We totally understand that making the move from disposable period products to reusable ones can feel daunting and you probably have a few questions…. We’ve put our heads together to try and answer the most commonly asked questions so hopefully you’ll find everything you need right here. If not, ping us an email and we’ll make sure it makes the list!

 

General FAQs

No, TSS only occurs with internal products.

Category: Reusable Pads

Throughout pregnancy you may experience an increased amount of discharge and during postpartum bleeding you may have a tender perineum. Reusable pads are recommended for pregnant women and also for postpartum bleeding.

Category: Reusable Pads

Period blood is not smelly – it’s only when the blood oxidises and comes into contact with pads and tampons that it starts smelling.

If you’re worried about body odor change your reusable pad more often. If you’re worried about pad odor wash them more regularly and make sure that they’re not stored in an airtight container.

Category: Reusable Pads

If taken care of properly, a reusable pad will last between 3-10 years.

Category: Reusable Pads

Once you’ve used a pad, you can fold it and clip it together, before popping it into a wash bag. You then wash your pads in the washing machine when home or hand-wash them.

Category: Reusable Pads

Make sure you read the washing instructions on whatever pads you choose. General guidance is to rinse them / soak them in cold water before popping them in the washing machine on a long cycle (30º-40º). You can also hand-wash them. Don’t use fabric softener!

 

Category: Reusable Pads

Just like disposable pads, if your periods are really heavy, or you leave the pad on for too long then it’s possible you may leak a little. However cloth pads come in a range of sizes and absorbencies so you can always make adjustments to suit your body’s needs.

Some reusable pads come with a leakproof lining.

Category: Reusable Pads

Reusable pads have poppers on the wings which connect around your underwear to hold them in place. As long as your underwear is also snug fitting you shouldn’t have any issues.

Category: Reusable Pads

This will depend on how heavy your flow is and how often you want to wash them. There is no set amount for the number of pads you need but we would recommend starting with around 5. You can also wash your pads part way through your cycle, which will cut down on the number of pads you’ll need to get through a period.

Some pads come with inserts that you can swap rather than changing the whole pad. In this case you’ll need 1 pad per day, and about as many inserts to match the number of times you would normally change your disposable pad each day.

You can buy different sizes and absorbencies and some will come in their own washbag. To find out which size of pad you need, measure what you’re using now and choose a comparable size.

Category: Reusable Pads

This depends on the brand of reusable pad – they can be made from 100% natural cotton, flannel, fleece or bamboo. Some contain polyester which is a type of plastic that is commonly found in clothing.

Category: Reusable Pads

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Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups are soft, flexible cups made of silicone or latex rubber, that you fold and then insert just like a tampon. Instead of absorbing your blood, like a tampon or pad, the cup catches it and you can empty it down the toilet. Menstrual cups hold more blood than your average tampon so you shouldn’t need to empty it as regularly as you would change a tampon.  A menstrual cup should last you about 5 years and is perfect for travelling (who wants to carry boxes of tampons and pads around whilst on the move?).

91% of women who tried the menstrual cup said that they would continue to use the cup and recommend it to a friend. Menstrual cups cost £9 – £24.90 and will last you 5-10 years.

No, TSS only occurs with internal products.

Category: Reusable Pads

Throughout pregnancy you may experience an increased amount of discharge and during postpartum bleeding you may have a tender perineum. Reusable pads are recommended for pregnant women and also for postpartum bleeding.

Category: Reusable Pads

Period blood is not smelly – it’s only when the blood oxidises and comes into contact with pads and tampons that it starts smelling.

If you’re worried about body odor change your reusable pad more often. If you’re worried about pad odor wash them more regularly and make sure that they’re not stored in an airtight container.

Category: Reusable Pads

If taken care of properly, a reusable pad will last between 3-10 years.

Category: Reusable Pads

Once you’ve used a pad, you can fold it and clip it together, before popping it into a wash bag. You then wash your pads in the washing machine when home or hand-wash them.

Category: Reusable Pads

Make sure you read the washing instructions on whatever pads you choose. General guidance is to rinse them / soak them in cold water before popping them in the washing machine on a long cycle (30º-40º). You can also hand-wash them. Don’t use fabric softener!

 

Category: Reusable Pads

Just like disposable pads, if your periods are really heavy, or you leave the pad on for too long then it’s possible you may leak a little. However cloth pads come in a range of sizes and absorbencies so you can always make adjustments to suit your body’s needs.

Some reusable pads come with a leakproof lining.

Category: Reusable Pads

Reusable pads have poppers on the wings which connect around your underwear to hold them in place. As long as your underwear is also snug fitting you shouldn’t have any issues.

Category: Reusable Pads

This will depend on how heavy your flow is and how often you want to wash them. There is no set amount for the number of pads you need but we would recommend starting with around 5. You can also wash your pads part way through your cycle, which will cut down on the number of pads you’ll need to get through a period.

Some pads come with inserts that you can swap rather than changing the whole pad. In this case you’ll need 1 pad per day, and about as many inserts to match the number of times you would normally change your disposable pad each day.

You can buy different sizes and absorbencies and some will come in their own washbag. To find out which size of pad you need, measure what you’re using now and choose a comparable size.

Category: Reusable Pads

This depends on the brand of reusable pad – they can be made from 100% natural cotton, flannel, fleece or bamboo. Some contain polyester which is a type of plastic that is commonly found in clothing.

Category: Reusable Pads

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Period Pants

Period pants are absorbent underwear that you can wash and reuse again for up to 2 years. Period pants come in a range of styles (including thong style!) and absorbencies. Some have inserts that you can remove and change as you would with a pad. Some people use these in conjunction with the menstrual cup or for overnight bleeding.

A pairs of period pants will cost you between £23 – £31 and each pair will last you at least 2 years.

No, TSS only occurs with internal products.

Category: Reusable Pads

Throughout pregnancy you may experience an increased amount of discharge and during postpartum bleeding you may have a tender perineum. Reusable pads are recommended for pregnant women and also for postpartum bleeding.

Category: Reusable Pads

Period blood is not smelly – it’s only when the blood oxidises and comes into contact with pads and tampons that it starts smelling.

If you’re worried about body odor change your reusable pad more often. If you’re worried about pad odor wash them more regularly and make sure that they’re not stored in an airtight container.

Category: Reusable Pads

If taken care of properly, a reusable pad will last between 3-10 years.

Category: Reusable Pads

Once you’ve used a pad, you can fold it and clip it together, before popping it into a wash bag. You then wash your pads in the washing machine when home or hand-wash them.

Category: Reusable Pads

Make sure you read the washing instructions on whatever pads you choose. General guidance is to rinse them / soak them in cold water before popping them in the washing machine on a long cycle (30º-40º). You can also hand-wash them. Don’t use fabric softener!

 

Category: Reusable Pads

Just like disposable pads, if your periods are really heavy, or you leave the pad on for too long then it’s possible you may leak a little. However cloth pads come in a range of sizes and absorbencies so you can always make adjustments to suit your body’s needs.

Some reusable pads come with a leakproof lining.

Category: Reusable Pads

Reusable pads have poppers on the wings which connect around your underwear to hold them in place. As long as your underwear is also snug fitting you shouldn’t have any issues.

Category: Reusable Pads

This will depend on how heavy your flow is and how often you want to wash them. There is no set amount for the number of pads you need but we would recommend starting with around 5. You can also wash your pads part way through your cycle, which will cut down on the number of pads you’ll need to get through a period.

Some pads come with inserts that you can swap rather than changing the whole pad. In this case you’ll need 1 pad per day, and about as many inserts to match the number of times you would normally change your disposable pad each day.

You can buy different sizes and absorbencies and some will come in their own washbag. To find out which size of pad you need, measure what you’re using now and choose a comparable size.

Category: Reusable Pads

This depends on the brand of reusable pad – they can be made from 100% natural cotton, flannel, fleece or bamboo. Some contain polyester which is a type of plastic that is commonly found in clothing.

Category: Reusable Pads

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Reusable Period Pads

Reusable pads are used in the same way that you’d use a disposable pad, but they aren’t squeaky or sticky and can be washed and reused again for years! Reusable pads come in a range of sizes, materials and patterns. Some people use these in conjunction with the menstrual cup or for overnight bleeding.

A set of reusable pads will cost you about £10 – £35 and some can last up to 10 years.

No, TSS only occurs with internal products.

Category: Reusable Pads

Throughout pregnancy you may experience an increased amount of discharge and during postpartum bleeding you may have a tender perineum. Reusable pads are recommended for pregnant women and also for postpartum bleeding.

Category: Reusable Pads

Period blood is not smelly – it’s only when the blood oxidises and comes into contact with pads and tampons that it starts smelling.

If you’re worried about body odor change your reusable pad more often. If you’re worried about pad odor wash them more regularly and make sure that they’re not stored in an airtight container.

Category: Reusable Pads

If taken care of properly, a reusable pad will last between 3-10 years.

Category: Reusable Pads

Once you’ve used a pad, you can fold it and clip it together, before popping it into a wash bag. You then wash your pads in the washing machine when home or hand-wash them.

Category: Reusable Pads

Make sure you read the washing instructions on whatever pads you choose. General guidance is to rinse them / soak them in cold water before popping them in the washing machine on a long cycle (30º-40º). You can also hand-wash them. Don’t use fabric softener!

 

Category: Reusable Pads

Just like disposable pads, if your periods are really heavy, or you leave the pad on for too long then it’s possible you may leak a little. However cloth pads come in a range of sizes and absorbencies so you can always make adjustments to suit your body’s needs.

Some reusable pads come with a leakproof lining.

Category: Reusable Pads

Reusable pads have poppers on the wings which connect around your underwear to hold them in place. As long as your underwear is also snug fitting you shouldn’t have any issues.

Category: Reusable Pads

This will depend on how heavy your flow is and how often you want to wash them. There is no set amount for the number of pads you need but we would recommend starting with around 5. You can also wash your pads part way through your cycle, which will cut down on the number of pads you’ll need to get through a period.

Some pads come with inserts that you can swap rather than changing the whole pad. In this case you’ll need 1 pad per day, and about as many inserts to match the number of times you would normally change your disposable pad each day.

You can buy different sizes and absorbencies and some will come in their own washbag. To find out which size of pad you need, measure what you’re using now and choose a comparable size.

Category: Reusable Pads

This depends on the brand of reusable pad – they can be made from 100% natural cotton, flannel, fleece or bamboo. Some contain polyester which is a type of plastic that is commonly found in clothing.

Category: Reusable Pads

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