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post #21 of 85
3girls1boy- the kind you can buy in the store, the Instead-type cups, are not the same as menstrual cups like the diva cup and so on.

doctorjen- what's to figure out? i mean, any roadblocks some of us adult women have arent inborn, they are learned- starting from the beginning with a healthy sexual self image is the way to go!! (at least i think so...)

tabitha
post #22 of 85
i LOVE Always Ultra thing with wings, I LOVE EM!!!!!!!!

i wish everythin well with the other choices
post #23 of 85
I've tried Always a few times and I always ended up with a irritating rash. Are those things made of fiberglass : ?

Now I use either Kotex or Stayfree, but I like Kotex the best. It has a nice soft, blue wrapper!

When my 13 y/o started, she changed her pad a zillion times a day! :LOL I think, every 5 minutes or so?

I'm going to make some cloth ones for myself when I get my sewing machine fixed. Lord knows I use enough old socks! :LOL
post #24 of 85
It's sort of making me cringe to hear women recommending Kotex and Always for a young girl who's just started her period. I don't know how it is in your area, but in mine it doesn't cost any more in the store for natural pads and pantiliners which are made with organic cotton (the most pesticide-sprayed crop in the world), not bleached with chlorine (a serious irritant, especially for young, sensitive skin) and without toxic, bioaccumulating ingredients added as fillers that are never going to break down in the environment. Not to mention the fact that they are much softer and more comfortable, and they come in the same styles and sizes as the big-box brand counterparts.

On another note, when your daughter is a little older, you may want to suggest the diva cup, but I have tried both sizes (one for women under 30, and one for women over 30 or women who have given birth), and I found both to be a little painful to master at first. I can't imagine a shy new woman fiddling with a silicone cup in the school bathroom. She needs to become comfortable with that aspect of herself first.

Now, I know I came off as sort of opinionated or insulting with those replies, but this is a topic I feel strongly about and have given much thought to. Sorry if I threw anyone off. In the end though, it is your daughter's choice and it may take some experimenting to figure out which is her favourite.

Good luck and give my blessings to your daughter in this sacred time in her life.

Namaste
post #25 of 85
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Originally Posted by blissful_maia
It's sort of making me cringe to hear women recommending Kotex and Always for a young girl who's just started her period.
Me, too, although for me it's the whole idea of disposable pads. This board seems so gung-ho on the cloth diaper thing, so it's odd to me that cloth pads aren't high on people's lists.

My daughter started her period about a year ago, at 11. She picked out some nice cloth pads about 6 months before that, and then bought her more later after she knew what she liked. They've been great. We use disposables occasionally, like if we run out of clean pads, or I stash a few tampons in my purse in case I get caught away from home, but 95% of the time we both use cloth... healthier, better for the earch, and prettier, too. And no, no one has ever given my daughter a hard time about it... but then, she's pretty independent-minded and so are most of her friends.

dar
post #26 of 85
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Originally Posted by blissful_maia
I don't know how it is in your area, but in mine it doesn't cost any more in the store for natural pads and pantiliners which are made with organic cotton (the most pesticide-sprayed crop in the world), not bleached with chlorine (a serious irritant, especially for young, sensitive skin) and without toxic, bioaccumulating ingredients added as fillers that are never going to break down in the environment.

Any particular brand names you could recommend? Dd hasn't started yet, but we've certainly talked about it. (I started at 10 and I don't think she'll be too far off.) She's already announced that she doesn't want to use cloth, but I really don't want her to use the regular disposables, for the reasons you've mentioned. Any natural brands you prefer?
post #27 of 85
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Originally Posted by Joan
Any particular brand names you could recommend? Dd hasn't started yet, but we've certainly talked about it. (I started at 10 and I don't think she'll be too far off.) She's already announced that she doesn't want to use cloth, but I really don't want her to use the regular disposables, for the reasons you've mentioned. Any natural brands you prefer?
I really like Natracare. Natracare products are great because they don't feel or seem "different" from mainstream ones. They come in applicator/non-applicator tampons, pads of all sizes, pantiliners, they even have those crazy thong pantiliners. They're easy to use and as reliable as any other ones I've tried. Actually, with tampons, I've found these ones more reliable.

I can identify with a young girl not wanting to use cloth, at least not away from home. Just the changing and yu would need to store them somewhere (like in a backpack or locker) which could get kinda sketchy! :LOL

Good luck!
post #28 of 85
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Originally Posted by blissful_maia
I can identify with a young girl not wanting to use cloth, at least not away from home. Just the changing and yu would need to store them somewhere (like in a backpack or locker) which could get kinda sketchy! :LOL
The ones Rain and I have can be folded up and snapped shut with the part with blood on it inside, so it's basically a little cloth square. It fits in a purse or pocket, no biggie.

Dar
post #29 of 85
Thanks, blissful_maia!

Dar, I love my cloth, and agree that it's no biggie to carry them around, but dd doesn't want to start out that way. She's a bit squeemish about blood to begin with, and not good with big changes, so I want this to be as easy for her as possible. Maybe someday I'll convert her. Personally, I can't BELIEVE how much more comfortable cloth is--wish I'd started using them sooner! But I started out in the days of thick pads with belts so maxi-thins with sticky tape was once a great thing, in my mind.
post #30 of 85
You know, they still sell those maxis with belts. I saw them a few weeks ago at the store. :LOL

What kind of pads do you use that can be snapped/folded? I've made my own, so they're not that cool. Did you buy them or make them?

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack. :
post #31 of 85
just want to second the recommendation for natracare. there is also organic essentials brand.

when i was younger, before i got 'weird' (hehe!) i used mainstream tampons. i had terrible, mind-rending cramps and even took serious pain meds for them. when i switched to organic tampons, it was night and day- i kid you not. and that was before i was a believer.

i am not sure- i don't think girls are uncomfortable with themselves and then 'get comfortable'. i think they are always at home in their bodies unless we teach them otherwise.

tabitha
post #32 of 85
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post #33 of 85
: waiting for the snap up brand to be mentioned
post #34 of 85
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Originally Posted by Azreial
: waiting for the snap up brand to be mentioned

I made my own, but Glad Rags have snaps. http://gladrags.com/category/Gladrag...+Day+Pads.html
post #35 of 85
I wasn't referring to getting comfortable with your body type concerns, really. Before I had babies, I couldn't physically comfortably wear tampons, even, and I'm thinking it would have been hard to get the Diva cup in also. I've met a lot of young girls who also have physical discomfort trying to insert something - even with help. I haven't used the Diva, though, so maybe I'm wrong and it's really easy and comfortable to insert.
I live in an area where I'm the only weirdo even using cloth diapers for miles. I've never even met someone who cloth diapered full time (except my own mom) and certainly never met anyone IRL who used mama cloth. My dd is very shy and nervous about the whole idea of periods. I think she'd rather die than use cloth. But, we'll see. Perhaps she'll be a convert at some point.
She swims on the swim team, so we'll have to come up with some solution for that, too. She's just 10, now, but has a little pubic hair, and a few hairs under her arms so I'm guessing about a year to go.
post #36 of 85
I understand about the hesitation toward using cloth. When I first heard about mama cloth, I was like, "WHOA! You can DO that?!"

Of course, now I think they're the coolest thing since sliced cheese. :LOL Thanks so much for the mention of GladRags, I will definitely check them out!
post #37 of 85
Can I just chime in and say that Freshies makes a perfect teen size pad! the petite size is perfect!
post #38 of 85

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Great post! I am actually doing research for my masters thesis on preparing girls for menarche. Preteen and young teen girls, especially those of average or petite builds tend to prefer disposable pads that are thin. Wings are an acquired preference, often liked best by girls who are athletic or active or who bleed more heavily than many of their peers. I always suggest allowing a practice run -- a test drive of sorts. Why not purchase at least 3 types of pads and have her try them out without a period. She will handle the period better if she already has established a comfort level with wearing a pad and with having selected the pad she likes best. I am a bit reluctant to offer recommendations for a specific pad as it really is something of a matter of personal preference.

Since being discreet is very important to girls her age, disposables tend to be the place to start.
post #39 of 85
When I used sposie pads, I HATED the wings. They always seemed to get caught on my pubic hair, or the adhesive would stick to itself. I liked the kotex ultra thin longs without wings (as a size 16+ adult. I'd go for the "normal length" for a young teen.) As a teenager, I used tampons with pantyliners for backup. Much smaller and more discreet to carry around.

ETA I've never had personal experience with the "natural" brands of sposies, they weren't available when I was a teen. Just remembering my own insecurities in middle school, I can't imagine using cloth away from home when menstruating is so new. Then again, Leah's a heck of a lot more confident than I was at her age so who knows?
post #40 of 85
Could some of you cloth using mamas tell me where one goes to learn about cloth? Is there a board around here where such is discussed?
After this discussion, I though maybe I'd look into cloth for myself since I have such skin irritation issues. I tried looking for Dar's brand on e-bay but couldn't find them. Where do I go to find out some basic info?
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