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.
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?