Sanitary pads may increase the risk of cancer and infertility for women
According to reports, the study conducted by a New Delhi-based non-profit organization, Toxic Link, found that the sanitary pads made by some of the most popular brands in India contain chemicals that can potentially increase your risk of cancer and infertility. For the study, the researchers examined 10 different types of sanitary pads (organic and inorganic) made in India. They found that phthalates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are two of the most commonly used chemicals in these pads.
Dr Surabhi Siddhartha, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar, Mumbai, tells Health Shots, “This is a shocking revelation for us as a large number of girls and women use pads, and this will panic them. As per the research, traces of phthalates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in all the samples have the ability to form cancerous cells. The pads are known to cause infertility. If the chemicals get absorbed by the body, women may experience problems.”
Numerous other harmful chemicals commonly available in sanitary products, including toxic chemicals such as carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, and allergens, are found in sanitary pads, explains Dr Siddhartha. “The presence of harmful chemicals, including carcinogens, is a devastating revelation.”