The word is no longer taboo. Both women and men in recent times have spoken out about menstrual health and there has been quite a lot of awareness over it through films and other medium. Unfortunately there is not as much awareness about the 'long lasting' 'stain free' 'soft' sanitary pads which different multinationals promote and which are easily available in any chemist. Experts point to the harm that these plastic-based sanitary napkins have been causing -- both to the environment and health. Most of the sanitary napkins in India are just thrown in the garbage or flushed down the toilet.