Menstrual Hygiene: Reasons why you should switch to reusable menstrual products

Menstrual Hygiene: Reasons why you should switch to reusable menstrual products

The sanitary pads and tampons popular among women are not only harmful for their bodies. Here are some reasons why you need to chose healthy alternatives right away.

From puberty to menopause, all women around the world bleed, every month, but still, when it comes to vaginal care and hygiene, not many are aware of what to do. Most women out there still prefer to use sanitary napkins over other menstrual products.

Period cramps (iStock)
Period cramps (iStock)

The sanitary pads and tampons popular among women are not only harmful to their bodies but also an environmental hazard. Most pads contain both cotton and plastic. Plastic in pads causes discomfort and increases cramps while the cotton in pads may contain pesticides which can cause irritation, infection and many other health problems.

Sanitary napkins are harmful (Pixabay)
Sanitary napkins are harmful (Pixabay)

There are healthy and better alternatives available in the market which are reusable, economical and healthy for both women and the environment. These products are easily available, hygienic and are recommended by gynecologists around the globe.

Doctors recommend menstrual cups (Pexels)
Doctors recommend menstrual cups (Pexels)

If you are one of those women who still rely on sanitary napkins and pads, here are a few reasons you should switch to reusable menstrual products right away:

1. Lots to choose from

When it comes to reusable menstrual products, there are a lot of varieties available. From menstrual cups to period panties, pick whichever product you like and feel comfortable using. Period panties are recommended for workouts and heavy activities as they cling to one’s body.

Variety of reusable menstrual products are available (Pixabay)
Variety of reusable menstrual products are available (Pixabay)

Menstrual cups, on the other hand, are flexible cups which are hygienic and reusable. They are the next best alternative for tampon and pad users. Cotton cloth pads are the best and have no disadvantage at all except they require daily cleaning. Pick your warrior in your battle with monthly periods!

A menstrual cup (iStock)
A menstrual cup (iStock)

2. Very economical

Many women hesitate to switch to reusable products from pads and tampons because they feel the latter is cheaper which is, in fact, wrong. Buying a reusable product may be seen expensive at first as compared to tampons, but one tampon lasts few hours while a menstrual cup can last for months!

Reusable products save money (Pexels)
Reusable products save money (Pexels)

In the long run, reusable alternatives to tampons and pads are much better and cheaper. When you buy a reusable product, you’re sorted for months and you need not worry about buying toiletries every month, on the other hand, tampons and pads are disposable and have to be bought every month.

Pads and tampons are expensive (iStock)
Pads and tampons are expensive (iStock)

3. Easy cleaning

Contrary to popular beliefs, reusable menstrual products are very easy to clean. Wash them with cold water instead of hot, thoroughly and you’re good to go. In fact, period panties can also be worn while taking a shower!

Period panties can be worn while you shower (Pexels)
Period panties can be worn while you shower (Pexels)

You can rinse them immediately after use or choose to soak them in water before cleaning. While using pads and tampons may seem easier, as they are disposable, keep in mind they are a hazard to the environment as they are not biodegradable. Billions of women are disposing them off, every month! Yikes!

Disposed napkins (iStock)
Disposed napkins (iStock)

4. Safer

Reusable sanitary products are way safer than tampons and pads. Disposable products can cause rashes and irritation. Period panties are made of a breathable material which allows your vagina to stay moisturized while pads and tampons make your vagina dry and more susceptible to vaginal infections.

Period panties are breathable (Pexels)
Period panties are breathable (Pexels)

The absorbents in pads and tampons suck the natural moisture from your vagina and make it irritated which also increases cramps. Menstrual cups, on the other hand, do not have such absorbents in it and help you maintain your natural ph balance.

Pads and tampons make you dry (iStock)
Pads and tampons make you dry (iStock)

Ingredients used in making disposable pads and tampons are harmful to your vagina. They contain plastic and synthetic fibers, which gets rubbed against your skin, causes irritation and redness. Some women can also be allergic to the fragrance and bleach used in making tampons.

Dryness causes pain and allergic reactions (iStock)
Dryness causes pain and allergic reactions (iStock)

5. Comfortable

While pads require changing every 4 hours, menstrual cups can work for about 12 hours. These cups don’t leak while your pad may leak during a heavy flow. Cloth pads are a super comfortable and soft alternative to tampons and pads. They don’t cause irritation, unlike regular pads.

Reusable products are comfortable (Pexels)
Reusable products are comfortable (Pexels)

Period panties are just like regular panties but with an absorbent material. They are comfortable and super effective when it comes to fighting flows for physically active women. Avoid worrying all the time about leakage, use a menstrual cup!

Don't worry about leakage (Pexels)
Don't worry about leakage (Pexels)

6. Environment-friendly

Comfortable, safe AND environment-friendly? Yes, please! Reusable menstrual products are environmentally safe while the problem of disposing of pads and tampons is becoming a major issue around the world. Most of the landfills are filled with dirty pads and tampons! Choose a safe alternative for you and your mother planet!

Reusable produts are environment friendly (Pexels)
Reusable produts are environment friendly (Pexels)

Here's a guide to help you use the menstrual cup.

Disclaimer: The article does not give any scientific facts or medical diagnosis. Consult your gynaecologist before switching products and to know more benefits of each products. 

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