I made the switch to cloth pads last month, and bought some from Sckoon. They showed up right at the end of my period so, this is my first real month trying them out. I have two questions.

Okay so like… there’s the pad holder, with the two rings, and then you slip the cloth pad insert in under the two rings. My first issue is that the two rings, most especially the front one, get soaked with blood and then feel wet/cold against my skin. Is there anything I can do about this? Towards the end of last month’s period when it was light, I was able to fold the pad up and over the ring and tuck it in. But this month is too heavy for me to do that, the pad would be too short.

Second, maybe it’s because I have bad posture but… the pad insert keeps clumping up, like it scrunches in towards the center, leaving the left and right sides of the holder unprotected. This leads to me bleeding all over the pad holder, which overflows onto my underwear. I just stained my favorite nightgown due to that. =/ Is there a way to prevent the clumping?

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13 Responses to Cloth pad questions

  1. AssFriut says:

    I found I had to try a couple brands to find the one that works out best for me. I’ve gone through 3 periods with cloth so far and I’m still testing the waters (I’m still looking for the perfect pantyliner).

    I found Domino pads I never got any shifting or bunching http://www.dominopads.com/store.php and the Minkee fabric option doesn’t stain and feels pretty dry. I found them to be pretty heavy duty in holding fluid too.

    I like PIMP pads http://www.partypantspads.com/ (they also got a free liner + shipping, so totally worth snagging that to try, then also send you a coupon for your next purchase) but I find they like to slide back on me and the liners bunch up.

    I also tried Luna pads http://lunapads.com/ which was the first cloth pads I bought. The inserts are a nice idea, but I found they felt too wet/cold and didn’t hold as much as Domino pads. They also have a free liner deal to try (but it’s a teeny one).

  2. Leaora says:

    Thank you! I’ll have a look. 🙂

  3. Sseyle says:

    Basically it sounds like those pads are not well designed for you. I can’t figure out what the outer pad part is made of, but it sounds like you now have the information that that material is not comfortable for you (ie it feels wet and cold when bloodied). Whereas it sounds like the liner material is comfortable even when it has blood on it? Honestly, and I know this might be a crappy answer because these things are expensive, but I would like for a pad that is totally made of the same fabric as the liner part of these pads.

  4. Leaora says:

    Well, let me see if I can try to explain it a bit better. (I suck at explaining sometimes, sorry if I’m confusing.) The pad holder is the flat cloth part that snaps onto the underwear. It’s got two rings, front and back, that you slide the cloth pad insert under to hold it in place against the holder.

    The pad insert stays comfortable because every time I go to the bathroom, I take it out and re-fold it. So the part that was moist, I fold it so that goes to the inside and a new dry layer is on the outside. Then when it’s all no good anymore, I pull out a new insert.

    The pad holder, though… The ring that holds the insert in place, gets soaked with blood and I can’t figure out what to do about it. It’s like a one-inch strip of fabric that holds the insert in place, so it’s not like it’s big, it’s just big enough to annoy the crud out of me because it feels wet and cold against my skin.

    I could go for pads that are all one piece, rather than inserts. But I like being able to take out the insert and re-fold it constantly to keep it fresh. Unless maybe there’s another system out there, where the inserts are held in place another way. I’d be interested in looking into/trying that.

    (Sorry for all the editing, I’m half-awake heh. I’m done editing it now, promise!)

  5. Sseyle says:

    Oh…see, my understanding is that basically when that happens, you are supposed to change the whole pad. :/ Kind of a PITA, I know.

  6. Leaora says:

    Oh, that’s annoying. =/ The front ring gets soaked like immediately for me. Maybe I will give a whirl to the all-one-piece pads, if there’s no other option.

  7. HonWoman says:

    I had a similar problem with Lunapads years ago: the pad holder elastic would get icky, so changing the insert did no good.</p>

    Sort of defeats the point of the design, huh?

    These days, I personally prefer to buy more thin (All in One) pads and change more often.

    I had a similar problem, mentioned by another commenter, with Party In My Pants pads bunching and sliding.

    I do love Pink Lemonade and matersum pads, though (both on Etsy.)

    I’ve ordered some domino pads and can’t wait to try them!

    I’d recommend trying a few different brands and styles, seeing what you like best, and then buying a few more once you figure out what works best for your body.

    I usually buy light pads and change often. I even use Just Fussy wool-backed liners as a light pad. You could also check out Yurtcraft: her pads are very thin for the amount of absorbency you get.

    Note that those are just some brands that I’ve tried and like better than Lunapads (which sound like they might have been a similar style to your Skoon pads). There are plenty of more quality cloth pad makers around…check out etsy!

    Also, have you checked out the cloth pads livejournal yet? http://cloth-pads.womanorium.com/

  8. Leaora says:

    Thank you! I just got frustrated (between the bunching and the soaked ring) and swapped back to a disposable pad… never thought these things would feel comfortable. I guess in the end, the Sckoon pads between being 3-layers thick + bunching up, felt like I had a brick in my underwear. >.> Bah. Now with this disposable pad, I barely notice it’s there – and they used to drive me nuts.

    I do think I’m gonna go for the all in one style, find one I like and then buy a bunch and change often.

    Thanks again! I’ll have a look around. And note to self, don’t drop $100 on the first order this time. Heh.

    Oh, and thanks for the cloth pads LJ!

  9. Sseyle says:

    Isn’t that awful? You get all excited and order a bunch of stuff…and then it doesn’t work! 🙁 I feel your pain.

  10. Siczoa says:

    like most people said, sometimes you just have to try to find the type that’s right for you. personally, that sounds like way too much fidgeting with a pad for me , what with the liners and rings and such.

    i use these: http://www.newmoonpads.com/home.html and i totally love them. they’re on the expensive side, but i’ve had mine for ages now, have put them through hell and they’re still going strong.

  11. Leaora says:

    Thank you!

  12. Leb007 says:

    I had the exact same problem with Sckoon and Lunapads. I bleed towards the front of my pads, so the holders would get soiled right away and I’d have to change the whole thing, completely defeating the purpose of the interchangeable inserts. I’ve since decided these types of pads just do NOT work for me.

    Personally, I’ve found a lot of all-in-ones that I like on Etsy (Mimi’s Dreams, Yurtcraft, and C-Pop all make really nice pads), but I’m also a big fan of the envelope style pads by Glad Rags. The inserts go in the underside of the pad, so you still change the whole thing at once, but because of the inserts you have a bit more flexibility in terms of absorbency, which was super nice when I was still building my stash.

    I stopped using the Sckoon holders, but I still use the cotton inserts all the time for post-sex cleanup, so they aren’t a total loss. I hope you have better luck with the next round of pads!

  13. Leaora says:

    Thank you!

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