Beware Of The Danger Of Using Sanitary Pads

Most females are dependent on sanitary pads during menstrual bleeding. Sanitary pads absorb the heaviest flow and do not cause any discomfort. It prevents a female from using unhygienic and dirty clothes when she is on periods. Beware Of The Danger Of Using Sanitary Pads

Most females use a sanitary pad, but there are associated risks that most females are unaware of. Concerned about your health, we have come up with our article ‘Dangers Of Using Sanitary Pads’. This article is a must-read for every female. We have discussed the associated risks of using sanitary pads and the correct way to use sanitary pads to minimise the related risks.

How Harmful Are Sanitary Pads?

Studies have found a link between genital cancer and the use of sanitary pads that contains absorbents such as super-absorbent polymers and dioxin. Dioxin present in the sanitary pad get accumulated in the body and may cause ovarian or cervical cancer. Other harmful ingredients that sanitary pads contain that may cause health dangers are:  How Harmful Are Sanitary Pads?

Artificial Perfume:

Synthetic perfumes are chemicals sprayed on sanitary pads to avoid the period smell. Your vagina is susceptible. The artificial perfume may cause an imbalance of the natural flora of the vagina and result in yeast infection.


The cotton used to make sanitary pad may contain pesticides sprayed by the farmers during cotton cultivation. The pesticides may enter into the bloodstream and cause thyroid malfunction in fertility cancer and other health related issues.


Before the sanitary pads reaches you, they are bleached. Natural colour of the cotton has yellow tint but the pad we use are shiny white. White colour is associated with cleanliness and we believe that more the pad is white, cleaner it is and provides you a sense of safety. But, the unhealthy truth is that these sanitary pads are bleached with dioxin which is a very dangerous chemical and a potent environmental pollutant that may cause darkening of skin, liver dysfunction and ovarian cancer. During her fertility age on an average of a female uses 6,000 to 7,000 pads. Imagine how much dioxin enters the body. The concentration of dioxin increases in your body and may cause pelvic inflammatory disease, diabetes, hormonal dysfunction, diabetes and in the worst-case ovarian cancer.

Can Sanitary Pads Cause Toxic Shock Syndrome

If the single sanitary pad is used for prolonged duration, it may lead to the overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. As most of the sanitary pad are made of synthetic material, they promote the growth of bacteria. The bacteria may enter the vagina and cause toxic shock syndrome. The initial symptoms of the toxic shock syndrome is diarrhoea, dizziness and fever. The toxins released by bacteria may enter the blood circulation to the brain and if not treated timely may lead to toxic shock syndrome and may cause serious health issues in future.

What Are The Precautions A Female Should Keep While Using Sanitary Pad?

When using sanitary pads make a habit to change it after at least every 5 to 6 hours. Main 3 proper hygiene of your genital area using intimate hygiene products. Use cotton pads. If you are using reusable pads clean them properly Drink enough water especially during. Urinary tract infection. Clean your under clothes regularly and where after their properly dried. After using discard your sanitary pad properly as it becomes a breeding ground for the Inspector action causing bacteria If after using sanitary pad you experience itching or rashes better consult your gynaecologist for better choice of sanitary pads.

Sanitary pads are affordable menstrual hygiene product that every female needs. If you take the necessary precautions the risk associated with sanitary pads are negligible. Follow the preventive tips while using sanitary pads and stay healthy and happy. Vaginal health is vital and vaginal hygiene is imperative.

What Are The Potential Health Dangers Of Using Sanitary Pads

The potential dangers of using sanitary pads that contain chemical such as dioxin, pesticides and artificial perfumes for long include:

  • Infertility
  • Cancer of ovary
  • Vaginal allergy
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Hormonal dysfunction
  • Rash around genitals
  • Damaged immune system
  • Malfunctioning of thyroid gland
  • Pelvic inflammation
  • Endometrium related ailments

This is why it is strictly advised to change the sanitary pad of every three to four hours even the female is not masturbating headache

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.