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Sanitary Pads & Panty Liners

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Sanitary towels (also known as napkins, pads, or liners) have come along in leaps and bounds since they were first mentioned in history around a thousand years ago. Women then, and for a long time after, used rags for menstruation.

Then, around the 1920s, women started using disposable pads that were made from wood pulp. After that, cotton wool was used, and in 1956, an adjustable sanitary belt was patented.

Now, there are many more options, and often at affordable prices. What’s more, many modern products take the environment into account, as well as women’s comfort and needs. And that’s what everyone needs for some peace of mind.

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Natural sanitary pads that are good for the environment

A quick and convenient route for environmentally friendly pads or liners are products that are the same thickness and size, but more absorbent.

This means fewer pads are used and thrown away, leading to less landfill.

Gift Wellness Sanitary Pads are hypoallergenic, and at least six times more absorbent than ordinary brands.

Containing herbal extracts and a tourmaline mineral layer, they can help to reduce odours and have some anti-bacterial properties.

The other main thing with natural sanitary pads is to make sure the materials they are made from do not contain bleach and are biodegradable or compostable – i.e. you’ll want to avoid plastic. That includes their packaging.

It is also important to protect women’s health. Many traditional sanitary pads are made using chlorine compounds that contain dioxins. These are environmental pollutants and can be harmful to one’s health. They can cause problems with reproduction and the immune system and they can have an impact on hormones so always try to use sanitary pads that don’t contain harmful compounds.

Bamboo liners are another alternative. The liners and their wrapping are plant-based. Made from organic Oeko-Tex bamboo and non-GMO corn fibres, they are soft, absorbent, and thin.

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How do reusable period pads work?

Alternatively, you can try reusable pads or liners. They actually aren’t as worrisome as you might, at first, think, and they can save you money in the long term.

Reusable pads are made from cloth and they usually have wings that snap into place, rather than depending on the adhesives that disposable pads typically contain.

They also come in some fun colours and designs, and are typically more breathable.

Cloth pads are quite comfortable and you don’t have to worry about those sticky wings shrivelling up or getting caught in the wrong place.

The pads then stop any staining of underwear just by the thickness of the material, or, with a waterproof lining. They main thing is to change them out before they become totally full – that is, when they start to feel wet against your skin.

It is recommended that you have about 10 of these cloth pads on standby so that you can rotate easily through them. If you do, they’ll likely last around five years, or more. Pick your pads based on your flow - thin ones for a lighter flow, or thicker ones for a heavier flow.

When it is time to wash the reusable pads, a quick soak and scrub in the bathroom sink will do the trick, or you can use a washing machine as you would for anything else with a decent stain.

Avoid hot water. A handy trick is to have a small basin of cold water ready and soak your pads in there, say, five at a time, until you want to hand or machine wash them all. The soaking gives you a massive head start, and hand washing is very easy afterwards.

And if you’re not at home, or not near a bathroom where you feel comfortable using the sink, you can store the pad in a ziplock bag, then deal with it when you get home.

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Natracare pads

Natracare provides a line of pads which are plastic free.

They are made from natural and breathable materials such as certified organic cotton, and are chlorine free.

All of the products are also unscented, in order to help prevent any irritation. Even the packing is made from recycled cardboard and printed on with vegetable-based ink.

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    FAQs

    Period pads have existed for thousands of years. And while period technology has come on a long way since the first cloth rags, the premise remains the same - a simple absorbent pad sitting inside your underwear, to draw moisture away from the body, for a more comfortable, cleaner period.

     

    Many of us use menstrual pads when we begin our periods. They are a less challenging prospect than tampons and changing them in public toilets is easy and relatively mess-free. 

     

    Some people choose to continue using sanitary pads because they are safer than tampons, with no risk of toxic shock syndrome. Others find other sanitary products uncomfortable or difficult to use.

     

    With so many new products hitting the market in recent years, sanitary towels are enjoying a resurgence in popularity and those of us who menstruate have more choice than ever before.

    We are all increasingly aware of the impact our sanitary products have on the environment, with sanitary pads in particular getting a bad rap.

     

    Thankfully there are better options out there now. 

     

    Reusable period pads are a great choice for those who want to cut out waste but do not want to invest in prohibitively expensive period pants. 

     

    These soft, absorbent cotton pads for periods work in the same way as disposable pads but are simply washed by hand or in the machine after use, so nothing goes in the bin and you will save money too.

     

    Also available are biodegradable sanitary pads. These plastic-free pads give you all the convenience of a disposable with less guilt.

    From maxi pads to panty liners there are a wide range of sanitary towel absorbencies to choose from. 

     

    Regular or normal flow towels suit most periods but if you experience heavier flow you might choose a super pad which can be longer and/or thicker, or a maxi pad which tends to be bulkier but provides the confidence of maximum absorbency.

     

    Specific sanitary pads for overnight use have a higher absorbency and tend to be longer and wider in the back, accommodating your sleeping position and allowing you to enjoy uninterrupted rest.

     

    Specially shaped towels for different underwear types are also available, including slimmer versions designed for thong wearers so there is no need to compromise on your preferred style.

    Wearing a pad for too long can cause rashes and bacterial infections, so it is important that you change your sanitary towel regularly.

     

    As soon as your pad becomes heavy or feels damp, it is time to make a change. Doing this avoids discomfort and leaks.

     

    Keeping a selection of pad absorbencies to hand will allow you to choose the right one to deal with your flow for the longest time possible.

    A thinner, lighter sanitary pad, panty liners are often chosen by those who experience bleeding between periods or by tampon or menstrual cups users who are worried about leaking.

     

    Most liners are so thin you will hardly know you are wearing them and they are a good choice for the tail end of your period, when unexpected spotting occurs.