Menstrual hygiene and comfort are diametrically opposite to each other. The mess created by your period blood is compounded by the foul smell, hormones acting up, making you all grumpy and moody. And to top it up, the menstrual products on offer don’t make life any easier. The risk of staining your clothes or the rashes that sanitary napkins cause, along with the manner in which the fragrance in the sanitary napkin triggers your migraine make you wish for an easier and better solution for your menstrual woes!
Another dilemma that most environmentally-conscious women face in a world turning organic, is regarding finding the right natural sanitary product to meet their needs, considering the amount of plastic waste generated by conventional period products. Natural and organic sanitary pads can help us in many different ways, but most importantly, in maintaining healthy menstrual hygiene. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which we can benefit from using natural and organic sanitary pads:
Since natural or organic pads are made from cotton or other substances like corn fiber and bamboo fiber, they allow trapped heat and moisture to evaporate because there is better flow of air, allowing the skin to breathe. This is important because trapped heat and moisture in your private parts during menstruation can cause infections and skin irritation. The soft top layers made of cotton or corn are way softer than synthesized plastic ones found in conventional pads, thereby making the vaginal area during periods free of rashes, irritation, and skin allergies. Owing to this reason, the risk of getting an infection due to bacterial accumulation is lesser.
Unlike ordinary pads, natural and organic sanitary pads can cause an effective and positive change in the quality of waste generation. Since these pads are made from natural substances like cotton, corn fiber, and bamboo fiber, they are easily biodegradable. According to experts, single-use plastics take up to 800-1000 years to decompose and keep on polluting the top soil of the Earth. In comparison, organic cotton pads degrade in only two years, thereby helping to create a huge shift in our struggle to build an eco-friendly sustainable environment.
Ordinary sanitary pads are made up of polyolefins, which have the potential to irritate the skin. The pads are made from synthetic materials and have toxic dioxins (a by-product of the chlorine bleaching process) making them susceptible to further damage. With an organic alternative, you are basically choosing a lifestyle that is more hygienic and also chemical free. Gynecologists too, recommend using these pads as they do not cause allergies and are also rash-free. Since the pads are made of natural products, they are soft, cushiony, and highly comfortable, so much so that you won’t even feel as if you’re wearing one.
If you’re still looking for reasons as to why you should make the switch to these pads, look no further! Using organic pads not only helps the environment, but also helps farmers who supply their raw materials to companies making these chemical-free pads. Farms who provide these raw materials for making organic pads grow them organically and without the use of any harmful pesticides. Hence, pads made from these substances are chemical-free.
Despite apprehensions about organic pads being expensive, the price difference between organic and conventional sanitary pads isn't quite as much. For example, a cup of coffee or a pizza costs much more than buying a month’s supply of an organic pad. Therefore, spending a tad bit more on a more comfortable, healthier, and eco-friendly option is actually a good bet, and also contributes to a healthier and safer environment, along with benefitting your body.
Understandably, all of us want a healthy and hassle-free menstruation. So, what’s better than to shift towards an alternative that not only benefits the body but also the environment. A bold change can be made by encouraging women to shift to natural and organic sanitary pads as these actions can help the environment heal, and achieve a better, greener earth for posterity.