As more and more people learned about eco-friendly living, the feminine hygiene market saw an increased demand for sustainable menstrual products. Menstrual cups, period panties, biodegradable pads—you’ve probably heard of these green alternatives countless times before. But one hidden gem that people typically overlook is the cloth menstrual pad, the washable and reusable version of its disposable counterpart.
If you’re wondering about how these cloth pads work, here’s a quick guide containing everything you need to know:
What are reusable menstrual pads?
In a nutshell, reusable menstrual pads are highly absorbent pads that are usually made of cotton, synthetic fabrics, and waterproof outer layers. Like your typical napkins, they come in different sizes to cater to various flow levels. Cloth pads are expected to last from two to five years depending on care and usage.
How do I use reusable menstrual pads?
Because reusable pads soak up blood externally, they’re worn the same way as synthetic pads. To ensure secure application, the wing flaps have built-in snap buttons that clasp when you attach a fresh pad to your underwear. While most brands advise consumers to change their pad at least once a day, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends changing every four to eight hours.
Cleaning instructions may vary depending on your brand of choice, but pads are generally soaked in cold water then washed on a cool setting. And don’t worry—several health professionals have already confirmed that cloth pads are safe to use as long as they’re sanitized thoroughly and regularly.
What are the benefits of using reusable menstrual pads?
In an interview with Health Shots, obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Preeti Bhadauria explained that reusable pads prevent skin allergies because their fabric is more comfortable and breathable than disposable napkins. She added that they’re also less likely to cause Toxic Shock Sydrome, a bacterial condition that results from keeping tampons in for too long. The University of Missouri-Kansas City Women’s Center also claimed that cloth pads are friendlier to both the environment and your wallet because of their durability and waste-free nature.
Where can I buy reusable menstrual products locally?
If you’re ready to try washable pads, here are a few online stores in the Philippines that sell them:
Aunt Flo Washable Cloth Pads, P225, Available on auntflobeauty.com
Earth Baby PH
Earth Baby PH Feminine Pads Trial Pack, P450, Available on Shopee
H E R (Period Co.)
H E R Mayumi Reusable Pads, P949, Available on herperiod.co
Ka Nami Pasador
10 Inch Medium Flow Cotton Pad, P196, Available on loopstore.ph
Just Green PH
Just Green PH Serene Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad, P300, Available on Shopee
Amigas de Gaea
Amigas de Gaea Bundle of 10 Washable-Reusable Cloth Pads, P1,450, Available on Shopee