Health, Interviews

‘How we dispose our sanitary pads’

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Menstrual periods are occasionally inconvenient but what is more inconvenient is disposing soiled sanitary napkins. Women, both rural and urban, face this predicament every month. Some women wrap it in cellophane bags or paper and throw it along with domestic garbage. Some flush them or throw them into the canal.

ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke with some women on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, on how to properly dispose sanitary pads.

 

MISS IFEOLUWA

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I always wrap them in an old newspaper or I will buy black nylon bag and dispose it in a trash can.

Why?

Because no other person, apart from me should see it because it is irritating.

 

MISS AYOMIDE

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I dispose them inside the toilet or sometimes I will throw them into the dustbin.

Why?

Because I do not want another person to see them, I do not want people to use them for ritual.

 

MISS EBUNOLUWA

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I tie them in a nylon bag and throw them inside the bush.

Why?

That is the best way for me. I cannot throw them inside the dustbin.

 

MISS RITA

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I tie them in black nylon and I throw them in the dustbin.

Why?

Because they are wrapped and no one will go there to tamper with them.

 

MISS LOLA

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I tear the wrapper and wash the blood off from the cotton wool, then pour water in the toilet and flush them.

Why?

Just for safety, that is all. I do not know who the evil ones have sent to destroy people. So, I am always careful with mine.

 

JOY

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I will gather everything together even the tissue I used to clean up, I will keep them, after the last day, I will burn everything.

Why?

To me, I feel that is the best way to keep them safe.

 

MISS BOLA

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I bury them after I finish my period.

Why?

I think that is the safest way to dispose them.

 

MISS TUMININU

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I put mine under a running water while having my bath so that the water will wash the blood away till they are clean and I will squeeze them and wrap them in an old newspaper, tie them in a black nylon and throw them in the bin like refuse.

Why?

Because there will not be odour or stickiness or dirt.

 

MISS ANITA

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I flush the cotton wool in the WC after every period.

Why?

They are safe there.

 

MISS DAMOLA

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I shred the pad even though it will waste my time and I have to have my bath afterwards and flush them the toilet.

Why?

Because nobody will go into the suck-away to look for them so, it is safe there.

 

MISS ROSE

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I burn them every month.

Why?

Nothing, I feel it is the best way to dispose your pad.

 

MISS VIVIAN

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I remove them from the nylon cover, flush the wool inside and burn the nylon.

Why?

After hearing stories of ritualists using pads for money ritual, I stopped disposing mine in the dustbin.

 

MISS OPEOLUWA

How do you dispose your sanitary pads?

I wrap them with tissue paper and big nylon and throw them away in the dustbin. I will make sure they’re not visible in the dustbin.

Why?

Because that is the best way to keep safe.

-TINUOLA JOSEPH and GLORY OSIGWE

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