House No. 633
Sector- 16 A
The Health Minister
State Government Of India
Subject: Regarding awareness among the people about the unhygienic product used in Sanitary Pads
I, Deeksha Sharma hereby wants to draw your attention towards the topic on which rarely people talk. Everyone is spreading the awareness regarding the use of sanitary pads and how to change their unhygienic lifestyle that they adopt during menstrual cycle but no one draws the attention and awareness towards the unhygienic products that are used in sanitary pads. Yes, I am saying the hidden truth about the sanitary pads. As long as people are becoming aware about usage of sanitary pads and get a hygienic lifestyle, people are barely consider the ingredients used in sanitary pads . Wait, wait, wait Are the ingredients mentioned on sanitary pad packet? Sanitary pad manufacturing companies are not required by law to state its ingredients on the packet because they are labelled as ‘medical products’ and are exempted from the ingredient-listing.
Today women are forced to believe that what they use is pure and made of pure cotton by ceaseless advertisements through TV, internet and smartphones but the fact is almost all the sanitary pads are pretended to look like pure cotton instead they are made when wood pulp and waste papers are processed and bleached by chlorine to make it sterile. Bleached waste papers and wood pulp still have some residual amount of by-product of bleach. The two by-product which are very harmful and identified as toxins are DIOXIN and TRIHALOMETHANE. In which DIOXIN have categorized as No. 1 HUMAN CARCINOGEN. Dioxin are also caused Endometriosis and Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases. Infertility, multiple menstrual disorders as well as hormonal imbalance. The average women use approximately 15,000 pads over her lifetime.The effect of continual exposure to dioxin, which is forever stored in adipose tissue, may become cumulative and lethal. It is a sanitary napkin it’s purpose is not just to absorb. Hygiene parameters of the product, of how safe they are should be disclosed on the packets.
As per my opinion, the use of safe biodegradable or reusable sanitary products (which can be dried in the sun after each wash) should be encouraged and biodegradable options, such as Organic Pads that are produced by certified organic cotton which are hundred percent eco-friendly and reusable products must be promoted as an option. As disposable pads are not only potentially toxic, but also more difficult to dispose of safely and are not eco-friendly. Staying away from potentially harmful chemicals like the chloride dioxide used in period products certainly isn’t a bad idea.
I feel that as we focus more on our health, we can find ways to minimize exposure to toxins, so I would encourage women who feel more comfortable with organic pads and tampons to definitely use them; After all, we’re in a time that women are more aware and care about holistic health, which is a good thing. The use of organic pad/tampon lessens the chance of allergy and irritation.
I just want to draw your attention on my topic as it is very important for people to aware themselves about the hazardous causes of our ‘so called’ conventional sanitary pads. Kindly promote the use of organic pads and implement an effective checking on the ingredients of that unhealthy sanitary pads and ban those which are not proven safe.