As it is regularly said, poor menstrual hygiene can pose serious health risks; These are the words of medical practitioners stressing the importance of good hygiene during the menstrual cycle as teenagers now substitute sanitary pads for fabrics and toilet paper due to the high prices.
Speaking with Royaltimes, a secondary school girl who pleaded anonymity revealed that she subsequently sought for alternatives since the increment in the prices of sanitary pad.
In the same vein, a 14 year old secondary school girl said her mother can no longer afford a pad as the product she used initially was one thousand five hundred naira but is now sold for over three thousand naira.
In a bid to enlighten young girls about the effect of fabrics or tissue during menstrual cycle, medical practitioner, Oyesanya Adeola highlighted the effect of using fabrics in the female body system, noting that life expectancy are dropping over the decades, as people now pay negligence to their wellbeing especially young girls .
Oyesanya reiterated that back in the days before the production of sanitary pads, mothers survived with fabrics, noting that fabrics when rightly used is a good option if washed with detergents and sun dried compared to regular disposables.
In addition, Oyesanya emphasized that toilet paper should not be used during the menstrual cycle except in times of emergencies as it is found to contain toxic substances which can easily cause infection before calling for stringent steps to be taken during the menstrual cycle in order to fight against infection.
The myth against the use of fabrics has been debunked by the medical practitioners while the use of toilet paper has been said to be a dangerous option.