Re-usable pads, also known as washable pads, are intended to curb the use of newspapers and other harmful materials that many women turn to due to lack of adequate funds to purchase sanitary wear.
While re-usable pads promote women’s sanitary health, they also pose a threat to the disposable pad market as they are functional for up to a year-and-a-half.
Going for R5 they are not harsh on the pockets of women who usually have to fork out R30 for pads or R60 for the more flexible tampons.
Researchers have revealed that the re-usable pads have high absorbency, are leak resistant and the material does breathe unlike the disposable ones that mostly use synthetic fibres such as rayon and plastic that are super absorbent and may even absorb moisture from the vagina increasing chances of severe menstrual cramps and infections.
However, despite their relatively cheap price, reusable pads will be a hard sell in the urban areas, with many vowing to stick to tried and tested products.
Progress Zulu (21) is a student at a local college. Re-usable pads are a new thing to her. Despite having been told about their advantages, she is still not keen on trying them out.
“I would rather use a product I already know than try something new because I am not sure of its effects,” she said.
Just like with something new, there is also excitement for some — especially those that have had bad experiences with the commonly used pads.
Most young women expressed concern over the washing part as they openly said they cannot stand washing their own menstrual clothes. However, others are happy that someone has finally developed something more comfortable using material they are familiar with.
“I feel itchy every time I use cotton pads. At least with these new ones made of cloth I don’t feel any skin irritation,” said Bahle Kgosi who has tried the new craze.