As a woman, one of the things that we need to deal with each month is to put up with our period and the symptoms that may come with it, such as cramps, headache, fatigue etc.
Most women are aware that the supermarkets sell a wide range of disposable sanitary products, but not many know that there are reusable menstrual products available that are better for us and the environment.
So in this article, we are going to learn about reusable alternatives that are already available out there and their many benefits.
What Are The Reusable Menstrual Products?
There are various places online that specialise in making and selling cloth menstrual pads (eg. organic cotton menstrual pads) and silicone menstrual cups, which are alternatives to tampons. These alternatives are very effective in collecting our menstrual fluid during that time of the month.
Benefits of Using Reusable Menstrual Products
1) Very Friendly To Our Environment
Switching to reusable menstrual products mean that you will not contribute to the landfills. According to the National Women’s Health Network, 12 BILLION pads and 7 MILLION tampons pollute landfills annually in the US.
Now let’s think about our period for a moment. On average, periods should last for up to 7 days. If we are using a few pads or tampons each day until our period finishes, and we repeat the same cycle each month, we can roughly estimate how many disposable menstrual products would we use annually.
These disposable products get used once and thrown away. They end up in the landfills! There are so many women in this world. You can imagine how many pads and tampons each woman contributes to our landfills annually.
But, if women start switching to reusable menstrual products, it would be so much better for our environment. Remember, every small change can make big differences to our environment!
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2) Saves Money
Choosing to switch to reusable cloth menstrual pads will definitely save you lots of money over the long haul. Even though there is a high initial price for the product, it lasts ages! There are lots of beautiful designs to choose from too.
Let’s do a calculation here. If it costs you $5 each month for disposable menstrual pads, then it will cost you $60 in a year. In 5 years, you would spend $300 on disposable pads for your period.
But if you bought a reusable menstrual pad online, such as the color day pad from GladRags, it will cost you $14.99 each. Than it 5 years, you would have saved $285.01. What a BARGAIN!!! Cloth menstrual pads have been reported to last more than 5 years, so it is well worth the investment.
I created the below image of three different designs of reusable cloth menstrual pads from GladRags. But, actually they have such a huge range of designs available in their online store. They have pads for night time, pantyliners, value kits, organic pads, and more.
Let’s take a look at the silicone menstrual cups as an alternative to tampons. If on average, you spend $4 each month on tampons, then it will cost you $48 in a year. In 5 years, it will cost you $240.
If you bought a silicone moon cup from GladRags, it will cost you $35.00. Then you would have saved $205. These menstrual cups last for up to 10 years. So actually, in 10 years time, you will save $445!
Can you see the huge savings with these eco-friendly products? So far, we know that these products are better for the environment and our own pockets. But it doesn’t stop there…
3) Zero Harmful Chemicals
Reusable menstrual products are better for your body and health. Unlike disposable menstrual products, cloth pads and silicone cups do not expose you to harmful chemicals.
4) Very Comfortable
If you are going to wear something for a few hours, at least wear something comfortable! Wearing something that is made of cloth is better than something made of plastic and doesn’t let the skin breathe.
Silicon cups are good because they just collect menstrual fluid when inserted into the vagina. Unlike tampons, the cups do not dry out the vagina.
There are less chances of irritation with reusable menstrual products.
5) Effective Protection
The whole point of buying sanitary products is to protect your clothes from being stained by your menstrual fluid. Well, reusable menstrual products are very effective and works the same as disposable ones. They both get the job done! Why not choose the products that have more benefits?
There are so many great benefits of switching to reusable menstrual products. It is better for the environment, saves us money, has no chemicals, comfortable, and highly effective. These are top reasons why people should consider making that switch from disposables to reusable sanitary products.
If you want to know more benefits of using reusable menstrual products, have a read of this article. CLICK HERE!
Is this article enough to convince to give cloth pads or silicone cups a try? Would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your comments below.