Every month, a woman has periods on an average for 5 days, it can be less or more, as it varies from person to person. However, what is common in all of us is that at some point or another we all have faced those rashes on the bikini line, itchiness and foul smell due to sanitary napkins and tampons. We try our best to stay clean and fresh, we use different products so that the pad doesn’t irritate our skin, even change it as often as we can. Yet we face the same problems!
Do you know why? It’s because most of the pads and tampons are made of bleached rayon, cotton and plastics. Moreover, these products usually leave behind fibers that can lead to many bladder and vaginal infections. Further, it has also been discovered that tampons tend to absorb even the natural fluids and friendly bacteria that help in cleansing the vagina.
What’s more, the first ingredient used in making tampons and pads i.e. Rayon, is a fiber that is made by processing cellulose fibers into chemicals like carbon disulphide, sulfuric acid, chlorine and caustic soda. Moreover, sanitary pads also contain a little amount of plastics that does not allow sufficient air flow thus resulting in a breeding ground for infection. Moreover, these products which are considered to be for the welfare of our hygiene are bleached using chlorine. This can result in production of dioxin, a chemical which is associated with diseases like breast cancer, endometriosis, and immune system suppression.
Thus, to avoid these health risks we advise you to use eco-friendly products. Here’s a list of some recommended products which are easily available in India and are pocket friendly too.