Eat healthy balanced food, drink some detox & green smoothies and go to the gym – you know the routine. Girls live in a different world where following the routine mentioned above is not enough to stay healthy; some additional nutritional tasks are required for extra care and are expensive too.
We girls check nutritional values, calories, carbs, and percentage of cholesterol not just to lose weight but primarily to be healthy and organic.
Let us see what makes a girl extra careful about what she eats, the bodyweight she gains and loses, and the additional dollars she spends on it. Yes, it is for the menstrual cycle she undergoes.
So how well do you know about your sanitary napkins? You have been using them for a very long time, maybe from the start of your menstruation.
Girls always listen to their mothers’ recommendations while buying feminine hygiene products. But sometimes, we need to check if they’re safe enough before making our choices.
Yes, of course, they can; you don’t just get cancer all of a sudden. But you’re using pads every month, and maybe there is less exposure to chemical contaminants found in the materials of such pads.
They would interact inside our bodies and cause trouble to our reproductive health. Just the thought of having these cancerous chemicals on our vagina is scary and sickening.
Shocked!! We all know pads are made of cotton. Like any other crops, cotton crops are being sprayed with herbicides and pesticides that can cause harm to your body when they reach your bloodstream.
Furan is a potentially dangerous chemical present on cotton and stays until it’s harvested. Imagine having this chemical inside your body. Furan is even linked to cancer in some experiments carried out on animals.
Pesticides and herbicides are linked with many health problems such as thyroid malfunction, infertility, and many others.
The natural color of cotton isn’t ultra–white. Just because most people believe and prefer something that makes us feel like pure white, they’re adding something that makes it look ultra-white, the same way in sanitary pad companies uses a chemical called dioxin to bleach the cotton.
Ignorantly, we are paying a high price for being neat freaks. Such companies may argue that the pads contain deficient levels of dioxin and are not harmful, but let us think for ourselves.
Based on research, short-term exposure to dioxin can cause many issues like skin darkening and altered liver function.
On an average count, a woman might be using 6,000 sanitary napkins in her lifetime. When dioxin comes into contact with the internal body, it can cause serious health risks and diseases such as immune system damage, hormone dysfunction, diabetes, ovarian cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, etc.
Your pads contain odor neutralizers, deodorants, or fragrances, avoiding blood because every woman hates that smell. It’s understandable.
However, sanitary pad companies added chemicals in the scented pads that can cause complications in your baby’s embryonic development.
They also can cause yeast infection and irritation, which can lead to other health complications.
Prolonged use of sanitary pads in a day leads to an overgrowth of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in your vagina. It’s usually called toxic shock syndrome. Few symptoms of toxic shock syndrome are fever, dizziness, and diarrhea.
The toxins released by the bacteria will cause a sudden drop in your blood pressure (BP) which is dangerous because the brain fails to get enough blood supply. Your pads are made of synthetic materials that block wetness and lock the moister within, encouraging bacterial growth.
This is one of the main reasons why some women experience severe allergies and yeast infections. Some women have a misconception and may think it’s normal to have allergies and itchiness.
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