Reusable Pads vs Menstrual Cups: Which Are Better?
Tired of disposable pads and tampons, but can’t decide if reusable cloth pads or a menstrual cup is right for you? We break down their similarities and differences to help you make a decision!
Better for the Environment
Over the course of a lifetime, the amount of disposable menstrual products a person uses can really add up! Both menstrual cups and cloth menstrual pads are reusable, making them an eco-friendly alternative to single-use pads or tampons.
Good for Your Health
Disposable pads and tampons can be made with ingredients that aren’t healthy for our bodies! From chlorine dioxide to bisphenol A (BPA) to uncomfortable adhesive, harmful chemicals are present in disposable menstrual products. Reusable cloth pads and menstrual cups won’t expose you to these substances!
Friendly to Your Wallet
Cost is a huge deciding factor for menstruating folks to make the switch to reusable pads or menstrual cups. The average person will use over 16,000 disposable menstrual products in their life—and spending thousands to do so! This makes reusable options well worth the investment.
Keeping Them Clean
While both methods of menstrual protection require regular cleaning, the cleaning process for reusable pads and menstrual cups are significantly different. Reusable cloth pads may require up to a couple of days to clean thoroughly, depending on their usage. Check out our blog on how to wash your pad for more info!
How They’re Used
Menstrual cups can be intimidating, even to folks who are used to internal-use menstrual products like tampons. Alternatively, sometimes you just don’t feel like inserting a foreign object into your vagina while on your period. Cloth pads will be your best friend one these days!
If you use an IUD as a contraceptive or have other underlying personal health concerns (such as vaginismus, uterine fibroids, or endometriosis among others), you may wish to consult with a doctor prior to trying a menstrual cup for the first time.
So, how do you choose? Ultimately, there is no right answer when it comes to making the choice between reusable cloth pads and menstrual cups. They each come with their own benefits and disadvantages. The better option is your preference and what’s right for your body!