To start off this blog I want to show you why you should be using reusable menstrual products. This could mean using a menstrual cup instead of tampons or using reusable sanitary pads instead of shop bought. These are just two of the options that are better for you. First, let’s focus on the risks and damage that shop bought menstrual products have.
Why you should say no to shop bought sanitary pads and tampons
- Nasty chemicals – Chemicals such as pesticides and chlorine (bleach) are in every sanitary pad and tampons you put near your body.
- As stated above, Chlorine (bleach) is used on these products. Vaginas are very effective at absorbing these chemicals. These chemicals have been linked to breast cancer, endometriosis, immune system suppression, and more.
- Tampons make your cramps worse – if you put tampons up to high they can easily hit your cervix which can make your cramps so much worse.
- Vaginal infections – Scented pads and tampons can throw off your PH balance which can quite easily cause infections such as thrush or bacterial vaginosis.
- Bad for the environment – the plastic from both tampons and pads is terrible for the environment. Plastic takes many years to degrade which influences animals and our oceans. The chemicals are also killing wildlife.
- Tampons cause TSS – TSS stands for Toxic Shock Syndrome and is the scariest risk with using tampons. This occurs when you wear a tampon for too long it can potentially paralyze or kill you.
- Costly – imagine how much you spent on a pack of tampons or pads from the shop each month. Then over a year. If instead, you buy a reusable cup or selection of pads, imagine how much money you’re saving on something that is actually better for you and your vagina. It’s a no-brainer. That’s also not mentioning the TAX that you have to pay on sanitary products.
- Infertility and birth defects – Again, risks with scented menstrual products. Scented products have been shown to cause infertility issues and birth defects due to risks with baby’s embryonic development. All because you buy sanitary products that smell nice….
Your options for a healthier period
Menstrual cups are by far the most popular choice for reusable products. They’re easy to clean, durable and you only have to buy one of them. They’re also great for people who have busy schedules as you can keep it in most of the day without needing to change it.
The biggest downside with menstrual cups is being able to change it when you aren’t home because not many women would feel comfortable cleaning it in the sink in a public toilet.
Cloth pads are my personal choice. They last for around 7 years if they’re looked after. They’re easy to clean, easy to store when used. They’re good for your body, good for the planet and relatively cheap compared to the monthly cost of store bought pads.
There are different styles of pads as well as sizes (length) as well as thickness but the time of your cycle. I generally have a mix, some small thin ones for lighter days, regular ones for average days and some big night time ones for heavier days.
Did I mention, pads are also super comfy. Think fleece material on your vagina. Super comfy. No more painful rashes from store bought ones.
Not a fan of the offerings so far? How about period panties. Underwear that is safe to wear during your period and can be washed and reused the next time. usually, on heavy days you will need to change your underwear 2-3 times and up to twice on lighter days but many women have reported no leaks or issues with these types of underwear and are happily walking around without the use of any other products on their period.
These are definitely on my list to try at some point but for now, I’m happy with reusable sanitary pads.
So far, there is only one business that has created this item, it’s new on the market and was a recent starter that made way over the amount of money they needed. It’s chemical free, has self-cleaning technology and comes with a handy carrying case. The logic behind this little bit of technology is that you don’t buy tampons with applicators. You buy tampons without and use this applicator instead.
For avid tampon uses this is a great bit of tech. Personally, I would still say a menstrual cup is going to be better because you’re still having to buy tampons but it could be a step in the right direction for some.
Are you having a healthy period? If not, why not try a reusable menstrual product and let me know how you get on. What’s your experience with these? Have you tired them?