So, I finally have the chance to give the GladRags a try. Instead of posting daily about it, I’ll just stick to this one post about the week.
I started out with just the basic liner. As soon as I put it on, I was amazed at how little I noticed it. Even the most comfortable commercial pads are noticeable. They are so comfortable! I had the liner on overnight and it did its job well. Unfortunately for me, it has just a little wiggle room and that combined with my undies not wanting to never move, I had to move up just for better coverage. It might be better for the later days when I’m trailing off and know the lighter coverage is needed.
I’m up to a full pad with both inserts just to see how long they last. Right now I’m doing a lot more sitting than anything else, which means flow gets focused in one spot. That hasn’t been a problem before because the material is designed to pull things away from the center and distribute them. Maybe that will work with the inserts too.
It never reached the second insert, and even the first didn’t get much. Most of the absorption happened in the holder, not the inserts. But, then again, it’s only day 1. Flow is still pretty light.
It’s definitely worth the investment. I even ordered some more liners and pads. I want to be able to go as long as I can on these before I run out and have to switch back to mass-produced pads. This may be one of the best decisions I ever made!
I am really glad that I bought more yesterday. Because I’ve only got so many, I used a disposable pad overnight and it took a while before I wasn’t itchy anymore. It’s not horrible, but I never realized how much it was related to the disposable pads.
After getting up for the day, I put on another full pad – both inserts in the holder – to see how long it would last. Then I discovered a problem. When I do a lot of walking, like when going grocery shopping, things tend to slide backwards. Part of that, today at least, may be due to the fact that I was wearing my newest Utilikilt, and thus there wasn’t clothing keeping things in place down there.
But the rest of the day has been great so far. Once we got done with groceries, it’s mostly been back to sitting. I’m still going on that one pad, many hours later without any leaks. Granted, I haven’t checked to see if the second insert has started getting saturation, but it hasn’t made it through it yet. It’s good to know that I can wear it for 8+ hours if I need to, at least on day 2. Tomorrow is going to be the real test.
Days Three & Four
I decided to stick with disposable for the two heavy days. I only have one cloth pad left until the new shipment arrives. I want to save it for the next day when things start to lighten up.
Since over the hump, I figured I had enough to get me through the rest of the week without using disposable during the day. I was right! I use the last pad today with both inserts and the second insert was untouched after 12 hours! So much more comfortable!!
Last day. I pulled out my last plus liner and was able to wear it all day without any leaks. I know they say to change them as often as you would before, but there were times I would change a pad or liner just because of the smell. Not a problem at all with these. They breathe so much more that they still smell fine even after 12 hours.
I would say this was pretty successful for a first time. As soon as I can afford it, I’m going to buy a bunch of Day Pad Plus holders to increase my inventory. My latest order of 3 Day Pads and 3 Plus Liners arrived today, making next month much easier to go without disposables. But, since each pad comes with 2 inserts, and I rarely need both, I figured more holders would be useful. Also, the plus are longer than the regular, which will be useful for not sitting around all the time and overnight.
I’m also awaiting one last order: an XO Flow. The XO Flow is their cup, which I have been thinking about trying for a while now. I figure, since I have just enough pads to get me through, I might as well get the cup and just go for it. It has a bit of a learning curve, I’ve read, so there will still be plenty of pads being used. But it can be worn up to 12 hours without having to be emptied. I’m hoping to have the hang of it by the time I’m on campus regularly again. 12 hours would cover that time and I wouldn’t have to worry about transporting pads or leaks getting to my pants by then.
It looks like I am going to be able to eliminate a little more trash every month now! Yay for GladRags!!
I am writing this on my own. GladRags is not sponsoring me in any way to write this. I simply wanted to share my experience in the hopes that it helps others.