Didn’t the headline send shivers down your spine? We can understand because a sanitary pad is always the first thing you need during your periods. They have become essential, and you use them without a thought every month. Although, there are many other options like menstrual cups or tampons that are readily available but a sanitary napkin is always the first choice. That’s why it has become really important to know whether using a sanitary pad can lead to cancer or not.
Google it and you will be bombarded with two trains of thoughts – one, which says that sanitary pads are totally safe, and all such studies have no meaning. And on the contrary, there is a second school of thought that agrees with the theory of sanitary pads being cancerous. Now, did this put you in a spot again?
So to clear the air and find out if the pads are cancerous or not, we got in touch with renowned gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Aruna Kalra from CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram. And this is what she has to say.
According to Dr Aruna Kalra, mostly, sanitary pads are safe to use, however, there are a few ongoing studies that have reported the incidence of genital cancer with the use of sanitary pads that use absorptive agents like dioxin and super-absorbent polymers, because the nature of the dioxin (present in sanitary pads) can get accumulated in the body, and impact our reproductive organs, which can cause cervical cancer or ovarian cancer.
“Basically, dioxin is a carcinogen, which means it promotes the formation of cancer causing cells in your body. The sanitary pads are bleached to improve their blood absorbing capacity, and this bleach contains dioxin,” says Dr Kalra.
The other problem with dioxin is that it suppresses the body’s immunity. This makes our vagina all the more vulnerable to infections. Plus, it impacts the production of reproductive hormones like estrogen which can be problematic in the longer run.
Of course, you won’t get cancer right away, but in due course of time, there is a possibility.
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So ladies choose your sanitary napkin wisely, because it can wreak havoc on your vagina.