Are you a man? Are you squicked out by talk of monthly cycles and bleeding and lady bits? Back away slowly. I’ll wait.
OK, ready? Really. Last chance.
Prior to the birth of my third child, I wasn’t terribly motivated to switch to reusable menstrual products, though I was worried about the chemicals in disposables as well as the environmental aspect. There is an initial cost, just like with cloth diapers, while I was getting the disposable products free or nearly free with coupons/sales. I also wasn’t sure about the bulk of mama cloth, or how the absorbency would be. Between pregnancy & breastfeeding, I hadn’t had enough cycles to really try more than a cloth liner in the time since I’d learned that mama cloth existed and come around to the idea.
Following my third child’s birth, I had very little postpartum bleeding. After just a few days, I didn’t need much more than a liner. Made me a little glad I had nixed the idea of buying postpartum mama cloth since he was my last baby and it can be pricey. However, I was worried that to balance out my easy recovery, I was getting a horrid yeast infection. The discomfort was terrible! Imagine my surprise that within 20 minutes of removing those disposable products from my underwear, the discomfort went away. Completely. Gone.
Although I didn’t get my cycle back until he was two (TWO! Talk about lucky this time! Nearly three years without a cycle!), I occasionally wore a liner. Every.darn.time, I almost immediately felt like I was in a “feminine itching” commercial. I made a comment to my husband about it while suffering two cycles ago and he said “why aren’t you using your ‘hippie’ stuff?”
I have a handful of mama cloth from reviews but not really enough to get me through – plus I’m still figuring out exactly what I like best. I tried a menstrual cup, but I need to keep searching for just the right one (I need a shorter style), so I’ve continued to use disposable products. I think I’ve had about 7 cycles now, and every time, the discomfort from the pad was worse than the cramps.
I am pretty certain that I’ve developed some weird sensitivity to disposable feminine products. I don’t know if ingredients/materials have changed (I’ve tried a few brands, all of which I’d used in the past) or what. It’s so strange. I had annoying breakthrough bleeding this month, so I put a liner on. Within 5 minutes I thought, oh no way am I going to be able to sit through the kids’ swim lessons feeling like this. Grabbed a Lunapads liner & snapped it on. Boom. Itching gone.
It really makes me wonder if disposable diapers make babies poor parts feel the same way. What an awful feeling! Do you think it’s possible to be suddenly sensitive to these products? What’s your favorite mama cloth brand?