Is it good to use cloth pads made with old saris or towels?

If you thought using cloth pads is risky for health, then READ this, as a gynaecologist says that it's not true!

Sanitary napkins are very popular with women in India. Although tampons and menstrual cups (the new ages ones) are not that commonly used, cloth pads are quite rampantly used in villages and remote areas. However, the cloth pads are made at home from old saris, towels, napkins or bedsheets, which perfectly suits the need and also does not burn a hole in the pocket. Moreover, cloth pads are eco-friendly in nature. Here are 10 commonly asked questions about periods answered.

Are cloth pads good for health?

One of the common reasons why most women have replaced cloth pads with sanitary napkins is the comfort and the fact that sanitary pads are quite safe. No wonder about it but that doesn't mean cloth pads are not good either. According to Dr Uma Vaidyanathan, Consultant Gynaecologist and Unit Head at Max Hospital, New Delhi, 'There are no health implications of using cloth pads with old saris, towels, napkins, etc. However, one has to make sure to it is cleaned and washed properly. Also, as the absorbing capacity of cloth pads is comparatively less than sanitary napkins, you have to change it more frequently although it does depend on the flow.' Also read about sanitary napkins vs tampons, menstrual cups, cloth pads and period panties.

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Although there is no strict rule on what type of material should one use as a cloth pad, it is preferable to use cotton cloth pads as it allows the vagina to breathe. Moreover, the absorption capacity of a cotton material is higher than other types of materials like polyester. Also, avoid using very old cloth as it can lead to allergic reaction.

One of the disadvantages of using cloth pads is that it becomes wet easily and hence, not suitable for use during nights. Also, if you do not change the pads after getting wet, it not only stinks but also increases the risk of infections due to the moist atmosphere in the vaginal area. However, you can lower the risk by strictly following proper hygiene and sanitation during menstruation. Also, make sure you wash the cloth pads with soap/detergent and water and allow it to dry naturally. Here are 10 menstrual hygiene tips every girl and woman should know

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