|Cloth Pad photos courtesy of Glad Rags|
As I mentioned, my first fore into the alternative menstrual product world was with cloth pads, a.k.a. "rags," "Moon Rags," "Mama Cloth," "lochia landing strips" (for the post-partum among us) and so on and so forth. Basically, they are all the same thing, menstrual "napkins" made from cloth that are worn inside the underwear during menstruation to catch and absorb the menstrual flow.
Many women are first introduced to the idea of cloth pads via their exposure to cloth diapers. For an article I wrote about that, please click here. It's not that big of a mental leap. You cloth diaper your baby. The cloth diapers work well and are a superb financial investment. You are dealing with the bodily fluids of urine and feces...why not add another (menstrual blood" to the mix?!
"Cloth pads, of course."
It's strange, because, personally, the idea of touching poop, pee and vomit belonging to another person has a greater "ewww" factor for me than touching my own menstrual blood. But there you have it. "Ewwww..."
I think this goes right back to our ideas about women. Why they should look and smell perfumed and sterile when they are menstruating and why their tampons and pads must be "sterile white" appearing (though they most certainly are not sterile!) But I digress...
Some of us were introduced to cloth pads when we were diagnosed with a women's health "disease." Or when it became clear that the pain we were experiencing during our periods precluded using an internal menstrual product.
And cloth pads are no exception. In the 16 years that I have used cloth, I don't think that I have ever had a leak on to my underwear or my clothes. Cloth pads typically have "wings" that attach (with a snap or even velcro), just like a disposable pad. Because of the friction of cloth against your cloth underwear (and with the additional help of the wings), they have no problem staying in place.
|Glad Rags Overnight Pad|
Cloth pads can last for years. I still use the first cloth pad I ever bought, made by a well-known company called Glad Rags, 16 years later. There are no signs of staining and the pad is still going strong. I can't say that about every cloth pad company. Glad Rags certainly win the "work horses" award, in my book, though there are many completely valid and viable options. And I have been very happy with a couple of companies in particular.
|Glad Rags Bucket Kit|
Many mothers I know will wash their cloth pads in the same load as cloth diapers or even toss in well soaked or rinsed cloth pads with the regular laundry. In this case, you might want to do an extra rinse. Of course, cloth pads can also be washed by hand.
It is easy to transition to cloth pads. Simply purchase one and try it out. Toss it in the laundry with your other clothes and get a feel for what a difference cloth makes. Then buy another and slowly but surely, your cloth pad "stash" will begin to grow. I noticed an end to my period pain when I was using only cloth for a few days in a row.
Glad Rags has very generously offered to send a color cloth pad sample kit, created espically for Wise Woman Fertility readers, consisting of: one overnight pad, one day pad and one panty liner. This giveaway is open to all Wise Woman Fertility readers, internationally!
Registering to win is simple!
1.) First you must be a follower of Wise Woman on facebook
2.) Second, follow the Wise Woman blog by clicking "follow" underneith this post.
You will receive an additional bonus entry by sharing this link on your facebook, my space, blog, twitter or other pages. This just in: Get a second bonus entry for liking Glad Rags on Facebook!
3.) Leave a comment here letting me know that you are a follower on both facebook and the blog (and where you shared the link, for your bonus entry). And let me know what YOU would like to know more about related to menstruation! :)
One winner will be chosen at random (using http://www.random.org/) on March 15 , 2011.
Our deepest thanks to Glad Rags for sponsoring this giveaway and for donating a copy of Menstruation Sensation to Wise Woman Fertility and a day pad to the "Wise Daughters" and public speaking programs.
And as always thanks to you, the Wise Woman readers for entering the giveaway.