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What is Asana’s Biowave Advantage
Asana’s Biowave Advantage™ marks a milestone in feminine protection. It represents the first major advance in sanitary napkins in a generation. The Biowave Advantage™ layer combines the proven health-promoting properties of natural minerals – and advances in nano-technology — in a patented application designed to help women feel fresher, more energetic and more confident. Health Canada has classified the Biowave Advantage™ layer as a Medical Device Class 1 (antibacterial). Independent testing by SGS Group, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification organization, has certified the Biowave Advantage™ layer as 99.99% effective on the bacteria escherichia coli, staphylococcus aureus, and a common yeast, candida.
Are Asana products safe?
TESTED AND APPROVED AS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE
Asana International chose to launch its first Biowave Advantage™ products in its home country of Canada because the federal regulator, Health Canada, has among the world’s most stringent regulations for consumer health products. Health Canada has classified Asana’s Biowave Advantage™ products as safe for consumer use, classifying them products as a Medical Device Class 1 (antibacterial).
Asana’s patented Biowave Advantage™ layer has also been tested by SGS Group, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, they operate a network of more than 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS has certified Asana’s Biowave Advantage™ layer as 99.99% effective on bacteria.
About Vaginal Yeast (Candida) Infection
What is a vaginal yeast infection?
A vaginal yeast infection is a common infection caused by the overgrowth of yeast in the vagina.
Yeast infections are caused by the overgrowth of certain yeast that normally lives in the vagina. This overgrowth can be caused by many factors including:
• taking antibiotics or corticosteroids
• taking birth control pills
• poorly controlled diabetes,
Yeast infections are not usually transmitted during sex.
What are the symptoms?
In women, the vagina may become very itchy and sore. Sometimes a cottage cheese-like discharge will appear. The vagina may become red and dry, which could make sexual intercourse painful.
In men, there are generally no symptoms, but a rash may appear on the penis.
How is a vaginal yeast infection treated?
There are a number of ways to treat yeast infections. Treatment options include pills or creams, and ointments or tablets that are inserted into the vagina. Some treatments require a prescription and others can be bought off the shelf at the pharmacy.
Other vaginal infections and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may cause symptoms similar to a vaginal yeast infection. If you are unsure if you have a yeast infection, first check with your health care provider before treating yourself.
Women who repeatedly get yeast infections should see their doctor. This can occasionally be a sign of another disease.
About Vaginal Discharge
Vaginal discharge serves an important housekeeping function in the female reproductive system. Fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix carries away dead cells and bacteria. This keeps the vagina clean and helps prevent infection.
Most of the time, vaginal discharge is perfectly normal. The amount can vary, as can odor and hue (its color can range from clear to a milky white-ish), depending on the time in your menstrual cycle. For example, there will be more discharge if you are ovulating, breastfeeding, or are sexually aroused. The smell may be different if you are pregnant or you haven’t been diligent about your personal hygiene.
None of those changes is cause for alarm. However, if the color, smell, or consistency seems significantly unusual, especially if it accompanied by vaginal itching or burning, you could be noticing an infection or other condition.
What is TSS?
Toxic Shock Syndrome develops when the common bacteria, Staphylococcus Aureus, produce a toxin which is absorbed into the bloodstream. The toxin rapidly overwhelms the immune system and attacks the major organs, leading to kidney failure, collapse of the lungs and in severe cases, cardiac arrest. Alarmingly, half of all known cases of Toxic Shock are women using TAMPONS.
What Causes TSS?
There are two types of TSS, one is caused by Staphylococcus aureus and the other type occurs during menstruation with the use of tampons. Vaginal tampons, especially those containing any synthetic ingredients like viscose rayon, create the physical-chemical conditions that allow for TSST-1 toxin production to degress dependent upon the composition of the tampon and the environment it creates. Research clearly shows that the toxins of Staphylococcus aureus are amplified by these tampons. (the tampon connection).
There has never been a case of TSS caused by the use of all-cotton tampons.
Symptoms of TSS
- Sore throat
- Aching muscles
- High temperature; over 102 degrees F
- Watery diarrhea
- Red rash
- Very low blood pressure
Only one or two symptoms may occur. They do not necessarily occur all at once and may not persist.
What You Should Do
- Remove the tampon (save it if possible)
- Seek IMMEDIATE medical attention
- Inform the doctor that you have been using tampons
- Take TSS information leaflet with you
After Effects of TSS
Survivors of Toxic Shock Syndrome may have been hospitalized for weeks and there is usually a long recovery period. They may have suffered:
- Loss of fingers and toes due to gangrene
- Permanent kidney and liver damage
- Deafness and blindness
- Peeling skin, and loss of nails and hair
- Continual infections
- Short term memory loss
- No energy for months or even years
- Psychological and emotional distress
The term STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) is now commonly used in the place of STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). STI is more encompassing, including infections that may be asymptomatic. The term STI is used more frequently on this site but please note that the term STD may still be used in some links and earlier publications.
“This information is sourced from Health Canada.”
Why doesn’t Asana offer Tampons?
Some of potential problems with Tampons are:
The fibers left behind by from rayon, viscose, and fluff pulp in tampons may contribute to another hazard as well.
Tampons can create a favorable environment for bacteria growth.
Micro tears in the vaginal wall from tampons allow bacteria to enter and accumulate.
Super absorbent tampons are especially dangerous, as they can expand so much they may actually stick to the vaginal wall.
When the tampon is removed, a layer of the vaginal lining may be scraped or peeled off.
One recognized risk from tampon use is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
TSS may be caused by poisonous toxins from either Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria.
Why not organic cotton?
Regarding the material. . . a lot of natural lines use organic cotton at least as part of their material, so interesting that you use something better. Could you tell me what the non-woven cloth material is made of?
Non-woven is a new material which is made of natural artificial fiber and plant fiber. it is soft and biodegradable. Compared to organic cotton, water will pass through non-woven quickly to keep the surface dry. Organic cotton will absorb water and retain inside of cotton fiber so the surface of the sanitary napkin that has cotton will be humid and moist. In our research we have discovered that women wanting to feel dry is a very important in their criteria in choosing a sanitary napkin.