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Cloth Pads for Women?

I'd like to start this blog by saying, for some of you, this may be TMI, as in "too much information," but as I've said before, we
image of cloth menstrual pads
cloth-diapering moms are not typically overly-squeamish so with that warning, I'll continue. After 23 months, I just had a visit from Aunt Flo.  That's right. My monthly. My cycle. My friend. My period. After over nine months of pregnancy and then 14 months of breastfeeding (and still going strong, thank you very much) I wasn't sure if I would ever get it again. And truth be told, I hadn't missed it at all. So anyway, as I was dealing with Aunt Flo and getting ready to use a maxi-pad, into the bathroom walks my four-year-daughter, Kate--Mommy wants privacy? What a ridiculous concept. Anyway, curious Kate asked about the "diaper" I was  holding. After I gave her a very simplistic, yet truthful answer, I started thinking. These pads are a lot like diapers and a whole lot of them end up in landfills every year. Surely someone had already invented a cloth version. A quick internet search revealed that yes, indeed, cloth pads do exist and actually, they seem to get great reviews. One of the companies I found Gladrags even asks has a program that will donate their products to girls in Africa, living in poverty, who have little access to feminine products. A starter kit costs a little over $100 and comes complete with the specialty detergent and a small bucket with a lid (to keep near the toilet, I assume). Like using cloth diapers, this would be a great way to save money and put less trash into the landfill. Another cool looking company that makes and sells cloth pads is called Luna Pads. Their pads have wings and come in dark colors, like black, with colorful trim. Personally, if I end up investing in cloth pads, I would go with black--it just seems to make sense, if you know what I mean! While on the Luna Pad site, I came across a very disturbing blog called The Moldy Tampon Turmoil. I hadn't heard this story but I am pretty grossed out by the picture. The woman who discovered the moldy tampon only discovered because she accidentally popped it out of the applicator--otherwise, anyone who has used a tampon knows that you don't see the tampon before you put it in--so who knows how many moldy tampons exist? Ewwwwwww! The environmentalist in me is thinking maybe I should give these a try.  And since I have two daughters, I've already decided that I'll be buying the girls each a set when they get their first periods. They'll think this is just the way it's done if I start them early enough--or at least I hope so. What do you think of reusable sanitary pads? Would you? Could you? Do you? Let us know what you think.
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  • I was skeptical, but I love my mama cloth!

    Cammie on
  • I was initially pretty squicked out by the idea of cloth pads, but then I found some well-made ones in really cute patterns (Mimi’s Dreams, on Etsy), and they worked well for me. I remember feeling a bit apprehensive when I used up the last disposable one and only had my stash of cloth from that point on, but it was fine. They’re soft, absorbent, and don’t crinkle. I have a little covered container by my bathroom sink. I just toss used cloth pads in there with soap and some hydrogen peroxide until I do a load of laundry. After using cloth pads for a while, I got a little braver and tried a menstrual cup (the small LadyCup works well for me), and I gotta say…cups are even better and lower maintenance than cloth.

    Jennifer on
  • I started using cloth pads a few years ago when the rashes I was getting from store-bought pads were getting out of hand. I found a couple of sellers on etsy with some cute prints and I’ve never looked back. Cloth pads saved my skin and I love not having to buy pads every month.

    Cheryl on
  • I have been using a cup for the last 3 years and cloth pads for almost as long. I couldn’t imagine going back to disposable products!
    I find that the Lunette works better than the Diva for me.

    Beth on
  • My daughter is so excited to use her cloth pads. She is the one who converted me to cloth and she’s only 13 and has her own set waiting for her to need them. It makes total sense after cloth diapering not to go backwards into disposables for monthly cycles. She just hasn’t managed to convince any of her friends yet….

    Nova on

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