We live a life in a disposable nature. Fashion is disposable, water bottles are disposable and even pads are disposable. Sometimes it’s good to practice our 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) since it helps manage our environment and eco-system. Did you know that the Earth’s living capacity has already been surpassed? How scary is that fact – we’re pretty scared right about now.
In attempts to reduce the disposability of our lifestyle, Party in my Pants (PIMP) is a sister-owned and run company that specializes in hand-producing cloth pads that can be reused. Talk about regressing in technology. We’re going medieval here with reusable cloth pads. Isn’t the whole point of pads and tampons to be able to get rid of that nasty period blood that you shed once a month? Well, there are some pros to this. Let’s take a look at those first.
Pros of PIMP
- Saving Cash
First of all, you won’t be repurchasing bundles and bundles of pads and tampons every couple of months. Just how much does it really cost you to take care of a year’s worth of periods? PIMPs aren’t exactly the cheapest, considering each pad is $9. But since they’re reusable, you won’t have to repurchase them time and time again.
Apparently the material used in disposable sanitary napkins doesn’t allow for ventilation, which actually turns it into a breeding ground for bacteria to grow. You know yeast infections? Yeah, that nasty itchy condition in your vagina? Well it can grow inside of a disposable pad or tampon while it’s soaking up your blood. The bacterial growth can then migrate its way into your vagina creating those awfully funky fish smells besides just the annoying itch. PIMPs have breathable material that ventilates your flow (no, you won’t smell like period blood 24/7), preventing any unnecessary bacterial growth.
PIMPs are very slim and can be discreet as opposed to those thick heavy flow pads that you may wear at the beginning of your period. The thin material makes it easy for you to wear your clothing without feeling self-conscious. So unless you’re literally wearing skin tight clothing that’ll show off your goosebumps, or something that is ridiculously see-through, PIMPs won’t be noticed by anyone.
The little snaps at the bottom of the pads are not only just good for securing your pant to your pants, but help to roll it up into a little bundle to carry around if you aren’t at home to wash them.
- Aesthetically Pleasing
These little cloth pads are not what you’re expecting. No, they aren’t a boring white sterile pad that you receive from the hospital after you’ve given birth. In fact these sleek little sanitary napkins come in a bajillion different designs that you’re sure to find at least one that’s cute. If you’re going to look good on the outside (your outfit), you might as well look good on the side right? You do purchase lacey undergarments afterall, let’s just keep getting deeper and deeper into the materialism – no pun intended.
Why wait once a year to enjoy Shark Week on the Discovery Channel when it happens to you every month?
Cons of PIMP
- You Have to Personally Wash Them
No, you can’t just chuck them into the garbage when it starts to feel like its full. You’re going to have to either hand-wash your PIMP in the sink/bath tub/whatever or throw them into your laundry. Apparently you don’t even have to wash them immediately and just let them sit around until you’re ready to do your laundry. That slightly grosses us out. I mean you clean up spilt blood immediately and get rid of it. So why would you want your period blood just sitting around until you’re ready to wash all of your clothes?
- You’ll Carry it Around When You Aren’t Home
Again, with the fact that you can’t dispose of it, you’re going to have to fold up your PIMP into a little roll and toss it into your bag until your get home. Uhm, we don’t exactly want to carry a little sack of vaginal blood in our nice purse where we also store my make-up and possibly lunch. The same way you don’t mix clean and dirty laundry, why are you mixing dirty stuff with clean things in your purse? Ick.
Buying a PIMP is like investing in a house as opposed to renting. You’re going to be paying down a large lump sum and we don’t all have that kind of money when we’re 13 years old and getting our period for the first time. Most of the time, a woman’s period lasts about 4-6 days, with periodical changes throughout the day. It’s recommended that you change your menstrual products every 4-8 hours, so let’s just say that you’ll change whatever you’re using to maintain your period anywhere from 2-3 times a day. If you can wash and dry all of them relatively quickly, you’ll only need like maybe 6 of them for one cycle. But the website says that if you only use each pad once a cycle, they’ll basically last forever. Hang on, are they saying that we need to purchase 12-18 pads? Let’s do the math, that’s about almost $200 spent at once when you can go out and buy a pack of 36 pads for about $12! $12 to last me through 3 cycles? Heck yeah I’ll take that any day.
- Discomfort From the Snap
The button at the bottom is supposed to make your PIMP easier to attach and detach, but what if you’re wearing something really tight? It’s definitely going to be pushed up onto your crotch region making it extremely uncomfortable.
Despite the cons, many women still choose to use reusable cloth pads are opposed to disposable ones. We want to know why!
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