Women warned about using sanitary pads with ‘dirt’ inside them to ease cramp
Forget two ibruprofen and a hot water bottle, the answer to your debilitating menstrual cramps may have been in your back garden all along.
We don’t mean adding a spoonful of soil to every meal or shovelling compost into your mouth to combat period pain.
Instead, a sanitary pad has been launched which claims it’s found a drug-fee way of alleviating period pain – thanks to its "organically occurring earth elements."
The makers of NannoPad also claim the "nannogenic technology" helps to purify the pad and therefore minimise odour and bacteria.
Doctors aren’t buying it though.
Dr Jen Gunter, who has spoken out against health advice (mostly vaginal) touted by Gwyneth Paltrow has weighed in on the NannoPad.
"Dirt doesn’t give off therapeutic ‘energy’ for your uterus," she wrote in her blog.
"Medically speaking there is no ‘energy’ from the earth that impacts the flow of blood in the uterine blood vessels or that can treat painful periods.
"I mean, if the earth’s crust had this magical element then we would probably have never given up the whole Red Tent practice.
"In fact, as we would be exposed to this dust all the time we wouldn’t have period pain at all.
"The claims of pain relief are the part of the sales pitch that angers me the most.
"Women with bad period pain can be desperate and taking advantage of it is wrong."
Dr Gunter also raised some concerns about the ingredients.
"Kind of hard to say it is safe when you don’t know the ingredients," she added.
"Here’s hoping it’s not asbestos or talc.
"This is likely a regular pad with processed wood pulp and/or cotton.
"If it has anything ‘different’ it could be activated charcoal, but the components are not listed."
Nannocare, who manufacture the pads, advice women to use them up to six days before their period starts to help "begin the process of microcirculation" before cramps set in.
Using the product can "help to keep cramps under control, and lessen the need for painkillers", they claim.
Available in the UK, a pack of 20 costs £10, which is significantly dearer than a pack of sanitary pads from a leading brand.
MirrorOnline has contacted NannoCare for comment.
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