A medical researcher, Dr. Bamidele Iwalokun, on Thursday condemned the use of tissue paper as sanitary pads by women, saying it could lead to severe health complications.
Iwalokun, who is the Head, Immunology and Vaccinology Research Department, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, said this in an interview with the newsmen in Lagos.
He said that some tissue papers were products of waste paper, and such tissue papers were not hygienic for draining blood during menstruation.
“The habit of using tissue paper in form of sanitary pads is a poor hygiene practice on the part of any woman.
“Because no health policy has supported the use of tissue paper as sanitary pads, it’s bad behaviour and should not be adopted.
“It doesn’t have any credibility of use. This should be a way of informing women that it carries a serious public health risk.
“The practice places such women at risk of having an infection, which may pass through the vagina cavity and enter the bloodstream, creating serious health problems,” Iwalokun said.
The researcher said that the use of tissue paper during menstruation could affect the reproductive organs and that it could lead to other health complications.
“Sometimes, it may be chronic infections that may not give serious symptoms to warrant going to the hospital, but it is indirectly damaging the reproductive system or that pathway.
“One of them is the Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which many women may not know they have until when issues of infertility come up, as untreated PID is a major cause of infertility.
“It also depends on the pathogens that are coming from such paper; so, it is important to identify the types of the pathogen that are isolated from such tissue papers.
“There must be a quality study that will show the various types of pathogens, in order to identify the type of damage it can cause.
“However, women should abstain from the practice of using tissue paper as sanitary pads, in order to avoid such health complications.
“Women should always adopt proper hygiene at all times, especially during their menstrual period,” he counselled.
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