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Hello,<br>
I anticipate that my mentstrual cycle is going to return soon. I think I would like to start using re-usable menstural pads.<br><br>
Do you have thoughts or advice on either the gladrags or lunapads? Any other brands?<br><br>
Also what do you do if you are traveling and you need to change to clean pad? How and where do you store the soiled one?<br><br>
Thanks so much!!!!
 

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The only thing I can say is that GladRags kind of hurt when you are riding a bike! Ouch!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'm also doing the anticipation dance, and from another post on Mothering.com (I think it was Healthy Home & Body), I found mom-and-me-creations.com. I think I'll go with them...their pads & liners are all hemp, which I've had incredible results with in dd's cloth diapers. Also, after watching all of dh's shirts go through the wash, flannel doesn't hold up for near as long as hemp.
 

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I have been using cloth pads for five years now and I love them. I have a small PUL bag I keep in my pocketbook for dirty pads and it isn't a big deal. They don't smell the same way the paper ones do. I am so much more comfortable and feel so much fresher with cloth pads!!<br><br>
Glad Rags are okay. I don't love their night time pads though. My favorite pads aren't being made any more, but I don't forsee needing any more any time soon. The flannel pads are soft and comfy and holding up very very well. I wash them with my diapers when I have a child in diapers and on their own when I don't. I have found that the organic and hemp pads are the only pads I have which stained, and I stopped using them because I didn't feel pretty wearing stained pads. My flannel pads, even the light colors are stain free and look nice.<br><br>
I would never go back to disposables!!
 

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Hydrogen peroxide gets out new blood stains. I know you wouldn't want to do this to your pads every time you used them, but it's a handy bit of info.
 

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What about fleece for cloth pads? Are there fleece pads or doublers available? I use pocket diapers and love how the fleece completely takes the moisture away from my baby. I would love the same effect with a pad. I am on a drug to increase milk supply that inhibits AF but I will have to wean off the drug (NOT wean the baby!) when she is 15-18 months old so I anticipate getting AF back in about 6 months.
 

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i second the fleece question...<br><br>
my mama is going through some crazy pre-menopausal cycles that are hard to keep up with. she has to use the huge overnight pads the whole time she bleeds, and even admits to using 2 at a time (she's been using disposables)! i plan to make her some giant, thick,super-absorbent pads and would like to layer the top with fleece to perhaps keep her at least a bit more dry and comfortable while dealing with this.<br><br>
not to be to gross, though, but what about clots? do they just sit on the fleece? (squeamish people...really sorry about that!)<br><br>
thanks,<br><br>
amy
 

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I second the mom and me suggestion. I received these pads a couple of weeks ago:<br><br><a href="http://www.mom-and-me-creations.com/MonthlySpecial.html" target="_blank">http://www.mom-and-me-creations.com/MonthlySpecial.html</a><br><br>
It looks like she is still offering the August selection which is great because they are very pretty. I haven't used them yet, but the design looks very good. It's a pocket design with a hemp insert. It does not have fleece, but a hand-dyed terry hemp against the skin that feels super soft. There is a moisture barrier as well for extra protection. Customer service is great.
 

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I stocked up on Pandora Pads <a href="http://www.pandorapads.com" target="_blank">http://www.pandorapads.com</a><br>
for postpartum bleeding and for when AF returns (she can take as long as she wants!!!). I liked these pads for monthly menstrual cycles. Did use postpartum as well.<br><br>
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Um ... yes, for the most part. But they "sit" on a disposable pad as well. The cotton pads are very absorbant (never had any leaks or staining). It's all a matter of timing those trips to the bathroom.
 

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I've been using the Glad Rags for many years now (maybe 8 or 10). But I've never been a purist. When I travel or blow it with the laundry, I have used disposable ones. I also will use the major commercial ones for "overnight" because they have seemed to work more efficiently for me. Yes, my Glad Rags are stained. I hang them on the line in the sun and try not to care too much. I'm sure they would be less stained if I was more timely in their washing and soaking. I've never seen the other ones in a store before. Are they only available by mail order?
 

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I just ordered some Luna Pads and can't wait to try them; I also ordered their thong panties because I think that's a great idea (they have a built in pad). Currently I use Kristin's Cloth and Liz's Cloth (kristin's for day, liz's for night- she uses hemp fleece)<br><br>
HTH<br>
Kristi
 
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