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Health, Home, and Happiness: Benefits of using cloth menstrual pads

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Benefits of using cloth menstrual pads

(moving this over here from my other blog as I clean up over there)


Why use cloth?
♥ Cloth is better for you (the chemicals used to make disposable pads have been linked to cancer and other reproductive harm, feel free to comment if you'd like to learn more).
♥ Cloth is better for the environment, nothing goes in landfills each month.
♥ Cloth is also more respectful of women; changing the mindset from a monthly cycle being something that is dirty and needs to be thrown away to the mindset of a monthly cycle is normal and something to be taken care of respectfully. In this same way cloth diapers are more respectful of babies.

Feel free to ask any questions, either by comment- I'd be happy to answer :)

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3 Comments:

Blogger April said...

I switched to cloth this last year, and I'm never going back! I hadn't even thought about it being more respectful of our cycles, but I love what you said about that! I get mine on etsy from Crea8tiveMama (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Crea8tiveMama).

December 11, 2009 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Basic Life said...

Apart from the first few months after i had my babies (2 years apart, not twins!) i have used tampons to great satisfaction. However only yesterday i read about dioxin i think it was called in tampons and also pesticides in 'natural' cotton tampons. Although i love the freedom tampons give me, i am seriously reconsidering. So i'd love to hear from other women who are using these pads and what the practical consequences are. Are they easily washable, do they clean well, how often can you use them, how many per period? So any comments on my comment are most welcome!

May 4, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Cara @ Health Home and Happiness said...

I'll answer! :) I use about 8 per period, I wash them with my baby's cloth diapers every other day. I change as often as a disposable pad- maybe every three-four hours? Yes, they wash easily, you can use hydrogen peroxide if you don't like stains (it even works for old stains). They last a long time- I've been using mine for over 10 years.

You might also like a Diva Cup- I've never tried one, but they're similar to tampons without harmful chemicals.

May 4, 2010 at 8:02 AM  

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