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Menstrual Hygiene: Switching to Eco-Friendly Menstrual Products for Better Menstrual Hygiene | Nagpur News

Nagpur: Menstrual hygiene has now become a hot topic and awareness about the use of sanitary pads has increased significantly. However, doctors suggested a forward-looking step towards ‘Go Green’ and ‘eco-friendly’ menstrual products on May 28, which is celebrated as ‘World Menstrual Hygiene Day’. Dr. Sangeeta Tajpuria, former president of NOGS Nagpur, said: “It is great that the use of sanitary napkins is high in India, even among rural girls across Nagpur. But now we have to think one step ahead. This next step lies in embracing sustainable menstrual products,” she said. Disposable sanitary towels are the most commonly used, which poses a significant burden on the environment. These sanitary napkins are not biodegradable, take hundreds of years to break down in landfills and contain harmful toxins. Like Dr. Tajpuria said, “These sanitary napkins release dioxin, a poison that pollutes the environment and poses health risks.” The answer lies in switching to sustainable menstrual products that are safe, reusable and hygienic. Menstrual cups and cloth pads are at the forefront of this eco-friendly movement, she said. Doctors suggested absorbent cloth sanitary pads that can be washed and reused after each menstrual period. These are especially recommended for unmarried and young girls due to their ease of use and affordability. They are a safe and hygienic alternative to using old cloths. Dr. Priyanka Kamble spoke about menstrual cups. “Menstrual cups are a comfortable and durable option, made from medical-grade silicone. They are inserted internally and collect menstrual fluid, creating a leak-free seal,” she said. The initial cost is around Rs 400, but one cup can last up to 10 years, making it a cost-effective choice in the long run. Dr. Swapna Khanzode spoke about lesser known health risks associated with poor menstrual hygiene. “Poor menstrual hygiene can lead to serious health risks such as pelvic inflammatory disease, increased susceptibility to HPV, toxic shock syndrome, bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections and various reproductive tract infections. These lesser-known risks underscore the importance of comprehensive menstrual health education and resources,” she said. “Ensuring access to clean and safe menstrual products, good sanitation and menstrual health education can significantly reduce these risks. By addressing the root causes and promoting better menstrual hygiene practices, we can improve women’s health and well-being,” she concluded.

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