Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mama Pads or Mama Cloths

Have you ever tried reusable feminine pads? I haven't yet but I'm very interested in them. They just sound better for me, better for the environment and better for my budget (in the long run.)

Honestly the main thing that's holding me back from trying them, other than the relatively high upfront cost, is that I'm a tampon user. If you've tried mama pads, what has been your experience with them? Do they leak? I always had leaks with commercial pads.

If you're interested in trying them, or expanding your stash, Cottage Homestead is giving away one organic mama pad.


  1. Hey there, thanks for posting, something that may interest you is we will be offering natural sea sponge tampons in October, this will be really great for those who prefer a tampon!!!

  2. I switched from tampons to homemade cloth pads about 6 months before I became pregnant with my youngest, and I love them. Never had any leaks, because I made them to fit me. They are very simple to make, there are lots of online tutorials. It saves money and you're not putting chemicals into your body.

  3. I LOVE cloth pads! But even more, I love my reusable menstrual cup!!! I too was a tampon user, but I still have a half-full box of tampons from 1997 when I bought my first cup; that's how great the cup is. Click on my name to read all about it!

  4. I have switched to homemade pads- but shhhh- don't tell anyone . . . everyone seems to think it is beyond gross- you are super brave to talk about it. I love it though. I just made some off of free online patterns. I am still perfecting the patterns to fit me- but they are still great.

    If you don't want to where a tampon- you could try a diva cup- I have read a lot about them and people LOVE them after they get the hang of it.

  5. *if you don't want to wear a pad- try the diva cup. oops.

  6. I've researched the diva cup some, but am concerned about how easy or difficult it is to insert and remove. Is the diva cup user-friendly for those who have never used a diaphram?

    Becca, I emailed you about it, but I fear my email may have gone to your junk mail.

    If anyone is willing to share their experiences getting the diva cup in and out, I'd love to hear them!

  7. Oh, gosh, I just saw this, and I don't think I ever did get your email, Meghan! Sorry!

    Inserting and removing the cup does require inserting your finger and thumb as well. But it is less than half as wide as a diaphragm and not as springy. You fold it in fourths vertically before inserting, which makes it about as wide as a tampon. Hold it a little lower than the top so that you're not actually sticking your finger and thumb in very far. It is not as difficult as it may sound, but you do want to practice a few times before you try to use it in a hurry or away from home.


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