Disposable Napkins vs Reusable Napkins Here Are the Pros and Cons

Deciding between using a pad and a modern-day pasador? Let's list down the pros and cons.

It’s a delicate time for your vagina, so we mustn’t neglect hygiene and health. But we’re also living a time of heightened environmentalism. 

On one hand, you have convenience. A sanitary napkin with a trusty adhesive you just stick on, peel off, and toss away. Then there’s the eco-friendly option. A reusable sanitary pad sewn from soft (often recycled) cotton with a hidden leak-proof layer, and wings you secure around your underwear.

Still deciding between pad and modern-day pasador? We count the pros and cons for you.

Disposable Napkins


  • They’re cheaper upfront. A pack of sanitary napkins can cost as low as PHP 25.00, which is relatively inexpensive if you take the price at face value.
  • You can find sanitary napkins almost anywhere, and with many varieties. You can choose from dry-fit to overnight, even maternity for those with a super heavy flow.
  • Disposable pads are quick and convenient to use, with little mess. They afford women a grab-and-go, wrap-and-throw red day regimen.
  • Transporting sanitary napkins is mess-free. No need to wash or store them. Just stock up, and make sure they’re in your bag during your period.


  • Higher cost over time. Women spend way more on their periods in their lifetime than they realize. Buying pads monthly costs more in the long run than going the reusable route.
  • Sanitary pads contain plastics, adhesives, and harmful chemicals like dioxin. These can potentially irritate the skin, and cause that strange smell (you know the one).
  • Environmental impact. Plastic can take centuries to disintegrate. And we know a disposable pad isn’t just cotton. These pads, especially when wrapped in plastic bags, are often found in landfills and waterways.
  • Pads can cause irritation. Ever felt itchy down there? The plastic, adhesive, or mesh part in your napkin could be irritating your skin.

Reusable Napkins


  • Reusable napkins are economical. You save more in the long-run. You won’t be shelling out money every month to buy pads any more.
  • Buying reusable napkins—or pasador—helps local businesses. You can find many online shops, some linked to advocacies or groups that help support women in need.
  • Cotton is comfortable and cleaner for your feminine area. Reusable pads are, surprisingly, less smelly than you think, because of the breathable natural fabric. They’re chemical-free as well, reducing the risk of infections and irritations.
  • They’re eco-friendly. Reusable cloth napkins last 3-5 years, sometimes longer, versus single-use napkins—just one way of curbing your carbon footprint


  • It might seem costly at first. One reusable napkin can seem expensive and you’ll need to buy more than one. But since you’ll be reusing them, think of this as an investment. Consider saving before switching.
  • Changing on-the-go can seem messy. You can’t just toss-and-go with reusables when you’re out and about. It helps to bring a carry-bag or wrapper.
  • Washing the pads can be inconvenient. While the pasador is machine washable, you’ll need a first wash under cold water to get most of the blood off. It’s an additional step to one’s period routine, which some girls don’t mind.
  • They’re not readily available. Sure, there are eco-stores and online shops. But you can’t always find a pasador at the mall or grocery. So stock up, buy the styles and variants you need, and have one or two in your purse just in case.

Whether you choose disposable or reusable, protecting your intimate area is a must, especially during your red days. Change your napkin every 4 to 6 hours—or even earlier. If you’re going to bed, use an overnight pad, and change immediately the next morning.

To ensure your vaginal areas is protected from red day odor, itch or irritation, use GynePro Ultra Protection feminine wash. It’s made with Chlorhexidine digluconate that’s 2X better in killing odor, itch, and irritation causing bacteria compared to other feminine washes. Whatever your napkin of choice, keep your feminine area protected with GynePro, the feminine wash for red days!

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