Unlike breastfeeding, it took me a long time to decide to try cloth menstrual pads.
I imagined that:
a) They would smell, stain and ultimately, be a mess to wear and wash!
b) They would NOT be as absorbent as disposable menstrual pads
After finding out that cancer-causing dioxin is in most types of WHITE bleached, disposable materials e.g. toilet paper, sanitary pads, baby diapers, writing paper, nappy liners, I decided that it’s time to make a change.
Can you believe that I’ve used more than 12,672 pads (48 pads x 12 months x 22 years) from the day I started getting my periods?
I’ve got quite a heavy flow that lasts an average of 5-6 days AND I’ve got the cramps to boot!
Periods are definitely one of the I hate about being a woman 🙂
When I find that disposable pads are expensive and packed in cutesy little packs in China, I decided to go for cloth. After all, I’m going to be at home most of the time…I can easily dash for the toilet in case of emergencies.
After intensive research online, reading reviews and asking other Mums, I decided to go for Fussybutt Moonbow Pads (sold on Etsy). I first tried the cotton bamboo velour and cotton bamboo fleece next.
Cotton bamboo velour feels like velvet while cotton bamboo fleece is like a comfy old t-shirt. Although I prefer bamboo velour, I find that bamboo fleece absorbs better and stays soft after several washes.
– Wearing cloth menstrual pads is very, very comfortable! Forget “cottony-soft” claims on disposable menstrual pads, this is REAL cotton.
– Since we’re advised to wear menstrual pads for NOT more than 2 hours, these pads provide adequate absorbency for that period of time. Fussybutt menstrual pads come with wool backing to prevent staining.
– No smell! The smell actually comes from the mix of menstrual blood with the chemical-and-fragrance-laced disposable sanitary pads.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER
– Instead of adhesive strips, these pads have “wings” that snap-on below your underwear. Despite the wool backing, I find that sometimes the overflow stains underwear especially when I’ve been sitting for a long time.
(EDITED: I experienced this with the Regular sized pads only. No leaks from using the L and XL sizes at night.)
– My way around this is to remember to change to a fresh pad once I know that the current one is almost up. Since it’s so comfortable, I tend to forget I’m even wearing a pad!
– Menstrual blood stains a few of the pads, especially the cotton ones, which offer better absorbency compared to the cotton bamboo velour. Although I’ve tried soaking them in a salt solution and hanging them out in the hot sun, light stains are still visible.
– In the end, Hubby just told me to live with them LOL Heck, if he doesn’t mind them, why should I?
I love these menstrual pads but wouldn’t mind trying out other brands for comparison. And yes, no more disposable sanitary pads for me 🙂
Got any questions? Ask away!
1. I take the laziest (and most water-saving) way to wash these pads. After use, I soak them in a small pail to drain the blood. Then, I throw them into the washing machine with our regular clothing.
2. I was advised to buy at least 10 pieces for sufficient use. I bought 4 regular sized, 2 large and 2 extra large. The 2 XLs are used for overnight, the 2 Ls are for the early days’ heavy flow while the regulars are used for the rest of the days.
3. I have not tried these pads on the go as I have not bought the Mummy bags specially to stored soiled pads. But I know many Mums who do!
4. Prices: Regular sized cost RM43, Large is RM50 while the X-Large is RM58.
This is NOT a sponsored post 🙂