Impact of unhygienic sanitary practices on women’s health
Poor menstrual hygiene can cause fungal infections, Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Unhygienic practices also leave women vulnerable to infertility.
A few statistical facts on women’s health related to sanitary hygiene
- Of the 355 million menstruating women in India, only 12 per cent use sanitary pads.
- Over 88 percent of women resorted to shocking alternatives such as cloth, ashes and husk during menstruation, thereby causing severe reproductive health problems.
- Incidence of RTI was 70 percent more common among women with unhygienic sanitary practices.
- 97 per cent gynaecologists surveyed believe that sanitary pads can act as a preventive measure against reproductive tract infection.
The biggest barrier to adoption of quality sanitary pads in India turned out to be ‘affordability’ and ‘accessibility’. Nearly 70 percent of women said that their families cannot afford sanitary pads.
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