Reusable menstrual pads

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Product: Reusable menstrual Pads

Where to Buy: Amazon

4 years ago, I did an unboxing, testing, and review of the Diva cup on Youtube You can see that review here. The idea of the Diva cup was great as I am always trying to find ways to reuse and recycle, but we women come in all different shapes, sizes, and tolerances.

The more I tried to use it, the more I discovered that it was not for me, and from the comments on that video, many of my followers weren’t feeling it either. Today I will review a different menstrual product:  reusable menstrual pads. Yes, I said it. A reusable menstrual pad.

Reusable menstrual pads
Reusable menstrual pads

What is a Reusable Menstrual Pad?

A reusable menstrual pad is similar to a regular pad as its purpose is to catch your flow during your menstrual cycle.

Claims and Key Features

  • This particular brand is Miss C2C.
  • There are 7 reusable cloth menstrual pads (random prints).
  • A wet bag is included. My guess is if you needed somewhere to store your used pad if you are out on errands or away from home travel.
  • Each pad has three layers making it super absorbent
  • Plastic snap fasteners at the cloth’s wings snap around your underwear (similar to the disposable winged pads), providing extra security.
  • And the part that makes them reusable is that the pads are hand or machine-washable.

Unboxing the Reusable Menstrual Pads

Upon opening the Amazon package, the pads were in a plain see-through bag. There was no odd chemical smell when opening the bag. In fact, there was no smell at all, which was a pleasant surprise because I usually pick up on a chemical or weird smell when I open items. Perhaps my sense of smell is very strong.

The reusable menstrual pad shape looked similar to the traditional ones you would buy at the store. For example, Stayfree or Always pads with wings. One exception is that instead of the sticky glue part that sticks the traditional pad to your panties, the reusable pad has a plastic button that snaps, securing the pad in place.

I thought I ordered the black pads (because black is always the safest), but I was wrong. Instead, I  ordered the colorful ones. Now that I think about it. I recall deciding that it didn’t matter what color I got because the pads’ seats were black. Each pad had random colors and shapes. Mostly flowery or plant patterns, but one of them did have a butterfly pattern.

The wet bag also had a random plant pattern. Overall, I am pleasantly pleased with the pad’s looks as I am usually not too into floral patterns. The pads were soft and even more soft in the seating area of the pad.

Reusable menstrual pads

How to Apply the Reusable Menstrual Pads

Pump the brakes. We have to know how to apply the pad before adequately testing. I applied the reusable pad to how I would apply a traditional pad. Place the pad on the seat of the panties with the black side facing up. Pull the wings together on the back side of the seat of the underwear and snap the buttons together to hold the pad in place.

Testing the Reusable Menstrual Pads

Now that we had unboxed the pad, it was time to use them. I really wanted to see how these held up in everyday scenarios. I decided I would wear one while out running errands, another while sleeping, and one while working out.

Test Scenario 1 - Every Day Errands

I went grocery shopping at Walmart, picked up some weed and feed at Home Depot, and stopped by the bank. A total of 3 hours running errands.

Results: It felt like I did not have a pad on. It felt like regular clothing. I got home, and the pad was still in place when I checked. There were no leakages and no smell.

Test Scenario 2 - During Sleep

I slept a solid 10 hours in the pad overnight. I woke up around three times to go to the restroom.

Results: Overall, I was comfortable. I did not feel like I had a big wad between my legs like a traditional pad. It shifted slightly towards my bottom, but not enough that I experienced leakage. No smell.

Test Scenario 3 – Chill Day

I went out to lunch, napped, cooked dinner, and watched two movies. Activities were all between 1p-9p.

Results: Again, I did not feel like I was wearing a pad. It did not shift, no smell, and there was no leakage.

Test Scenario 4- During a Complete Workout

I wore the pad during my heaviest workout, which was Zumba. If it could hold up during my Zumba workout, I would consider it a bad mama JAMA.

Results: The pad shifted slightly towards my bottom, so I experienced a small amount of leakage on my underwear. The pad was drenched, as Im sure its super absorbency caught all my sweat from that area. In this particular scenario, there was a smell from the sweatiness mixed with my flow.

Washing the Reusable Menstrual Pads

I purposely did not wash the pads I wore. Instead, I stored them in the wet bag. Of course, you might be thinking, girl, why? Take your judging eyes off of me. I wanted to see how well the wet bag and the bamboo fabric handled the smell. And they both did very well. I could not smell the pads when they were stored in the wet bag, and there was no intense smell from the pads themselves.

I washed two pads in the washing machine with regular clothes in cold water with regular Gain laundry pods detergent and used the dryer to dry them. I washed the two remaining pads by hand in the sink in warm water with Purex bar laundry soap and allowed the pads to air dry by hanging them with clamps.

Results:

In my opinion, both washing and drying methods produced the same results, but I will let you be the judge of that. Here is a side-by-side picture of them. The pads that were machine washed in Gain and dried in the dryer are on the left, and the ones that were hand washed and air dried are on the right. 

Reusable menstrual pads
Reusable menstrual pads

Reusable Menstrual Pad Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Very comfortable. Most of the time, I forgot I had it on.
  • The pads are reusable therefore making them eco-friendly.
  • Washable
  • Better for your feminine health and hygiene. There are no chemicals, and nothing is being placed inside your woman parts.
  • I did not notice a smell during the unboxing; the smell was minimal when I let the pads sit in the wet bag.
  • Felt dry, never wet.
  • Affordable, but keep in mind there are different sellers out there, so there will be different prices for them

Cons

  • Suppose you are bothered by the menstrual flow. Washing the pads can be a bit of a problem for you.
  • After sleep or working out, the pad shifts a bit, but it’s only a small bit, so I can take that compared to the bunching of the traditional pad I can not fix due to it being sticky to itself or other parts of my underwear. I can deal.
  • The pad is super absorbent, but if you have a heavy cycle, I am not sure how these would do for that particular situation, but I feel they are still worth a try.

Final Thoughts

My overall experience with the pad menstrual pad was good. There were a couple of cons, but nothing that I consider big enough to sway me from continuing to use them. Besides, when you use reusable menstrual pads, you are not only saving the economy, you are ultimately taking good care of your woman parts.

-Peace Out

 

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