We Say Yes Women
As a frontline to our “We Say Yes!” Campaign, the ‘We Say Yes Women!’ centers on women empowerment, to help them achieve improved health and better wealth.
With the current and growing trend on empowering women, a parallel rise is seen on issues concerning their health. There is an increasing demand for women-related necessities, to keep them in the running and consistently on their game. However, medical studies reveal of unspoken dangers in the usage of these requirements, particularly sanitary napkins. Without the proper education on the health hazards, continued use of these pads may pose imminent risks to the health of our women.
Did you know that millions of girls and women are suffering from many feminine health issues? Fibroids, breast cancer, miscarriages, recurring UTIs, endometriosis, hysterectomies, etc. What if I were to tell you that many of these serious and deadly issues could be coming from the feminine sanitary products that we use on a monthly sometimes daily basis?!?!
Women spend 7-10% of their lives menstruating and usually, women rely on commercially made sanitary napkins. Unfortunately, most women are completely unaware of the harmful health effects of these commercial sanitary napkins. Majority sanitary pads contain chemicals that are carcinogenic in nature. This is an alarming situation because these chemicals may not show their effects immediately, but in the longer term, they possibly cause most gynecological health conditions.
According to a World Health Organization document entitled “ANIONS, a true gift of nature” 62% of women face gynecological infections that are potentially caused due to the usage of the poor quality of most sanitary pads that are sold in the market. To cut the cost of the sanitary pads, most of the commercial brands produce sanitary pads that are made from recycled paper materials, that material contains printer ink and other chemicals. To make them reusable, companies bleach the material which causes highly harmful chemicals such as dioxin. Many of these chemicals are linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility.
Apart from the chemicals, most sanitary napkins are also not breathable. Plastic is placed in between or under the pad by manufacturers to prevent leakage because the paper cannot absorb the woman’s flow during her cycle. This means that moisture gets locked in the pad and no air is allowed to enter, warmth develops between the pad and woman’s vaginal area. The warmth plays a perfect role in encouraging bacteria and germ growth; hence, the reason the pads may have an unpleasant order.
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 through sitting, 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. Most girls and women 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)
The “We Say Yes Women!” aims to help spread awareness on these threats, including the diseases one can get from using conventional sanitary napkins, especially cervical cancer. We are also partnering with different medical institutions and non-government organizations with health advocacies, to advance the welfare of empowered women in our society.