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Why Choose Menstrual Cups and Cloth Pads

 

That time of month has circled around again and you’re feeling crampy, crabby, and overall crappy. So, you strap on a liner, pop a few pain relievers, and eat a box of chocolates. Sound familiar? We’ve been there too!

Did you know store bought pads can lead to discomfort, itchiness, and even acne? Plus, it’s always frustrating when the pad sticks to your skin, no one likes that! After trying cloth pads and menstrual cups for myself, I was in love!

Why should you make the switch?
Cloth pads and menstrual cups just make you FEEL better overall. Store bought pads are sticky, plastic, and overall uncomfortable. Ever heard of adult diaper rash? Store bought pads can actually cause that uncomfortable chafing on our lower regions, leading to raw and itchy skin.

Tampons on the other hand don’t cause the chafing, but they can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), dryness, and irritation. Take a look at this post or this post for more information on why you should ditch tampons.

Let’s not forget how much money you’ll be saving in the long run:

  • One box of a store bought pads ranges between $5 and $10. If you buy a new box every month, you’re paying about $120 – $240 per year, depending on how heavy your flow is. After five years you’ll have paid between $600 – $1200 – just for pads! Add in the cost of tampons, and you could be paying $2000+ after five years.
  • With cloth pads it’s recommended you have at least 3 pads a day. At an average of 5 days, that’s 15 pads total. The average price of a cloth pad is $8 – $20, bringing your total to $120 – $300. While the initial investment is a little more expensive, after just one year your cloth pads will have paid for themselves!
  • Menstrual cups typically range between $35 – $50, but many can last 8+ years with proper care. That’s a significant saving after just 5 years!!

Care for your pads.
Cloth pads are very easy to care for, especially if you’re currently cloth diapering your little one. When done using your pad, rinse it out in cold water. Fill a bucket with cold water and place your used pads into the bucket. You can store your bucket under the sink or tucked away. If you’re concerned about sanitizing your pads, a few drops of Eucalyptus or Tea Tree Oil can be added. Soak your pads for a few hours. When ready, empty the bucket and squeeze the excess water from your pads before placing them in the wash. Just wash your pads as normal, without any fabric softener, and tumble or hang dry. It’s that easy!

Care for your menstrual cups.
Want to learn more about caring for your menstrual cup? Take a look at this post for more information!

Interested in trying Cloth Pads? You can buy them here!
Want to give SckoonCup a chance and save even more? Snag yours here!




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