But are reusable sanitary pads safe?
So you are thinking of trying reusable period pads but are worried they are not safe, do not worry you are in the right place. On Lilypads recent Instagram chat we have so many questions sent in with many people asking “are reusable sanitary pads safe? So we thought we would write a blog to share the research and information out there and to put your minds at ease.
Lilypads sell comfy, discreet reusable period pads. For every pack sold a pack is sponsored to someone who needs it. Our pads come with instructions surrounding washing. Shop now.
So firstly what are reusable pads?
Reusable period pads are what they say on the tin. They are period pads which are made from washable textile materials. They are worn in the same way as standard disposable pads but after use are taken off, washed and reused.
We have become so used to the disposable option. Throwing away any sign of our periods. The products create A LOT of waste with the average menstruator using over 11000 period products in their lifetime. Swapping to reusables can reduce 90% of the environmental impact created by disposable products. The amazing health and environmental benefits of reusable products have become more known over the past few years which is great. But of course, many of us may feel a little nervous to move away from a type of product we are so used to.
It is completely normal for us to feel nervous to make the switch, so do not be too tough on yourself. Periods can be rough enough never mind any more added pressure.
Lilypads want to become a space where your questions about reusable products can be answered.
So are reusable sanitary pads safe?
The short answer is yes; absolutely. But lets dive into this a little more.
There are several research studies which have proven that reusable period pads are hygienic and safe.
The main risk associated with any product is absorbency. If the product does not adequately absorb and remains wet and is worn for a log period fo time,it can lead to irritation. But many users note that they find reusable period pads are more fefctive at absorbing than disposable pads!
Reusable pads also tend to be more breathable and natural than disposable pads. Disposable pads have been known to contain nasty chemicals which are harsh and irritable.
The key to ensuring any period product is safe is staying clean. As long as you clean your period pad after use and ensure it is completely dry before you use all will be good.
So how do you wash them?
Washign reusable pads is as easy as washing your underwear. Just throw them in the wash. A cold wash is better for stain removal (and the planet) and some prefer to rinse or soak their pads in cold water before washing if they are not going to be washed staright away. Then put them on the radiator or air dry them and wait to reusue!
Reusable period pads are an amazing way to reduce your plastic waste but also have other positive impacts. Reusable products save you money as you do not need to buy products very month, they also do not contain the harmful chemicals which disposable products can contain. Overall they are great for you and great for the planet.
Lilypads sell comfy, discreet reusable period pads. For every pack sold a pack is sponsored to someone who needs it. Our pads come with instructions surrounding washing.
Full range: reusable sanitary pads for day and night
Ready to jump in? Get our full range of washable period pads: 2 pantiliners, 2-night pads and 4 standard size pads. You get to pick if you want four back-ups, superstar or active pads. (Descriptions are below)
You can choose:
- The Superstar: designed to be worn solo – lasts twice as long as a disposable.
- The Backup one – to prevent leaks when you are wearing a cup or tampon – lasts 12-hours.
- The active one – for those of us whose pelvic floor doesn’t always keep the urine in, the same absorbency as an incontinence/period pad