Women suffering from gynecological diseases, no shortage of vaginal infections caused by improper use of Sanitary napkin
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After two hours of use, the Sanitary
napkin is easy to become a breeding ground for bacteria. It is easy to cause gynecological diseases such as vaginitis, cervicitis and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Medical Director/Gynecology Director, Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University
Text / reporter Huang Rongfang correspondent Liu Lihong
Medicated sanitary napkins, cool sanitary napkins, scented sanitary napkins, "super-capacity" sanitary napkins, and mesh sanitary napkins... Today, sanitary napkins with various concepts on the market are dazzling. According to gynaecologists, women suffering from gynecological diseases are caused by vaginal infections caused by improper use of sanitary napkins, and some even lead to infertility. Experts recommend that it is safer to use cotton, non-scented sanitary napkins, especially for women with allergies. Experts also reminded, do not believe that the "super capacity" of sanitary napkins, it is best to change once in two hours, because the sanitary napkins will become a breeding ground for bacteria after two hours of use, prone to vaginitis, cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease and other gynecological diseases.
Scented or medical sanitary napkin
May damage the internal environment
According to Jiang, director of the Department of Gynecology, the Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, many women are influenced by advertisements. When choosing sanitary napkins, they like to pursue cute shapes, charming fragrances, or love all kinds of medical sanitary napkins.
But in fact, sanitary napkins without unusual odors are safer. Jiang said that because the female vaginal straight through the body, the fragrance added to the sanitary napkin, the drug may damage the internal environment of the female body, easily lead to vaginal itching, allergies and other gynecological diseases. “So, women should be cautious in purchasing sanitary napkins and not using cool, scented sanitary napkins.”
Abuse of sanitary pads
Easy to make moisture gather germs
Jiang said that because the sanitary pads are small, simple and easy to use, many women rely on sanitary pads. Whether in the late menstruation, ovulation, or vaginal discharge, they like to use, and some even replaced the underwear with a pad.
“This is also a bad habit,” Jiang said. The skin of the female genitals is very delicate and requires a very breathable environment. Most of the sanitary pads are not breathable enough, so it is easy to make the moisture gather and breed the bacteria, so it is less useful. "Especially if there are more vaginal discharges, yellowish color or blood, and odor, it is probably due to vaginal inflammation and other diseases. The best way is not to use a sanitary pad, but to go to the gynecology clinic as soon as possible. Not a long-term use of sanitary pads."
"Super capacity" sanitary napkins: too long to change into a breeding ground for breeding bacteria
Jiang said that some women either work too busy, or because of the small amount of menstrual blood, or to save sanitary napkins, like to buy the kind of sanitary napkins known as "absorbed", and do not like to change sanitary napkins.
Jiang believes that this is not a good habit. Because the self-immunity of menstruating women is originally lower than usual, and the sanitary napkins will become a breeding ground for bacteria after two hours of use. If not replaced in time, the bacteria that are "cultivated" in the sanitary napkin will enter the body along the vagina. May cause vaginitis, cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease and other gynecological diseases. "Women with gynecological diseases are caused by vaginal infections caused by improper use of sanitary napkins, and some even lead to infertility."
“Sanitary napkins are best replaced every two hours.” She said that especially in the summer, the weather is getting hotter and the sanitary napkins are more likely to breed germs in the vagina. Therefore, no matter how small or small, the sanitary napkins should be replaced more frequently. She also reminded that when using sanitary napkins, be sure to keep your hands clean, and it is best not to leave the sanitary napkins in the bathroom. Open the wrapped sanitary napkins, preferably again in a sealed bag, usually no more than two weeks.
Mesh sanitary napkin: not soft enough to stimulate the genital skin
In terms of materials, Jiang said that the popular sanitary napkins on the market are extremely popular because they are relatively dry and not hot.
However, many women have overlooked that the sanitary napkins are usually not soft enough to stimulate the skin of the human body, especially the female genitals.
“The most important criteria for selecting sanitary napkins are hygiene, safety and comfort.” Jiang suggested that it is safer to buy cotton sanitary napkins because the texture of cotton sanitary napkins is usually softer and less irritating to female genitals.
Used sanitary napkins in time
Jiang said that many women like to put used sanitary napkins in the garbage bin of the bathroom, and then discard them once the holiday is over. "This habit is also not allowed." She said that most of the bathroom is dark, the sun is not enough and the sun is wet. The discarded sanitary napkins can easily mold mold in this warm and humid environment, not only pollute the air in the bathroom, but also likely Let the mold that is in the "dormant" state on the human skin "resurrection", causing skin diseases such as ankle, handcuffs, and femoral hernia. If mold enters the body of a delicate and sensitive person, it may cause various medical diseases.
How to choose a sanitary napkin
Unscented cotton sanitary napkins are safer
Ginger suggests that it is best to use cotton, non-scented sanitary napkins, especially for women with allergies, to change more frequently. “If you feel uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, tingling, etc., stop using it immediately and consult a professional doctor at a regular hospital.”
At the same time, the selection of sanitary napkins should also be seen in the packaging. Packaging materials must be non-toxic, non-hazardous, clean, and sufficiently sealed and strong. The minimum packaging unit should be sealed and should not leak or break. The surface non-woven fabric is tightly sealed and the inner layer is not exposed. “Sanitary spots or damaged sanitary napkins must not be used to prevent infection.” In addition, check the product name, main raw material name, manufacturer (name, address, telephone number) on the sanitary napkin packaging. , zip code), production enterprise health license number, production date, expiration date or shelf life, storage conditions, specifications, quantity, etc.
Fluorescent whitening sanitary napkins are best not to use
Ginger also mentioned that several sanitary napkins were blasted with fluorescent whitening agents, which made many women who used exposed sanitary napkins panic. She said that the fluorescent whitening agent is a color conditioner that has a bright white color in the sanitary napkin. It has a certain toxicity, and intake of sufficient amount will lead to various diseases, but the amount of fluorescent whitening agent added to the sanitary napkin is very small, far from reaching the scope of toxicity, and there is no evidence to clarify its harmfulness. . "However, it is best not to use it before the hazard of the fluorescent whitening agent is determined, because after all, the fluorescent whitening agent is not easily decomposed once it is accumulated in the body, which will weaken people's immunity."