warm, and moist area, doubling the chance to inherit a bacterial or a fungal infection.
Ordinary pads contain abundant plastic and other synthetic materials
Believe it or not, most sanitary pads are loaded with plastic and other synthetic components. In a recent study, most ordinary pads were found to contain plastic fibers corresponding to an astounding four plastic bags which is just dreadful. Despite what the makers say, these synthetics can trap the moisture in the genital area hampering the ‘breathing’ process of vagina. The vagina must be kept in an aerobic (oxygen rich) environment than in an anaerobic state, as most hazardous bacteria cannot live in an oxygen rich environment. Unlike cotton that breaths, plastic materials trap the moisture and holds carbon dioxide gas promoting the bacterial growths resulting in infections like bacterial vaginosis and other infections.
As the labia and vaginal area is highly vascular a lot of small blood vessels in this region making it easier for plastic chemicals to enter the body that way. ‘Phthalates’ and ‘BPA’ in plastics are linked to immune system impairment, infertility and many cancers. Therefore, it is wise to use a product that is ideally free from plastics or with a less amount.
Why use Puressence Premium Feminine Pads?
We are introducing Puressence Premium Feminine Pads which have been designed to provide you with the unmatched dryness, highest level of comfort and protection that you need. Unlike most sanitary pads our products are plastic-free and totally chlorine-free, they do not contain rayon, latex, chemical additives, fragrances or dyes, making these pads almost natural.
Let’s have a peek at a few unique features of Puressence Premium Feminine Pads,
An all-natural cotton sanitary pad free from chlorine
Unlike most conventional pads we do not use Chlorine or bleaching agents on cotton thus making the product free of ‘Dioxin’. The all natural 100% cotton first layer allows the skin to breathe, which dramatically reduce the risk of bacteria growth. Our premium quality cotton possess a better absorbing power compared to semi synthetic/synthetic materials.
The all-natural negative ion strip
The unique negative ion strip is compressed with over 6000 negative ions per cubic centimeter and is activated by fluid or warmth. It is especially designed for providing hours of pleasant and satisfying comfort and is proven to kill bacteria while neutralizing odor. The ion strip also helps to reduce menstrual cramps and pain.
The breathable non plastic water resistant layer
This is a unique layer that is water resistant but eliminates the extra moisture and heat. It helps establishing a good air circulation preventing accumulation of gases thus hindering anaerobic bacterial growth.
Though it may seem simple at first, sanitary pads are made for the most complex beings in the world which has necessitated them to evolve with time according to scientific advances. So as a sophisticated person it is for you to decide whether to go with the conventional disease ridden pads or more advanced and close to nature ‘Puressence Premium Feminine Pads’.
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