Tampons, in ancient Rome had pads of wool, in Indonesia from plants and Japanese women used the rolled paper. Commercially produced from the 30s and the life of a woman consumes up to 12 000 of these products.
Is this really necessary? Should we stop? Menstruation is a normal biological process relating to half the population, but still remains a taboo.
The menstrual cycle is repeated approximately every 28 days, from puberty to menopause.
With progesterone and estrogen endometrial always amplifies as preparation for a possible pregnancy. But when a woman get pregnant, progesterone level drops and mucous membrane separates.
Menstrual blood from the uterine arteries therefore includes also these particles.
Facts You Should Know
In an animal it is not common, menstruating them very little.
Apart from exceptions such as humans, primates, bats or elephant shrew, in most animals uterus amplifies only during pregnancy. During menstruation, the body goes 30-90 ml of fluid, and the main method of capturing 81% of women use tampons, sometimes along with inserts. Tampons are made of highly absorbent materials reacting with water, such as cotton and silk.
But unlike the rest of them are not biodegradable tampon.
This woman in his life will create over 130 kg of waste.
These materials also creates a favorable environment for Staphylococcus bacterium.
This causes a rare, but life-threatening disease Toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
Blood supplies uterus neutralizing proteins reducing acidity and limits the ability to destroy bacteria.
In 1983, it was officially reported more than 2,200 cases of TSS, But already in 1997 there were only 5, thanks to the awareness of tampons, such as the need to exchange to max. 8 hours, or select the lowest absorbency. Additionally, the vagina can dry out and chafe the skin, which increases the risk of infection.
Women per year for tampons and pads will spend around 2500 CZK even if they are necessary, they are often highly taxed.
That changed protests in countries like Canada, But in some poorer countries, because girls can not go to school. In Spring misses 9 million girls aged 13 to 19 years of teaching due to lack of hygiene needs or capacity to change them. Replace them with the menstrual cup, airtight container for collecting blood for reuse.
It is significantly cheaper than tampons and it can be taken up to several years.
Varies up to 12 hours, so women do not have it exchanged at school or work, and substantially less stress on the planet.
In a study of women 19 to 40 years, have previously used tampons and 3 cycles is exchanged for a cup, It was preferred by 91% of them despite the necessity of learning they would recommend it.
Menstrual blood saves lives! Scientists are developing diagnostic tests for home use, that this blood will recognize the origins of cancer, endometriosis, reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases.
Stem cells of blood They are stronger than those from bone marrow.
It can be combined to create up to 9 different types of cells.
Menstrual blood may therefore constitute nemoezený, easily available, inexpensive and ethical source of cells for regenerative medicine. From the taboo over the ‘normal’ to saving lives.
Menstruation is really great, is not it?