According to a study conducted by a Delhi-based environmental NGO, there is a risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer due to the chemical added to popular sanitary napkins sold in India. A study conducted by NGO Toxic Link' found that phthalates and volatile organic compounds were found in a total of ten samples, six inorganic and four organic sanitary pads available in the market.
How dangerous are sanitary pads?
The findings of this study were published in a report titled 'Menstrual Waste 2022'. It was revealed that exposure to Phthalates, they have a profound effect on endocrine disruption, heart, and reproductive system. Due to this various types of health-related problems like diabetes, and cancer started. Additionally, exposure to VOCs increases the risk of brain illness, asthma, disability, certain cancers, and impaired reproductive system function.
Phthalates were found to be high in these sanitary napkins
The study found that some 'organic' sanitary napkins had the highest concentration of phthalates. As per the study, all types of sanitary napkins, organic and inorganic, were tested for the presence of phthalates. Among phthalates, the highest concentration was of DIDP, a type of phthalate, at 19,460 micrograms/kg (μg/kg) in the so-called organic pad.
Know what was revealed in the research
The combined concentrations of phthalates in one organic and one inorganic sample were found to be 0.0321 and 0.0224 grams, respectively, which is 0.1% higher than the product weight mandated under EU regulations, the study said. Due to this, women can have many physical problems. The study states that disposable sanitary pads are currently believed to be the most popular sanitary napkins worldwide. In such a situation, it is very important for women to know which napkin is safe for them and which product is harmful.
These important rules should be implemented for companies and manufacturers making sanitary pads
First of all, it should be recommended to investigate the presence and possible effect of VOCs and phthalates in menstrual products.
Second, the government and standard-setting bodies should prepare standards for chemicals in sanitary products.
Third, it should be mandatory for manufacturers to disclose the list of product ingredients.
Fourth, responsible advertising ensures that manufacturers highlight relevant information on the product and factors such as risk, and alert.
Recommend regulations and plans to promote the reduction or elimination of the use of these harmful chemicals in products.