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Reusable period pads

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Sooverthemill · 20/11/2019 09:42

Any recommendations? Based on quality/ washableness and price?

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Crackerofdoom · 20/11/2019 09:48

I have some and wouldn't recommend them - certainly not the ones I have. They are closed with a press stud but are then loose and move backwards and forwards on the gusset of the knickers so you often don't get protection where you need it.

Unless anyone else has had a different experience, I would go with the period pants so the protection stays where you need it.

NannyR · 20/11/2019 09:52

I've tried several brands over the years and my favourites are imse vimse. They stay put in your pants, are leak proof and not bulky and easy to wash and dry. Earthwise girls website has a good selection of different brands.

anguauberwaldironfoundersson · 20/11/2019 09:53

I love them! I got mine from Amazon (the below and some longer ones for heavy days)

I have a really heavy period but find these are amazing and don't leak. They're fastened by a press stud but stay in place well. When used I keep them in a little bag in my bathroom and then sling them in the washing machine on a cool wash when my period has finished. I also pop them in the tumble drier so I definitely don't take care of them and I've had them for about three years now.

Sooverthemill · 20/11/2019 09:59

Thank you. I will take a look. For my DD who has heavy and long periods.

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30to50FeralHogs · 20/11/2019 10:00

There’s a MNer who runs a business called Kraken Kreations selling reusable pads, make up wipes, bespoke hand crafted bags etc.

I haven’t actually bought from her but I follow her FB page and she’s a fucking legend!

Her stuff is all bold and colourful (and she makes sweary embroidered hoops!)

I’m sure there will be reviews of her pads on her site (linky above) so maybe check it out and support a fellow viper’s business!!

MelissaCortezsPastry · 20/11/2019 10:06

I've used them for about 12 years, I like HonourYourFlow ones but it is very individual. I have endometriosis so I cannot wear a tampon/menstrual cup for the first 2 days because of the pain.

For your DD I would start by getting one each from a different brand to see what she gets on with.

I do not soak mine or rinse them, they go in a zipped bag designed for reusable nappies/pads and then I put them in with a towel wash as that has dettol laundry and no fabric conditioner in it. Then I tumble dry them with the towels.

Ariela · 20/11/2019 10:09

Another Imse fan here, we liked the garden print best . What I particularly like about them is the fact they're organic cotton, cannot stand the cheap feel of microfibre /polyester/fleece /minky topped type myself.

Sooverthemill · 20/11/2019 10:12

Thank you! @Melissa my DD has a chronic illness and is bed bound and also has extremely heavy painful periods ( we think she has endometriosis). She needs pads for 10-14 days a cycle. She is hypersensitive to touch and to fabric so we are trying to find comfortable alternatives.

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marmiteandmarmalade · 20/11/2019 10:42

Bloom and Nora pads are excellent. They are soft and you hardly know you are wearing them. They wash well and I have had no leaks like I used to.

SnuggyBuggy · 20/11/2019 10:48

After having a positive experience of reusable nappies I've been really disappointed with these. I found they wouldn't stay in place at all and kept slipping upside down. Reading online apparently you need knickers of the right width, yeah I'm really going to bring a ruler out with me when I buy knickers Hmm

I don't know how suitable they would be for someone with your DDs condition.

30to50FeralHogs · 20/11/2019 11:57

She is hypersensitive to touch and to fabric so we are trying to find comfortable alternatives.

I would definitely contact Kraken Kreations then - she suggests emailing her to talk about your needs and then she can make them specifically longer or wider, in a fabric of your choice, to fit your specific criteria, not an off-the-shelf product.

(I’m not on commission or anything! Just love her page.)

They’re £10-12 each, don’t know how that compares to others? But for a bespoke product that seems pretty good to me.

Celebelly · 20/11/2019 11:59

I use Cheeky Wipes ones along with their period pants. No complaints!

TileFloors · 20/11/2019 18:34

Fairy hammocks by weenotions. Used them for years, love them

EmmaC78 · 20/11/2019 21:39

I have just got the Hey Girls ones. I live in Scotland and the government are giving them away as part of a free trial to reduce waste so am looking forward to trying them.

TheHoundsofLove · 21/11/2019 04:46

I use Cheeky Wipes too - the fleecey ones. I absolutely love them - they're so comfortable, don't move at all and wash really well.

Sooverthemill · 21/11/2019 10:59

Thank you for all the recommendations. We will take a look. Actually quite hard to choose! I hadn't realised how many brands and options there would be

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PiedImperial · 21/11/2019 11:42

Have you considered something like some period pants?

I'm actually wearing some modibodi period pants today. This month is the first time I've tried them, and so far I'm quite impressed - they seem to be absorbing everything, and it feels like I'm just wearing ordinary knickers - very comfy.

I found the cheeky wipes pads a bit bulky feeling, but maybe that's just the higher absorbency ones.

Sooverthemill · 21/11/2019 11:57

@PiedImperial haven't but have looked at them. Trouble is her flow is incredibly heavy and she's hypersensitive to many fabrics ( can only have cotton and that has to be washed at least 10 times when new to remove all the chemicals) so kind of assumed that period pants would be no good. Hoping that reusable pads would work with her existing knickers that she isn't sensitive to

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Crackerofdoom · 21/11/2019 12:01

Fairy hammocks
My favourite product name ever Grin

But you have all inspired me with your positive experiences. I will go back and try again

PiedImperial · 21/11/2019 12:31

@Sooverthemill oh, that is a shame. I do hope you can find something suitable for your DD Sad

RogersRoget · 21/11/2019 12:56

I would certainly recommend Honour Your Flow. Terrible name but don't let that put you off! Have been using for a year, very comfy and lots of different sizes.

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