Manipal Institute of Technology researchers have developed sanitary pads and tampons that can detect infections. It is stated that tampons and pads can be produced at a cost of 22 to 28 cents.
Women living in developed countries who can access healthcare routinely can be followed up and diagnosed in terms of vaginal infections, but this may not be possible for people living in underdeveloped countries or under extreme conditions who cannot get the necessary health care.
Now, scientists have developed smart tampons and pads to improve the situation.
Diagnosis of women in underdeveloped countries can generally be delayed due to two conditions. While the first of these situations is insufficient access to health services, the second is social taboos and community pressure, hiding symptoms.
Considering all these situations, Manipal Institute of Technology researchers have developed sanitary pads and tampons that can detect infections.
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The researchers first treated the cotton threads with hapten solutions, and then the threads were treated with a component called L-proline ß-naphthylamide. Let us add that the substance in question reacts with enzymes secreted by fungi in infections caused by fungi called Candida albicans.
In C. albicans infections, color changes occur at specific points containing the threads in the pads in question and the threads turn into a light pink color. Thus, infections due to C. albicans can be detected within 10 minutes.
The researchers note that new tampons and pads can be manufactured at a cost of 22 to 28 cents. If new tampons and pads can be commercialized, diagnosis of fungal infections can be made much faster and cost-effectively.