I have suffered with every kind of period there is, light annoying random spotting, to “Oh My god! I am dying” type bleeding, and one thing that continues to be a huge part of the terrible red wave journey is the types of ways we try to stay clean, fresh and reduce the chances of walking around with stains on our pants.
I am a pad user. I have never been comfortable using a tampon, ever. I was a very happy disposable pad user, until I started having random bleeds from my IUD. I felt like I was wearing pads ALL the time. And I really was, 2 months of non-stop bleeding. Wearing the disposable pads was beginning to get chaffey on my lady bits, and was beginning to add up with the amount of packets I had to buy.
My best friend suggested I should give washable reusable ones a try. I was kind of skeptical at first, mainly because anything that required me to have more washing then I had already was just a giant pain in my rear end, seriously why would I want to make more housework for myself?
After seeing a Facebook page special deal on these pads, I thought, “ok 1 or 2 wont hurt, if I don’t like them I can just give them to my friend, I don’t think she would mind horribly.” I looked at the prices, I was actually surprised. They weren’t as expensive as I thought they would be, they came in a variety of sizes, they all had pretty coloured material, and they were very popular. Seriously this woman put them all up, and in a few hours I didn’t have many to choose from. ( Prices typically are around the $8-16 mark, depending on the type you buy) You could also buy little baggies to put your clean or soiled pads in when you were done, or for the convenience of traveling.
They came to my house pretty quickly. I opened it and pulled out this soft, pretty flat piece of material and thought. “How the hell is this thing going to hold a heavy flow?” Come D day when the big red came to town, I put one in my undies, it covered a generous amount of knickers and clipped together with buttons like the ones on MCN’s. I was instantly surprised by how I really couldn’t FEEL it on. The material on my lady bits was actually a relief! Come the time I took it off, I was surprised I hadn’t leaked everywhere, the pad actually did a great job. I hand washed the pad, and I was surprised how much came out of it, this little thing absorbed so much. I threw it in the wash and came out all clean again. I now own my own a handful of pads, and I am now buying new ones on a regular basis to get a decent collection to get me through my week of lady torture. But like MCN’s once you have enough, you wont need to buy anymore for a good long while.
I am pretty happy, and that says a lot since I hated the idea initially. If you are interested in getting some, there are a lot of really great facebook pages dedicated to making these pads I have been getting alot of mine from Environmenstrual; there is also Handmade by Glow. (I have a MCN pull up by APRON and my best friend buys modern cloth products from Glow)
Happy hunting ladies.