We can all agree that “time of the month”can be one of the most uncomfortable periods in women’s lives.

Not only do we have to deal with terrible menstrual cramps and the fear of staining our favourite attire, but we also spend a lot of money on disposable pads and tampons.

Well, seeing as times are changing women seeking alternative ways to ease the stress and cost of periods. While some swear by tampons and menstrual cups others have greatly embraced reusable sanitary pads or cloth pads.

The thought of using reusable pads might seem old school or repulsive yet studies have proven that they are effective for the menstrual flow and are also long lasting when taken care of properly.

If you’re looking for ways to save money while also saving the earth you should definitely give reusable pads a try.

Here are a few things you should know just before you purchase your very own reusable pads.

What are they made of?

Cloth pads resemble disposable sanitary pads; however, they are made of more body friendly materials such as cotton and flannel. This enables you to wash them in preparation for the next use.

Reasons you should use reusable sanitary pads:

1. It helps you save money

You don’t have to spend so much money on menstrual pads that increase as other products increase in the market. It helps you save the money instead.

Also, when you are short of funds, you’ll most definitely be able to remove menstrual pads from your budget. You won’t really need to worry about so much spending while you’re broke.

2. They are durable

As they are reusable, they actually last long. It would also be great since they are made of cloth and cotton. Just as you wear your clothes, menstrual napkins and towels make you reuse them all over again.

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3.  They are comfortable

There are times that you may not be comfortable using a pad (even though many of them advertise comfort).

However, your menstrual towels and napkins are there for you to stay comfortable. They are like pillows, but it is just that something else is resting on them.

4. They are easy to change

The cloth pads are made in such a way that you can actually pack them properly and keep them safely in a bag while you’re out of the house.

You’ll want to change your cloth pad about as often as you would change a similar disposable pad. For example, if you typically change your disposable pad about every four hours, you’ll want to do the same with your cloth pad.

5. Prevents itches and rashes

The reusable pads prevent irritation such as itching and rashes which happen sometimes when you use disposable sanitary pads. This is due to the absence of chemicals in the reusable pads.