by Justine Deputy, RN, MSN

Photo Credit: Siné Stabosz

Have you thought about using cloth pads or menstrual cups, but not made the switch or tried them out? Read about them below to see if you may like to switch!

Reasons you might want to switch:

  1. Save Money: Initially the cost is more, but long term you will spend much less. You don’t need to buy more every time you run out.
  2. Always Have What You Need: You don’t have to worry about using up the last in the box. If you have enough items for your cycle or for how often you do laundry during your cycle, you are set!
  3. Less Irritation: Some people may get irritated by tampons and pads. They can contain chemicals that may irritate sensitive skin. Cloth pads are more breathable and usually made of non-irritating materials such as cotton, bamboo, and hemp. Cups are usually made of medical grade silicone.
  4. Convenience:
    1. Never have to run to the store for more.
    2. Cups usually only need to be emptied every 12 hours. You can do it when you wake up and then again in the evening.
    3. You don’t have to worry about packing extra with you if using a menstrual cup. You just empty and rinse the one you have.
  5. Less Waste: You don’t fill up your bathroom trash can with waste each period. The product can be used for years.
  6. Designs: You can find many fun designs among the various brands!
  7. Comfort: Many find that wearing cloth pads or using a cup is much more comfortable than tampons or a disposable pad.

Recommendations for Cups (from Birth Center Mamas):

There are even more brands out there. Read up on the cup and see if you think it sounds right for you. Note sizes too. Some are sized differently based on age or if you have had a child.

Recommendations for Cloth Pads (from Birth Center Mamas):

There are so many additional cloth pads out there. Buying one from a few different brands can help you find what you like best!

How to Care for Products:

Every product is different and you should certainly follow the instructions for care from the company, but care is pretty simple. Cups usually need to be emptied and rinsed/washed every 12 hours. Cloth pads can be tossed right in the wash! On heavier days you may need to rinse your cloth pad before putting it in the wash.

Interested? Cloth pads and cups are worth a try if so!