DISCLAIMER: THIS POST DISCUSSES POSTPARTUM MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND THINGS TO USE FOR THEM. IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN READING ABOUT THIS PLEASE CLICK THE X AT THE TOP OF THIS POST NOW.
The postpartum period is one of those things that not many women really talk about. It’s probably, for me at least, one of the most dreaded things about the postpartum time. There is so much uncertainty as to when it will return, what it will be like after having a baby and of course having to deal with that monthly pest again.
My period returned after both children right around six months postpartum. My period after Edith was simply a nightmare and I would attribute a lot of that to my Paragard IUD but beyond the woes of that I just found myself in a new and weird place. A place where tampons just didn’t work for me anymore. I know maybe a little TMI but hey that’s what this post is.
Anyways that just didn’t work well anymore and weren’t comfortable so I found myself back at 12 years old with my first period using sanitary pads. I know some women are fine with them but I feel like I just wearing a huge diaper and am self-conscious and uncomfortable all the time. Since those weren’t working for me I decided to try a menstrual cup and while it worked okay for me I just didn’t really love it so I continued to search for a better option.
Finally I decided to try cloth sanitary pads. I figured I use cloth diapers with my baby so why wouldn’t I use the same sort of thing myself. I didn’t want to go in 100% because they can be pricey so I purchased just a few to give them a try and suddenly my life was changed. I finally had found something comfortable and that did the job.
The best part about cloth pads, like those from GladRags (my favorite brand), is that there are no chemicals, fragrances, plastics or adhesives. They are good for the body and for environment. They are good for 5+ years and are so easy to clean.
You might be thinking but how does it add up? On an average year using tampons I probably spent $125-135 basically the cost of a cloth pad kit. So that means with a life of at least five years that I will have saved over $500.
Have you tried cloth pads or a menstrual cup? Thoughts?
Disclaimer: This post does not include sponsored content. GladRags kindly sent me one of their cloth pads to try and I have purchased a number since then.
Decided to try cloth pads for baby umber 2. (As you said, I cloth diaper, so why not get some cloth for mama too!) Baby girl arrived two weeks ago, and I have been digging my awesome GladRags ever since.
Check out my blog post, if you are interested.
Love from sunny Bermuda!