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Reusable menstrual pads

by Ellen
(Usa)

Instead of throwing away disposable pads or tampons every month, use washable cotton pads. You can make them yourself or buy them from a number of different retailers.

They can be tossed in the wash with a load of darks, or run under cold water briefly if you're extra concerned.

Think of how many feminine hygiene products you use every month. This is all unnecessary waste! A great easy way to go green is to switch to a diva cup, or similar reusable menstrual cup.

It'll take a little while to get use to it, but once you do it's amazing. Eco-friendly and healthy (no risk of TSS like tampons).

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Life Saver. NEW
by: Anonymous

Cloth pads have changed my life, saved my health, and my money. I'd never go back to the chemicals or even the thick non chemical disposable pads. Cloth pads are thin and dry. They don't feel like soggy diapers or make rustling sounds when I walk like conventional pads did. They're like an extension of my underwear and I can't even feel them. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes. I prefer pads that are long, narrow in the middle, and then flare out widely at the front and back. Conventional pads don't fit my body, underwear, or the way I bleed and I would leak all the time with them because they're too wide and short. I've never leaked with cloth once I found a style that fit me. I'm also no longer getting allergic rashes, UTI's, or yeast infections. Not once since I stopped using chemicals. I think there's something to that.

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Whats Gross...
by: Alicia

What's gross is the amount of garbage that lands up on our earth. What's gross is how selfish, vain, and lazy some people have become, to inconsiderately pollute our planet for future generations, to consider a natural bodily funtion "gross", and be willing to use and consume harmful wasteful products because its "cleaner" and "easier".

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Newbie
by: Anonymous

After getting frustrated with the adhesive ruining my panties. I've decided to try the reusable menstrual pads. I use them for those occasions when I tend to leak (smile) instead of as a menstrual pad.

I really hope that it works for me, I think it will. I've ordered two to try out and if it's a go I will determine how many I will need and currently looking for the best way to clean them in order for the menstrual pads to have a long life. Any information posted would be greatly appreciate.
All the best --
D

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What is grosser?
by: Anonymous

I have been using reusable pads and cups for 10 years and I would never willingly go back. I find the idea of placing an object in my body containing countless unknown chemicals that are known for causing healthy problems a far grosser idea. Reusable pads are more comfortable then store bought. As for more then one person using them, duh, you aren't likely to share.


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Cloth is wonderful!
by: Anonymous

Six years ago, I converted to cloth - both diapers, and for myself. It took another year for me to work up to a Diva cup. Haven't looked back since! As a matter of fact, my two youngest (girls) both helped me clean out my sewing room today, and it turned out I had enough fabric for 43 new cloth pads...nice! They each picked out their favourites, and I set them aside ...hopefully they never view their cycles the way I did growing up. My youngest (now 6) wants to try her favourite on now...silly girl! If anyone would like a few new pads (I have only 25 available, since I kept all of the almost-perfect ones for myself for future use), please email me at kmuysson@cogeco.ca . I had a WAHM cloth diapering and baby supplies business for several years before we moved back to S. Ontario, and both my work and materials quality are excellent! Pictures and details are available on request, and colours and patterns vary.

Using cloth products is no more disgusting than washing and re-using your standard cloth underwear. You *do* re-use yours, don't you??

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This is outrageous!
by: AHeyns

Not only do I think this idea is taking it too far, I think it is quite unhygienic to say the least? It is also downright indecent to even suggest it!

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Going backwards
by: Anonymous

I use very few tampons during my period, and the applicators are cardboard. I do my part to help the environment, but reusable menstrual pads...please. Not only is this gross but potentially dangerous if a pad is used by several people. With today's knowledge of infectious diseases this is not a good idea.

Please don't set us back 100 years with this trend.

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Love my cloth pads
by: Anonymous

I use cloth pads. Easiest way to make them yourself is: Fold a wash cloth in half, then in thirds. You can stitch an X through it to keep the shape. Or just leave it for easy washing.
*Use hand towels for heavier flow

*Its not really gross. If you use them, you'll notice your flow isn't as bad as it looks with store bought pads. The way they absorb just makes it look worse. The average person only discharges an ounce each cycle.

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Great for the enviroment and a money saver!
by: Angela

I do this myself (I use the Keeper reusable cup). It saves a lot of money, is easy, clean, and good for the enviroment! To the anonymous poster who wrote that it was gross: Don't be such a child.

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really gross
by: Anonymous

This just sounds completely gross. Plenty of other ways to be eco friendly. This is just gross and something a tiny amount of the poopulation would ever even think about doing. Gross!!!

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