A lot of girls use pads during their fun monthly visit from Aunt Flo. We buy the overpriced pads once a month, stick them to our underwear and have to just accept the fact that that’s what’s going to happen every month for the next 40 years or so. For something girl use so often, there are a surprising amount of unknown facts about pads. Like, how they can actually be dangerous and unhealthy for you? Shouldn’t we know more about this? Why isn’t this common knowledge?!
Well, no fear, because I am here today to tell you the weird facts about your menstrual pads that you really need to hear. I know it’s not something you really want to hear, but it’s important to know about little things that you don’t realize are dangerous, in order to avoid them! Not to say you should avoid pads entirely, just that you should use them with caution. Plus: there are other alternatives to pads that you might want to look in to! So, check out these facts about pads if you want to know more about the familiar product.
They Are Actually BleachedThe materials in pads aren't really supposed to be white. They are actually bleached in order to achieve the super white look that we are all so familiar with. Those chemicals really shouldn't be so close to your vag and can actually cause some harmful side effects or even cancer. It is pretty rare, but if you want to be on the safe side, you might want to try an alternative, like cloth pads, or pads made with organic material. Image Source:iStock
The Add Up Over The YearsPads are actually pretty harmful to the environment, in addition to your body. In an average woman's lifetime, she will dispose of over 250 to 300 pounds of waste, including pads and their wrapping. Since pads aren't recyclable, they go straight to landfills. Image Source:iStock
Wearing Pads Too Long Can Lead To InfectionAfter a certain amount of hours, your blood is likely to grow fungus, which can lead to a yeast infection, or even infect your uterus. The simple way to avoid this is to be sure to change your pad at least once every five hours! Image Source:iStock
Certain Pads Can Contain PlasticWhich doesn't sound too bad, but they also block the airflow down there, which could put you at risk for a yeast infection, or even a rash on your vagina. Image Source:iStock
Scented Pads Can Be HarmfulCertain pads can be scented, which may smell nice, but can actually be super harmful. Fragrant and scented pads can actually double your risk of a yeast infection. So, if you want to go with pads, be sure to stick with the non-scented ones, and change them often. Image Source:iStock
We Actually Don't Know Everything In PadsSince they are marketed as "medical devices," the ingredients of pads don't actually have to be listed, which can be a pretty scary thing for a product you are using down there. Image Source:iStock
But Women Spend A Lot Of Money On ThemIt's estimated that women spend up to $10 a month, which turns into $120 a year on menstrual products like pads. Do you know how many months of Netflix that is?! A lot. If you want to save money, try an alternative to pads, like cloth pads or a menstrual cup Image Source:iStock
Which of these facts surprised you? Which ones did you already know? Tell us in the comments!