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Alternative Feminine Hygiene Products

skye22

Hello Chicks,

I was wondering if any of you have any experiences you could share about alternative feminine hygiene products (away from the regular disposable pads and tampons). I'm specifically interested in learning your thoughts/reviews/experiences with reusable pads/underwear (not so interested in menstrual cups/diva cup).

 I've been seeing a lot of advertisements lately for hannahpads and thinx underwear. I really like how they offer a more environmentally friendly, potentially less irritating and ultimately more affordable option for dealing with periods. I was hoping to have a bit more info on them before forking out the money to try them (they're not exactly returnable items!). I'm most concerned with their durability, ease of use/cleaning, convenience and if they work overall (I've heard some period underwear brands are not best suited for heavy flows, thoughts?). 

Currently I'm leaning towards hannahpads (they just look so cute with their pretty patterns and colours, seem to be most like regular pads, and they ship to Canada!) but I'm open to other options and brands!

I've learned quite a bit about them in my own research but nothing is better that first-hand testimonials! ;)

Thanks!
Feb 03, 2017 @ 11:53 am

15 Replies

MissNinja

Sorry

I have noticed that no one has yet responded to your post. I did view it and am totally clueless when it comes to hannapads, etc. I don't have to personally worry about periods as I use the Mirena IUD which last 5 years at a time. Sorry I don't have any shares or answers for you.. Good Luck..
Feb 05, 2017 @ 01:25 pm
skye22

@MissNinja

Thanks for replying! I think it just goes to show there's not a whole lot of information about them out there! Would be a great opportunity for these brands/ @Chickadvisor to take on a sample campaign for them! I know I'd be interested!
Feb 06, 2017 @ 03:52 pm
Bmalesra

Love thinx!

Hey there! So I just want to say that thinx has literally changed my life! I have endometriosis which means my periods are usually really heavy and never normal. I hated wearing tampons because of the obvious reasons : they're made with a bunch of nasty stuff like rayon and bleached cotton, they can be uncomfortable and I'm not really into clogging everything up. So I purchased thinx after seeing an ad for them. I was sceptical, but let me tell you this: THEY WORK! Because of my condition I have break through bleeding throughout the month. Which is never as heavy as my regular period. That's when I wear my thinx. They are sooooo comfortable. Especially wearing them to bed. That's when I'm most thankful for them. I can go to sleep and not worry about waking up to a big red mark on the sheets. I think they'd work great for girls with normal periods, but I haven't been brave enough yet to wear them solo on my heaviest flow days. If you don't have a condition that makes you anemic during your period you should be fine! They are pricey, but totally worth it!
Mar 02, 2017 @ 11:21 am
wonderwhatif

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I've never heard of Hanah pads, but after googling them I do have to say I've heard a lot about making your own pads in that style.

The only downside I can see is having to 'soak' the pad unless you wash it everyday, so if you're squeamish about having a bucket full of wet bloody pads then it might be tough.

I would say that if you have a sewing machine or any basic sewing skills you can make your own for really cheap, just use a regular fabric on top, PUL fabric on the bottom, some easy button snaps and fill it with thick absorbent fabric (I'm going with old flat sheets that I never use).

I haven't yet made mine, but there's a lot of good tutorials online. Of course, if you have the money, you can go right ahead and buy them and save yourself the trouble!

Knowing how many sanitary products end up in the landfill and the discomfort or them were big deciding factors for me.
Mar 02, 2017 @ 12:37 pm
skye22

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@Bmalesra Thank you so much for your Thinx review! Although I don't have endometriosis, I suffer from similar symptoms in that I have abnormal bleeding throughout the entire month. Like you, I am looking for something that can handle the daily surprises without ruining all my underwear.

If you don't mind me asking, which style do you use for everyday wear (it is my understanding the different styles accommodate different flows)? Is cheeky enough or maybe hiphugger too...bulky(?) for light days? I am really glad to hear that they are as comfy as they look, thanks again :)


@wonderwhatif That is such a great idea! For some reason it's not something I've ever thought about (I think I just assumed I wouldn't be able to make something that could actually be absorbent!). Though I'd aspire to be, i'm not the most adept in the sewing department! But it is something I will keep in mind for the future!

The washing thing that you brought up is something I've spent time thinking about...it's not super convenient. That being said, I essentially have to rinse/handwash my underwear daily anyways as of late due to abnormal bleeding, to prevent stains...so I suppose it wouldn't be a big change for me (hope that wasn't TMI!) Thanks for your response :)
Mar 02, 2017 @ 04:52 pm
Amanda112

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Great informative post!
I have never heard of Hannah, but just went to their website and had a quick peek. I sent the link to my BFF as she has been talking about finding alternatives for herself.

@bmalesre thanks for the info, I too have endometriosis, suffer terribly and it seems every month is unpredictable and I am always struggling. I really like what I am reading about Thinx and I thinking of placing an order.

Thanks ladies
Mar 02, 2017 @ 08:56 pm
fly_eyez

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Hi guys, I don't have suggestions for products because I don't have periods anymore but just in reading the posts of those of you with menstrual problems I have to tell you about the option of endometrial ablation.
I had the (laproscopic) surgery in which my uterine lining was "burned" with an inflatable balloon device about 4 years ago after suffering for the previous 5 years (since the birth of my son) with not only my regular heavy periods but with severe heavy bleeding lasting approx 9 out of every 10 weeks. I was so anemic and it was incredibly painful.
I put off the surgery for so long because I was afraid and also because I had a 60% chance of it NOT working. After a particularly bad episode which left me hospitalized, my obgyn finally said enough is enough and he felt I should have full hysterectomy (I was early 30's) I then decided to go with the less intrusive endometrial ablation - which was a big risk due to the high percentage of it not even working. But...
Best decision I ever made for my health! It changed my life. Obviously it's not for everyone (especially if you want children or more children) but if you're done having kids or you don't want to have children then it may be for you. I can't tell you how nice it is not to have a period after suffering for so long!
Ps - I tried a cup way back when - it's terribly messy for heavy flows IMO.
Pps- I also tried Mirena IUD before the surgery and I was one of the rare percentage of people whose body rejects the device. I continued to bleed while on it and because it was so painful I didn't even know when I expelled it.
Good luck in whatever choice you make!
Mar 02, 2017 @ 11:34 pm
Mpdarland

Great Subject!

Wow I had no idea that there were washable/reusable pads! I personally do not think I could handle the whole cleaning part but I think this is a great idea! They really would save so much time and waste! Thank you for sharing!
Mar 02, 2017 @ 11:44 pm
whohow

really helpful info

Really helpful info here everyone! Thanks for sharing your opinions and stories!
Mar 03, 2017 @ 02:06 am
wonderwhatif

Handy links!

For those who are interested in making their own, here are a few handy links:

http://www.treehugger.com/style/bleed-with-pride-make-it-yourself-menstrual-pads.html


http://www.borntolove.com/d-list7-make.shtml
Mar 03, 2017 @ 01:05 pm

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