Honouring your menstrual cycle
By Bare + Boho
Honouring the miracle of the menstrual cycle is a concept that is quite foreign to most women. However the amazing ability for the feminine body to create, carry, birth and nourish new life, is bound to the beauty of our cycle. How we care for our bodies and our cycle, are more important than we may think, and the attributing impacts of our feminine hygiene products on the environment, to our health and the impact on our bank accounts is more significant than one may realise.
Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It is extremely permeable, especially around and inside the vagina. Most products touching the skin will be absorbed within the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body, and as the average woman uses tens of thousands of tampons and pads in her lifetime, the exposure to dangers in disposable feminine products is all too common.
Tampons and pads are considered “medical devices” and hence the ingredients and methods of manufacture are not monitored for internal health and wellbeing. Disposable hygiene products consist of dioxins, synthetic fibres, petrochemical additives and various plastic components and webbing. Plasticising chemicals such as BPA and BPS are used, as well as phthalates, odour neutralisers and fragrances. All of these are potentially hazardous, and research has linked these chemicals to various cancers, heart disease, organ failure, embryonic development disruption and irregular gene expression. Chlorine and other harsh chemicals are used to bleach the fibres, and can create toxic dioxin that is deemed unsafe at any level of exposure.
These materials create a humid environment, and reduce breathability and can alter the vagina’s pH balance by introducing foreign bacteria and absorbing the healthy bacteria.
Beauty of the cloth pad
Our stunning collection of unique Bamboo-Cotton Modern Cloth Pads encourage women to honour their sacred phase of menstruation in a luxurious, yet conscious manner. Cloth pads have been thoughtfully designed to inspire women to embrace the ever-changing body temple, whilst understanding the implications disposable pads and tampons have on our health, our hygiene and the environment.
Our Modern Cloth pads provide a new way of viewing periods, and we believe that during this time, the body temple needs to be nurtured and supported. Our Cloth pads are the most cost-effective products to use during your cycle, but more importantly, will keep damaging waste out of landfill. The Cloth Pads are extremely lightweight, soft and durable and provide comfort, whilst offering ultra absorbency.
How much can I save switching to cloth?
Most women will menstruate for approximately 35 years and will use anywhere between 10,000-20,000 feminine hygiene products over that time. So when considering the number of disposable feminine products needing to be purchased over this time, the costs are significant.Cloth pads can last anywhere from 5-10 years depending on use and care. Purchasing a set will cost more to begin with, however you will save thousands over the course of your life.
How to Use:
Our Cloth Pads are designed to mimic disposable pads, so the transition is simple! Simply fasten the wings of your pad around your underwear with the snap and change as needed.
Recommended changing is every 2-6 hours depending on your flow.
Once used, simply fold up and snap the button closed, and place in your Mini Wet-bag if out and about.
Bare + Boho are passionate about minimizing our environmental imprint through sustainable and conscious living. We are proud advocates for holistic feminine health and nurturing the body temple.
For more information, please visit www.bareandboho.com.au
Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.