What are the Benefits to Using Reusable Menstrual Pads?

The Well Team

As we women continue to carry the world on our shoulders, we tend to forget about caring for ourselves.  As we continue to shed more light on reproductive health and rights, women are starting to make changes to reusable menstrual products. If you are on the fence about switching, here are some benefits. 

Better for your health

One study found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in disposable
menstrual pads: Styrene (carcinogen), Chloromethane (reproductive toxicant), Chloroethane
(carcinogen), Chloroform (carcinogen, reproductive toxicant, neurotoxin), and acetone
(irritant), to name a few.

These chemicals are in direct contact with your vagina for a
long period of time and are surely being absorbed into the reproductive system,
possibly effecting fertility, perinatal healing, and menopause. The FDA does not require manufacturers to disclose ingredients to consumers, so do your research or switch to Noémie reusable pads.

Better for the environment

The average woman will use 11,000 disposable menstrual
products in their lifetime. More disposables mean more plastic, and more plastic means more toxic-residual chemicals, everywhere. Not only that but with cloth menstrual pads, you will not have to buy for an average of 4 years, which
means that less energy use. Noémie reusable pads help reduce the need to make as much plastic thus reducing energy consumption – and isn’t that the goal?

Better for your wallet

Would you rather spend, spend, spend or invest? The average woman will spend over $5,000 on disposable products in her lifetime. That is enough to invest in 238 of our heavy flow overnight pads!  In times like these, we must be conscious of where we put our money and think of Noémie reusable pads as an investment in vaginal
art.

Just plain better for your vagina

Noémie reusable pads are breathable, beautiful, and handmade
by women. They are a perfect compliment to a menstrual cup or on their own. The
part for your bits is made of GOTS certified organic cotton, while the bottom layer
is a waterproof PUL laminated Oekotex.

Here are Some Quick Tips for Washing Your Reusable Pads

BEFORE USING

Soak the pad in water for a few hours.

Wash it once (machine or by hand).

Dry in the sun.

*The above steps will make it more absorbent and ready to
use.

HANDWASHING

Rinse your pad with cold. water to remove the blood.

Wash it with a natural soap.

Dry it in the sun (the sun removes stains and disinfects
textiles).

MACHINE WASHING

Rinse the pad with cold water to remove the blood (if the
blood dried, soak it in water for a few hours before washing it).

Put a bit of natural stain removing soap on your pad and put
it in your washing machine. Set a 40°C (60°C from time to time).

Do not use BLEACH ORSOFTENER, you can use a bit of white
vinegar.

Dry in the sun: sun removes stains and disinfects textiles
(from time to time you can dry it in the dryer).

If you want, you can iron the velvet side.

Store your clean pads in a clean and dry place.

Note: If you waited too long before washing your pads, they
have an odor or irritation occurs, wash all your pads in the washing machine at
60°C with white vinegar or bicarbonate to kill bacteria.

 

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