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The Pros and Cons Of Using Reusable Menstruation Products

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There are now alternative menstruation products to pads and tampons.. And thank goodness for that!  Traditional pads and tampons were so bad for the environment and it is about time that there was more of a ‘modern solution’ to the…

There are now alternative menstruation products to pads and tampons..

And thank goodness for that!  Traditional pads and tampons were so bad for the environment and it is about time that there was more of a ‘modern solution’ to the problem of collecting menstrual blood.

In this article we look at the different types of non-throw-away items that can be used during menstruation, and the benefits and downsides of each in addition to the aspects of sustainability, health and cost-effectiveness.

Fact: Old style period products take over 50 years to breakdown in landfill.

Reusable Cloth Pads

Cloth pads are becoming a highly popular option. They offer the convenience of a regular pad but with some suggested extra benefits. Cloth liners and pads come in a variety of shapes, styles, absorbency level, with or without waterproofing, with or without wings, even for postpartum use. They are used just like a disposable pad except without the “throw away at the end” final step. Instead, pads are washed, either by hand or by machine. Some users opt to soak in a lidded bucket to reduce or eliminate staining and wash in one lot. Others wash them day by day with the usual washing. There are many variations of how to launder cloth pads and it’s a case of finding what’s most convenient and suitable for you.

Where do you get them?

I like the handmade reusable cloth pads – they are just so pretty and all girls like to have a bit of pretty in their lives.

I recommend the ff:

Primrose Reusable Cloth Pad Set / Cloth Menstrual Pads / MIXED PRINTS B

Etsy Store: PrimroseClothPads

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Reusable Interlabial Pads

“Interlabial” pads or “demi-pads” are made from the same washable materials as cloth pads, however, serve “almost like a pad, almost like a tampon”. They are compact tubes, rectangular or oval-shaped material absorbent pads which are placed in between the labial folds and catch the immediate flow. They have an absorbency similar to a regular tampon and are washed akin to cloth pads.

Reusable Interlabial Pad 3/6/9/12pk image 0

Etsy Store: TinkerToday

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we look at some more of the available products and their pros and cons for all women.

Menstrual Cups

Made from healthcare-grade silicone, these devices are used to be inserted, collect menstrual blood, then emptied and washed before being reused. They come in two different sizes, for women who have and women who have not been through childbirth and can last for years. They come in a variety of styles and brands, but the general idea is they are a leak-proof funnel-shaped with a stem for removal.

menstrual cups | Stay at Home Mum

Get it at Nourished Life

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Sea Sponges

Not entirely re-usable, but still more sustainable than disposable tampons, sea sponges can be used for 3-5 cycles. They are used like a tampon. You moisten them with clean water before use, insert, leave for 4-6 hours akin to a regular tampon, and then remove and rinse out with water before reinserting.

Caribbean silk menstrual sea sponges 4-pack 100% organic & image 0

You can pick up Menstrual Sea Sponges from Etsy

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Have you personally tried any reusable menstrual products?

What were your experiences with them? Please share – we’d love to hear!

The Pros and Cons Of Using Reusable Menstruation Products | Stay at Home Mum

Source: Stay at Home Mum https://www.stayathomemum.com.au/my-lifestyle/the-pros-and-cons-of-using-reusable-menstruation-products/

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