One woman has shared her experience of using reusable sanitary napkins over the past seven years and claims the switch has helped her save money while relieving her painful periods
With the cost of living Keeping increasing, many of us have been looking for ways to cut back on everyday essentials, from large grocery stores to basic toiletries.
This includes of course period products like tampons and pads, which can be quite expensive.
A 35-year-old woman has now claimed she’s managed to save £250 since switching to reusable pads seven years ago, with their first box still going strong.
Beki Griffin from Rutland has been suffering from painful periods because of her for a while endometriosis, a condition in which tissue similar to that found in the lining of the womb begins to grow in other parts of the body, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
This condition can lead to terrible period pains as well as heavy periods, meaning many sufferers end up going through a lot of pads during their monthly cycle.
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Beki said money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “I’ve always had very painful periods, to the point where I’m literally crippled with pain most months. I went to the family doctor and was diagnosed with endometriosis. I’d tried everything from simple things like paracetamol to taking 2-3 hot baths a day to ease the pain.”
“After researching online, there was a link between painful periods and the chemicals in certain pads and tampons. I saw that some people had tried reusable pads and noticed a massive difference in their cycles. I figured it would be worth a try and see what all the fuss was about.
According to one of the published study environmental network for women (WEN) product tests conducted by Women’s Voices for the Earth found two carcinogens – chloroform and chloroethane – in sanitary napkins, as well as styrene and EDC as possible carcinogens. Although chemical concentrations in such products are low, WEN stated that there are no safe levels of exposure to EDCs and carcinogens.
Beki went on to claim that after the first three months of switching, she noticed her periods were lighter and the pain lessened.
She has called reusable pads a “life changer” and explained that while her friends are skeptical about trying them, she’s never had any issues with them.
Beki added: “My friends are skeptical and it’s hard to get people to try them as it sounds a lot worse than it is. When I’m done with my towel, I fold it up with the poppers and wait until I have three or four. Then I open them up and just put them completely in the washing machine. Once dry, they’re ready to use over and over again!
“They’re great because when I’m due I don’t have to rush to the shops for supplies and they’re so comfortable – they feel like pants!” I’ve never run out with them and they come in all shapes and sizes depending on the flow.”
Beki bought her first pack of reusable sanitary napkins from Amazon about seven years ago and spent around £17 on four towels.
Although this may sound expensive, she paid £3 a pack each month and has since found that her reusable pads are still going strong after seven years.
She claims that if she had continued to buy regular pads every month throughout that time it would have cost her more than £250.
That’s a big saving!
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