Friday, August 21, 2009

cloth menstrual pads and pantiliners

THE FOLLOWING BLOG POST/DISCUSSION ARE STRICTLY FOR OPEN-MINDED PEOPLE ONLY. THOSE WHO FELT OFFENDED AFTER READING THIS MEANS THAT YOU ARE NOT OPEN-MINDED ENOUGH.

i stumbled in to this forum recently about using cloth menstrual pads. i understand that many moms who use cloth diapers are also introduced to cloth menstrual pads. i also pointed this to my beloved puteri. often their reaction is the same as mine was initially. eew! who wants to wash cloth pads? then i did the research.

i also posted about this in my fb status. i was right in the first place that most people especially locals are still not that open-minded enough to discuss about this topic. maybe some must have been thought of why on earth i wanna discuss about it in public? duh!... 8)

ok so back to my research: cloth pads are simple to use, inexpensive, they come in dozens of cute styles, and they are more comfortable than paper and plastic pads. like many people, i'm becoming more and more conscious about the amount of waste i produce and contribute.



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i have never used a product like this before. always used standard brand pads and tampons. since i am so conscious about out environment, i guess i will give it a go... what when i read these stories about some ladies who had experienced using cloth menstrual pads.

i am sure there are so many things to know first before hand like: what are the pros? how to wash? how many do you need? would you recommend something else? but the most important thing is we will definitely save a lot! you will need from 6-30 pads for your cycle depending on how heavy your flow and how often you choose to wash them. when you consider that the average woman spends over RM100 a year on disposable products you can see a significant savings very quickly. someone with a heavier flow or longer period will save even more. cloth menstrual pads will last an average of 5 years.

you can find a local SAHM with 7 kids who sells handmade cloth menstrual pads online here. for me, i will definitely try to sew them myself with the guides from some patterns and tutorial found online. i obviously will use this pattern because i like it better, and follow this tutorial.

i have already bought some PUL fabric with a lady in US, without any doubts about it.

owh... i can't wait to get started!