Can’t decide whether to make the switch from disposable to reusable sanitary pads? Keep reading to get the lowdown about which type of sanitary pad is the winner.

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Money

Buying sanitary products every month can put a hole in your wallet. Disposable pads have a lower upfront cost, but in the long run, the costs of running to the shops every month add up. 

Reusable pads, on the other hand, last for 12+ months so once you have a set you won’t have to buy more for a while. This can save you loads of money, which you could use to treat yourself to a fresh new outfit!

Top Tip – if you are on a budget, buy your reusable sanitary pads one at a time until you have enough for a whole cycle and can phase out disposable pads all together

 

Health

Reusable pads are made from soft, breathable fabrics that allow for air flow. This means less sweating, irritation and chafing! Many women also report that switching to reusable pads reduced their painful cramps and P.M.S. Disposable pads use super-absorbent synthetic fibres that absorb the moisture in your vagina, increasing your chances of infections. Ouch! The artificial fragrances in disposable pads may lead to allergic reactions and can even disrupt your hormones.

Environment 

As reusable pads give protection for 12+ months, they aren’t just thrown straight into landfill. They also do not contain any toxic chemicals that can pollute waterways, the air, and habitats. The plastics in disposable pads take 100s of years to biodegrade. As the typical woman uses more than 11,000 feminine hygiene products in her lifetime, switching to reusable pads helps to preserve the earth’s natural beauty.  

Convenience 

Disposable pads are more convenient as when you’re done you can just throw them away and never think about them again. Reusable pads, however, require care as you must remember to soak, wash and dry them. But how many times have you forgotten to buy more sanitary pads and had to get someone to run to the shops to buy you some more? As long as you remember to wash your reusable pads, this will never be an issue for you again! While regular pads hold around 5ml, the AFRIpads maxi pad has a maximum of 20ml absorption and stay in place better. This reduces the risk of leaking and ruining your favourite underwear with stains.

 

Make the switch from disposable pads to reusable pads to help keep your purse, vagina, and the planet happy and healthy! 

16 Comments

  1. moreen

    as some one whose first sanitary towel was a reusable pad, I would vote disposable pads, i think the process of washing and reusing it could cause more infections than you are prepared for. besides i dont think they have the capacity to hold a heavy flow.

  2. Emmanuel

    This is something that needs to be scrutinized in conjuction with different stakeholders, development partners and championed by the Ministry of Health. I believe that as far as reusable sanitary pads protects the environment and with so many benefits that has been listed but disposable pads are a lot better for menstrual Hygiene management as not so many of our girls have all that time of washing and reusing sanitary pads.
    So i would suggest that alot more research and sensitization be done on this reusable sanitary pads so as to inform the general public.
    As for now in my opinion, the general public hasn’t yet fully embraced the idea of reusable sanitary pads.
    For now i go for disposable sanitary pads.

  3. Lex Lee

    reusable sanitary pads is good for a wish people and very bad for a stupid people reason being a wish people are the people who have more than two pairs (wash and iron) before wearing. stupid people are the people who are always lazy (Wash and wears) when they’re still wet
    so reusable sanitary pads are not means for all ladies

  4. shefar

    I think reusables are better but then some gals have no privicy of soaking among others. ..I click disposables in such cases ?

  5. Marvin

    sometimes some girls/women don’t have this option to choose from simply because their financial status and others because of myths in their community. however,
    Disposable are much better.

  6. Linda No.

    some people feel uneasy washing blood as it leads to vomiting sensations so washing useable pads may be tricky. for that case I choose disposables. But cost wise en enviromentalwise I choose reusable pads.

  7. Linda Bo Tamsin .

    some people feel uneasy washing blood as it leads to vomiting sensations so washing useable pads may be tricky. for that case I choose disposables. But cost wise en enviromentalwise I choose reusable pads.

  8. Linda Bo Tamsin

    some people feel uneasy washing blood as it leads to vomiting sensations so washing useable pads may be tricky. for that case I choose disposables. But cost wise en enviromentalwise I choose reusable pads.

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