box of ANNA organic sanitary pads

Have you ever stopped to think about what effect your SANITARY PADS have on your body? on your health? They are in contact with the most delicate part of your body for 24 hours a day for minimum 5 days a month.

We all are becoming more aware about what we put IN and ONTO our bodies. As we become more mindful of what we eat, we are also more careful with what we put on our bodies.

The skin is the largest organ in the body. What we apply on it is absorbed and ends up in our bloodstream. It bypasses the liver and kidneys – the waste is not ‘’filtered’’ and we end up with toxins.

SANITARY PADS: WHY ARE THEY SO BAD?

Have you ever stopped to think what is in your sanitary pad? Yes we only use them for a few days a month, but over time they can interfere with our reproductive system.

Regular sanitary pads may be convenient and cheap. But the price that you pay for your health is much more severe. They are laden with chemicals to make them super absorbent.  They contain plastics: BPA along with other chemicals and may cause cancer. They are bleached with chlorine to make them sparkling white. They are made from cotton which may have been sprayed with pesticides.Scented pads contain deodorants.

Women’s Voices For Earth tested a popular brand of pads and found it to have the following chemicals: styrene, chloroethane and chloroform.

The unregulated use of chemicals in female care products has been associated with increased risk of cancer, increased reproductive problems and more hormonal imbalances.

ALTERNATIVES

Menstrual cup: They are flexible silicone cups that are inserted into the vagina. It needs to be emptied every 12 hours. Personally, I feel that this is not the best option for me.

Washable Cloth Pads: (SUBZ PADS) They are made from fabric and have a waterproof lining. They can be rewashed and used again and again. They are made from non treated cotton, with wings that clip over your underwear.

Organic Cotton: They are comfortable to use, They do not contain plastic, fragrance and dyes.

PRODUCT REVIEWbox of ANNA Pure organic sanitary pads

Anna Pure Organic is a proudly South African company that produces Maxi pads and Panty Liners. They are committed to  providing women with an alternative to plastic sanitary products. I found the pads very breathable and comfortable so much so that I even forget that I am wearing them! They are fairly absorbent

***Previously I used to pay R80 for a pack of organic pads from health shops and Faithful to nature I am so excited and relieved that they can now be found bought for less than R25.

They are widely available at Dischem, Checkers, PicknPay and Spar.

organic sanitary pad

CONCLUSION

What exactly are in our sanitary pads? It is a toxic cocktail of substances put together to make us feel ‘’fresher’’ and it is in contact with the most delicate part of our bodies. The vaginal lining has the thinnest layer of skin that can easily absorb elements that are in close contact to it.

I haven’t even touched on the environmental aspect of sanitary pads. I do believe that that is a topic for another day.

Please SHARE this article with all the special women in your life. At this price there really is no reason to buy any other sanitary pad out there.

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