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Okay...since one of my latest posts was on tampons, I'm sure everyone must think I have a hang up on mentrual products. I don't. I'm just trying, after 20+ yrs of dealing with periods, to figure out which products are best.<br><br><br><br>
I have problems with tampons. I would love to try the keeper, but I'm scared to death of inserting something that looks like an upside down plunger. Other attempts with tampons have always resulted in some form of pain or discomfort.<br><br><br><br>
I currently use pads with wings...but like many of you, I hate the idea of creating so much trash, not to mention the occasional adhesive accidents.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> I have also noticed that during my period, the creases of my legs get raw and I tend to develop an itch in the lower regions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> . I have read that washable pads can relieve some of the discomforts of disposable pads, but I'm way paranoid about leakage. I currently use the HUGE overnight pads with wings and actually use two of them together for bed time. I wouldn't mind trying the cloth ones, but I'd like some opinions from others first. My periods are long and heavy, so I need something that can handle the load. I also need something that is actually long...I found that some of the washable pads claimed to be long, but when I got out he ol' ruler, they fell short of my needs. Please....share comments ladies....I need your help.
 

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I'm planning to try <a href="http://www.gladrags.com/" target="_blank">Glad Rags</a>.<br><br><br><br>
I'm still trying to work out how I'm going to manage it, as I don't have a washer and dryer of my own, but I want to find a way to minimize the amount of garbage I'm creating, and I've found that the current plasticky-cotton pads don't breathe well...which has made me more susceptible to the yeasty-beasties.
 

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handwash them. i get this great handwash detergent from the HFS, you put a capfull into a sink full of hot water, toss your items in and let them soak for 15 minutes to half an hour, then just give them a bit of a scrub by hand and wring them out then rinse.<br><br>
just get some rubber gloves if you're squeemish about the blood i guess.<br><br><br><br>
i think i might get some of these! it's been a while since i checked out the website, i don't know why i didn't order them ages ago. imagine how much money you'd save.
 

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aarealskei,<br><br><br><br>
I have had good results with both gladrags.com and lunapads.com . If you are worried about leakage and need something larger, they do make larger pads designed for larger bodies, ones for heavier flow, overnight use, etc. There are some that they say are good as OB pads/postpartum, and that some women with really heavy flow and bigger bodies find them good to use overnight. Oh yeah, both those sites sell ones with wings, that wrap around your underwear like the disposables, and those add protection, too.<br><br><br><br>
They do cost more in the beginning, but they definately save $$ in the long run and are way less wasteful. And with summer coming up, I know just what you mean about the rash - which, not surprisingly, goes away (for me) with the cloth pads.<br><br><br><br>
If you have any questions or more personal stuff you want to know, feel free to PM me and maybe I can help.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ceryna,<br><br><br><br>
I have my own washer/dryer now, but when I first started using the cloth pads, I didn't. I would pre-soak them carefully in the sink, sometimes pre-wash them with a little soap, and then just put them in with my other dark loads when I went to the laundromat. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, not bad at all, actually. The handwashing idea from LF sounds good, too.
 

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i was looking on the site some more there and saw that they sell a cute little lingerie bag. it's just a mesh bag you toss them into and then put the whole thing in the washer. that way they stay together. i think a lot of women use these for their "dainties" as it is, so i doubt anyone would look at you twice if you tossed one in the machine at the laundromat. besides, with my tendency to lose socks, i'd want to use the bag anyway so i don't lose the liners
 

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Has anyone looked at moon pads? They have some that are 9cm x 34cm. They say that they even have some with waterproof nylon backings. I wonder if those breath better than the disposable ones.
 

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i use glad rags and LOVE them. i have 6 pads, and i rinse after use, then toss them right into the washer. i use a special cleanser that dissolves the blood so there isn't a stain.<br><br><br><br>
works well. no problems, and i've been using this set for four years. Cost me $70 from the onset or something. but think, if i had to buy products each month? much more expensive! (and not as comfy!)
 

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I have another question. If I normally go through two pkgs of 16 (or 32) pads per cycle, how many washable pads would any one of you recommend I purchase?
 

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Okay, after all my posts about the keeper, why do I feel odd about writing this one? Hrmph.<br><br><br><br>
Lunapads are fab. After use, just toss them in a bucket of water and soap (woollite or something similar) and soak. After your cycle's through, you can either hand wash them or toss them in the machine. No stains.<br><br><br><br>
Honestly, I don't use them much because I bought them and the keeper at the same time, and I don't <i>need</i> to use pads. Ever. I used them at night when I first got them (years ago) & can attest to how comfy they are. I never wore them out of the house, so I don't know what that would be like, having to change the liner and whatnot during the day. Blech. Get the keeper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i use two pads a day for 3 days, though sometimes i have to have a fourth day. i put on a new one in the morning and a new one in the evening.<br><br><br><br>
here's the thing, they're adjustable according to flow. each glad rag had the pad, and then two inserts that came with it. When i'm starting out--day one--i often need two inserts, sometimes three. then, on day two, one insert. on day three, usually just the pad itself (the part that holds the insert and has the snaps (like wings!). one the fourth day, i'll use one pad like a panty liner, or sometimes just the insert as a panty liner. it pretty much stays in place.<br><br><br><br>
some people like to use three a day.<br><br><br><br>
Essentially: number of days you menstruate times the amount of pads you want to use in a day equals the number of glad rags you need to buy!
 

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also, i tried the bucket with woollite/something to soak until then end of my period. It made my bathroom stink stink stink. ugh, like blood the whole time. so, i just wash each one immediately. i rinse and through them in with towels and sheets or jeans and sweatshirts.
 

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zoebird,<br><br><br><br>
Did you have a lid? Did you change the water? Mine was like a rubbermaid bucket or something with tight fitting lid. Though, actually, it didn't smell anyway, so I doubt I needed it. I changed the water every day -- that was probably why.
 

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Wow...I'd need to buy bunches....My period lasts a minimum of 7 days with 3-4 being very heavy. Some days I use 1 or 2 pads, but on heavy days, I can change as often as every 1/2 hour. Currently, I started Saturday night...the heavy stuff got started on Monday and hasn't stopped yet. It's slowed some, but not much. Wow...I'd go broke trying to buy what's needed to get started. I would love to give these type of pads a try, but I need to save up some money first.
 

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Why don't you buy one set, see how you like it, and buy more if you do? Lunapads were really cheap as I recall.<br><br><br><br>
Of course, I'm still pushing for the keeper. <i>Especially</i> if you have a heavy flow.
 

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moonpads are great, i use them and have never had any problems with leakage or otherwise. though I'd save yourself some money and sew up your own (Aarealskei) all you need is a couple yards of flannel to make a set. Let me know if you want a pattern and I'll post it.<br><br><br><br>
As for soaking the pads *definitly* use a pot with a lid! (I use an old ceramic canister). Make sure you don't leave them soaking for more than a few hours either and change the water each time. You can clean out your pot with baking soda to freshen it up as well. Also a good thing to do with the soak water which is iron rich, is pour it on your houseplants as they will love it and thrive!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i don't know if it's normal to bleed as much as you do. I tend to have light periods though, so mine wouldn't be a good comparison. Anyone else think so? If they do, then maybe you should get it checked out.
 

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i dunno, everyone's cycle is different, you can't really compare. if it's always been that heavy for that long it's probably just normal for you. mine's medium-heavy for one day then super light for one or two days. so i'm thinking if i get these things i won't need a ton of them so it'll work well.<br><br><br><br>
but yeah the idea of letting them sit and soak for a few days doesn't go well with me, i'd wash them right away
 

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this is off the original topic, but have you been tested for a yeast infection? my doc says some women <i>always</i> get them at that time of the month! also, pads can contribute to yeast infections b/c they can transfer nasties from your bum to your crotch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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I've had yeast infections in the past, so no...the itchy raw stuff I believe is from the moisture. It only happens when I have a period and goes away a day or so afterwards. It almost has to be due to wearing non-breathable products. I also tend to spaz over leakage/movage...so I normally wear a girdle over my panties to hold the pad more securely. This month I just bought better fitting panties, and ditched the girdle. I noticed that my legs weren't any where near as raw, and I don't seem to be as itchy. I think the girdle was really hindering the air flow!<br><br><br><br>
I have always had weird periods. When I was young they were so heavy and painful that I would vomit. Now...I went for one point without a period for 6 months, then I got one last month and then this month. Last month I only had 2 super heavy flow days, then it was med. for about 3 days then it finally went to spotting. This month is another story. I've had 2 exploratory surgeries when I was younger to check for endometriosis, but came up with nothing. I've had cysts in the past....so, who knows. I can never seem to find a good doc who can help me. So far, only my reflexologist has been able to help me even get my periods back. Perhaps I need to visit her to see if she can do something to help control the bleeding. All I know is sometimes I just wished I could have my insides removed...maybe then, I'd be much happier.
 
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