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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Does any one use reusable feminine hygiene product? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Does any one use reusable feminine hygiene product?
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Date: 7/10/07 0:02 AM

Alright, first,I feel the need to aplogize for bringing up this topic since it seems, well, a bit indelicate to say the least But I'm curious and i wanted to know if anyone uses reusable menstrual pads. Pros, cons (aside from the "ick" factor...)?

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Date: 7/10/07 0:08 AM

No. No interest in doing that either.

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Date: 7/10/07 0:13 AM

Eww, no. I don't "do" pads to start with, and I would have no desire to reuse them if I did.

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Date: 7/10/07 0:46 AM

What's the product? Never heard of such a thing...except Nana (my beloved grandmother, born 1896 died 1986 and lived in the heartland of Canada most of her life) talking about washing out her rags when I asked her about what it was like to menstruate before feminine products were even invented. I don't think I'll give up my tampons after hearing her descriptions.

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Date: 7/10/07 1:06 AM

For those of you who have never heard of such things here is a link describing a few different eco-friendly menstrual products. I've never used any of them, but have been intrigued enough to research them. Now I may not have a need for them any longer. I'm keeping my fingers crossed anyway.

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Date: 7/10/07 1:58 AM

While I am trying to be less toxic in my life and I consider myself to be eco-minded, there are some things that just make present-day life worth living. I do buy chlorine free tampons & pads but that's as far as I go.

I'm not rinsing or washing anything else if I don't have to!

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Date: 7/10/07 5:36 AM

I'll put my hand up, I have just started using reusables and it doesn't seem too hard. To each their own, everyone has their own balance of good & bad for the environment.

I've PMd you with more details.

Edited to add this site with many links to instructions for making

-- Edited on 7/10/07 8:45 AM --

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Date: 7/10/07 6:00 AM

I've seen these things in catalogs, but not interested on my end. It's bad enough that brand new underwear has to get handwashed for accidents and never turns a lovely shade of white, pink, light blue or whatever ever again. I really like it when things at least look clean, and I can't imagine a reusable pad every looking nice after the first use. Just a personal preference kind of thing though.

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Date: 7/10/07 7:07 AM

Since this is a sewing forum here is a pattern for making your own reusable pads.

The ick factor of most things is a cultural conditioning.

Edited for spelling.
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Date: 7/10/07 7:55 AM

Yes! Me! Me! Me! :)
I have been using them for 3 yrs, and they are very comfortable to wear, don't leak, and are environmentally friendly.
I use a flannel top layer, a toweling middle layer, and a fleece bottom layer.
I also noticed with this practice that I rarely have yeast infections, versus nearly monthly ones before.

**Edited to add link to free pattern & 66 page discussion on the topic at Craftster**


link to cloth pad tutorial
-- Edited on 7/10/07 8:03 AM --

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