Today, my family were featured in The Sun for using cloth toilet paper. A brave move. But that’s not the only cloth we use in our house. We also use cloth nappies, cloth baby wipes, cloth make-up remover wipes and even cloth sanitary protection (CSP).
I’ve been using CSP for around 3 years now, and I shall never go back to using the disposable versions. With just a few weeks until our 4th baby arrives, I’m finding myself getting excited about using the fluffy pads for myself once again.
What is Cloth Sanitary Protection?
The supermarket feminine shelves are filled with many choices of sanitary towels. The cloth versions are near identical to those purchased on the shelf, but instead of nasty plastics, they are made from soft cotton. Instead of binning them, you just wash and use again and again. No chemicals, no sweaty textiles, no added perfumes. Fluffy love for your vagina.
Oh… and they come in pretty patterns and colours!
When Can I use CSP?
For your whole period. There are pads of all sizes. A pad for every day of your cycle. Small liners, pads for light flow to heavily flow, pads for post partum use. Big, small, long short. There’s a pad out there for you.
Many ladies, also use them as incontinence pads too. They are super absorbent and far less prone to leaks!
Why Use CSP?
Many women have experienced:
- Lighter periods
- Shorter periods
- Less cramping
- Less infections (such as thrush)
- Less odours
- No rashes
- Reduced endometriosis symtoms
- No weird sweaty bits
- They forget they are wearing a pad… as they are so soft, like knickers
- Faster healing post partum (after having a baby)
- Huge “fucks” thrown at the Tampon Tax!
Cloth pads don’t have such a nasty effect on the earth. According to Enviromenstrual, women use 11,000 disposable period related products in her reproductive lifetime. 200,000 tonnes of menstrual products end up in landfill every year. Feel bad yet?
Disposable pads are made of 90% plastic, and I genuinely have no idea what the chemical ingredients are. Cloth pads tend to just have 2 little plastic poppers to hold them in place… and no added chemicals. can see you see why women are reporting less menstruation related side effects from using CSP.
Tampons can dry out the vagina, by absorbing ALL moisture- including the stuff you need. Inserting and removing a tampon also causes tiny cuts to the vagina, leaving you at risk of infections and creating a breading ground for bacteria… including the deadly Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
The initial cost of buying CSP may seem more than buying a box of tampons or pads, but they will save you £££’s over the years. Look after your pads correctly and you will be quid’s in.
Pads not for you? How about the Moon Cup?