This post has been a long time coming. I kept sitting down to write it and then would get distracted and do something else. Now I am 6 1/2 months pregnant and I'm finally writing about my experience.
Being on your period can be one of the most uncomfortable things in the world. I was always in pain, not just cramps, backache, and headaches-- but also down there it was hurting all the time. Most of the time, I also had cysts that were bursting on my ovaries just as my period started. I tried pads, the diva cup, and tampons and nothing helped. I liked the diva cup, but could never get it in properly to where I was comfortable. This went on for years.
When I started going to my naturopathy school, I was talking with one of the head doulas and she was telling me about how the commercial pads and tampons (along with many other products) contain xeno-estrogens (fancy name for false estrogens). She said that the normal time of bleeding is only supposed to be 4-6 days.. That got me thinking.. haha... I was bleeding anywhere from 7-10 days. It had been that way for a really long time. I had seen an OB-GYN and she put me on birth control that gave me the symptoms of my period but no flow. I eventually went off birth control and my period came back to 7-10 days of really heavy flow. So after my lovely talk with the doula, I switched to buying the pads at school that were chlorine free and safe. You can find them here. It really got me thinking though, so I did a little research, finding that xeno-estrogens will cause you to bleed longer.... you bleed longer you buy more pads.. huh.. Then I got to thinking about the chemicals we are putting right up in and around a sacred part of the body and absorbent part of the body let me add.. I still shake my head when I think about it to this day.
I started using those for a while and noticed that after a few months, my flow wasn't as heavy and was lasting about a week now. Well, they got to be expensive, but to me it was worth it. One day I had to see my OB-GYN when I was on my period-- I was mortified. I had a few ovarian cysts burst. It was scary because I had had surgery on my ovaries in the past and was pretty much convinced that having children was going to be difficult. When she was "down there" doing an exam she asked me if I was feeling any burning or irritation. I told her that yes I always had felt that and thought that it was a normal thing to feel. I told her I switched to different pads and they helped but if I wore a pad that irritation and burning was there. She started looking through my chart and chuckled for a second. I did not see how anything like this was funny... She said "honey you have a really bad latex allergy." I answered saying "Yes I know, I can't even wear regular underwear with the band because it has latex in it." She nodded and answered, "Most if not all pads contain latex and that is why you are having all this irritation."
It was as if a light bulb went off. She suggested I use tampons and I started doing just that. One day out of nowhere I ran across a listing on etsy for cloth pads, which got me thinking. At first I thought that it was gross and disgusting, but then thought, I am okay with my body. So I started looking into it and eventually decided to give it a try. My life changed!
Here is a list of what happened after I started using cloth pads (within 2 months!)
After this I was a believer! I used the cloth pads, which never leaked on me & were 10X more comfortable let me add. I also decided to do a xeno-estrogen cleanse. That took about 2 months. Before I got pregnant, my period was now lasting 4-5 days, wasn't super heavy, I wasn't passing tons of clots, I had little to no pain, no headaches, no pms, and no cysts! I also got pregnant without trying. My husband and I had been trying for months prior to this and I was discouraged. We talked and decided we would wait until I finished school. Then a couple weeks later I got a big fat positive test!
I have used the cloth pads now, during pregnancy, as discharge naturally increases, and it helps me feel clean and refreshed. I will continue to use cloth pads after my son is born, but I thought I would share my experience with the world! I suggest buying cloth pads on etsy from people who make each one for you! Ask lots of questions as there are lots of different kinds out there! Some people use mamacloth, which I have heard great things about as well!
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!