Sanitary Measures

Sanitary pads are used as a protection for menstrual flow. They have been around for so many centuries though in various forms. It is said that a woman uses approximately 16,000 sanitary pads in her life time. For a product that is used extensively, women must take the effort to know the proper safety measures. We see a variety of brands on all types of advertisements. Are all the fancy brands safe? What are the different choices offered to women? It is not advisable to spend money on an unhealthy product which might pose a health risk in the long term. The main component of a napkin is cotton. The cotton is bleached using chemicals in most processes. In addition to this, napkins may also contain residue of the pesticides that have been used on the cotton crop. Most of the product companies also use artificial fragrances for the cotton. All these combined together may cause various side effects like headache, dizziness, and bacterial infection. So what should we as women, be aware of?
1.       There are a variety of models available for different type of menstrual flow. Take time to go through it and use it.
2.       Certain chemicals may react adversely with certain women. If there is irritation, itching or discomfort in the menstrual area, check your napkin and change immediately.
3.       Organic pads are a very good option for a healthy life style. They are gaining immense popularity in recent days.
4.       Do not use a single napkin for more than 6 hours at a stretch. Try changing as frequently as needed. Prolonged use of the same pad may accelerate the growth of bacteria.
5.       It is always better to be safe than sorry. High priced napkins need not automatically equate safer napkins. Always be alert about ongoing issues regarding the different brands.
6.       Last but not the least- do not be shy of discussing health issues with regard to menstrual cycle. Immediate attention may curb a lot of risks.
      Menstrual cycle is natural and a very important cycle of life. Seeking medical attention when needed and using appropriate measures will prevent infertility in women, since uterus and vagina are the most vulnerable organs in most cases.

Be Aware. Be Safe.


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