The Truth about Commonly Used Pads
Being a private item of personal hygiene, the sanitary pad is something a woman encounters on a regular basis. It is true that the modern advanced sanitary napkins have made feminine hygiene easier and more convenient but everything comes with a price right? As most reproductive age females are concerned about eating healthy and losing the extra weight, they often tend to overlook other vital factors like how safe are the commonly available sanitary napkins. The average woman gets as many as 400 periods in their lifetime and can use up to 15,000 PADS during this time. It’s infuriating that when something that is really convenient and time-saving ends up being really unhealthy, just like plastic water bottles but it’s crucial for you to know that most low-quality sanitary pads pose a number of personal health risks and ecological hazards.
The health hazards caused by sanitary napkins are gradually rising even without most women knowing as people choose them based on the cost, design, and packaging without considering what’s really in there. Let’s have a look at how low-quality pads harm your health and the environment.
Health hazards from pads
The Dangers of Plastic
Plasticizing chemicals like BPA and BPS in pads are linked to heart disease and cancer. ‘Phthalates’ another group of chemicals can hamper the gene expression leading to the development of tissue masses which can progress into full blown cancers.
Toxic shock syndrome
Using napkins for a longer duration (more than 6 hours) can stimulate the growth of the Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria which is responsible for a number of skin ailments and the dreaded toxic shock syndrome. TSS has been associated primarily with the use of superabsorbent pads and tampons. According to Dr. Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, MD, MS at NYU Langone Medical Center, “If a pad/tampon is retained in the vagina for prolonged periods of time, it may create an environment for bacteria to grow very quickly. This bacterial overgrowth may produce a toxin that can be released into the blood stream resulting in TSS.” The general rule of thumb is to change your tampon every 4 to 6 hours and you should never leave it more than 6 to 8 hours.
Most napkins contain cellulose gel and not cotton
Gel and synthetic fibers can retain much moisture from the vaginal walls and stick to the soft skin there resulting in a number of infections. The gel in napkins can also cause cervical cancer as an estimated 12,820 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year which is not only from using gel pads of course. As sanitary napkins are not considered medical devices, most manufacturers do not follow health guidelines and seem to forget the long-term effects.
Environmental concerns from pads
Ever thought that your period may have an impact on the environment? Yes, it does. The average American woman menstruates for 38 years, a period during which she can be expected to produce a grand total of 62,415 pounds of garbage made of roughly 7 billion tampons and pads each year. Most of them contain chemicals, toxins, additives and synthetic materials such as plastic. The plastics, first of all, take a very long time to breakdown. Second, they also end up leaking into nature and polluting our rivers, lakes, streams, and world. Chemicals in pads like ‘dioxins’ which are released during the whitening processes can elicit a non-reversible damage on the environment in the long run.
Protect yourself and the environment using the revolutionary ‘Puressence® pads’
Since the market is overwhelmed with low quality cheaper sanitary pads it can be cumbersome to choose a correct product since most manufacturers do not mention what’s inside the pads. Fear not as with ‘Puressence® pads’you are well protected. Our products are free from carcinogenic plastics and chemicals like ‘dioxin’ which also help to reduce the genital infections dramatically. Due to less artificial materials and more greener components incorporated, our napkins are eco healthy and are completely biodegradable. However, you’ll want to change your pad regularly to stay clean and healthy preferably every 3–4 hours or more often if your flow is heavy.
Our pads are capable of absorbing within seconds with a lasting dryness. The ‘LeakGuard’ core absorbs fluid quickly and holds it deep in the pad without letting the infections settle in. ‘Puressence® pads’ are made by a company with decades of experience working in cotton so give us a try and we won’t disappoint you.