I use re-usable pads, too, but then again, I'm not bothered by the sight or feel of my own blood at all. It makes incredible sense to use them since the average woman will use thousands and thousands of disposables in her life! Plus, they're softer.
I can see how they can be a bit intense for some maybe, since you do have to soak them right before washing. That is quite bloody. But it makes great plant food!