Types of Reusable Pads

Different Types of Washable Cloth Pads 
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1. What type of washable cloth pads are good for light flow ?

The day pad would be the ideal choice. The Saukhyam day pad comes with straps which allow additional inserts to be placed. Don’t want to use the inserts? Simply turn the straps so that they are on the back side. Most women and girls use the additional inserts during the 1st two days of the cycle. During the last two or three days, the day pad base alone might suffice. 

2. What type of washable cloth pads are recommended for heavy flow ?

The Saukhyam super pack is a best-selling pack on this website. It has 3 day pad bases, 5 inserts and 2 night pads. Some hacks used by women to protect against heavy flow – use two inserts in place of one, use the night pad during the day. Many pad brands sell pad sets that are custom made for heavy flow. One is bound to find something suitable for their exact need.

3. Would you recommend washable cloth pads for postpartum needs ?

Yes definitely. Post partum bleeding may need to be managed for one month after delivery. Not only do disposable maternity pads create waste, they also have trace amounts of dioxins. If one is used to washable cloth pads then reusable maternity pads are not very different.  For the new mother, these provide wholesome postpartum period care.

4. What is the difference between a starter kit and a full-cycle kit ?

These days many women know about washable cloth pads and are keen to make a shift. For some, the shift happens gradually. They may continue to use disposable pads when they go out, and wear reusables at home and at nights. The starter kit with a fewer number of pieces is for women who initially make a partial shift. The full-cycle kit is for those are able to shift completely all at once.

5. What is the difference between washable cloth pads and period panties ?

Washable cloth pads are used with normal panties and have wings that help attach the pad to the panty. Period panties have a provision for absorbent inserts to be attached. Some models also come with an in-built absorbent layer. In cultures and places where women and girls do not regularly use panties, period panties are an innovation that provide effective menstrual hygiene and care.  

6. What is the difference between washable cloth pads and menstrual cups ?

Washable cloth pads and menstrual cups are both reusable menstrual products. They are both good alternatives to the commonly known and used disposable sanitary napkin. Some women adopt the cup; others are more comfortable with a reusable washable pad. The cup is inserted into the vagina. For school and college students, washable cloth pads are the recommended choice.

7. What is a wet bag ?

A wet bag is not really wet. It is designed to hold your used cloth pads until you are ready to wash them. Some women hold the used pad under a running tap for a minute, squeeze out the blood and then put the wet pad in the wet bag to be stored until it can be washed later. Some others just fold the used pad and put it away in the wet bag. After every use, or at the end of the cycle, the wet bag can be washed.  

8. What are reusable pantyliners ?

Pantyliners are used by several women during the regular days of the month to absorb the vaginal discharge. Just like women are shifting to washable cloth pads for menstrual hygiene, many women are adopting reusable and washable pantyliners instead of disposable ones. The reasons are the same – creation of less waste, saving money and no hazards to health.

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