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What alternatives to sanitary napkins?

  • June 3, 2024
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If you want to replace your uncomfortable sanitary napkins, there are other solutions. Some are ecological, others reusable… In short, enough to spend your period week more peacefully.

Sanitary napkins of dubious composition

Getting your period is rarely fun. According to the calculations of our colleagues from France info, A woman has her period thirteen times a year, or 2,400 days in her life. This represents about six and a half years!

One of the first steps to protect yourself during your period is to wear a sanitary napkin. But this practice has several disadvantages. A towel can be quite uncomfortable, sometimes messy and cause anxiety about the smell it might give off.

In addition, UFC Que Choisir warns of the presence of chemical substances in these products. Some of these compounds were found to be endocrine disruptors or have carcinogenic effects. Fortunately, there are other alternatives to sanitary napkins.

Cup, washable napkin, instinctive flow… the 4 alternatives to sanitary napkins

It is possible that the towel is suitable for you, but you want to keep away from chemicals it contains.

It exists for this washable towels. They are made of organic fabric, cotton, hemp or bamboo with an interior layer of laminated polyester. After use, simply wash them in cold water before putting them in the washing machine.

On the same principle, the menstrual panties is very fashionable. It often has an inner layer of cotton, in contact with the skin. Inside is a highly absorbent material like bamboo. And an outer layer that is made of a waterproof material like polyester. To use it, it is best to have several, to cover the entire duration of your period.

The cup, or menstrual cup, is also very popular. Made of silicone, it is placed inside the vagina to collect blood. At the end of the day, simply wash it and boil it at the end of your period.

Finally, some women opt for “instinctive flow”. Through training, women no longer wear protection and “retain” their period by contracting the perineum. By listening to their body, they know when to go to the bathroom to eliminate the flow. A very practical method, provided you practice to avoid accidents.

Florine Cauchie

Health journalist

June 3, 2024, at 2:10 p.m.

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