Reusable menstrual pads (cloth)?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
725 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I used to be a firm pad only woman because like you I hated how tampons felt. I switched over to a menstrual cup about a year ago after some research and I’ve never looked back. No worries about tss, my periods feel like they are shorter, and best of all (apart from the hot flushes) I don’t even feel like I’m on my period. Pop it in in the morning, do a full days work without thinking about it, empty and replace in the evening. Miracle invention!

Post # 3
3391 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Thinx period panties all the way, girl! I have 5 of them. They are absolutely worth the money. I was a little worried at first that it might be gross to rinse them off, but it’s seriously not. I just run them under the water in the sink for about 20 seconds and throw them into a small mesh bag I keep under the sink. I wash them with all my normal clothes inside that bag, and then pull it out when I’m transferring the rest of my clothes to the dryer.

I haven’t had any bad experiences with them. They’re fantastic. I use the cute little thong  ones when my period is about to start, instead of liners. And on my heavy days I use the bigger ones if I’m not in the mood to use my menstrual cup (which is another miracle invention I suggest you look into). I use the Diva Cup. 

Post # 4
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

DoubleD :  I have some cloth pads and liners, mostly I use liners as a backup to tampons. On Etsy I really like CozyFolk. Pop Cloth is a nice shop on Etsy too but doesn’t always have her store stocked. I have some liners from Party In My Pants Pads and they’re okay but not my favorite. There are tons of options on Etsy and even amazon. I find the cloth liners and pads so comfy. This YouTuber has reviews on multiple period products like cloth pads, Thinx, cups etc and has a link in this one to her favorite ones from Amazon.

Post # 7
2211 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

I used to use Glad Rags and loved them. I found tampons increasingly uncomfortable and didn’t like the plasticy feeling of pads.

Once I started using cloth, I never went back. They didn’t have Thinx until after my hysto, or I would have tried it 100%

I will say my bestie uses a diva cup and while she mostly likes it, she has had more than one super unfortunate cup spilling incidents, so that might not be the most ideal solution. Especially if you have particularly heavy or.. viscous flow.

Post # 8
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I seriously  thought about  thinx,  but hate their social media presence so  I don’t feel like supporting them. I love the idea of the diva cup and tried it  just know that it can taketa lot of trial and error to get it right. At the moment,  I do reusable pads from AliExpress.   Cheap and cute patterns. 

Post # 9
9664 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

lovelyruby :  Tampon girl here.

Whats the deal with period panties? Are they like regular panties or are they like fortified or something? I just keep thinking about the blood leaking through the panty on to everything.

Post # 10
1985 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

I have used a Moon Cup (don’t know if it’s available outside UK) for 3 years and never had it leak or spill. Took a couple of days to get used to using it but it’s a wonderful invention. I have endometriosis and very heavy periods and sometimes a humble tampon couldn’t cope. 

I’ve seen the ads for THINX and it’s a great idea but not sure if it would cope with the heavy flow I have. 

Post # 11
1173 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

EllyAnne :  I love my moon Cup, used one for 12 years now. Can’t imagine going back to sanitary products 

Post # 12
3391 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

slomotion :  I used to alternate between pads and tampons, but then I fell in love with using a menstrual cup and decided to go for a reusable alternative to pads as well. Period panties are literally just like regular panties, but for some magical reason they catch all of the blood, don’t leak, and don’t smell. So basically during my period, all I have to do is remember to put on my Thinx panties in the morning instead of my regular ones, and I’m good to go!

ETA- I just went feel of them to see if I could figure out what the magic is. It feels like there are a few thin layers of material in the crotch area, which I’m assuming is some kind of super absorbent blood-catching material.

Post # 14
39 posts
  • Wedding: April 2019

I use a menstrual cup and Thinx – made the switch from disposable feminine products over a year ago and have never regretted it! My cramps are so much better and I never have to worry about being short on supplies.

I use Thinx by themselves on my light days and as a backup to my menstrual cup on my heavy days. It was a bit of an upfront investment (3 pairs Thinx – which you can get discounted as a “cycle set” and 1 Diva cup) but they paid for themselves in a few cycles anyway.

I was really skeptical about the Thinx in particular, but I love them. Absolutely zero worry about leaks or staining.

Post # 15
1558 posts
Bumble bee

I switched to cloth pads about a year ago. I love them! They super comfy and so easy to wash (I rinse mine out in the shower each night). 

I use Thinx instead of liners at the end of my cycle. I find they feel a bit wet and uncomfortable with a proper flow, whereas pads keep me feeling nice and dry.

I’m a bit sad that my pads are on vacation now while I’m pregnant!

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