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Updated: May 7

Chemicals found in sanitary products.
Chemicals found in sanitary products.

Written 10/07/17

Since I have daughters who I occasionally accompany to the gynae, I have developed great interest in female hygiene issues. Of particular interest for me is the cyclical irritations and infections women suffer in their nether regions, that are usually attributed to chemical imbalances resulting from food and bath cosmetics.

What I find concerning though, is whenever scientists look at vaginal thrush and other such infections our women face, many causes are given but there is a conspicuous absence of the synthetic products women use for at least 20% of their lives: sanitary products.

Surely, the science is questionable when it attributes the pathology of vaginal infections and irritations to everything BUT the ubiquitous sanitary products which women use for the greater part of 30% of their lives. These include panty-liners, pads, tampons and even panty pads.

What Is Wrong With Sanitary Products?

As I write this, I can already hear some asking themselves what is wrong with these products. Well, EVERYTHING!

A majority of these products contain a spectrum of toxic, synthetic chemicals ranging from GMO cotton containing glyphosate, pesticides, bleach and petrol chemicals in the formulations designed to trap odors and to gel the menstrual flow.

The cup on the other hand is made from silicone [synthetic plastic] which is extracted from petrol chemicals and other hydro-carbons. I don’t think I need to labor the point of the problem of hydro-carbons in the human body.

This is information that most women, including our most educated medical practitioners don’t know about these marvels of western technology [witchcraft].

If You Can’t Eat It, Don’t Put In Your Body.

I have come across a wise saying that says: “if you can’t put it in your mouth, it shouldn’t be in your vagina”. Well, how many ladies who use tampons, menstrual cups, pantyliners and pads, could put the same in their mouths for six days every month without getting sick?

And if most sanitary products would make you sick by ingesting them, what are they doing in the most sensitive and absorbent part of a woman’s body? Let me put this in context for the reader. Studies say you are less likely to contract HIV from oral sex and the digestive tract, as you are from the vagina.

What Is Causing Cervical Cancer In Blacks?

So, now, by reading the above argument, do the words thrash, yeast infection, endometriosis and cervical cancer start to pop to mind? They pop into my medically ignorant mind.

And in a progressive society of educated people, ignorant questions should be subject to scientific inquisition, right? Scientific inquisition that should be critically formulated, specifically for the unique societies scourged by problems like cervical cancer and endometriosis, like the black community.

Men Must Care About Female Health

This brings me to the final point raised by a gentleman: This issue is for women only, not men. On the contrary, this issue is not for women alone because men and women together form society. As support for this argument, here I am, a man, a father of daughters, a son to a mother, raising a critical question about the safety of sanitary wear that most women wear without ever questioning.

Men and women are partners in this conundrum called life because the man IS because of the woman.

Moreover, the people manufacturing these products are mostly men, interested in profits more than women’s health. Therefore, female hygiene is a societal issue, particularly for us Africans because our daughters, wives and mothers are the ones suffering the most from cervical cancer.

So on a continent where we grow organic cotton, is it not time that we African men and women start using our financial resources and so called “education” to contribute to the research, development and manufacture of organic African sanitary products to save the lives of our wombman?

My Business Supports Ethical Business

It’s for the above reasons: the health of our people why my company, an marketing consultancy will not support western biotech, pharmaceutical and petro-chemical businesses, no matter how much we need the business. #EthicalBusinessForAfricanProgress

By Rutendo Bereza Matinyarare