Pros and Cons of Using Organic pads
Many brands talk about how organic pads/tampons are great with no toxins and chlorine bleach, but they barely talk about how it actually feels to use the organic pads/tampons compared to the non-organic ones.
First of all, it is true that our vagina is good at absorbing anything we put in there, which is why some medications are delivered vaginally. So being concerned about what might be absorbed by the body by using tampons made with synthetic fibers is reasonable. However, when it comes to how it feels to use an organic product compared to using a non-organic tampon, there isn’t much difference. Neither is the chance of getting TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).
Regarding the feeling of using pads made with organic cotton or synthetic fiber, the difference is way more noticeable.
Organic pads are more breathable compared with ones made with synthetic fibers. “Regular sanitary pads have a lot of plastic content and can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Organic pads contain an absorbent cellulose core which locks away menstrual fluid to keep you dry, and a soft organic cotton cover that allows your skin to breathe,” According to Dr. Suruchi Desai, consulting obstetrician and gynecologist at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai.
Pads that are made with synthetic fibers contains only a small percentage of cotton, and some of them contain no cotton at all. They use fabrics with certain characteristics to simulate the texture of cotton. But above all, they are not natural and may cause irritation or even allergic reactions. As we often can notice, pads from most of the common brands on the market are perforated. When you touch the surface of the pad, you can feel that it’s a little bumpy and not as soft as the 100% organic cotton pads.
Here comes the trickiest thing about the difference between using the organic cotton pads and the synthetic ones. Lots of women found the wetness more noticeable while using organic pads compared to the synthetic ones. It makes us think that the pad’s not absorbent enough. But it’s not that simple. Take NannoPad as an example, the absorption of Super is 180ml, and the normal amount of a woman’s flow is 30-80ml per cycle. When it comes to 80ml or more, that can be considered as heavy flow. As a result, we can say that the absorption of NannoPad is way more than the total volume of a menstrual cycle for almost every woman. Then why the wetness? It is because of the nature of organic cotton, the surface of a 100% organic cotton pad cannot be perforated like the synthetic fabrics. As we mentioned earlier, pads made with synthetic fiber have a perforated surface, which absorbs a little faster than the organic cotton pads. So even though a pad that’s made with organic cotton can absorb a lot more flow, some women may feel the need of changing it a little more than the synthetic ones.
After all, we’re in a time that women are more aware and care about holistic health, which is a good thing. The use of organic pad/tampon lessens the chance of allergy and irritation. Plus, the plant of organic cotton takes 71% less water and 62% less energy to produce. It brings better effects on both our body and the environment. As a holistic option for your period, NannoPad also features a special technology that may help with menstrual discomfort naturally with no drugs or medication. So the comforts it brings does not limit to the softness from the organic cotton, but also the relief it might result for your menstrual discomfort.