When I first learned about reusable cloth pads I was a bit grossed out. Sure, I cloth diaper my children, but handling my own blood seemed gross to me. My real interest first peaked when a good friend told me that cloth pads made her menstrual cramps disappear. To be honest, I thought she had gone a little bananas. That was until I tried them myself. Cloth pads menstrual cramps?
The third month after I started using cloth pads my period came without warning. My period, that always had two full days of cramping before it started…showed up without warning! Cloth pads seemed to make my menstrual cramps disappear and they have stayed away! Could the cramps I’ve had for years be gone? Are cloth pads responsible for the disappearance of my menstrual cramps?
Soon after my menstrual cramps disappeared, the cramps that sent me running out of class in high-school to be sick in the bathroom, I started researching the topic online. While I still experience some discomfort, and the urge to eat and eat and eat… I wondered if there was a direct relation between the chemicals in disposable pads and cramping. Is this all in my head?
First, I decided to research what chemicals are actually in disposable pads. It turns out, disposable pad companies are not forthcoming with the toxic chemicals in disposable menstrual products. “In fact, manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used because feminine hygiene products are considered “medical devices.” (1)
From there, I read article after article from reusable menstrual pad makers and testimonials from women describing the exact same experience I’m having. Cloth pads equal the disappearance or serious reduction of menstrual cramps. (2,3) In addition, I read about the other harmful effects of disposable product including chemical rashes, sweating, toxic shock syndrome and possible links to reproductive cancers (4,5). If the cramping didn’t sell me on reusable pads, medical conditions do! I certainly don’t want a crotch rash or put myself at greater risk for cancer.
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Scientific studies? Unfortunately, I can’t find a scientific study. I believe this is partially because disposable pad makers fight requests to release the chemical ingredients in their products and the side effects they cause. In addition, I’m sure they won’t publish a negative study on their own products. So, now if you haven’t switched…you’re ready to! What are some disposable menstrual product alternatives?
Have you had a similar reduction or disappearance of cramps like I have? As someone who has had cramping from my period my entire life I am fascinated and would love to hear from other ladies!
Disclosure: This post makes no health claims or attempts to diagnose or treat any condition. It’s an account of my personal experience. Thanks for stopping by.
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