So when I first started thinking about reusable sanitary towels I have to admit my reaction was urgh, gross! Childish and silly I know but that’s how I felt. Even at 35 I’m still a little squeamish about periods and I’m fortunate enough that I’ve always had a pretty easy ride when it comes to my “time of the month” so it’s never really been an open topic of discussion or concern.
I first started being aware that maybe there were better alternatives to disposables when I did plastic-free July and started to explore plastic swaps I could make for products I used regularly. Around this time Nada, the zero waste shop, opened in the square around the corner from Crafty Sew&So. They sold cloth pads, moon cups and other reusable sanitary products. I was intrigued.
However I found out soon after I was pregnant, so no need for sanitary products for a while!
The topic was raised again when a group of ladies asked to book a reusable towel making session at Crafty.
For the workshop, we used a pattern by Luna Wolf which you can download for free here. It’s a fab pattern with variations for everyone!
We all made pads and I have received great feedback about how effective they are 😊
After this session I really looked more deeply into the whole reusable sanitary products market. My main conclusion was that although using- mainly changing, carrying and washing – reusable pads might be a bit cumbersome, there are definitely ways to make it less so. Like making little waterproof pouches to carry used towels and using a net bag to wash them in.
I also realised that every sanitary product I’ve ever used is probably still in existence in landfill somewhere- or worse- in the ocean!
That’s the mind blowing revelation! And that is really gross!
So when it is time to go back to sanitary products I’m going to try the moon cup- or a variation of- and I’ve also made myself a batch of cloth pads too.
I’ve actually found them useful already as a precaution in case my waters break when I’ve been out this week. Just a little confidence boost which has helped me get out and about!
I feel that as I am having a daughter, it is doubly important to educate myself so I can educate and encourage her to be open minded about periods in general – by that time things will have changed but adopting an open attitude now is important.
Periods have never been a big issue in our family, with not much discussion. We were all very lucky was there was no need, we just got on with it. My mum even sent me swimming on the day I first got my period!
Pregnancy encouraged me to be more open about bodily issues with others especially my husband- whether he likes it or not! I want there to be an openness about everything as she grows up and he needs to know the facts as he is raising a girl!
NCT classes with open discussions about various less desirable effects of childbirth have helped us open up and talk about body stuff a bit more too.
I also want to raise our daughter to be very aware of small things she and we can do to reduce our impact on the world. I expect she’ll teach us much more than we know!
So in conclusion, I am now over my squeamishness and firmly committed to changing to reusable sanitary products. I’m also looking forward to using cloth nappies too- more about that adventure in another post!