If sanitary napkins are not good for one's health, what are her options?

@Cutie18f (9563)
Philippines
January 29, 2013 9:39am CST
A fellow Mylotter had this discussion about how unsanitary or unhealthy are sanitary napkins. This brings me to this question: Are women willing to go back to the traditional practice of using pieces of cloth that are washable after each use? Before the advent of disposable sanitary napkins women used cut pieces of cloth meant for this purpose. When it is soiled, the women can wash and reuse them. This is also economical since you don't always buy napkins. You can just have a dozen of these pieces of cloth which you can use and use and use after washing and drying them of course. If you are a woman, are you willing to go back to that practice? It is bloody for sure but if commercial napkins can give us cancer, then why take the risk?
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
29 Jan 13
I have such a heavy flow from time to time that I am just not quite sure whether I would want to try it. I imagine if I could get two pieces of cloth and sew cotton in the middle of it for absorbency it might work but then that's unseaming the thing each time to remove the cotton as well, which could be costly. I don't use tampons myself because well they either don't absorb my flow or I don't have much of a flow and so they hurt coming out. Not that you really wanted to know that, I suppose. I do use pads though and I try to change them as regularly as possible. Of course a lot of things that we do cause cancer or so they say. We aren't truly "away" from those threats, no matter what we do.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
Hi Some! Yes, there seems to be health threats everywhere but I think we should minimize these threats as much as we can.
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• United States
10 Feb 13
@somecowgirl I agree with you there are threats of cancer with almost everything. And I think like you said we should change them often. There are so many things that we take into our body or put on our body that will be said to perhaps cause cancer or increase cancer risk. Even if we did do everything possible to try and prevent it we could still end up having cancer.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
10 Feb 13
The thought is scary.
• United States
29 Jan 13
I have considered it. I no longer get my monthly madness but I use sanitary napkins for bladder leakage when my bronchitis rears it's ugly head. I want to do a little more research on the unhealthiness of the disposable pads before making my decision (I have been googling it some since I saw the discussion earlier this morning I believe you are referring to). I have seen some pre-made cloth pads for sale on the 'net and that looks like a good option for anyone who doesn't want to make them or doesn't know how. I don't know how helpful they would be for bladder leakage but light to moderate flow menses should be handled well by them.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
There is no problem making them Sarah. Just buy a meter or two of cloth, the one used as baby napkins, the soft type of cloth, cut them into rectangles and have the edges sewn by a dressmaker if you do not know how to sew the sides. It is so easy to make. Maybe this is one future business we can all look into.
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• United States
29 Jan 13
I want to try to make some and see how they hold up for bladder leakage as opposed to just menses control.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
I think the best benefit here is simply the savings because you don't always have to buy disposable napkins. You can probably have some on standby just in case you run out and there is no time to buy.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
I asked my OBgyne about this and she said that napkins or sanitary pads or panty liners are not proven to cause cancer.. there is not even a definite answer for cancer as to why it is there... and no i would not go back to using cloth, that is a lot more unsanitary for me, i would rather use napkins as they are convenient as well as clean plus i am someone who makes it a point to change it every 4 hours.. or less just like diapers lol. but really no i would not go back to clothe, it is not convenient for someone like me who works in an office.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
Indeed it isn't convenient but I wonder how women in the past were able to manage the flow.
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@averygirl72 (16617)
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
What exactly makes sanitary napkin cause cancer? Using clothe can be unsanitary too because it's better to dispose the cloth right away after each use. My first day is always very heavy so I use diapers.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
The discussion talked about used paper as raw material for it, then I think in the process of making them into what they are, certain chemicals are used.
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@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
29 Jan 13
I wouldn't think that sanitary napkins could be that much of a cancer cause. Well, I would not like to use clothes for this purpose. They don't absorbs blood that well, I'd have to change them more frequently (my bleeding is REALLY strong), I would have to wash a lot more, as I wouldn't really wanna wash these pieces of cloth together with my other clothes. They would not cling enough to my panties, so they could move around as I move, so I could get soaked...
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
Washing them would be awful, messy and very bloody. And then when you hang them to dry, you want to hide it because it is embarrassing for people to see them.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Jan 13
I think the person was probably talking about tampons, not sanitary napkins. Tampons are dangerous! If you leave them in too long you can get toxic shock syndrome. I do not use tampons for that reason. There is nothing dangerous about sanitary napkins though that I have ever heard of... As for the cloth, I don't really think I would want to use those. I get it very heavy and that would be a TON more laundry than I already do every day, no thank you. I will keep my sanitary napkins, that is for sure. I don't think they cause cancer at all...
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
I had never used nor even tried using tampons because the thought of inserting it there just grosses me out.
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@maezee (33436)
• United States
29 Jan 13
Heck no, I would not use those! By the way, I am not even sure what "sanitary napkins" are -- are those pads? Or what? I can't do anything but tampons. It gets messy/disgusting. Maybe if I had a light period this would be OK, but it just grosses me out! Might as well stop it at the source, you know?
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
Yeah Maezee, it's not easy to be a woman. It is a messy and bloody business.
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@Angelpink (4022)
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
Hello there ! From my own point of view , i will never go back to that traditional way of wearing napkins because for me it is not an economical one because in washing napkins alone you will spend a lot detergent just to get the red stains on it . Sometimes stain can't be dissolved with a detergent so you need to buy a stain remover again , so another expenses plus the time you're spending in washing . Imagine how many hours you spend in washing when in fact you can use that time for some productive stuff like being here in Mylot. Whereas when we use disposable sanitary napkin , after each use then throw it ! It is more economical , hygienic and practical . Sanitary napkins are not that expensive. The best thing to do so we will not be infected with any disease is to change if it is accumulated lots already . If only scanty but already for how many hours then you need to remove it and do good hygiene . In this way , less risk of infection.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
But after hearing all the life-threatening stories related to it, I think I will consider the old method.
• Indonesia
1 Feb 13
I don't know if sanitary napkins cause cancer but I have read about them. But pretty much everything in this modern world can cause cancer, even barberque can...However, using a piece of cloth will be troublesome and unpractical, since you have to bring the soiled cloth home and wash them after use whereas if you use sanitary napkins you can just throw it away to the trash bin. But I figured pretty much that it won't be kind for environment though.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
1 Feb 13
The cloth option is better to our environment I think.
• Indonesia
2 Feb 13
Agreed, cloth is better for environment, but a little inconvenient...But then again my period is very little, so usually I only need a few of sanitary napkins...Have you heard about menstruation in modern women kind of unnatural because heavy periods caused by too many toxins we consumed, I think it's right since I try to eat healthy and avoid proccessed foods, my periods become lighter, and to think I still eat meat but prefer to eat boiled or in soups and broth rather than fried or barberqued. And eat many vegetables, nuts (especially almonds) and fruits, I noticed the difference, and my periods is much lighter and not or less painful.
@luisaR (452)
• Philippines
1 Feb 13
i had hard time washing the cloth I used on my period, when I was younger. stain is my biggest enemy. thanks to sanitary napkins. If the issue is it can cause cancer, I hope the manufacturers use a different materials for better health assurance. ;-)
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
1 Feb 13
Yes, we can just imagine the bloody pool of blood.
• United States
30 Jan 13
i bleed too heavy to entertain the thought of cloth. i think i'll take my chances with the store bought.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
Hi Scarlet! Modern women wouldn't settle for anything less than the sanitary napkins. The cloth is inconvenient although economical.
@Porcospino (18422)
• Denmark
10 Feb 13
As far as I know it depends on the material that the sanitary napkin is made of. The ones that are made of synthetic materials contain chemicals and those chemicals can be harmful. The sanitary napkins where the top layer is made of cotton are less harmful so that could be a good alternative for women who don't want to use recycable pieces of cloth. Synthetic sanitary napkins, tampons and diapers all contain chemicals, but based on the research that I have read, those chemicals aren't a huge problem. They are harmful to a certain extent, but compared to many other risks in our daily lives that risk isn't is big problem and it isn't something that we have to worry too much about. Personally I always use disposable sanitary napkins. It would be better for the environment to use recycable ones, but it would also mean a lot of extra work since I would have to wash them each time, and I prefer to spend that time on other things.