Hi everyone! I am looking into making the switch to reusable pads for both the health benefits and the environmental benefits. I was going to order Luna Pads but I have been doing some research and I have found so many other pad brands such as party in my pants and glad rags. I am not sure which ones are the best. Has anyone used these brands? If so which ones are best?
I have not used resuseable pads, but I have used the Diva Cup. It's the best thing I've ever found, and I highly recommend it. Whole Foods sells it. It's made of 100% silicone, so it's hypoallergenic, and environmentally friendly.
Basically it's a cone shaped cup you insert and then can leave in for up to 10-12 hours (unless your period is really heavy of course). When you remove it, you dispose of the menstrual fluid in the toilet, wash the cup, and re-insert it. It's a bit tricky at first to get in and out but after the first 1-2 times I had it down pad. The other great thing about it is that as long as you have it in right, you don't need to really wear a pad!! I did for the first day of my period or so but once you get to know how to use it you can be the judge of it.
It's very freeing!! And no more disposing of pads or tampons. And with only needing to change it 2 times a day it's so much less of a hassle.
Diva Cups (or others - there are several and it may take one or two to find one that fits correctly) are definitely great. I use mine a lot but I do find I can ALWAYS feel it, and it bugs me (I had the same issue with tampons though). I do use it for trips, camping, or when I know I will have a long day of running around at work.
Cloth pads aren't really that hard to deal with - I just bring a little cute "carry bag" and fold them up and take them home. You could really use a ziploc baggie or something too. I have used Lunapads, GladRags and Party in My Pants, plus some others.. Its really all about your personal preference! I suggest staring with one or two of each different style that interests you and seeing which you really like before making a big investment. Party in My pants are SUPER thin. They have a waterproof backing that really keeps them from leaking well. They are all in one piece, so really easy to deal with. LunaPads are nice because you can just change the top piece. They can be a bit bulky, but they are very leakproof and easy to take with you (since you just need a few liners and can keep the pad on all day). GladRags are also fairly bulky. They have inserts so you can adjust the level of absorbstion you need but the inserts are inside so you do have to change the whole pad each time. They don't have any waterproofing (which I find nice since sometimes it irritates my skin), but are quite leakproof. They are shorter and more apt to leak in the back/front though.
Hope this helps! Whatever you choose in the end it is SO much easier, more comfortable, and better for you than the disposable stuff!
wow! this topic is sooooo amusing to me. when I first started my period my mother made me wear a product like this. it's funny how forward thinking she was. i was embarassed even though no one new about it, but, every time some one used the term "on the rag." i would just cringe. this site has really changed my perspective on certain ideas and experiences. thanks ladies for sharing this topic.
Another Diva convert here, just recently! I really like that I'm not wasting resources and filling landfills/bunging up the sewage system here.
If you're from Western Canada, they go on sale at London Drugs now and then.
I've been using Party In My Pants cloth pads since October of last year and I really like them. I haven't had any leaks and they are really easy to wash. I think the designs are cute which makes you look forward a little for that time of the month :) I think they offer a free cloth pad to try out if you pay $3.99 for shipping.
I use "Imse Vimse" pads, they're a European make and very simple (whit organic cotton). I also just started making my own pads, too - though so far they are a bit schleppy they are fine for overnight or at home.
I find them really easy to soak and wash, as I was a bit worried about that. So far, though, no problems.