A bit of freedom and relief (Guys and squeamish might want to skip this hehe)

So, an interesting title right? Well, here's the thing. We all know I'm a girl, so yes I have a period. And I have period problems. (If you are a guy and/or squeamish, again you've been warned. lol) I was having so much trouble between the cramping and the disposable pads leaking and causing dryness and abrasions that I had to do something. I mean, you shouldn't have your period and then spend 2 weeks healing from the damage of the pads for goodness sake. Women who give birth don't tend to take that long to start to heal up! But, there I sat month after month having pain and problems. I couldn't go anywhere for the first 2 days of my cycle for fear of an "accident". Then a friend who recently had a baby mentioned that she switched from disposables to reusable cloth pads because she wasn't healing from the cuts she had as a result of the birth. Within days of switching to the reusable pads she was healing, and quickly. I thought, well, why not? I mean, if I had kids I would love to do cloth diapers, so how would this be any different...actually it would be easier. I went online and did some searching. I found the website Lunapads. They are based in British Columbia, so they were Canadian and not too far away. So, I placed an order. I simply went for the regular maxi pad products. I didn't bother with the panty liners. The difference between products is mostly their length. I went for 4 pads (which have wings and wrap around your underwear to connect with a snap), a few regular liners and a bunch of liners with wings. They arrived a few weeks ago. They were sooo soft!! I tested them to see if the size was right, and then put them all in the laundry (with no fabric softeners). They came out fluffy. hehe You can put them in the drier, which I did, but I used my low heat setting as always, and the washer was on the cold water setting...and they came out great. Then came the test. Today was the first day of my cycle. I started early in the morning, like around 1am or so. I took 2 Advil and went to bed. I am normally up every hour to go to the bathroom and to try to get comfortable because the Advil rarely works. I slept through last night until 7:30 am. I got up to go pee, then went back to bed to sleep until 10:30. There was no having to get up urgently to change my pad, no having to get up for more Advil, nothing. This NEVER happens. I had cramps again when I got up, so I took 2 more Advil at about 11am. Half hour later the cramps were gone. Normally my first 2 days are so incredibly heavy and painful that all I do is lay around with a heating pad and whine. lol Today, it wasn't like that...at all. I got up and ready and even went out!!! I mean, like outside the house in the truck and walked around the grocery store!! Normally this doesn't happen without a couple bathroom breaks and a pad change. Today, none. I got home and the pad was still fresh. Hmm...weird. Now, that doesn't mean that my period isn't there...it is...and it's still kind of heavy, but it's different. I would normally go through about 6 pads during the day time and another 4 at night. Today...1. Yes, that's right. 1. I'll change it shortly to freshen up, but it's not because I "need" to, but because, well you know...you like to feel fresh. And that is near impossible during your period, normally. Another of my "normal" symptoms is that I can't eat. For about the first 2-3 days of my cycle if I eat I feel sick, and the cramps get worse. Again, not the case this time! I am eating my dinner as normal. I even had the energy to make dinner! I have had no drop in my iron levels, which is again very odd for me. I have read that some people have reactions to their disposable pads that caused increased cramping, heavier bleeding, and all kinds of extra PMS symptoms. It appears that I might be one of those people. I mean, there are tons of chemicals in there that can't be good for a person. I read that the chemicals can cause a reduction in clotting, which makes the bleeding more intense. I'm really feeling like this could be accurate. Is it really true? Who knows. But, for me, I have a night and day difference between disposables and reusables. Do I care why? Nope. Will I go back to disposable? Heck no. Now, the cost initially can seem daunting. But, I got enough for a full cycle, and may have enough for 2 if I keep things washed during the cycle. I did that for about $60. I'll make that up in about 5 months based on what I would normally spend on disposables, and the reusables can last for 5 years or more. I'd say that is a great deal! For me, it doesn't matter if someone has or has not done any studies on the disposables vs reusables. I find that they are fantastic, and oh the comfort level. Did I mention fluffy? You can get them in fluffy cotton or fleece or other fabrics, depending on the company you use. I chose Lunapads because they were one of the few (if not only one) I could find that you could use the pad and just change the liners. Most of them have liners you put in the pad. But, this one has elastic to hold the liner in place and you only need to change the pad if soiled, and that's only been once for me. I saved a ton of money by only having to buy 4 pads, and not have enough for every time I need to change the liners. I would have needed closer to 10 of the pads then. The great thing is that now I have a pattern to make more liners if I need them. I don't have to keep buying new ones if I don't want to. Being crafty and all I could create my own. Yay! So, that is my freedom and relief. Freedom to be able to actually leave the house during my period, and the relief of having the cramps be diminished in intensity by a lot! It's nice to feel more human. 🙂

3 thoughts on “A bit of freedom and relief (Guys and squeamish might want to skip this hehe)

  1. You know, I have heard of some ladies having cramps and yeast infections just disappear after they start using cloth pads. Your experience sounds like it is right along those lines.

    I used to use “mainstream” disposable pads, and would have issues where I would get to feeling too raw after a couple of days – and it really doesn’t help that I ride my bike a lot! A while ago I switched to Seventh Generation organic cotton maxi pads (no chlorine, no fragrances). And I have not had any “wear and tear” issues and my periods overall seem more comfortable.

    Perhaps I will look into Lunapads..I like any opportunity to save money and reduce waste at the same time!

    Do you wash them in a load on their own?

    Cheers!

    • I get raw from the disposable pads as well. I just fhnisied my period, and along with the cramps being much less painful, my period was a whole day shorter, with no spotting afterwards (normally I have 2-3 days of spotting). Lunapads were the brand of choice to try because of the fact that I didn’t have to change the main pad I could just take off a top liner (And they are also Canadian, and were just one province over from me). I can also add additional liners on there for nighttime and heavy times. The ones with wings are my preference, because they don’t bunch up. But, I love that when my period was fhnisied I didn’t feel like I had one. There was no healing up, there were no cuts or sore spots, nothing. As I use them I have been doing a handwash with just regular hand soap (no moisturizer in it), and giving them a good rinse with cold, then scrubbing with warmish water. Then I put them over the shower door to dry. I can then reuse them during that period. When my period was fhnisied I put all of the ones I had used into the laundry with all my other towels, and I used vinegar instead of a fabric softener (And I did use my normal detergent). The vinegar is great as a disinfectant, but doesn’t cause absorbency issues and it does help fluff things like a fabric softener. Everything then went into the drier on a low heat setting, and they came out almost like new. I do find I have some staining, but honestly, who is going to see them? lolI am going to try to find some fabric to start making my own, though. It could be a cost savings, because a yard of fabric will make a lot of liners and pads.

  2. I get raw from the disposable pads as well. I just finished my period, and along with the cramps being much less painful, my period was a whole day shorter, with no spotting afterwards (normally I have 2-3 days of spotting). Lunapads were the brand of choice to try because of the fact that I didn’t have to change the main pad…I could just take off a top liner (And they are also Canadian, and were just one province over from me). I can also add additional liners on there for nighttime and heavy times. The ones with wings are my preference, because they don’t bunch up. But, I love that when my period was finished I didn’t feel like I had one. There was no healing up, there were no cuts or sore spots, nothing.

    As I use them I have been doing a handwash with just regular hand soap (no moisturizer in it), and giving them a good rinse with cold, then scrubbing with warmish water. Then I put them over the shower door to dry. I can then reuse them during that period. When my period was finished I put all of the ones I had used into the laundry with all my other towels, and I used vinegar instead of a fabric softener (And I did use my normal detergent). The vinegar is great as a disinfectant, but doesn’t cause absorbency issues…and it does help fluff things like a fabric softener. Everything then went into the drier on a low heat setting, and they came out almost like new. I do find I have some staining, but honestly, who is going to see them? lol

    I am going to try to find some fabric to start making my own, though. It could be a cost savings, because a yard of fabric will make a lot of liners and pads.

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