Sanitary napkins, which have been a readily available option for many women, primarily in urban areas, are not only an expensive option, but can have harmful long-term side effects as well. Sanitary napkins are also harmful to the environment and can take around 500 to 800 years to decompose. Tampons can be an alternative to sanitary napkins but can be very inconvenient in terms of very frequent change and are just as harmful to the environment. Here are some options to consider when switching to environmentally friendly sanitary napkins –
Biodegradable pads –
Since the design and use of the pads are comfortable for many women, there are options available in the market which have the same mechanism of operation but are made with natural products and without chemicals which are better options for user and environment. Although this alternative is not the best economically because it cannot be reused, it is a good step to switch to environmentally friendly options.
If you are comfortable with the use and design of stamps, cloth stamps can be a great option to explore. Cloth pads are washable and reusable. They are readily available and easy to transport and reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Cloth napkins are made from layers of cotton which makes them safe, comfortable and the best alternative to sanitary napkins
A rubber cup designed to fit inside your vagina and collect flow is a more durable and safer option to consider instead of tampons. Menstrual cups can be changed once every 12 hours, provide waterproof protection and a cup can last for years, making it a better economical and environmentally friendly option. The cups should be washed after each use and sterilized after each period.
As alternatives to tampons, these sponges are also referred to as periodic sponges or sea sponge pads. This is an environmentally friendly option for tampon users who want to switch to safer, cleaner options. They are made from naturally available sea sponges which are chemical free and can be reused. One of them can last for six months and is a good choice to try.
Discs are another option that works with insertion into the vagina. However, unlike the cups, they do not rest at the bottom of the vaginal canal but go deeper into the canal and place themselves at the level of the vaginal fornix. A disc can provide protection for up to 12 hours and can hold fluid worth five buffers. It can be a bit difficult to understand the insertion process, but it can get easier and more convenient over time.
Similar to the idea of using clothing or cotton to absorb the flow, period panties are underwear designed with additional layers of clothing in the crotch area to absorb the flow without additional product. These are super comfortable options that anyone can try out and come in different designs for heavier and lighter flow days. They are washable, reusable, and are a great option to explore.