A few decades ago, cloth sanitary napkins were more commonly used by menstruating women because there were still very few who produced menstrual cups, tampons, or disposable sanitary napkins in bulk. Even so, ancient forms of cloth sanitary napkins are similar to disposable pads today. This sanitary napkin is only made of several layers of fabric that are cut in a rectangle, and tucked into the panties. But have you ever wondered whether this old cloth sanitary napkin is safer and healthier compared to disposable paper pads, which are said to have a lot of chemical ingredients? Look here for the comparison.
When you use cloth pads ...
The use of cloth sanitary napkins is considered to be more time-saving and cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly because you don't have to bother to go back and forth to replace the pads. Technically, you can indeed use one sanitary napkin (whatever its type) during the whole day even though it doesn't feel comfortable - as long as it doesn't smell and leak leak. In addition to being more environmentally friendly, wearing cloth pads can reduce the risk of irritation rashes in the groin that often arise due to paper pads that are generally rough and contain chemicals.
However, Frederico Patiricia, a gynecologist, quoted from Kompas, said that using cloth sanitary napkins for too long will cause the vaginal and surrounding areas to be easily damp. The reason is, the fabric used for sanitary napkins works like a cotton shirt that easily absorbs sweat. This is what can trigger bacterial growth in your female organs.
Excess bacteria in the vagina can cause irritation, inflammation, odor after sex, abnormal vaginal discharge, and other symptoms. To prevent this, you still have to regularly wash, rinse and dry the sanitary napkins every time you wear them.
When you use disposable pads ...
On the other hand, even though the capacity of disposable paper pads is far more powerful than fabric-proofing, this sanitary napkin is mass produced after passing various chemical processes. The paper material used is generally derived from recycled paper that has been washed and sterilized using chemicals and bleach.
It is possible that disposable sanitary napkins on the market generally contain several hazardous ingredients such as chlorine, dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives. This finding was obtained after a team of researchers tried to burn paper pads as an experiment. When the bandages are burned, the smoke that comes out is thick and blackish in color, indicating the presence of chemicals that react to heat.
Even though it's more sterile because you can change the pads every 3-4 hours, disposable pads can increase the volume of household waste.
So, which one is better: Fabric dressing or disposable sanitary napkins?
Actually, both of these pads are equally risky and equally beneficial for accommodating menstrual blood that comes out. However, if examined which is healthier, it all depends on how you use it. All of the above risks can generally be prevented if you notice the cleanliness of the vagina during menstruation.
It is also recommended not to throw pads in the toilet. Bandages that accumulate will cause clogging and become pollutant waste afterwards. Clean sanitary napkins from menstrual fluid after use, considering that many animals are interested in the smell of menstrual fluid. After that, cover with plastic wrap or used newspaper when disposing.
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