Types of Reusable Sanitary Protection?

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The Womens Environmental Network (WEN) recommend two types of sanpro,
cloth pads and menstrual cups.

Cloth Pads
Similar in shape to disposable pads, and fasten around pants with poppers or velcro.

Can be made with terry, flannel or hemp, and the outer fabric can be fleece, brushed cotton or polyester.

Some have nylon or polyurethane waterproofing, while others rely on the absorbency of the cotton/hemp.

The thinnest tend to be made from hemp, which is 10 times more absorbent than cotton.

All of the pads have a similar absorbency to disposable pads.

Menstrual Cups
Made of silicone or latex and worn as an alternative to tampons.

They are similar in shape to a contraceptive cap (but cannot be used for this purpose!).

They are very effective at containing a heavy flow, and can be worn overnight.

Most people wear them in combination with a small pad overnight, just in case of overflow.

Steven Leighton

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I'm Steven, and I volunteer with many local projects around Suffolk to help improve the local environment.

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