Greener Period – I’ll Never Go Back to Disposable Pads

Ever since Cozy Bums Diapers (my local dealer) got in cloth pads, I’ve been happier with having a greener period.  Even though my attempt at the Diva Cup was a rather unpleasant fail, I’m still happier with avoiding the “feminine hygiene product” aisle at Costco or the grocery store.

I have discovered… cloth pads.

I’ve played with a few varieties.  There are some that I like.  There are some that I can’t stand.  But even the worst of them are still more comfortable for me than disposable pads.  So why do I love them?

Warning: this post just might be TMI.  But for Pete’s sake, it’s about menstruation.  With such an obviously TMI topic, it stands to reason that the post itself just might be TMI, as well.

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Greener Period = No More Chafing

I don’t know if this is normal for anyone else, but I find that disposable pads are a bit uncomfortable against my “lady parts.”  Really, it’s like they chafe or something.  And that chafing leads to increased tearing… which is never fun.

Greener Period = The End of Dog Toys

Dogs are gross.  Seriously.  If it’s at all possible, they will attack whatever feminine hygiene product I toss.  It could be a tampon applicator or a pad.  Since going for a greener period with reusable pads, I’m not having issues with the dogs scattering them across the house.  (Pro-tip: If you have a Diaper Genie and are not ready to part with your tampons, you can always toss your used stuff in the Diaper Genie for keeping it critter free.)

Greener Period = $$$

Like using cloth diapers, buying reusable pads can be more expensive at the outset… but considering you can use them again and again, that cost is offset.  And there’s also that nice little “feel good” part about knowing that you’re reducing what’s going in the landfills.  Bonus: the majority of my mama cloth is made in Canada, so I’m also helping the Canadian economy at the same time.

Really, though, at the end of the day, I’m a mama cloth convert because of the comfort factor.  That reason alone is enough to go with reusable cloth.

Have you made the switch?

 

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. Anastasia says:

    I’d asked for YEARS as an adult for alternative & was made to feel like I was “doing things wrong” & that ME, MYSELF & I was the problem. When I got to Europe & asked, yet again, I was shocked with the answer. They couldn’t BELIEVE what I has been told about cloth pads in the States. But in Germany the Pharmacist can easily hook you up.

    & you don’t want to know what I was told about Menstrual cups either, but again over there, where they never really dropped out of use entirely, the answer is completely different. You just go for a fit at the ob same as a diaphragm or pessary. (Bonus if you’re have many children like I’ve had it partly works like a pessary helping to hold up the tissue a bit to prevent leak)

    LOVE the softness, LOVE that I can get what ever makes ME smile more. Brocade, Faux fur, whatever I’m in the mood for!

    & It turns out it isn’t my “personal habits” at all. Working with a few WAHMS I found out that my skin is very sensitive (read picky) & needs to be cared for differently. And being comfortable ALWAYS makes for a better period!

  2. Which brand are the pads in the picture? I’m trying to figure out which reusable pads to get for postpartum.

  3. Ashlyn B. says:

    I still haven’t given them a try. I’m not sure I could completely get over the ick factor…but I’d LOVE to get some as a back up protection for tampons. I never find disposables comfy either.

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