A woman’s vagina is an extremely delicate part. It is sensitive to certain products that it comes into contact with like soaps, toilet paper, condoms, underwear that has been rinsed or washed in scented laundry detergent, and above all, certain menstrual products like conventional sanitary pads or panty liners or tampons. The chances of damage to it can however be lessened by using unscented soaps or quality organic menstrual products like organic cotton biodegradable sanitary pads.
But sadly, a great majority of women across India and globe as well, continue to use non-organic menstrual products. This is unfortunate since a woman’s reproductive life spans between 30 to 40 years. By using sanitary pads made from inorganic materials or organically grown cotton which involves usage of pesticides and insecticides, such women risk causing damage to their vagina eventually. Moreover, such pads are treated with bleach or chlorine to make them look super-white, and add to it, many a time, even dangerous fragrances are added to them to help control bad odor. But what happens is that such dangerous chemicals and fragrances are eventually absorbed by the woman’s body (vaginas are good in absorbing anything that they are exposed to or put in them), causing in the bargain, severe health issues like cervical cancer or urinary tract infections, and so on.
Thankfully, the arrival of organic cotton biodegradable sanitary pads on the scene has altered the scenario drastically for the better. They do not contain chemicals or pesticides of any nature, and they are also free from artificial fragrances. Naturally pure and original, they are made from genuine cotton that is 100% eco-friendly.
HOW ORGANIC COTTON SANITARY PADS HAVE BECOME SO PREVALENT?
Organic cotton biodegradable disposable pads come with substantial personal and environmental benefits. This combined with their easy affordability have made them highly popular and widely prevalent in India.
Almost all conventional sanitary pads are made from bleached waste papers and wood pulps that are made to look like pure cotton. They may look harmless but fact is that they still contain residues of bleaching, and two of the deadliest toxins – Dioxin and Trinalomethane. Wearing them can lead to the absorbent tissues of the vagina introducing them into the bloodstream. Further, according to a WHO report, dioxins also cause issues with the hormones and immune system; issues with reproduction like painful periods, and at times, even infertility; urinary tract infections and irritations; developmental problems; and above all, certain birth defects. Also, dioxin fumes can cause severe air pollution.
On the other hand, organic cotton biodegradable sanitary pads are free of harmful chemicals; are not bleached in chlorine; and do not contain dioxins.
FRAGRANCE & SUPERABSORBENT FREE
Several conventional sanitary pads contain fragrance, deodorants, and perfumes. Slick marketing techniques are often used to sell them as a product that will make the wearer feel fresher. But fact is that fragrance is a chemical that can cause irritation, itching, and soreness. Many a time they can also alter the vaginal pH balance, as a result of which the wearer can develop UTIs, and bacterial vaginosis.
On the other hand, organic cotton biodegradable sanitary pads do not contain even a trace of fragrance or perfume or deodorant, thereby helping keep the wearer’s skin irritation-free.
Conventional sanitary pads can also contain superabsorbents. One among them is sodium polyacrylate which is highly toxic when inhaled as a result of exposure. This can cause severe irritation and eventually damage to the skin, eyes, and lungs.
On the other hand, organic cotton sanitary pads are free of superabsorbent, and are instead naturally absorbent, that is in line with industry standards.
Conventional sanitary pads are generally made of man-made fibers, which mean they do not exactly allow the skin to breathe properly. This can cause rashes, irritations, and at times, even severe breathing issues.
On the other hand, organic cotton sanitary pads are naturally soft, and breathable. They contain absorbent cellulose which allows the skin to not only breathe freely but also make the skin feel dry, fresh and comfortable, and most importantly, greatly reduce the risks of allergies and skin irritations that arises as a result of the plastic content of conventional pads. They also result in lower risks of bacterial and fungal infections that arise when there is limited flow of air to the vaginal area, something that occurs with conventional sanitary pads.
COMFORTABLE TO WEAR
Traditional sanitary pads are predominantly made of plastic, with little or virtually no cotton content. Their fabric make-up makes them uncomfortable to wear, for they tend to irritate the skin and cause frequent rashes and itching.
On the other hand, organic cotton sanitary pads are comfortable and easy to wear. They contain no chemicals or perfumes or fragrances, of any kind, but are naturally soft that can be worn comfortably under the delicate vulval and vaginal areas, and still stay barely noticeable, when on the move. Further, being breathable, they also keep the delicate skin drier, free from irritation, when compared to synthetic made pads.
WILDLIFE & ECO-FRIENDLY
Traditional sanitary pads contain chemicals like pesticides that kill birds, insects, native bees, etc, all of which play a critical role in preserving our natural ecosystem. Further, pesticides have the tendency to break down often into synthetic estrogen which causes infertility and reproductive issues. They are also harmful to the environment; as per a study report by Healthline, they can take nearly 800 years to decompose, when compared to a mere two years for organic cotton sanitary pads.
On the other hand, organic cotton sanitary pads are made from raw materials that are grown in an organic environment, and do not require intake of any kind of pesticides. They also consume less water and energy during the manufacturing process, and are above all, highly compostable. Most importantly, they help save the lives of animals and other organisms as they do not need any kind of organism material.
Traditional sanitary pads are not only an expensive buy during the time of purchase, but are also expensive in the long run, both in terms of purchase and environmental costs. Made of 90% plastic which is a non-biodegradable substance, they are for one-time use only and after that need to be discarded which means they cause the cost of damage to the environment to rise. According to many experts, one traditional sanitary pad can take approximately 500-1000 years to fully degrade itself completely. Now, when every wearer throws such sanitary pads into the trashcan, it all ends-up in the already overfull landfills or rural lands or water bodies or sewerage systems.
On the other hand, organic cotton sanitary pads are not only cost-efficient but also extremely cost-effective. They can be used for long and need only fewer products for each period and no frequent replacements unlike conventional sanitary pads, which mean you, save up on money. Further, they are super-absorbent which makes them skin-friendly. So there are no skin irritations and no frequent disposals thereby helping cut down on environmental damage.
Menstrual hygiene for long has been a taboo subject. But thankfully, organic cotton sanitary pads and similar like menstrual products have resurrected interest in the subject, and made it a subject that deserves proper attention and given it’s due.
THINK ORGANIC COTTON SANITARY PADS, THINK FABPAD
When you think organic cotton sanitary pads, think FABPAD, a leading manufacturer of world-class organic cotton biodegradable sanitary pads in India that are not only 100% pure cotton but are also 100% biodegradable, with no synthetic additives or harmful chemicals included.
Made from pure and original cotton with zero plastic and no chemical glue needed for holding them together, they have layers with a super-absorbent core that instantly absorbs any kind of leakage and wetness, thereby assuring the wearer protection from them. They can be safely worn with no worries about sensitive regions absorbing dangerous ingredients, for the simple reason they do not contain them at all.
Soft, gentle, and safe on skin and environment, they have proved to be a game-changer that have made the lives of millions of women and girls, better, healthier, and safer.