On my quest to improve my reproductive health, get pregnant, and save the planet for my offspring, I started using cloth pads. I first learned about them in an Arvigo class in 2007. They are very modern with "wings" just like disposables. There are 3 sizes: a panty liner, a regular size pad that can be adjusted for light, medium or heavy flow, and an extra long pad that can be worn at night to prevent staining your bed.
This has been my experience since then:
1. I no longer stain my underwear, because the cloth pads cover them so well and I've never leaked through a cloth pad.
2. I no longer feel itchy or get thigh burn from my pads. Apparently, I was having a reaction to the chemicals in disposable pads.
3. My menstrual blood and cloth pads don't smell. I realize now, because disposable pads contain plastic they start to smell bad with menstrual blood.
4. I'm saving my money. When I stopped using disposables, the average price of a box of pads was $6 at Target, this year I checked the prices and they've doubled!
5. My cloth pads are soft and comfortable, unlike plastic disposable that make you sweat.
6. I feel good knowing I'm not adding more plastic and toxic chemicals to my body and the environment. Disposables are toxic and take over 500 years for half the pad to degrade.
7. Plant food contains animal bood and bone. I can use my Menstrual blood as plant food. I just soak my pads in bucket cold water and use it to water my plants.
8. Legally, Menstrual pads and tampons are "medical devices". This gives companies the right to keep their ingredients secret. There are organic cotton disposables on the market. The ingredients are: organic cotton, and they are bulky and twice the cost. I'm curious, why doesn't health insurance cover the cost of these "medical devices"?
I am a Certified Massage Therapist, Arvigo Practitioner and (almost certified) Aromatherapist. I use this blog to share information about natural and organic health and beauty.