It is estimated that an average girl loses more than a full month of classes in a school year during their menses as they are unable to afford sanitary towels. This disrupts in their studies and unfairly causes them to lag behind boys in class.In an effort to manage their menstrual period, they turn to drastic and unhygienic methods such as using old cloths and blankets to tissue paper and cotton wool. Sexual predators also prey on them, promising them money which they can use to buy sanitary pads in exchange for sex.
It has been noted that giving of the sanitary pads is not enough, educating girls on how to use and dispose of them is also important. For example some girls fold them and insert them like tampons. Educating people also helps reduce the stigma and shame associated with the menstruation cycle as well as people who are unable to control passing urine due to illness or old age.
We've found that girls in very rural areas are the most neglected and affected. Consequently, every year, we go to rural areas to teach young girls about menstruation and menstrual health so as to dispel misconceptions and help them understand what menstrual health is all about. In response to the heartfelt cry of the girl child, we searched for, obtained and now supply hygienic, high quality sanitary pads at pocket friendly prices.
Difference between sanitary towels and tampons
Due to the differences in where they are both placed (with sanitary towels being on the outside of the body and tampons being inserted inside the vagina), it is important for the user to observe high hygiene by washing their hands before inserting the tampon. This reduces the risk of infection from germs that may be picked up while doing daily tasks.
Tampons require more care and should be changed frequently to avoid a rare but very fatal illness called Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) which is caused by keeping the tampon in the vagina for a long time. The long duration that the tampon is kept in for causes bacteria to multiply within the vagina. This then invades the blood stream, releasing toxins that can cause a very severe and occasionally life threatening illness.
Symptoms of TSS include high fever, vomiting or diarrhea, severe muscle aches, a feeling of extreme weakness or dizziness and a rash that looks like sunburn.