Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Peepods Cloth Menstrual Pad Review & Giveaway!

* Disclosure - I was provided items for review by Peepods to facilitate this post.  Opinions are 100% honest and my own!

* Another double disclosure for the queasy or male readers - this is another post about PERIODS.  Walk away now if you need to tune this out.  Lol.

After several long, lovely years of no monthly cycle due to either being pregnant or breastfeeding both of our babies - I finally had a return of my period.  Ugh.  Since that time, I've been researching and trying out more natural options for monthly feminine care - which I have been loving!  {If you're interested in seeing my recent review of the DivaCup - check it out here!}  Today's post, though, is all about the washable, reusable menstrual pads.

Before I chat about that - let's talk about what I despise about typical pads.

#1 - They crinkle.

Nothing like announcing your presence in a pair of leggings or yoga pants like your pad crunching and crinkling in your pants.  Some brands do this more than others, for sure - but I hate that I have to consider how loud a pad is going to be when I make a purchase.

#2 - Speaking of purchasing... they are expensive!

Over a lifetime, one woman can use thousands of pads or tampons - costing TONS of money.  When I was using pads and tampons, I would spend anywhere from $10-20 per cycle on menstrual products.  If we take the average of that at $15, that cost me almost $200 per year.

#3 - It's a huge waste of materials.

If you think about the cost of production {over, and over, and over}, the marketing of these products, and the transportation to deliver them to your store each month, for each woman, for a lifetime - it adds up.  Then let's take into account that you use valuable resources making trips out to pick up these products each month.  And then on top of that consider that a pad comes in a large box or bag and that inside that each pad is wrapped with one piece of plastic, as well as often has another piece of paper attached to the sticky portion, as well as two other pieces of paper if you have a pad with wings - and we're talking a whole lot of waste even before you actually use the pad.

It's a ton of waste for something you're going to throw away as well typically not even a few hours after you've opened it.

#4 - They just don't feel right.

If any of you men are still reading right about now {why haven't you run away?} - to understand the discomfort of a pad, I'd recommend you buy a diaper, pour some liquid into it, and then sit in it for an hour or two.  It's really uncomfortable.  And - I don't know if this is just me? - several pad brands cause me to break out in a rash.  When I was younger it took me a little while to realize that this was directly related to the pads I was wearing during my period, but each month like clockwork I would get a super uncomfortable rash whenever I would break out that old trusty bag of plastic pads.  Gross.

After we had children, the idea of reusable, cloth pads began to sound more and more comfortable to me over time.  I was so over plastic drugstore pads - and it was time for me to be completely done with them.  I mean, we already wash cloth diapers a few times a week anyway - so would washing a few reusable pads really be that big of a deal?

The lovely Amber at Peepods was so awesome to send me a set of her period pads - and I was really excited to try them out!  {Peepods also makes postpartum pads, nursing pads, and incontinence pads as well for all of your mama needs!}




As you can see above, Peepods come in a variety of colors {and sizes!}.  There are pantyliners, day pads, and overnight pads.  One of the features I absolutely love is that the wings are a separate fabric from the actual pad, so that there is no method of leaking from the pad down the wing.  The pads also snap into place around your undies, so there's no need for any adhesive to keep them in place.

Initially, I was concerned about being grossed out with what I saw on the pad - but honestly, I received the espresso color and I can barely see anything actually on the pad.

Once you've used the pad, they fold up and you can snap the wings back around the front to hold it closed.  You can then throw the pads into a washable wetbag.  {The Deluxe Sets of pads from Peepods include a Planetwise wetbag with the set - which is a fantastic addition!}  As I mentioned earlier, I just throw the pads into our dirty diaper laundry, and wash from there.  Outside of DH getting really confused and putting them away with our inserts and doublers - we've had no problems with washing!

I know that a lot of women I've spoken with are a little bit squeamish, and for those I would definitely recommend at least giving a Peepod pad/DivaCup or even Peepod and tampon combo a try.  The Peepods are really fantastic for a stand alone menstrual product, but they're also my number one pick as a liner to wear under my DivaCup on heavier days and would be a MUCH better way to live a little more ecofriendly and a little more chemical-free even if you do still choose to wear tampons!

After reviewing both reusable menstrual cups and pads for the blog - I can definitely say I am completely done with both pads and tampons.  Unfortunately, I have a somewhat large stash of pads and tampons I hadn't yet used.  Each month since receiving the Peepods and DivaCup, I keep telling myself I'll use the tampons and plastic pads - and each month after 1-2 uses of those items I switch back to the Peepods and the DivaCup.  I just can't bring myself to use anything but the reusable stuff anymore!  I am completely sold and if you all have questions beyond what I've discussed in both this and the DivaCup post - please either post a comment or send me a PM!  I'd be happy to help with any of your questions!

Now for the fun part for you all - the giveaway!  Enter below to win a set of three period pads for yourself!

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26 comments:

  1. I am just starting to use cloth pads and a DivaCup!

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  2. i have used cloth pads for almost a year now and love it!

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  3. Yes. Just started need to build up my stash to go disposable free.

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  4. No but my wife uses them and needs more.

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  5. Yup, I'm a big fan of cloth pads. :)

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  6. Just started after my last baby, and it saves a lot of money!

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  7. Ih ave used lunapads

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  8. I use a lunette but I have some reusable pads that I use as back up.

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  9. I use cloth, but I've never tried this brand.

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  10. Not yet but I would love to try them.

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  11. I use cloth pads, they are great!

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  12. Yes and I love them! Trying to build up my stash in preparation for my first postpartum with cloth!

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  13. Yes! I started using them when I was postpartum and love them

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  14. I never have but I think I would really like them over the typical commercial pad. I'm actually mildly allergic to most of the chemical laden ones!

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  15. Never tried them, but would love to!

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  16. Yes, I used cloth postpartum. But, I need to build up my stash a bit.

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  17. Just started to use cloth pads for a few months but now I'm pregnant. ;-) So I need to get some postpartum ones.

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  18. I have never used cloth pads because I just found out about them. I cloth diaper my daughter and figure I should be sustainable also.

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  19. Yes, I have used them! I like them pretty well!

    -Hannah Avery

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  20. Never Tried Them. too expensive

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  21. I have never used cloth pads but am very excited to!

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  22. Never tried mama cloth, but want to !

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  23. I haven't yet as I've been lucky enough where I haven't had a period since my daughter was born - I will def be using them in the future.

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  24. Not yet, but I will be once my period comes back after this baby is born!

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  25. I have purchased some, but have been hesitant to try them, however once this little one arrives I am going to jump in! We already cloth diaper so I am assuming it won't really be any different.

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