Disposable menstrual products often contain a variety of chemicals, a lot of which are placed under the category of fragrances/scents, which are considered a proprietary secret and are therefore undisclosed to the consumer. Synthetic fragrances can be made form a cocktail of up to 3,900 chemicals (styrene, chloromethane, chloroethane, chloroform, acetone, among others). Some of which are identified as carcinogens, neurotoxins, irritants, hormone disruptors and reproductive toxicants. They can also interfere with the balance of good and bad bacteria. This, in combination to lack of breathability, can cause irritations, infections, yeast and thrush in some women.
Cloth pads are a simple cost effective way to avoid these chemicals, since organic or eco-friendly disposable alternatives can be quite costly. Cloth pads are actually cheaper in the long run than all disposable options.