Dr Kike Adesina of the Department of Gynaecology in University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital has urged women to stay away from using tampons for menstrual cycle as it does more damage than good to their health.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) On Saturday, October 15th, 2016, Adesina said the use of tampons by women exposes the vagina to lots of complications.
“Tampons in themselves are not safe due to the impact on vaginal health and hygiene.
“Women sometimes forget tampons in their body and this can serve as reservoir of infections,”. she said.
According to her, research has shown women who use tampons can have Toxic Shock Syndrome .
She explained that suffering such syndrome could lead to miscarriages, loss of limbs and hair, severe organ damage, miscarriages, and many other severe health complications.
Adesina also revealed that such a practice blocks the wetness and temperature of the vagina.
“This eventually causes the growth of yeast and bacteria,” she said.
She said caution should be applied while using other menstrual pads, adding that most of these products have secrecy surrounding its mode of production.
“Due to the chemical processes used to create sanitary napkins, there’s a risk that women who use menstrual pads can experience irritation and infection.
“Recently, I heard rumours that these product contain dioxin, if this is true, then the effects of dioxin are carcinogenic,” she said.
Sanitary pads and towels are advised to be used for menstruation instead of tampons.
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