Bandages have a function to absorb blood that comes out during menstruation. Although the functions and how to use it are classified as very simple, of course you often hear a number of myths of sanitary napkins in the middle of society. Here are some myths about sanitary napkins that are still often believed, but rest assured that all myths are not true at all.
Various myths of sanitary napkins in the community, broken by the medical world
1. Sanitary napkins cause cervical cancer
False . Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus or abbreviated as HPV. There are more than one hundred types of HPV, but so far there are only about 13 types of viruses that could be the cause of cervical cancer. This virus is most often transmitted through unprotected sex. So, not because of sanitary napkins!
2. Garbage pads need to be separated from other rubbish for fear of contracting cancer
False . Many believe that disposing of trash cans should not be put together with other rubbish, because touching it will cause cancer. Cancer is basically caused by a malignant cancer cell mutation, and can be triggered by genetic factors or poor diet. Cancer is not contagious, let alone transmitted through touch. Even so, maintaining cleanliness during menstruation is still important. If you are lazy to maintain the cleanliness of the vagina while menstruating, then you will be more susceptible to various diseases.
Eits! But do not also throw waste from sanitary napkins carelessly, like at times or on the river. Like the river in Kawassan Ponorogo which is usually used as a dumping place for sanitary napkins, diapers, and underwear by local residents. They believe that throwing trash from sanitary napkins in the river will get cool because the water has cool and cold properties. Residents also believe if the underwear is burned, the owner will be sick, his genitals will feel hot and susceptible to disease. Likewise, if the baby's diaper is dumped in the trash, the baby will be fussy.
The myth of this sanitary napkin has nothing to do with it. What exists, the environment and water will actually be polluted and potentially cause an outbreak of disease. Because cloth diapers and pads that hold blood and feces can be an ideal place for bacteria to breed.
3. Use sanitary pads when menstruation makes it sterile
False. Until now, there have been no studies that state that the use of sanitary napkins will cause infertility. But one study in Pakistan shows that the use of unclean materials or materials to absorb menstrual blood can actually increase the risk of infertility. Even though they don't know how to process it, but using clean material that can absorb blood well is important for the health of female organs.
On the other hand, improper use of material for the absorption of menstrual blood can cause infection. During menstruation, the humidity in the intimate area will increase because the blood coming out through the vaginal opening and this will facilitate the occurrence of fungal infections and bacteria.
Bandages are products that can be ascertained to be sterile and safe before use. To stay clean and avoid irritation and infection, you should be diligent in changing pads 4-6 once or when menstrual blood is coming out a lot. If you want to be safe, make sure your sanitary napkin has a registration number from the Indonesian Ministry of Health as proof of national health standards.
4. Scented sanitary napkins make menstrual blood not smell
False . Basically, the smell of menstrual blood is very typical, because it contains cells that were originally "alive". Please note that the smell of menstrual blood will not be smelled by someone else.
Conversely, the chemicals used as fragrances in sanitary napkins actually risk triggering irritation in the vaginal area. If your vagina continues to give off an unpleasant smell even after the period is over, consult your doctor.
5. Adhesive in sanitary napkins causes vaginal discharge
False. The function of the adhesive on the pads is to glue the pads to the panties so that they are not easily shifted or crumpled while on the move.
Leucorrhoea is a normal thing. This liquid actually helps cleanse the vagina to keep the vagina clean and healthy, and provides lubricants and protects the vagina from infection and irritation. But if your vaginal discharge looks abnormal, this might be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. On the other hand, the adhesive pattern is in the form of thin lines, so it does not cover the entire back of the pads so that air circulation remains smooth and moist. Simply put, adhesive in sanitary napkins is not the cause of vaginal discharge. This is just one of the myths of pads that you don't need to believe anymore.
Don't like to use sanitary napkins? Try using tampons or menstrual cups
Apart from the various myths of sanitary napkins above, it is important to maintain your vaginal hygiene during menstruation. If you are not comfortable using sanitary napkins, you can use tampons or menstrual cups. Make sure you regularly change the pads, tampons or menstrual cups that you use.
The recommended time for changing pads is every 4-6 hours of use. That is, in a day you should replace the pads as much as 4-6 times. Because using sanitary napkins, tampons, and menstrual cups for more than four hours risks risking infection. This is because your female organs cannot breathe through the plastic lining the pads and the menstrual cup. In addition, taking too long tampons is also prone to cause toxic shock syndrome.
Bandages that are not routinely replaced can cause odors and infections from bacteria from menstrual blood. In addition, if your blood flow is very large while the sanitary napkin is not enough to hold it, it can eventually cause leakage. To prevent this from happening, you should recognize how hard your blood flow is. If the blood flow is heavy and the pads that you use don't absorb enough of your blood, you may need to change the pads more often.
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