One of the most life-changing rights of passage as a cis-gender woman is getting your monthly period. While it’s normal for women to go through it, your menstrual cycle can cause some inconvenience. Cramps can sometimes hurt, your mood swings can be erratic, and managing your monthly period can be expensive.
According to an i-Price Group study published in ABS-CBN News, the average Filipina spends P2,833 on disposal menstrual pads. While some women may consider this expense a necessity, you can save some money and reduce waste significantly by switching to eco-friendly menstrual products.
Eco-friendly menstrual products are reusable, which means you can use them repeatedly. Contrary to what some people might think, reusable menstrual products are sanitary as long as you clean the products accordingly. If you’re interested in going sustainable, here are some options for you to consider:
These products are similar to the single-use menstrual napkins you’re probably used to. The difference is that they’re made of cloth and/or other sustainable materials. Washable pads come in different sizes, so you can choose the size that fits your flow. What’s awesome about washable pads is that they come in various designs (like these from Ka Na Mi Pasador), so you can choose accordingly. An average washable pad costs around P100 to P200.
If you’re used to using disposable tampons, switching to menstrual cups will be a total breeze. This product is made of medical-grade silicone that you insert inside down there to catch the blood. You shouldn’t feel a thing once it’s inside, and you just need to drain and clean it every 12 hours. While menstrual cups may be expensive (the ones from Bessy Cup cost around P700 to P1000), you stand to make plenty of savings in the long haul.
Another option for you to consider is underwear designed to withstand red days. Uniqlo’s AIRism absorbent shorts are thicker than your average panties, and they’re made with special absorbent materials to prevent leaks. A pair of the babies would set you back P790, but given how many times you’ll be able to use them, they’re worth the splurge. Just take note that they’re not the best option for super heavy flows.
The options above-mentioned may be pricier than disposable pads and tampons, but in the long run, you’ll spend less money. Plus, using these products will significantly lessen your toxic waste. Hence, you get to do your part for the environment, which is always a total win. Happy shopping!
Art Daniella Sison