Warning: Very girly post ahead. Guys, feel free to avert your eyes to something more manly, like Chocolate Cake.
If you’d have told me a few years ago that I’d even be considering a cloth feminine pad I’d have thought you’d lost your marbles. Even though we eat organically and try to live as natural as our budget will allow. Never did I ever think cloth pads would fall into that category of products that I’d use.
And now, after just a few months of trying them out, I’m hooked. And no, I don’t care how “crunchy granola” that makes me, it’s one of those things that you can’t “knock it til you try it.”
Alright here’s my story…
Let’s just say that at the end of each month, I am not a happy camper. Previously, I could barely get out of bed and if by chance I made it all the way to the couch I would be stuck there until I was able to move again. The cramps were awful. I even saw a doctor about it and they couldn’t figure it out. Of course their suggestion was, “Oh just take this and this and this pill and you won’t even be able to feel your toes!”
Sure, I’ll get right on that.
So I did some research and for some reason ended up reading all about cloth pads and how they differed from regular pads. This is the part where the light bulb starts flashing…I found out that regular pads and tampons contain chlorine, something I’m very allergic to! No wonder by body hated me every month, I was basically subjecting it to torture, poor thing.
Here’s some other things I learned:
- Cloth pads(or at least the ones you should be buying!) are made with no chemicals and you can even get some with no dyes.
- Cloth pads remove the risk of TSS(Toxic Shock Syndrome) since you aren’t putting any chemicals into your body.
- Some women find reduction in length or heaviness of periods, or reduced cramps, clotting, ect while using cloth vs regular pads.
- Since fabric is more breathable than plastic, using cloth reduces your risk of rashes or infections.
Cloth pads require an initial up-front investment. I paid around $40 for my starter kit (and since cloth has reduced the length of my “down time” I use less!) but cloth pads should last at least 5 years so in the long run, using cloth will be cheaper!
And if you are into “being green” cloth pads are much healthier on the environment since you are reusing instead of throwing away.
After I started using cloth I also realized that it wasn’t as “icky” as I thought it would be. Pads are soaked in a little bucket in my bathroom in cold water until they can be washed. (Or just tossed into the wash right away) I don’t even use anything special to soak them in, just water works great. And as far as detergent to wash them in, I simply use the same detergent I wash all my clothes in. (Which is just a fragrance free, chemical free powder.)
As far as different brand of pads go, I’ve personally tried Glad Rags, Luna Pads (who also make the Diva Cup if you aren't a "pads" person), and Party In My Pants. I bought the kind with inserts so they are easily adapted from a light to heavy flow day. You could even try your hand at making your own! (And if someone does make your own I've love to feature you in a guest post, let's talk!)
Before you buy, decide if you want to go with organic fabric or a regular cotton or hemp. Also you will have to decide if you want un-dyed or dyed. Think about the various sizes that you normally use and make sure you get the same (ie: liners, long, ect.) Also remember that they will most likely shrink when you firts wash them so buy them a little longer.
After you buy your new cloth pads don’t forget to treat yourself with some organic chocolate. You’ll be saving so much on your feminine products that now you can splurge on that chocolate you’ve been craving!
Do you use "natural" feminine hygiene products? Do you have a favorite?
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