Change to cloth sanitary pads for an allergy free period

Say goodbye to itchy bits with cloth sanitary pads

Change your pad and change your life…admittedly it sounds dramatic but it has done exactly that for one of our earliest converts. She did a review for us back in November 2018 and got in touch again recently to rave about the fact that switching to Bloom and Nora reusable pads has literally changed her life.

Wanting to remain anonymous as she found it quite embarrassing, she was keen to share her story in the hope that it might help other sufferers. From about the age of 15, she started to notice occasional discomfort and irritation ‘down below’. It never occurred to her that she could be allergic to tampons and subsequently, she put up with it for years. Eventually, after 20 years of baffling the doctors, she was eventually diagnosed with allergies to DMDM hydantoin (1) & Sorbic acid (2), and had a sensitivity to fragrance and benzoates(3).

No amount of period positivity can surf you though painful, heavy periods, but being allergic to tampons can give you a period nightmare on a whole new level. It doesn’t help that a lot of people don't talk about it, often putting it down to thrush, not changing the pad/tampon often enough etc and just tolerate it. It doesn't help either that some tampon companies suggest that itching is “most likely caused by a change in your vaginal PH”!

If you suspect you suffer from allergic reactions due to your tampons, then cloth sanitary pads could provide the answer. Our vaginas are one of the most sensitive and delicate areas of our bodies, so it makes sense that putting in anything that contains residual harmful chemicals could, in turn, cause a reaction. You don't need to worry about this with Bloom and Nora though as our products are Oeko-Tex certified, this is your guarantee that there are no irritating or harmful chemicals in the products or next to your skin.

But when it comes to choosing your period wear, sometimes it’s just a matter of comfort. Not everyone finds tampons comfortable, and occasionally you just want to be able to sit down snuggle up and be protected. Cloth sanitary pads are undoubtedly the most comfortable choice when it comes to your period. At Bloom and Nora, our cloth pads have been designed with comfort in mind, having a cycle in luxurious style with no more uncomfortable wriggling or annoying knicker stickers.

With a combination of absorbent core, waterproof layer to protect your pants and leak-free binding to keep your period in your pad so you can be comfortable, leak-free and feel as fabulous as possible on your period. From day to night our range of sizes is there to protect you whatever your flow.

Further information

(1) DMDM hydantoin is a chemical used in personal hygiene products to preserve shelf life by inhibiting microbial and fungal growth. It works by releasing formaldehyde over. This can be found in tampons and sanitary pads, feminine washes and wipes. It addition to being a known allergen, it is carcinogenic.

(2) Sorbic acid is a naturally occurring compound that is used as a preservative to inhibit fungal growth in cosmetics, sanitary pads and in tampons to help prevent toxic shock. Can cause irritations but is rare to cause allergies.  

(3) Benzoates used in tampons to inhibit pathogenic bacterial growth, to help prevent toxic shock syndrome, each tampon can contain up to 30 miligrams of benzoates. Can be an irritant to mucous membranes.

Try cloth sanitary pads today, find you perfect pad with our pad selector or try a trial kit.