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16 February 2015 @ 08:44 pm
Hi!! So it's me again... :)
Umm... let's just say I REALLY want to make my stash bigger but my mom won't let me... I think she is about to go through menopause, so she'll have a hard time and I am thinking about convincing her to use reusable menstrual products... and I thought... wouldn't it be great if after she has gone through menopause, I could reuse her cloth pads??

I'm just not sure if it's hygienic or gross... and how my mom would react... I mean she thinks menstruation is normal, natural (which is true) but she might be grossed out by the idea of me using her menstrual products... and I don't know if I would, either....

I don't know what to do... she was the one who bought my cloth pads, and she only thinks that they are ''weird'' but accepts that it is my choie to use them, which I am thankful for.... but what can I do ??

PS: I can't really make my own pads, I have no fabric (not even -shirts I could reuse) and I live in a country where it is impossible to get good fabric....
 
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on February 16th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
Hokay, let's put some brakes on here :) Even if your mom is about to start going through menopause, that means she's going to be having periods for years yet, maybe a decade or more. It doesn't just switch off, you generally start to have more irregular periods (which can even be more frequent for a while) until it gradually slows down. As a cunning plan to increase the size of your menstrual pad collection, that's kind of long-term. Why do you want to increase the size of your collection? If you spell out a reasonable reason (like not having time to wash your pads or something), that might carry more weight with your mother than just "I want more more MORE!"
Enlevé: redenleve on February 16th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
Soaking the pads in hydrogen peroxide and water, (or a powder like sodium percarbonate that produces hydrogen peroxide when mixed with water) between when your mother uses pads and when you do, may help with hygenic issues.

However, menopause takes a while, and you may be waiting a long time. It may be better to figure out how to get more of the menstrual products you want some other way.
yayforcupsyayforcups on February 16th, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC)
Are you at the pocket money age? Or money for odd jobs or paper-round? Save up money that you get from kind relatives. Or get a sponsor. People are usually good at sponsoring silence, running, something challenging or fun for a worthy cause. You dont have to say its for cloth pads if you dont want to, if its running you can say its an incentive to get fit or lose weight or whatever you want. All you need is a few people to think its a good idea and sponsor you and you will have enough for a few pantyliner backups for your cup :)

Edited at 2015-02-16 09:42 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 17th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
Tisiphone is right--menopause will last for years. My mom's periods didn't stop until age 57 but she definitely had the hot flashes/symptoms for about 10 years before that. So I wouldn't necessarily focus on sharing pads. (Hydrogen peroxide does work though. I've gotten blood out of jeans that way when Ebay sellers neglected to mention that they'd had an accident in said jeans...)

If you have any cups or pads you would like to part with, many members of the mc_sales community are often willing to trade for stuff they're getting rid of. It's worth it to check up there every so often and see what people are offering :)
silvinewbie on February 17th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
Umm... xD
I think I forgot to mention that I know this would take a LOOOOONG loooong time... I only didn't realise it might take 10 years... :) But i don't know what else I could do.... I can't ask her for more pads, because I *may have* told her that what I have enough.... and it probably is, as I plan on using them as backup for a cup (4 liners, 2 light, 2 medium, 1 night) but I want to have some just in case, or if somehow some day I decide I want to try a cycle with just pads.... any help?? :)
And sorry for the length....
yayforcupsyayforcups on February 17th, 2015 05:59 pm (UTC)
If that is your plan, then try it first, you might be surprised at how little you need for backup, and use a heavy or night pad without the cup in to see how you feel about the time it takes to clean up the blood stains. You can always do an experiment, try all the pads on your period then when you've finished them use disposables. Count how many disposables you've used and save to buy that amount and type in reuseable. Then when you tell your mum you will have a better idea of what you 'need'. Also you could sell things (carboot sale old toys etc) and use the money for RUMPs :D chances are if you wash them straight away you may be able to manage a period with what you've got.
silvinewbie on February 17th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
Ok.... I'll do that experiment :) Thanks for the idea!! I don't think I could wash them straight away, but I need to learn to trust my reusables first anyway, so I will still be using disposables too....