AD | I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these @okocreations pads are my absolute favourite splurge for menstrual care. They recently reached out for a sponsored post on Instagram that I’m going to share here on the blog too. I’ve written a bit about cloth pads in the past, but I’ve learnt more in recent years.
- Why I Switch to Cloth Pads
- I Tried Period Underwear & I Hated Them
- Life after Vulvodynia: Menstrual Cups Give Me Anxiety
- 5 Super Simple Tricks to Help Menstrual Cramps & A Pink Lemonade Giveaway
The cloth pad market is diverse – there’s super cheapies made with microfibre and fleece to premium deluxe hand crafted pads like this. Many families buy the cheap ones off amazon because of their accessibility, but the performance can lead to discomfort, smell and disappointment. Not every family can afford Oko Creations, but if its in your budget, and you’re thinking about making the switch, they might be worth it for you. Just like it’s worth it for me
Is the price worth it? 100%
I choose natural fibre pads like the Öko-Pads because it feels less like a textile sandwich in my underwear, and more like underwear. Microfibre can get really bulky and sometimes be poorly cut to help absorb menstruation fluids. Natural fibres are excellent for incontinence and reduces compression.
I choose natural fibre pads because my skin gets hot and irritated with most micro fleece lined pads. Microfleece might be stay dry, but I’m convinced that’s a myth. I find micro fleece to be the most uncomfortable experience against my skin. It holds the liquid and moisture in a way that doesn’t feel natural. The clots hold onto my skin and it’s just like yuck. So for those reasons I choose natural fibres because it’s comfortable and slowly absorbs everything, including the clots for better long term comfort.
I choose the long length because as a plus size human, I like that full pelvic coverage. But you can also order the Oko Creations Pads in a variety of sizes including long, short, and thong length.
And these little metal snaps reduce the bulk in-between the legs and the chunk of the plastic snap. I never do up the two snaps on my longs, just one, but you know. Sometimes you add the plastic snap, the fleece, and it begin to feel like a thick uncomfy situation. You don’t want to feel your reusable pad; this is the best choice for you for that ultimate discretion.
And I choose these over my second favourite because the cotton exterior, with the PUL interior, allows for less sliding around my underwear during day-to-day activity. Because if you’ve tried PUL backed you know they can sometimes slide around. The friction of the cotton really reduces that. The inside is coated and reduces leaking of soaked pads.
Well-designed cloth pads are expensive, but it can be a worthwhile splurge. I had vulvodynia and was spending an atrocious money each month on disposable cotton pads, so this casual switch into natural fibre washable menstrual pads was a huge cost savings for me.
It’s a menstrual pad, not mama cloth, because it’s not just moms who use menstrual pads, it’s young humans and old humans, and non-mothers alike.
And because of years of vaginal pain, I’m never going to use a menstrual cup. Cloth pads give me that financial freedom and comfort that my sensitive skin appreciates.