Sanitary Pads: 5 Reasons Why Sanitary Napkins Are Dangerous

sanitary pads: 5 Reasons Why Sanitary Pads are Dangerous

Eat healthy, drink some green smoothies and go to the gym – you know the drill. Girls live in a world where being healthy is cool and well, expensive.

We check our food’s nutritional value - count the calories and cholesterol percentage because there is this slight obsession not just to lose weight but primarily to be healthy and organic.

But then again, we tend to overlook the other important factors that are considered unhealthy and unsafe. 

So how well do you know your favorite sanitary pads? You’ve been using them for a long time, maybe ever since you start your menstruation.

Girls always listen to their mothers’ recommendation when it comes to buying feminine hygiene products. But sometimes, we need to check if they’re safe enough before making our choices.

And as consumers, it is our responsibility to make sure that you are buying products that won’t harm or worst, kill you.

That’s why more women now choose to use organic menstrual pads without any plastic materials, period panties or menstrual cup like the EvaCup.

Check out my post about the "Advantages and Disadvantages of Menstrual Cups".

Here are the 5 reasons why your sanitary pads are dangerous:

1. They can cause cancer

sanitary pads can cause cancer

Of course, you don’t just get cancer right away. But you’re using pads every month and though there are only low levels of exposure to chemical contaminants found in the materials of such pads.

They would accumulate inside our bodies and threaten our reproductive health. Just the thought of having these cancerous chemicals on our vagina is sickening and scary.


  • Your pads are made of plastic materials. Some chemicals that are made to plastic like BPA and BPS can complicate embryonic development. The plasticizers can actually lead to organ damage. 
  • The fiber in the absorbent pads that you use can cause cervical cancer. Sanitary pads are not purely made of cotton but they’re made of cellulose gel. 
  • The dioxin present in the menstrual pads can cause ovarian cancer. 
  • Napkins are made to absorb wetness. That is why aside from cotton, they also contain rayon, a synthetic fiber, which is also dangerous because they also contain dioxin. Basically, when rayon is bleached, it releases dioxin. 

2. They contain pesticides and herbicides

Hell No Face - contains pesticides

We all know pads are made of cotton. Like other crops, cotton crops are being sprayed with pesticides and herbicides that can definitely cause harm when they reach your bloodstream.

Furan, a potentially dangerous chemical, is present on the cotton and will stay until it’s harvested.

Imagine having this chemical contaminant inside your body. Furan is even linked to cancer in some experimental animals.

Herbicides and pesticides are linked to thyroid malfunction, infertility and other health problems.

3. They contain dioxin, an environmental pollutant

70 Percent Suffer from Urinary Tact Infection with Dioxin

Cotton is not naturally ultra – white. Because most girls prefer something that is purely white to make them feel they’re putting on something fresh and clean, sanitary pad companies use a chemical called dioxin to bleach the cotton.

Unconsciously, we are paying a very high price for being neat freaks. Such companies may argue that the pads contain very low levels of dioxin.

Based on research, a short-term exposure to dioxin can cause skin darkening and altered liver function.

A woman might be using 6,000 sanitary napkins in her lifetime and when dioxin accumulates in the body it can cause serious health risks and diseases such as immune system damage, diabetes, hormone dysfunction, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cancer and others.

4. They can cause infertility and birth defects


Your pads contain odor neutralizers or deodorants because every woman hates the smell of blood. It’s understandable.

However, sanitary pad companies added some chemicals in the scented pads that can cause complications on your baby’s embryonic development.

Also, it is not recommended to use scented feminine hygiene products because they can cause irritation.

They can cause yeast infection which can lead to other health complications.

5. They are prone to bacterial growth and other infections

napkins are prone to bacterial growth

Prolonged use of sanitary pads in a day means an overgrowth of staphylococcus aureus bacteria in your vagina.

It’s commonly called as toxic shock syndrome. Some symptoms of toxic shock syndrome are dizziness, fever and diarrhea.

The toxins released by the bacteria can actually cause a sudden drop in your blood pressure which is dangerous because the brain fails to get enough supply of blood.

Your pads are made of synthetic materials which can cause blockage of wetness, which encourage bacterial growth.

This is one of the reasons why some women experience severe allergies and yeast infections.

Some women may think it’s normal to have allergies and itchiness, which is a misconception.

Being a woman is not just about having your monthly period, being beautiful with your makeup on or having a vagina.

Being a woman means being mature enough to take control of your body and taking care of your reproductive health.

Enjoyed reading this blog? Do you have any comments? Leave us a comment below! :)


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  • As someone who cares about the environment I am pleased you are discouraging people from using disposable items – it’s better to use the cup. I would like to encourage you however, to be less sensationalist (presenting stories in a way that is intended to provoke public interest or excitement, at the expense of accuracy).

    It’s a shame I lost interest in your article by your one sided arguments that had no links to any scientific research that backs up your points.

    One example of this is claiming that sanitary pads cause TSS. Tampons can but it’s highly unlikely/ not true that pads do.

    It’s great that your trying to help but it would be good to have links to evidence rather than lots of long words people don’t know which may scare them. The fact you’re selling products makes your agenda glaringly transparent.

    I also found your meme’s insensitive.



  • Everything mentioned here is true. That’s why I stopped using these sanitary napkins and I started manufacturing organic anti bacterial napkins and using those only.
    its 100% chemicals and plastic free.

  • I previously wrote about my bad experience using gel napkins over diapers (Always) ….after hospital visit and antiobotics shots still trying to get better from infection. I was anxious to find another replacement so fell for ads for WinIon paint liners that have an ion strip that is supossed to help change your PDF for better. They came from mayo Asia (I should have been leery) I opened them and then decoded to check out the safety of these only to find that the ion strip can leach ION radiation into your system. Be sure to look up "sanitary pads with ION strip . The government are trying to get these out of the country. Sooo glad I checked before wearing. Lost some money but could have been disaster.

    Ruth cook
  • @Ruth Cook Sorry to hear that. It feels good to read a comment like this that appreciates our work and helps you informed about your situation using gel pads. Actually, Anigan are selling some reusable and safe/non-toxic alternative menstrual products. Just check out the link below. Thanks and I hope you find the right alternative solution for your menstrual health.

    Teya Janelle
  • I am so glad you are spreading information about the dangers of sanitary napkins.

    To Sandeep The problem with not knowing which content in a napkin causes cancer is the fact that the FDA does not regulate these products so manufacturers are not required to tell you what is inside these napkins.
    What my research has shown me is that they bleach these products to make them white. A byproduct of bleaching is a chemical called dioxin.

    Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer. Some people claim there is no harm to human health, but the fact that you are using this in a very sensitive area of your body, over time, you are being exposed to problems!

    Message me on Facebook for more info and solutions


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