Apparently to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Yet, so many young female students find themselves cashing out loads each month with no relief in sight. With the adaptation of a little technology and green efforts, “that time of the month” need not dampen the budget any more than it already does the hormones.
There are many cost-effective options on re-usable sanitary wear which not only save money in the long run, but can also do their bit in saving our planet. Gone are the days of only relying on the conventional sanitary pads (also known as “surfboards”) and tampons.
Why make the switch from red to green?
Sanitary pads and tampons are awesome in terms of making menstruation cycles so much more convenient for women. However, a woman can apparently use over 12 000 tampons and pads in a lifetime.
It is also common for some of these products to incorporate plastic, which takes a while to be broken down by the earth. That being said, there are also concerns about the long term effects of the absorption of the chemicals in the environment.
There are also related health concerns such as with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Though rare, it’s still a potentially life threatening condition that can occur amongst women who prefer tampon usage.
Don’t forget the financial strains of constantly purchasing sanitary wear month in, month out. Welcome to the new era. Here are some natural solutions to help ease this burden.
Washable sanitary pads
Washable pads and/or cloth pads can be comfier than plastic pads. In case you are worried about red patched leaks on your underwear, they have a waterproof liner to prevent that. The “downside” is that instead of throwing them in the dustbins, they can be washed and re-used.
Menstrual cups (also known as M-cups) are soft sided cups that fit snuggly inside the vagina to collect the menstrual flow. When used correctly, they are reusable, comfy and don’t leak. Depending on your period flow, they can be changed less frequently than pads and tampons. When done you just empty it, wash and re-use.
Sea sponges – plant-like organisms that grow under the sea – are a natural alternative to tampons. They can last up to 6 months (some even up to a year). They are easy to use, soft, flexible and absorb easily. Simply moisten the sea sponge, insert it into the vagina, rinse and wash it when it is full.
Natural solutions seem to be the answer to many a female woe and the fact that they are made with natural materials, reduce waste and environmental chemicals as well – makes them a win/win option.
Have you tried natural alternatives to your “surfboard” or tampons? Does they work for you? We hope you will share this info with your friends!