Want to know how these reusable pads can totally revolutionize your period, but too afraid to ask? Don’t worry, below is the FAQ section, which I’m sure will cover all your concerns once and for all.
– But disposables are so convenient – I can get them anywhere. Why should I switch and spend all that money? – it’s far too expensive to purchase cloth pads.
– How do I clean my cloth pads and how long do they last?
Q: So how do I wear these pads, then?
A: PIMP cloth pads are so easy to wear. They look just like a conventional disposable pad, but without the sticky backing wings. These are replaced by nickel-free plated snaps, which fix around your panties.
Just lay the patterned side onto your underwear, with the plain nylon backing side directly onto your pants. Wrap them around the gusset (crotch area), snap them together and voila – you’re ready to go! The metal-free plated snaps hold the pad in place, instead of the sticky backing you would get with a conventional disposable pad.
Want to know the secret to a perfect fit? Wear snug underwear with your PIMP cloth pads – always. This will keep your pad in place and make you feel confident in wearing your PIMP. Whether you’re used to wearing boy-cut briefs, high or full leg briefs or thongs, as long as your underwear is snug fitting, you should not have any issues whatsoever with your pad moving. Wearing loose briefs will, unfortunately, not keep your pad in one place. They are snapped to your underwear and not stuck onto your pants like conventional disposable pads, so you have to give a little, to gain a lot!
Q: There are so many sizes… what’s a girl to choose?
A: PIMPs come in 4 panty liner sizes and 6 sizes in their pads range. It really depends on you and your flow, which will determine which one will best suit you.
The liners all have the same absorbency, which is for daily use and light days. The difference is the length and size.
This is followed by the Demi liner, which is also 7” long in length but has a wider gusset (crotch area), which extends to 3” wide for those who prefer more coverage.
Last is the Luxe liner, which measures 9.5” long and 3” wide. This is the most popular liner for women who prefer full coverage length and width-wise.
As for the pad range, here’s where PIMP cloth pads excels. There are 6 varieties to choose from.
Small pads measure the same length and width as a Mini liner, however has double the absorbency. This is ideal for light to medium days, and for those who prefer a small fitting pad. If you wear bikini, small brief or thong panties, this pad is for you.
Medium pads measure 10” long and 2.5” wide. These are slim pads, fit like a glove, and are the most popular pad in the PIMP range. They are great for women who have a moderate to medium flow, and prefer that slim, middle-of-the-road fit and for those who wear small or regular brief style panties, along with some thong pants.
Large pads measure 10.5” long and 3” wide. These are great for women who like to have a full coverage, and who wear boy-cut brief or any panties with a wide gusset (crotch area).
Overnight pads measure 12.25” long and 3” wide. This is a powerhouse of a pad for those with heavy flow and need full coverage. Great for post-natal too, as it gives the coverage that you need… and deserve. Do you wear boy-cut brief, full brief or large thong style panties? This one’s for you.
Super pads are super-douper! There are two length sizes. The super may measure the same size as the large pad at 10.5” and 3” wide, with the super overnight measuring the same as the overnight pad at length 12.25″ long (26.6cm) Width: 3″ wide (7.6cm), however they are amazingly twice as absorbent than all the other pads (minus the Queen, but we’ll get to her in a moment). Super pads have an awesome fleece interior, which is the secret to the absorbency and it works like a dream. You’ll love it if you wear boy-cut brief, regular, full brief or large bikini.
Queen. The name says it all. She is the ultimate in the PIMPs range. This pad measures an awesome 15.5” length, and 3.5” wide, flaring up to 5.5” at the back. You want full protection? The Queen is your PIMP. Not even a crime scene can get though this ultimate pad, and it’s great for very heavy bleeders, those who are going through post natal and women who prefer a more fuller pad, whether you’re petite or full-figured. The coverage is immense, and you won’t get that “OMG” moment anymore – you’re fully covered. Full brief and boy-cut panties work best.
Q: Ummm, I think my reusable pad is too narrow as my panties are bunching up. What gives?
A: When switching to reusable cloth pads, finding the right size may take some trial and error. Some women may rave about a particular pad and size, while others may see that particular pad as a right nightmare. It’s all to do with the fit. If your pad seems to crunch along the gusset (your crotch area) of your panties, you really have to think about your comfort first and foremost. Pull up your pants and you feel fine? You’re good to go. However, if you feel that your pad crunches your underwear uncomfortably, this means that you don’t have the right size for your underwear or body type.
The biggest culprit for bunched underwear are boy-cut panties, as it has more fabric in the gusset area, and so requires a wide pad like a Large, even if you are petite. However, if you already have a Large, for example, and it’s still not doing the trick, then you may need a Wing Extender which is a little elastic band with snaps on each end that attach to the nickel-free plated snaps on your pad. This lengthens the wings, and make even narrow sizes like Small or Medium pads work for ladies who need a little more width. Just don’t forget to wear your snug panties, as you will have a ‘gap’ underneath your underwear once the Wing Extender is in use, which will make your pad gusset area wider.
Q: So how many pads will I need?
A: This really depends on you. Each woman is different. You may decide to have say 6 pads and liners for your whole period, and wash and re-use them every day depending upon your flow. Or you may opt for say 15+ as you may prefer to change your pad more often, and wash them at the end of your cycle, which may last a week. Every woman is unique. Once you find your ideal size(s), start your collection slowly based on the length and heaviness of your cycle. You’ll then get an idea of how many you’ll need. PIMPs last for between 5-7 years or up to 65 washes, whichever comes first.
The most important thing is this – take your time. Start with two or three different sizes first. See which ones fit you best and that you’re comfortable with. You don’t want to buy a whole bunch, only to find out that you’re not that keen with the Medium pad, even though everyone else seems to rave about it. On the other hand, a size, which you may feel won’t be ideal, maybe just what you need. You may be the most petite girl going, yet the Queen may just hit the spot! Only a bit of trial and error will teach you which cloth pad is ideal for you. We’re all individuals, remember, with different tastes and requirements. Conventional disposable pads do not account for individuality. Reusable cloth pads do.
Q: So when should I change it, then?
A: You can change your PIMP cloth pad as often as you like. As soon as you feel that it’s getting too wet or moist on your skin, it’s time to change. It really depends on how heavy your flow is. How often do you usually change your conventional disposable pad on a daily basis? That will give you an indication. It maybe up to 6-8 times a day, depending upon how heavy your flow is, or only twice a day if you’re have a light flow. The first few months you will automatically start getting in tune with your body and flow. You’ll know when to change. Cloth pads are different to conventional disposable pads, which are, unfortunately, packed with harmful chemicals designed to ‘hold’ your flow for as long as possible. Convenient for us, yes, but is it really safe? Because cloth pads are not full of chemicals, you will need to check them just a bit more often until when you get used to your flow. But hey, you should already be doing that anyhow so nothing new there.
Q: But I’m out and about, how am I supposed to use these while on the road, at my friend’s, staying out overnight…?
A: Using PIMP cloth pads out and about is as easy as pie. They are so thin and slinky, it’ll be a breeze. When you’re ready to change your cloth pad, just take it off, and with the absorbent side face up, fold in the top and bottom and snap the wings together and you’re left with the most cutest little pouch which is so discreet, nobody will know what it is! You can pop your PIMP cloth pad into a handy pouch or wet bag and you’re sorted. Have a look at the demo below… it’s truly cool.
Q: So what am I supposed to do when I get home? Wash them out straight away? What a drag.
A: Believe me when I say that your menstrual flow goes through a powerful and amazing process during your cycle. We are taught to believe that our periods are smelly, messy and not cool. That is such a lie.
Once you start using reusable cloth pads, you’ll quickly realise that they do not smell, they are not messy, and you can wash them whenever you’re ready to – whether it’s on the day or once you finish your cycle, just pop them in your next laundry run.
It’s the conventional disposable pads and tampons, which are smelly and messy, as they are laced with toxic chemicals, which are set off once your blood hits it. Yep, it’s true – that’s why you’re keen to get rid of them so darn quickly once used, right – that odour is horrendous!
Q: Are you sure they don’t, you know, smell?
A: Menstrual blood is like discharge in that it comes from your vagina, which is one of the cleanest parts of your body – one reason that the vagina is so clean is because it’s slightly acidic to keep a healthy balance of bacteria, however blood changes the pH of the vagina and thus affects bacterial balance – also being very nutritious bacteria thrive off menstrual blood.
This is all fine and dandy until the blood and bacteria reaches the air, this causes odour, however the real problem of odour comes with what sanitary products you use as some such products increase bacterial growth, prevent blood from drying, or contain chemicals which cause odour. Cloth pads allow moisture to evaporate and less moisture means less odour, contrary to conventional disposable pads which have the unattractive rayon, and plastic in them, and does not allow sufficient air-flow ‘down there’, which in turn causes an array of infections, itchiness – and odour. Check out this link which will give you an idea of the dangers of using conventional disposable pads and tampons.
However, even though reusable cloth pads are far superior to conventional disposable products, you should change your reusable cloth pad regularly, say every 2-3 hours as a form of routine to keep a healthy balance, and maintain that ‘fresh’ feeling during your cycle.
Q: OK, I’m going on holiday…how am I supposed to cope?
A: You’ll cope just fine. PIMP cloth pads are so super-thin you can carry them in their pouch form anywhere discreetly. To carry them around, all you’ll need is a convenient pouch or wet bag, and transfer them to a sufficient sized wet bag when you get home, and have them ready for the next laundry run. Alternatively, PIMP cloth pads are so mega thin, you could wash them after use, leave them to dry overnight and in the morning they are ready to be used again – as if by magic!
Q: These pads are far too thin. They must leak, right?
A: Reusable cloth pads are extremely absorbent, and PIMP cloth pads have a leak-resistant nylon backing, which allows your body to breath while stopping any flow from leaking through. They are amazingly thin – so thin you wouldn’t believe how absorbent they are – but they really do work.
If you suffer from fibroids, which has a tendency to make you really gush during your menstrual cycle, the Queen pad will truly be your best friend. If you suffer from very heavy periods, it’s best to be a little vigilant when checking your reusable cloth pad when you’re first using them. You’ll get used to using these after a few months, and will know when to change a pad based on your flow. I would recommend every 2-3 hours as a guideline and/or when they feel moist or wet on your body, however everyone’s different.
There is an important factor though. In some extreme cases PIMPs might not be enough. Some women suffer from tidal flooding because of menopause, really severe fibroids or other medical conditions. If that’s the case, you may well need to pair your pad with a menstrual cup or sea sponge (these are reusable products equivalent to conventional tampons). No menstrual product – whether it’s cloth, cup, sponge or conventional disposable pads and tampons – is designed to hold such an avalanche of fluid all by itself. There is no such thing as a Super Woman menstrual product out there. Please be realistic with your expectations if you suffer from exceptionally heavy flow.
Q: Will my cloth pad show?
A: PIMPs are so super thin you won’t see them. They fit perfectly with super-tight jeans and you can still strut your ‘thang’ with confidence and have no worries whatsoever. PIMPs are just so thin, so comfortable and so absorbent you’ll wonder why you never found out about reusable products and this brand in particular sooner.
Q: My daughter has started her period, and feels embarrassed about the whole thing. How can I talk to her about using reusable cloth pads?
A: Starting your period can be a daunting affair. Just think about when you first encountered ‘the curse’. How did you feel… scared? confused? embarrassed? I know I did, and it’s even more difficult when you’re young and having to deal with other pressing ‘issues’ like body changes, boys, studies, peer pressure and everything else that involves growing up.
In an age where everyone’s looking for safer alternatives to maintain a healthier lifestyle, introducing reusable cloth pads to young girls is the ultimate gift. And PIMPs hits the spot perfectly. They are super thin, super funky, super cute, super discreet and are packed with super fun patterns – exactly what a young girl would love. Hell, she’ll even show them to her friends as a cool-factor item ☺ You may well be surprised by her reaction once you sit down and talk to her about periods and the benefits of using reusable cloth pads as an alternative to conventional disposable products. She may well become very open about her feelings and concerns once you make the first move! L.O.V.E Chrissie will soon be stocking “Cycling”, a remarkable book about the history of menstruation, which benefits both young girls and mature ladies alike. This book is due to be stocked in my shop sometime in August 2014.
Q: I wear disposable panty liners for daily discharge. Can reusable cloth liners be used instead?
A: You sure can use reusable cloth panty liners. PIMP liners come in handy for menstrual and non-menstrual needs alike. They are great for daily discharge, urinary incontinence and after sex (especially if a lubrication has been used). Basically, if you have any form of fluid or moisture you want to keep at bay, then PIMPs is all you need.
Q: I’ve just had a baby. What about postnatal pads, could it be used for that, too?
A: Absolutely – reusable cloth pads do the trick, and PIMPs are exceptionally efficient for when you’ve just had a baby. The Overnight and Queen are ideal for this.
Q: I’m going through the menopause – I doubt I can use cloth pads, right?
A: Wrong! During this time in your life it can be a very difficult period for a women, and you need the comfort and security of reusable cloth pads to make you feel just that little bit at ease. PIMPs are ideal for this time of your life, when you’re at your most sensitive and vulnerable while your body starts to re-adjust itself.
Q: I suffer from incontinence. Am I able to use these too?
A: Without a doubt you can use these for incontinence. Reusable cloth pads are a treat to wear for this, as they are super absorbent and super discreet.
Q: Hummm, well I like the concept of PIMP cloth pads, but not pads in general – convince me.
A: You really cannot go wrong with PIMP cloth pads. They are so comfortable and work far better than conventional disposable pads and tampons. They are not bulky, do not leave you sweaty and itchy ‘down there’ and you won’t hear that annoying rustling noise which you’re used to with conventional disposable pads due to them being laced in a plastic covering.
PIMP cloth pads are made of soft, thin cotton fabric and held in place with small nickel-free plated snaps.
Conventional disposable pads on the other hand are anything but comfortable. They are uncomfortable, gets very sweaty, breeds humidity ‘down there’, which in turn causes bacteria and “oooh, that smell”. They can be awkward at times too (getting those sticky bits stuck in areas which make you squint in agony). And did you think that these pads are full of cotton? Well, you’ll be wrong. Conventional disposable pads are full of synthetic materials and sprayed with bleach to make it look ‘sanitary’ looking. The same goes for tampons. Are you aware that there are no regulations out there on what actually goes ‘into’ conventional disposable pads and tampons? It’s a worrying thought. Oh, and if you’re a tampon girl and thinks “well, I forget I’m wearing a tampon, and they make me feel great”, well I’m sure you’re not saying that when you’re inserting and pulling it out – that’s another matter, and ‘comfy’ is definitely not a word which first springs to mind. Tampons soak up your menstrual blood and all the fluids in your vaginal tissue. Dry tampons and a un-lubricated vagina? Nuff said. And don’t forget the exposure to dioxin. Read up about it – believe me, it will shock you in how these companies actually operate when it comes to producing disposable pads and tampons. Have a look at these links:
What’s Really in Those Sanitary Pads and Tampons?
Are Your Feminine Care Products Affecting Your Fertility?
We as women have always been told our periods are something which you ‘keep quiet’ about, ‘it’s a secret’ and ‘just get rid of it by any means’ – but it shouldn’t have to be like that. It’s part of being a woman in which you should truly embrace and not be ashamed of. Reusable cloth pads makes your period 100% more enjoyable than any conventional disposable pad or tampon ever could.
Q: So what’s in PIMP cloth pads, then?
A: PIMPs have a cotton top layer, absorbent cotton core, and a unique leak-proof nylon bottom shield. They are top stitched around the edge. Their variety of fabric patterns and designs is immense, and come in cotton, cotton flannel and organic flavours.
Cotton is nice and cool, while cotton flannel is so super-soft you wouldn’t want to take it off!
Party In Your Pants believes that your pads are an expression of your personal style, sense of humour, and a celebration of your cycle. Whether that means a pickle, dinosaur, or flower patterned pad, they’ve got a PIMP to match your unique style (and make you smile).
Q: But disposables are so convenient – I can get them anywhere. Why should I switch and spend all that money? – it’s far too expensive to purchase cloth pads.
You will look forward to having your period. It’ll put a smile on your face when deciding which ‘pattern’ to wear. “humm, should it be Oh So Ketchup, or the Hammer Horror collection today”?. They will make you feel comfier and happier. Don’t believe me? Just find out what other reusable cloth pad users have to say since switching to cloth. Even those who were tampon users prefer to use alternative reusable products. A few testimonials can be found over at the American producers’ website..
A number of women have also claimed that their monthly cramps have reduced or disappeared completely, and that their flow doesn’t last as long since moving to cloth pads. I personally can vouch for that as both have made a difference to my cycle.
The initial price when transitioning from disposable to reusable cloth pads maybe expensive, but you’ll most likely make your money back within one and a half years – and how many years does a woman have her period? On average 35-40 years. Do the math, you’ll be better off as the average reusable cloth pad lasts way more than 5+ years (as long as you take care of them, of course), and some women have commented on having their cloth pads coming up to 10 years – so go figure.
Plus, just think of all of those dangerous chemicals in conventional disposable pads and tampons, which are just lying there in landfill sites after you’re gotten rid of it in the garbage. That’s right, they haven’t actually gone away, but are sitting there in landfill sites just gathering dust! It takes one conventional disposable pad up to 500 years to disintegrate – that’s insane! They cannot be burned either because the toxic chemicals in them is dangerous when let out into the atmosphere – what’s all that about? Over 12 billion disposable menstrual products are thrown away yearly in the USA alone. Think about all that pollution. And the big corporations advertise these products as a “desirable lovemark, which is what you as a consumer needs”. Do you really want these products so close to your most intimate part of your body? No wonder so many women are suffering from cancers, fibroids, infertility issues and other disheartening symptoms in their delicate area. The increase of these issues has grown year on year, and though there’s no proof that there is a link with using conventional disposable pads and tampons and these conditions, you have to really think “should I be having these products so close to me each month, anyhow?”
Q: How do I clean my cloth pads and how long do they last?
A: PIMP cloth pads last on average 5-7 years, or 65 washes, whichever comes first. You can wash them directly in your washing machine on a low to medium heat. Keep to 40 degrees or less, and avoid using any form of fabric conditioner or softener, as reusable cloth pads are not bosom buddies with the chemicals in these brands.
Washing reusable pads in a washing machine? That’s gross, I hear you scream. It’s not. It’s natural. We put all of our washable items in the washing machine, right? What about Jonny’s football clothes, which are covered in dirt, mud and sometimes blood. Or your underwear and sheets, which may have blood on them too. Do you throw them away? Of course you don’t. You wash them and think nothing of it. So why not wash your reusable cloth pads in the washing machine too. Just wash them like normal, maybe along with your underwear and bed linin. They will come out sparkling clean. Then just pop them in the dryer, on a low heat, or air-dry them, but avoid direct sunlight if you go for this option. Because of the nylon backing, PIMP cloth pads dry super-quick.
You can also hand-wash them with a good soap or powder. Avoid products, which have perfume in it, as perfume and reusable cloth pads don’t mix. Just be gentle when washing them, and don’t go all out crazy by scrubbing them ‘till they have no life left in them, there’s no need, and you’ll just kill the lifespan out of them if you do. Soak them briefly in cool water for 5 minutes max with a little soap powder, to loosen out any fluids before washing. Then, rinse and squeeze pads until the water runs clear. If scrubbing is necessary, lift top layers away from the nylon shield (bottom layer) and scrub the top layers with the same action you would to wash out your underwear. The nylon layer is what makes PIMP cloth pads leak-resistant, so take care to treat it gently. Reusable cloth pads can be washed with most any detergent, although I would recommend using Fairy, Surcare or Ecover washing powder – anything which is for delicate wash – it’s up to you though. Just try to avoid products, which has added chemicals in it. And avoid using hot water at all times, a hot dryer, bleach, dryer sheets and all fabric softeners. All will damage the nylon backing and bring about your pad’s untimely demise.
Should you be unfortunate to encounter any stubborn stains with your pads, a little bit of Oxo Brite will do the trick. Sprinkle a little onto the pad, soak in cold water for around 30 minutes, and then wash as usual. It’ll come out beautifully clean – ta dah!
Q: So, should I wash my PIMP cloth pads straight away?
A: Reusable cloth pads can be washed periodically during your cycle or all at once at the end, whichever is more convenient for you. As long as your cloth pads are stored in a dry, breathable place you can wash them at your leisure. Just fold and snap your used pad into its self-contained pouch and toss it in your wet bag or hamper. When you’re ready for wash-day, just take all of your pads to the wash room, unsnap them, throw them in the washing machine and turn on the machine either to cold or medium wash. Don’t forget, anything 40 degrees or lower will be perfect. Once clean, pop them into a dryer under low-heat or air-dry and your PIMPs will be ready to use again before you can say ‘abracadabra’.
Still not convinced?
That’s OK. It’s not easy getting your head around the idea of switching from conventional, disposable pads and tampons to reusable cloth pads. And besides, everything’s so instant and disposable for us these days I’m sure you’re thinking that there can’t really be anything dodgy in these conventional disposable products which we have been using faithfully for decades from the big organisations because, “they’ve got my health and well being at heart, right?” Wrong. Basically they don’t care about our well-being nor health. If they did, we wouldn’t have conventional pads and tampons made with traces of dioxin in them, they wouldn’t be sprayed with bleach to look pure white and sanitary-looking. Oh, and they wouldn’t be an absolute pain and discomfort to wear. Feeling itchy and uncomfortable, anyone?
If you have any concerns and need some advice, whether it’s on period discomfort, aches and pains, or just about general healthcare during your time of the month, drop me a message over email with any issues you may have. I’d be happy to hear from you and even happier to help. Go to shop.