The COVID-19 period is likely to be one of the most difficult times we have had to go through. Both individually, and as a global community.
Never in recent times have we felt this restricted in things we could do or places we could go. But despite these challenges, life still goes on and there’s no escaping from monthly periods.
Have you ever thought of what will happen when you run out of disposable pads and tampons only to realise that the shelves in the supermarket have all been swiped clean especially during this period?
To me, it is never a worry as I’ve been using period underwear and reusable pads. With that, let me share with you why I’m such a fan of reusable underwear and pads!
1. Say Bye to Sticky Sensation
In hot and humid conditions, disposable pads tend to generate a lot of sweat around the pubic area, causing it to feel sticky and uncomfortable.
Reusables pads made of organic cotton or wool blends allow better ventilation reducing this uncomfortable sticky sensation. Especially when you already have to deal with the blood.
The Modibodi Underwear in particular has a Patent pending Modifier Technology™ layer that allows the inner surface to moisture wick and feel dry despite absorbing all that fluid. Many different types of reusable pads also have highly absorbent cotton surfaces that stay dry while they absorb fluids.
This comfortable sensation is unrivaled with any other disposable pad I’ve used in my life.
2. No More Rash Associated with Plastic Contact
Do you know that disposable pads contain up to 90% plastic, with the average pad containing as much plastic as four carrier bags.
Wearing pads in the past while I exercised used to give me rashes due to the plastic friction against the skin.
Plastic is a petrochemical derivative, there are other problematic chemicals that can affect our skin (with allergies and contact dermatitis). Also, it affects our hormones and disrupts endocrine functions.
Thankfully, rashes don’t happen to me anymore with reusable!
3. No More Toxins With Reusable Pads
Not a lot of people are aware of this! Bleached products such as tampons and pads tend to have a by-product called dioxin which is a toxic environmental pollutant that has multiple impacts on the immune system and reproductive organs.
Meanwhile, this is a risk I’m not comfortable to take so I’m back to unbleached, and as much as possible, organic materials!
4. Do Not Have To Worry About Leakage
The Modibodi underwear and reusable pads I’ve been using have liquid-tight margins around the gusset which prevent the flow from going down the sides or along the back.
This is so much better than pads that had plastic wings that were not absorbent and sometimes caused leaks that would stay on the sides. I am sure you know what I am talking about.
The absorbent cores in these reusables are firmly fused and sewn to other parts of the underwear/pad.
It did not clump up like the materials in disposable ones. So the blood stays where it needs to, even through the night and while exercising.
Certainly, this gives me a peace of mind and also makes it an ease to wash!
5. Save Your Wallet Over Long Run
Reusables always have a higher upfront fee because they’re designed to be made to last. But in the long run, even the most expensive reusable options may end up being cheaper than depending on reusables for your entire life.
I’m pretty bad at crunching numbers but it’s pretty clear to me that reusables are the much more wallet-friendly option available. If you buy them and actually do use them!
Personally, I’m happy to be paying slightly more as well if the reusable options are more comfortable and reassure me that there are no toxic chemicals or plastic bits directly in contact with my skin.
6. Reduces Waste With Reusable Pads
With reusable menstrual products, I was glad to find myself keeping away from binning anything at all!
Pads and tampons are always wrapped up in so much plastic (for sanitary reasons) and cutting them out really help to reduce your waste.
Studies in the United States have shown that in a single menstruating lifetime (avg 40 years), women may use between 5,000 – 15,000 disposable menstrual products with a vast majority ending up in landfills as plastic waste.
In Singapore, this ends up on our one and only Semakau Landfill after going through incineration. However, our landfill is running out of space and we’re against the clock to reduce our waste.
I hope these reusable options will be more widely available in the future so more women can make informed decisions on how to deal with their periods. Also, know more about more comfortable and safer options for their bodies.
Do comment below if you’ve tried out any reusables and let me know what your favourite type is!
Most importantly, stay home, stay comfortable and stay safe during this period!