· By Kristen Scott Ndiaye

5 Reasons You Should Try Reusable Cloth Pads

As we women continue to carry the world on our shoulders, we tend to forget about caring for ourselves. As we continue to shed more light on reproductive health and rights, women are starting to make changes to reusable menstrual products. If you are on the fence about switching, here are some benefits.

They are environmentally friendly
The average woman will use 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, tampons, and panty-liners in her lifetime. With the manufacturing, packaging, and transportation to the store, that’s a lot of waste! More disposables mean more plastic, and more plastic means more toxic-residual chemicals, everywhere. Not only that but with cloth menstrual pads, you will not have to buy for an average of 4 years, which means that less energy use. Noémie by The Well cloth pads help reduce the need to make as much plastic thus reducing energy consumption – and isn’t that the goal?

They are healthier than single-use pads
The plastics, synthetic fibers, wool pulp, chlorine, synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances and pesticides, and herbicide ridden cotton used in disposable menstrual products can lead to allergic reactions, hormone disruption, reproductive disorders, and even cancer.

One study found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in disposable menstrual pads: Styrene (carcinogen), Chloromethane (reproductive toxicant), Chloroethane (carcinogen), Chloroform (carcinogen, reproductive toxicant, neurotoxin), and acetone (irritant), to name a few.

Not only can reusable cloth pads reduce infections and skin rashes (because they are more breathable than single-use pads that have a plastic lining), but they are also known to reduce cramps! Enough said.

You’ll save money
Cloth pads can last years and assuming most women menstruate for about 40 years and spend about $12 a month on single-use pads, it eventually adds up to $5,760 over her lifetime. That is enough to invest in 238 of our heavy flow overnight pads! In times like these, we must be conscious of where we put our money and think of Noémie by The Well cloth pads as an investment in vaginal

They are sanitary and won’t leak!
With just a little time and care, your cloth pads give you a hassle-free and waste-free experience. It doesn’t take long to realize that they are extremely sanitary, super easy to clean and have a waterproof lining inside to prevent leaking.

You’ll support small business
The farther you get from the popular brands the healthier you’ll be. And why not support small businesses?