Like cloth diapers, reusable pads hold environmental, financial and even physical advantages.
After conducting some research I discovered how detrimental the chemicals used in manufacturing and even harvesting the contents used in the disposable liners can pose to our health and safety.
Like disposable diapers, sanitary napkins contain a chemical called Dioxin, which is a by product of the paper bleaching process. Although the levels of dioxin contained in sanitary use are quite small it is still hazardous.
Another chemical used is Furan, which is a pesticide used to spray on the cotton crops. This particular chemical is so strong it will stay on the cotton long after it's been harvested, up to 20 years!
Because these chemicals are soluble they accumulate in the fat deposits of the body and can add up to very dangerous residual levels over time.
I'll delve deeper into what physical ailments these chemicals are linked to in a later post.
Personally, I can tell you the comfort of cloth pads are unmatched by disposable napkins! I am no longer bothered by the adhesive strip sticking to my unmentionables the residue left on the undergarments or even the rough edges irritating my skin.
In three months time, I noticed a great decrease of abdominal pain, strength of flow and even days per cycle.
So if you're looking to save money, shy away from the discomfort disposable sanitary napkins may pose or leave your green thumbprint on the world then cloth menstrual pads may be worth a shot!
Are you currently using cloth pads or another reusable option? Let me know below!