Have you been considering making the switch from disposables to reusable period products? A few years ago there were only a handful of reusable period products on the market, and they weren’t easy to find. Now, we’re starting to see reusable options pop up in grocery stores (yay!), the conversation is growing increasingly mainstream, and there are more reusable product options than ever. There are cloth pads, menstrual cups, menstrual discs, period underwear, sponges, and even reusable tampons. At GladRags, we’re focused on our two favorite reusable period products: Cloth Pads and Menstrual Cups.
Cloth pads are designed to absorb your flow, similar to their disposable pad counterparts. They come in multiple sizes depending on your flow, and they simply snap around your underwear to stay in place. The absorbency is similar to disposable pads, so you’ll change cloth pads every few hours as needed. And instead of throwing it in the garbage (ew), simply machine wash and dry and reuse over and over again. GladRags cloth pads are made in Portland, Oregon by our local sewing partner. They’re made of 100% cotton fabric, no plastic or other synthetics required, and will last for years. We have had customers report that they’ve been using the same GladRags cloth pads since the 1990s!
Menstrual cups are designed to collect your flow. They don’t absorb like tampons, so they don’t lead to that dry, chafing feeling that come with using tampons. And unlike tampons which need to be changed every couple of hours, an XO Flo or XO Flo Mini menstrual cup can be used for up to 12 hours at a time. Our menstrual cups were thoughtfully designed by our team after years of personally using reusable period products, and from research and our conversations with GladRags customers who shared with us what they wanted in a menstrual cup. XO Flo and XO Flo Mini are made in the USA of medical grade silicone, and with proper use and care, can last for a decade.
Cloth pads and menstrual cups are on the same team. They want nothing more than for you to have the most comfortable period possible, without added toxins, chemicals, or trash. So if you’ve been wondering whether you’re a cloth person or a cup person, the truth is, you might be both! We recommend to all new menstrual cup users — whether that’s with our XO Flo cups or another brand — to wear a pantyliner in conjunction with your cup while you get the hang of things. When inserted properly, a menstrual cup won’t leak and just might be your new favorite thing in the whole wide world, so practice patience as you get to know the intricacies of using a menstrual cup for the first time, and give yourself some peace of mind with a pantyliner there as backup.
Just because something works fabulously for one person doesn’t mean it will work fabulously for another. Nothing is truer than your own lived experience. That said, we’ve been in the business of reusable menstrual products since 1993, and we’ve talked with A LOT of menstruators, helping them get started with the right products for them based on their unique needs. Our Menstrual Cup Value Kits have been configured based on customer feedback and are a great place to start for incorporating both cloth pads and a menstrual cup into your period care routine. And if you’re not quite ready to jump all the way in with a full kit, but you do know that you want to try an XO Flo or XO Flo Mini menstrual cup, then be sure to also nab a Cloth Pantyliner or Pantyliner Plus as a backup. New customers can get a Pantyliner Plus for just the cost of shipping. Use code NEW2CLOTH at checkout.