1. What is a cloth pad?
A cloth pad is a re-usable pad worn by women to absorb their menstrual flow as an alternative to disposable pads or menstrual cups. You can shop for your own reusable pads and other eco-friendly menstrual healthy options here.
2. How often do I need to change my cloth pad?
This completely depends on how heavy your flow is – we would recommend changing the same rate you would a disposable so every 3-4 ish hours. Some girls wear theirs for a whole day. You may find that the ecopads are more absorbent than disposable so you may find you'll change less often.
3. Do cloth pads leak?
As for any type of pad, whether disposable or reusable, if filled to capacity will overflow. The extra absorbency cloth pads provide would give more security, and additionally, each cloth pad has a hidden layer of water resistance, which serves as an anti-leak barrier!
4. What happens when I need to change when I'm out?
Wet bags are the best way to manage your period using cloth pads. Simply take it off, roll it up and snap it together and pop them into a wet bag, much like a diaper wet bag. They generally have a waterproofed compartment, and then a compartment to put in unused pads so that you can change wherever you are. You could even use a spare make up bag if you have one handy.
5. Do they have a different smell compared to disposable pads?
Absolutely yes! With disposable pads – there are heaps of chemicals that are in them to try to keep them sanitary and white (usually bleach). This reacting to your skin, sweat and blood actually create that distinct smell we are probably all too familiar with. Although periods still smell, the smell isn’t as bad as a disposable pad. The reason is that fabric is more breathable than plastic (which is what disposable pads are backed with to act as a water repellent layer), so any smell that your period has won’t be trapped in the small space.
All information sourced from our supplier Ecopads Australia. Ecopads Australia is cloth pads with a cause. Forever pad that is purchased from their range, Ecopads Australia sends a pad to girls and women in need. Ecopads also works to provide clean water and sanitation along with educational workshops relating to sex and health hygiene. They work with organizations and programs that aim to empower women and challenge the cultural stigmas around menstruation. The Bliss Team is so excited to have Ecopads in store. I love your work and thank you!