Okay...So you've stuck around. Thanks.
Liv will be a year old in 2 weeks (OH MY GOODNESS) and I have had a post partum period yet. My periods prior to children were HORRIBLE!!!!! Seriously, curled up in a ball, crying while shoving my face full of chocolate and Midol and clutching a warm water bottle to abdomen. Besides the horrible pain, I also bled like a stuck pig and it lasted FOREVER. Maybe not forever but long enough that I had to take iron supplements, generally 7-10 days.
After Doodle I got the Mirena IUD. My periods weren't AS bad but still pretty uncomfortable. About a year after I had the Mirena placed I started getting ovarian cysts. One ruptured (OUCH) and my doctor and I decided to remove it.
Once I got the Mirena removed my periods were irregular for a few months but very manageable. It was the first time my body was able to do what came naturally since I was 13, without the influence of hormones or foreign objects. Yes I had cramping but not the doubling over, crying and not being able to move kind, more like a dull ache.
I figure, since I cloth diaper, I might as well use cloth pads. I am all for saving money, not having to purchase over and over again just to throw things away, and really, how uncomfortable are disposable pads?!? I know that with tampons I get even more crampy and disposable pads are
- cause chafing on the girly bits
- hot and sweaty
- Cute (yes I admit it may be my number one reason)
- Saving money (a "stash" of pads lasts roughly 5 years!)
- Breathable yet leakproof
- Better for the environment
- Better for you (Do you really want all those chemicals all up/on your girly bits?)
- There are some claims that cloth pads can decrease your flow, cramping, and liklihood of yeat infections.