Cloth Pads VS Sanitary Napkins

Cloth Pads VS Sanitary Napkins

This post discusses the use of sanitary napkins. Please do not find it offensive. It is only directed towards creating awareness. A sanitary napkin is an absorbent fabric worn by a woman while she is menstruating. A cloth menstrual pad is sanitary napkin that is reusable.

I was approached by Tiny Tapir to test using their cloth menstrual pads last week. In return, I will run a giveaway contest in this blog, promoting the use of reusable cloth menstrual pads. I would like to help, but how could I?

Me got 100% man‘hood’, me no using maxi pad.

At least I came to know the existence of cloth menstrual pads. And I could still help to create awareness here.

In early days before the birth of disposable pads, women used some form of cloth to catch their menstrual blood. Some of these clothes were washable and reusable. In some rural areas and poor families, women did not use anything to collect menstrual blood. When they menstruated, they left a trail of blood behind them (source from the Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health).

Disposable menstrual pads were first commercially available around 1888. Back then, they were called Southall’s Pads, which was a wood pulp bandages used to catch menstrual blood and can be thrown away after use. These pads have up to 2 centimeters in thickness and leaks were a major problem.

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Southall’s pad (taken from the Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health)

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Southall’s ads from the United Kingdom, 1892.

The design has been bettered in the last 20 years by adding “wings” and reducing the thickness of the pad.

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Modern disposable sanitary napkins

Introducing here the cloth menstrual pads. Have you ever heard of this one before? Do not get mistaken, these are not the same cloth pads used 2 generations ago. Modern cloth pads have “wings” too and they are so slim you will not realize you are wearing anything.

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Cloth pads – decorative too! (courtesy from Tiny Tapir)

Do you know it takes 500 to 800 years for disposable sanitary napkins to biodegrade? Cloth pads are made of 100% organic materials and thus more environmental friendly than disposable sanitary napkins.

Other advantages of cloth menstrual pad over disposable sanitary napkin are:

1. It is less expensive in long run because it will last for years.

2. It carries fewer odors as it is made of more breathable material (cloth) if compared to plastic.

3. It is more comfortable to wear if compared to plastic.Have I managed to pursuit you to switch to cloth menstrual pads?

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