Monthly Archives: July 2014

Green Alternative To Sanitary Pads

menstrual_cupsBecause of the dangers sanitary pads (and tampons) impose on women’s health, many women today are opting for a greener option when going through their red days. This greener option refers to the use of menstrual cups.

Menstrual cups are flexible cups that are inserted in the vagina. They are used to collect menstrual fluid. They are safe to use because they are made of medical grade silicone. More so, this material enables the cups to be reusable and leak-free. However, there are some brands that are made of natural gum rubber instead of medical grade silicone. It is said that natural gum rubber is a lot safer on women’s health.

Menstrual cups were invented  in the 1930’s. But it is only now that they seem to be attracting attention from women worldwide. Women who were converted to the use of these cups found them more comfortable and reliable to wear as compared with regular sanitary pads. In fact, some experts say that these are more hygienic to use because they do not absorb menstrual blood; therefore the accumulation of bacteria is prevented. After use, they can be washed clean with anti-bacterial liquid soap and flowing water right away.

If you want to give menstrual cups a try, here are two reminders for you.  First, be sure to find the right size for you. Secondly, learn how to use it appropriately. These cups are expected to keep you dry and clean for many hours or even the whole so long as they are properly positioned inside your vagina.  Below is a video demonstration of how these cups can be properly inserted and removed when needed.

Disclaimer: The blog owner is not endorsing the brand stated in the video. 

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Can Sanitary Pads Cause Health Problems?

sanitary-padsSanitary pads are one of the most important products ever invented for women’s use as far as hygiene is concerned. And yet, the safety of their use is rarely discussed in the open by medical experts or among the females at the least.

Sanitary Pads Components

  • Generally, sanitary pads are made of plasticizing materials called BPA and BPS. These can be found at the back part of the pads on which adhesive is applied. According to health experts, these materials can impair embryonic development.
  • Phthalates and DEHP are two other elements found in sanitary pads. They are responsible for providing these hygiene products a smooth finish. On the negative side, they can deregulate gene expression and cause multiple organ damage.
  • Neutralizers and fragrances make sanitizers appealing to wear. They are linked to skin irritation and cancers as they can permeate the skin especially in the vaginal area.

Health Risks From Sanitary Pads Usage
A woman’s body is prone to absorbing the perilous chemicals contained in sanitary pads as these hygiene products are meant to stay close to the vagina and the surrounding skin during menstrual period. In this case, women are most likely to suffer from any of the following health risks:

  • Disruption of hormonal production
  • Disruption of the endocrine system
  • Weakening of the immune system
  • Abnormal growth of abdominal and vaginal tissues
  • Abnormal cell growth in the body

Toxic Shock Syndrome
This health risk is most likely to occur among tampon users. Also known as TSS, this caused by super absorbent tampons which allow the formation of highly dangerous bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus. Super absorbent tampons also cause Micro-tears in the vaginal wall where Staphylococcus aureus bacteria accumulate and infiltrate the vagina. The deadly symptoms of TSS include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Sudden high fever
  • Low blood pressure
  • Redness of your eyes, mouth and/or throat
  • Rash on palms or soles of feet
  • Seizures

Ear Phones: Why Limit Their Use

A-headphone-inserted-into-007Wearing earphones has become a fashion statement these days. Visit a tech store and you will see earphones in different colors and design. They are created as such to suit the taste and the attire of their wearers.

Earphones are wonderful tools used by many for different reasons. Transcriptionists for one use them to hear and understand clearly the audio files they need to transcribe. The same goes for other people whose work involves broadcast, music and the like. Some use earphones just to lose themselves into their preferred tune and eliminate the noise around for better concentration on their studies or work.

According to experts, continued use of earphones comes with disadvantages. These disadvantages are deemed to affect the health of the users. Earphones are inserted directly into the ears. This is a common concern that is seen by experts as possible cause of hearing damage. This is especially true for young kids and teenagers who seem to have no control over or who prefer high volume over low volume. This can be due to the fact that earphones are less effective in blocking background noise compared to traditional headphones.

Regular use of earphones is also responsible for eardrum pain. This is because of their positioning –inserting them into the ear near the eardrum. Sometimes, users push earphones further into their ears for increased audibility. Little did they know that doing so can hurt their eardrum and induce sensitivity to the skin in the ears.

Some hygiene problems may also be related to the regular use of earphones. Ear infection happens when earphones are left unclean after use. Needless to say, microscopic insects can live in earphones and transfer into the ears; thus, irritation follows. Sharing of earphones can be another cause of ear infection. Earphones collect bits and pieces of earwax from their user. When a pair of earphones is shared between two or more persons, spread of infection-causing bacteria is likely to happen.

The Harms Of Self-Medication

self-medicationSelf-medication is widely accepted today. It depicts how well-educated the current generation is as far a as health care is concerned. Self-medication has also raised an alarming issue worldwide whereby the sick would rather self-medicate rather than consult a doctor. This is most likely due to economic reasons. Nonetheless, experts see it as a result of other factors like the fear of knowing one’s real health condition.

When followed with appropriate consumer information, self-medication can provide a lot of benefits to one’s health. For one, it can delay the advancement of an illness or prevent symptoms from transforming into a full-blown sickness. It can also stop viral diseases from spreading.

Self-medication Problems

  • There are a number of non-prescription drugs that are available for self-medication in pharmacies today. The danger lies in the possibility of these drugs getting abused. Even though pharmaceutical companies label them as ‘safe’, no drug is proven to have no negative side effects at all. In truth, drugs can cure specific body parts needing their therapeutic elements and harm the other body parts particularly in the event of abuse or wrong use.
  • Self-medication contravenes the importance of a doctor’s diagnosis. With this, the sick do self-diagnosis. Medical practitioners are the only ones who can advise the sick of their real health problem. Thus, self-diagnosis and self-medication are both dangerous.
  • Self-medication often leads to death. People who self-medicate are often clueless of the recommended amount of drugs to take in a day or in a period of time. Some people even intentionally overdose themselves with drugs just to acquire the desired effect or relief they want instantly. Celebrities who died due to prolonged use or overdose of certain drugs are perfect examples for this scenario.