Ten Reasons I Love Mama Cloth

10 Reason I Love Mama ClothSome of the most popular posts on our blog are our free mama cloth patterns.  Why?  Mama cloth is awesome.  As are menstrual cups.  They make periods easier and more comfortable.  If you haven’t already tried mama cloth and menstrual cups, here are ten more reasons why you should.

  1. They save you money.  Who doesn’t need some extra cash?  Depending on prices where you live and how savvy of a shopper you are most women will spend about $10 a month on their periods.  Obviously, some women may spend less.  If you have heavy, or long periods, you will likely spend more.  That’s $120 a year for oh, let’s say 35 or so years.  Maybe more, maybe less depending on your body, how many children you have, etc.  Based on those figures you’ll spend $4200 on pads, tampons, and panty liners in a lifetime.  If cared for properly a menstrual cup can last up to ten years and they average about $30-40 each.  Cloth pad prices can vary greatly.  You can make several pads out of a yard of flannel and a bit of fleece for backing making them very inexpensive.  You can buy them for $3-$9+ a piece.  Keep in mind, cloth pads can also last for years if properly cared for.  The life expectancy of a cloth pad or panty liner varies from three to four years on up to eight or nine years.  If you need a new cup every ten years, let’s say you need three in a lifetime at $40 each.  That’s $120 for a lifetime supply of menstrual cups.  Let’s say you need ten pads per month and you replace them five times in a lifetime.  If you make them yourself, you could likely make more than ten for less than $20.  So you would spend $100 making a lifetime supply of pads and liners.  That’s $220 for a lifetime supply of menstrual cups and pads.  If you buy the pads  at $9 each that would be $450 for a lifetime supply of pads.  So $570 for a lifetime supply of pads and menstrual cups.  Even if you buy more, you’re saving money.
  2. Cloth pads don’t cause chaffing.  So, let’s be honest and enter the TMI zone for a minute.  Many disposable menstrual pads cause rash, irritation, and/or chaffing.  At the end of your period you have a genital area that feels sore and is often chafed and rashy.  It can be from the dry tampons or it can be from the plastic backed pads.  That doesn’t happen with MOST menstrual cups, and unless you’re allergic to the fabric the cloth pad is made of (highly unlikely) it isn’t going to happen at all with pads.  If you menstrual cup is making you sore, it is likely the wrong size for you or you haven’t inserted it properly.  Not because it is drying your vaginal walls out as tampons do.
  3. Cloth pads don’t bunch.  You know that awful, bunched up feeling disposable pads get when wet?  Or if you’re exercising and all of a sudden you have what feels like half the pad wadded up your tush giving you a wedgie? Yeah…that doesn’t really happen with cloth pads or menstrual cups.  Disposable pads typically have a gel to catch your flow and that gel can bunch when wet.  Cloth pads snap around the underwear and typically don’t bunch.  There are cloth pads in many shapes so you have lots of options in finding the right fit for your body.
  4. Less cramps.  You read that right.  I didn’t believe it when cloth pad connoisseurs told me that cloth pads can help elevate menstrual cramps.  I tried them, just to see if they were lying.  Turns out, they weren’t.  The chemicals in disposable pads and tampons can irritate your body leading to heavier periods and stronger cramping.  Your cramps likely won’t disappear altogether, but mine did lessen significantly. Reusable Menstrual Care Rocks
  5. You don’t have to worry about having them on hand or rushing out to buy some.  Getting your period unexpectedly and realizing you don’t have a single pad, liner, or tampon in the house or your purse sucks.  You have to find something to catch your flow while you run to the store and the whole time you worry about leaks or if everyone can tell that you have a washcloth wadded in your panties.  No worries like that if you use cloth pads or menstrual cups because you always have them readily available.  You could even keep a couple of cloth pads in your purse ‘just in case’.
  6. TSS is highly unlikely with menstrual cups.  We’ve all heard about TSS and it’s relation to tampon use.  Sadly, there are women who die every year from TSS and it just doesn’t have to happen.  According to Lunette, there are no known instances of TSS with use of a menstrual cup because it catches your flow instead of absorbing vaginal fluids and menstrual flow.  It is NOT absorbent.  If TSS is a concern, please contact your physician to make sure you are making the best decision for your health and menstrual care.
  7. You change them less.  You can safely wear a menstrual cup for up to twelve hours instead of a maximum of six to eight like tampons.  A menstrual cup also doesn’t need to be emptied when you urinate and can safely be worn overnight.  How often you change a cloth pad will vary based on your flow.
  8. You waste less.  If you’re environmentally conscious, this one’s important.  You are putting less trash into landfills when you choose reusable menstrual products.
  9. You know what’s going into your body.  Cloth pads are made of fabric and most are made of natural fabrics.  This means no chemicals like disposable pads.  Most menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone.  Tampons are often bleached and I don’t want bleached products inside my vagina.
  10. They’re cute.  Okay, this is a totally immature reason.  But I like that I can get cloth pads in fun prints and colors.  No, they don’t give me a ‘happy’ period, but they sometimes make me smile when I pull out a pad with a cute little monster on it.  Or a ‘ninja fighter’ period pad.  And you can even get the Lunette in fun colors.
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