Reusable Sanitary Wear FAQ

Here I try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about reusable sanitary wear.

Why Choose Reusable Sanitary Wear?

  • Health reasons  There are no chemicals, gels or plastics to cause irritation or infection to your most delicate area, or to make you sticky and uncomfortable down there. Some of the chemicals found in disposable sanitary wear, such as dioxins (a result of the bleaching process), have been linked to cancer and uterine abnormalities. Some women also find that the reusable options make for a lighter and less painful period.
  • Financial reasons – It can cost over £2,000 in a lifetime (£2 – £5 per cycle) to buy disposable sanitary wear, and 5% of that goes to the government in VAT! A stash of CSP will cost up to £120 and last 5-7 years (costing approx. £600 for a lifetime’s supply), and a cup costing £20 can last as long as 12 years (costing around £60 over your lifetime).
  • Environmental reasons – You’ll be doing your bit to bring down the estimated 15,000 disposable sanitary pads per woman that end up in landfill, or washed up on beaches during their menstrual lifetime.
  • Easy to use and care for – With snap fastening wings to hold them in place, CSP is easy to put on, and you don’t end up with adhesive marks on your underwear. They’re easy to care for too, as our CSP & Breast Pad Care section explains. Once you have figured out what insertion/removal technique works best for you, cups are also easy to use, empty and keep clean (for more information, see the Mooncup website).
  • Choice – With a choice of top and backing fabrics, shapes, sizes and absorbency options, you really are spoilt for choice. Not to mention the pretty designs and colours available, you can have some fun with your moon time.

How many pads will I need?

This really is down to each individual, but the average is between 8 and 12. You may find it helpful to buy just a few of varying absorbencies to figure out how many you’re likely to need, and which absorbencies suit you best and on which days.

What else will I need?

A medium/large wetbag for storing your used pads prior to washing, and a smaller wetbag to pop in to your handbag for when you’re out and about.

If there are any questions that you have that I’ve not covered here or anywhere else in the CSP & Breast Pad Care section, then please feel free to contact us and I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.