Conventional tampons contain pesticides: a whopping $2 billion is spent annually on pesticides to spray cotton crops.
Tampons and pads with odor neutralizers and artificial fragrances are virtually a chemical soup, laced with artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility.
Investigations have since proved that most menstrual sanitary pads available on the market are produced from recycled paper materials containing print ink and other chemicals which are later bleached with harmful chemicals like dioxin and chlorine.
Studies have shown that the chemicals dioxin and chlorine are cancerous when they come in contact with the human skin and more especially the tender part at the woman’s genitals. Obviously not immediately, but the cancerous effects may be cumulative. Because paper cannot absorb the woman’s flow during her cycle, a plastic paper is placed in between or under the pad for fear of leakage when a woman is bleeding. This plastic placed in between the pad prevents circulation of air in the woman’s system.
In other words, as the woman is having her flow wearing a traditional pad, no air enters the woman’s system and because of this, warmth develops between the pad and her vaginal area, with the moisture from the blood this area becomes a breeding ground for germs, fermentation takes place; hence, the reason the pads may have unpleasant scent when removed after use.
A World Health Organization report indicates that within two hours of a woman putting on traditional pads, about 107 different germs develop per cubic centimeter on the surface area of the pad. When pressure is applied on the pad through sitting, because paper is not absorbent enough, the pad allows a “back flow” of the blood into the woman’s reproductive system with all the germs that may have developed and the chemicals mixed with the blood possibly causing infection to the woman’s reproductive system. Not knowing what to do nor what may be happening, the woman simply takes this as normal menstrual discomfort.
Possible conditions caused by poor quality sanitary pads during menstruation:
– External Vaginal inflammations
– Vaginal itching
– Vaginal inflammation
– Cervical Inflammation and erosion
– Endometrial Inflammation
– Excessive discharge
– Pain in the lower abdomen
– Frequent urination
– Urinal pain
– Sore waist
– Aching waist
– Genital warts
– Genital herpes
– Menstrual disorders (heavy periods, light periods, spotting in between periods, prolonged periods, abnormal menstrual pains