Are You a GladRags Guru? Test your reusables knowledge!

So, you think your menstrual cup runneth over with wisdom? That may be true, but you’d better take our quiz to find out!


1. What can GladRags cloth pads be used for?

a) Cloth pads are intended for menstruation only.
b) Cloth pads can be used for menstruation, everyday protection, and light stress incontinence.
c) Cloth pads can be used for menstruation, everyday protection, and all types of incontinence.

b) Many people wear GladRags for these reasons! We can’t recommend them for any incontinence heavier than light stress incontinence, as they would not hold up. But any leakage that can be managed by disposable pads and pantyliners can usually be managed by GladRags too.

2. What is the main difference between pads and pantyliners?

a) Pads can be worn for much longer than pantyliners.
b) Pads consist of a holder and matching inserts, which go inside the holder. Pantyliners are a single unit.
c) Pads are intended for adults, while pantyliners are more geared toward young people who have just started menstruating.
d) All of the above.

b) The length of time any item is worn depends on flow. Just because a pad is more absorbent than a pantyliner does not mean it can necessarily be worn for longer. Pads and pantyliners also aren’t age-specific – in fact, our First Periods Kit contains both Pantyliners and Day Pads!

3. How can you customize the absorbency of your CLOTH pads?

a) By wearing the desired number of inserts inside the holders.
b) They are not customizable, you just need to buy the pad that perfectly matches your flow.
c) By snapping multiple pads around each other.

a) GladRags Day and Night Pads both consist of a holder and matching inserts. You can wear 1, 2, or 3 inserts at a time – whatever works best with your flow!

4. How often should you change your pad?

a) Every 3 hours.
b) You will only need to change your pad if it’s not absorbent enough for you. A heavy absorbency pad is guaranteed to last you the whole day.
c) About as often as you would change a disposable pad.
d) When it starts leaking onto your underwear.

c) GladRags products are comparable in absorbency to their disposable counterparts. This means that you would change a cloth Pantyliner as often as you would change a disposable, and the same with Pads. Of course, you will also learn through experience how long your GladRags can be worn depending on your flow.

5. How should GladRags cloth pads be washed?

a) They should not go in the laundry, and must be washed by hand.
b) Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.
c) Machine wash hot, tumble dry low.

b) Cold water is best for washing blood, since hot water will set stains. GladRags are made of cotton, so a low heat for drying will help them not to shrink. You can absolutely wash your pads by hand and hang them to dry if you like, but it’s not a must!

6. How does a menstrual cup work?

a) It collects your flow rather than absorbing it.
b) It forms a seal against the vaginal walls to keep it in place and help prevent leaks.
c) It sits in the vaginal canal beneath the cervix.
d) All of the above.

d) The cup is folded and inserted into the vagina, where it will pop open fully and the small holes beneath the rim will help it to form a seal. From there, it simply sits below the cervix and collects the menstrual flow rather than absorbing it like a tampon.

7. What is a menstrual cup’s stem for?

a) To remove the cup, you hold the stem and pull the cup all the way out.
b) To remove the cup, you need to break the seal by lightly squeezing the side or base of the cup. You can use the stem to pull the cup down low enough to do so.
c) The stem is a design choice made by certain brands and is mostly unnecessary.

b) Whether you find the stem necessary for removing your cup depends on how high or low it sits in your vaginal canal. We recommend that first-time users try the cup for a few cycles before making the decision to trim or cut off the stem, so that they can figure out where their cup naturally sits and how much of the stem they actually need. The stem can also be useful for positioning the cup and making sure the rim has fully opened, which is another reason to gain experience with your cup before making any irreversible changes!

8. How long can a menstrual cup be worn?

a) Menstrual cups can be worn up to 6 hours.
b) Menstrual cups can be worn indefinitely.
c) Menstrual cups can be worn up to 12 hours.

c) Menstrual cups can be worn safely for up to 12 hours. However, you should empty it as often as you need to depending on your flow, to prevent leaks.

9. How can you empty your menstrual cup during the day?

a) You will need to have a backup cup with you. Simply remove the cup you are currently using, empty it into the toilet, and insert your other cup.
b) You cannot empty a menstrual cup in a public restroom, so you need to wait until you’re at home.
c) You can empty your cup in a public restroom – simply empty it into the toilet and reinsert.

c) You don’t need to worry about washing your cup when emptying and reinserting it in a public restroom. You may need to wipe the cup or your fingers with some toilet paper when reinserting, and might even opt to bring a damp paper towel into the stall, but that’s really all there is to it!

10. How should you clean your menstrual cup?

a) By washing it with mild, body-safe soap and water.
b) By boiling it for 10 minutes.
c) By soaking it in disinfectant.

a) This is the best way to clean a cup. You may choose to boil it, but we recommend only doing so for up to 5 minutes.

How did you do?

0 – 2 correct = Reusables Rookie
Looks like you may be new to all of this! If the quiz has piqued your curiosity, find out more about cloth pads and menstrual cups.

3 – 5 correct = Eco Enthusiast
The student has not yet become the master, but you sure are close! We’re glad to see you here on the blog; it’s a great place to get more info about commonly asked questions, like “How many cloth pads do I need?” or “How do I keep my pads stain-free?”

6+ correct = Menstrual Mogul
Wow, congrats! With your level of expertise, you might be interested in becoming a GladRags Ambassador – it’s a fun way to spread the word about reusables!