Pad Thai cloth review

DSCF2322 (1)Ok I have finally gotten around to reviewing my Pad Thai cloth pads. I purchased these a few months ago now and have been able to get a feel for the pads. I ordered two different pads in the same size and absorbency here is the link for her etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PadThaiCloth?ref=ss_profile I had learnt about this maker through her YouTube channel and really wanted to try her stuff. The videos are brilliant and a great help for those starting out with cloth or looking for recommendations so please check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJfVrKcVxWfm3cLFMAz09Uw

I really wanted to try crushed velvet pads as I’d heard a few people talk about them in various videos that I watch and was curious about how they would work for me. I had previously ordered a pad with the same topper from Spindelpads which I have also reviewed in the past here: https://charlieblogweb.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/spindelpads-review/ (please ignore the fact that my earlier blogs are now missing images as they were deleted by mistake). These pads arrived around the same time and I tried them out on different cycles.

img_1776The pad is gorgeous, it’s soft and it’s a great shape and the colour is a lovely shade of blue. I just don’t trust the topper. I’ve used it a few times now to see how I feel and I am still conscious that it’s not absorbing and will start to leak. I will stress the fact that it hasn’t leaked so far and I have worn it for close to three hours on a heavyish day and it was fine. I think it’s the fact that I find the fabric feels a bit wet so I don’t feel as though enough is being absorbed but it must be because it isn’t leaking. So it’s just that this topper isn’t one of my favourites, I will continue to use it though just not on the heavy days I don’t think. Again very comfortable and fits great in the undies, no bunching.IMG_1557

The second pad was one that I really couldn’t resist. The racing horse print in the lovely blue cotton. It’s a pad I use every cycle if I can and I’m having to consciously not reach for it as I want to try other makers. This like the other pad is a moderate and I believe they’re both around 9”. It has coped on my third day very well and I’m still fairly heavy at that point. I don’t tend to reach for it on my earlier days just because I like to have a little more cover on those days. It fits really well in my undies and whilst I can feel it’s there i’m not overly conscious of it’s size. The cotton is nice and soft even after a few washes and I feel secure when I wear it. I also purchased the little pad pouch which I use all the time to keep a spare pad in my bag for those ‘just in case’ occasions.

Both pads are of a high quality and really well made. The lady that runs Pad Thai is very easy to talk to and is lovely. She has a group on facebook that is very active and you can meet a lot of lovely ladies on there so please take a look: https://www.facebook.com/groups/padthaicloth/

She goes in to a lot of details about reusable products and is a great source of advice. I may not have gotten on very well with the crushed velvet but if you haven’t had a chance to try it then I recommend seeing what you think for yourselves as you might enjoy how soft they are. If not, then she offers a brilliant range of toppers and has some great patterns to choose from so check her out!

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x

 

Period blog/WIWTM for September 2016

Once again we have reached that time. The time I tell you all to look away if you have no interest in my cranky uterus. Yes, it’s period time.

So once again my cycle is late. I’m pretty thankful this month as I was due to start on the 16th which was also the day I was flying and messing around getting back to University, so it would have been awkward. I did get a bit achy on the day but that was probably just stress aches rather than actual cramps. In fact, I’ve been a bit achy all week since as I’ve been full of a cold, snotty nose, sneezing and everything. I felt pretty sure I was going to start on the Tuesday so I wore my new Harry Potter liner from Tortoise Wing Things, very comfy but wasn’t needed.img_1775

I did start a week and a day late rather than the two weeks it has been for the last few cycles. Yesterday I felt a bit bloated and a tiny bit achy so I put a liner on just in case. My Happy Hippos liner was a bit longer then I’d normally wear but was comfy enough to wear around the flat. img_1770

There was a bit of spotting so I knew it was imminent and so after my shower last night I put one of my little Essence of Eve liners on as a just in caseimg_1777

I was a bit worried that overnight it would start out heavy as it does that sometimes but thankfully it was just spotting. This usually becomes really heavy once I get out of bed and start walking around a bit and so I swapped over to my Huggally Wuggally Harry Potter pad.

img_1767Strangely I haven’t fully started, it’s very strange for me to still be spotting or at least very light on my first day. I had to nip out to the laundry and my HugWugs are a little thick for me to be comfy wearing them out and about, they’re my lazy pads. I swapped to my Sailor Moon Phoenix Rising pad which seems fitting as I’ve been binge watching the series over the last few days. Poor Sailor Venus won’t know what hit her, literally ha! It’s the afternoon now and I’m still very light but I’ve had to take some painkillers for my stomach as I was starting to get quite crampy.

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I was hoping to avoid too many painkillers this cycle as I was wanting to see if Magnesium soaks work but so far they haven’t. I’ve been soaking in Magnesium once a week for the last few weeks and might increase the amount of times for my next cycle. Thought I’d try a few herbal and vitamin type remedies for pain relief, but haven’t managed to buy them yet. The rest of the day was pretty much just spots of brown rather than red. It’s a little strange, but no cramps after I took the painkillers earlier. I’m now really worried that everything’s going to hit in the night and I have my first day of classes tomorrow. I’ve put my Unicorn hugwug pad on just in case as it’s comfy and a moderate to heavy pad so it should hold up to Niagara Falls if it takes place.img_1766

So there wasn’t a blood bath in my bed this morning which is great. I did wake up at 4 due to a noisy drunk hammering on the main door to the building and checked to make sure I was secure. I was still spotting slightly at that point (odd!) and didn’t need to change so I went back to bed for a few hours. I was feeling a bit queasy and crampy when I woke up and took some painkillers with my breakfast. Also I was bleeding a lot more then I had been so far. It hasn’t been extremely heavy yet and so I put on my Pad Thai crushed velvet pad for going to my first class.

img_1776 I was expecting to get a lot heavier as the morning went on and I did swap over to a heavy Essence of Eve pad after that first lecture as I was feeling a bit uncomfortable. No leaks or anything, just aware that I needed to swap. I left this pad on for the afternoon, so from 11 until around 3pm and I have been fairly heavy this afternoon and still no leaks. I love those pads! A bit crampy though so I haven’t moved much since I returned to my flat and have just cuddled with a hot water bottle. No more painkillers so far! img_1768Anyways, I swapped over to my new All Fluffed Up pad that has a straight front and rounded back. It’s pretty comfy so far and doesn’t have much movement so there’s hope for it to be a go to pad in future. My cramps have settled down for the afternoon but I’ve kept my hot water bottle heated at all times. If I can avoid horrible cramps completely I’ll be really happy.

img_1769 I’m starting to feel a little crampy this evening and I’m really tired so I’ve had a shower, changed into my pink elephant comfort cloth scrundies and Beauty and the Beast Crimson Moon pad and curled up for an early night. No classes until the afternoon so hopefully I’ll feel a bit more human tomorrow.

I did feel a bit more human when I woke up which was great. Also even though I had become a little heavier in the night I still wasn’t overly heavy. This cycle is being very strange! I swapped over to my new pique pad that I received in a trade and it’s my first time using that material and I’m in love. I’m ready to start doing another pad order! I left this moderate pad on from 10am through to 3pm and have been checking to see how it held up and no leaks at all! It also doesn’t feel wet or uncomfortable, I want more!

img_1774 I did have to swap it out at 3pm as I was heading to a class so I put on one of my OBV Tortoise Wing Things pad which is really thin and comfy. I did get a little crampy this afternoon especially once I’d eaten but I haven’t taken anything today and it didn’t last too long.img_1773

I’ve been a bit heavier through the afternoon but the pad held up really well! I swapped over around 10pm to a pair of Huggally Wuggally scrundies and my animal All Fluffed Up pad. An early night again tonight I think.

So today I woke up feeling a bit rubbish and so I didn’t really move from bed for a while. I’d only been spotting slightly so I stayed in the same pad from the night before and my pyjamas for the day. Yes, sounds gross but I honestly barely moved all day. I did have a shower later on and swapped over to my Walking Dead Leak Freak pad and then had an early night. Thankfully there was nothing that needed doing. Illness wasn’t period related as I’ve been ill for a while and it comes and goes, but it doesn’t half knock me down for a day or two.img_1764

Woken up with a bit of a headache this morning but I have classes today so I got straight up and showered. Again only very light spotting overnight, might get a little heavier during the day but to be honest it should just come to a stop this evening, I hope. Anyways I put on Lily and Leo Avengers pad for the day and feel pretty good, other than the headache.

So through the afternoon I steadily started to feel more nauseous and a bit woolly headed. So it looks like I’m going to have to head back to the doctors yet again as I’ve been like this since April and it’s still not sorted! Sick of feeling ill! On the plus side, no cramps and even though I’ve been heavier than I thought I would be, I’m still pretty light. Slowly starting to get back to spotting, should hopefully be over by tomorrow evening if I’m lucky. Will put my Splendid Story pad on overnight and see how I am in the morning.img_1784

I had very slight spotting overnight but it’s wasn’t significant. I changed over to one of my Moongazy cloth pads that I received to try the new design. I’ve had no cramping at all today and no further spotting so I think this cycle is over. Yay!img_1771

I did my first university wash which was a bit awkward as it’s communal laundry facilities, I might do a separate blog at a later date saying how I go about doing this discretely. Everything’s washed for now though and a ready for next month. I used 16 pads over this cycle. I have only received these four pads this month as my new pads. I have got two on the way but I’ll try and include those next month. The large pad is from Lazy Creek Boutique and the other three are from Lily and Leo the same as my Avengers pad.img_1783

Thanks as always for reading! Please click the follow button so I know your interested!

Charlotte x

 

Period Blog/WIWTM, August 2016

Period blog August 2016

Look away folks! Look away! That’s a warning for any family and friends that read my blog because they want to be nice and support me. I let you off from reading this type as I’m pretty much describing my menstrual cycle and flow type and routine. You’ve all been warned!

On to you oddballs that I love I present my August period blog. Some of you will have noticed that this is very late as my cycle this month was a complete mess. My last period was a bit odd as well so I’m wondering if my coming off my medication and frequent illnesses over the last month may have messed me up a bit more than I thought. I’m going to try and type this up by day so please excuse any tense mix ups.

I’ll start on the Monday which is 16 days after my period was due to start. I feel very bloated and a little crampy today but not bad enough to take any pain killers as of yet. I had a tiny bit of the browny discharge but no signs of red as of yet. I put a liner on though just in case. I’ll try and state which pad and where I got it as well if I remember throughout this post. The two liners I’ve worn over the last two days were a blue Essence of Eve and my Lazy Creek Boutique liner that I won in a giveaway and haven’t reviewed just yet but will do in a separate post.

I will be mentioning a few pads that I haven’t reviewed yet but will do all pad reviews separately. Anyways that’s my Monday. I’m hoping that it doesn’t start until lunch tomorrow as I have a shift in the morning and can’t afford to be crampy, also going out with visiting family on Wednesday so really hoping to avoid cramps for this one. Unlikely though due to it being so late.

And it hit, it’s Tuesday and I had a short shift today at work so it could have been worse. There was a little bit of pink on the toilet paper this morning so I knew to wear at least a liner so I put on another Essence of Eve to set off. I had to go to the bathroom around 9.30 as I felt very crampy and shaky and knew I had to poop and I swapped the pad for a moderate just in case. The cramps didn’t stop and I took 2 paracetamol around 10ish and felt awful for the next hour as It was a very busy clinic so I couldn’t stop to sit quiet. Thankfully the cramps eased off a bit by 11.30/12.00 and I could finish up my shift. I came home and had definitely started but not enough that I needed to change my pad so I left my sheep print Honeymoon Reusables pad on for the afternoon.

I took some Ibuprofen at 2.30 with a McDonalds Happy Meal as I couldn’t be bothered to make something. Thankfully not as crampy this afternoon as I was this morning, just typical that the pain hit when I was on shift instead of a day off. Still cuddling a hot water bottle though which sucks as the heat wave finally reached us on the Isle of Man and it is no day to be cuddling boiling water. A bit later in the day I swapped over to my Precious Stars pad that is my first ever pad purchase. IMG_1546

Still very light but felt the need to be clean. It’s been a very odd start to the period as usually I’m in pain all day and pretty useless to do anything that involves moving. My cramps vanished this afternoon and I’ve had a massive craving for all things sweet. I have eaten more doughnuts and cookies then I feel comfortable admitting. I’ve had a nice shower. I tried and failed to insert a menstrual cup (better luck next time) and put on my lovely Beauty and the Beast Crimson Moon pad to keep me going overnight.IMG_1560

I’m happy to be off work today but I did wake up at 5am with horrible stomach cramps and I swapped my pad over to a clean Precious Stars overnight pad as I’d become pretty heavy as expected. I took my paracetamol and tried to get a few more hours, my hot water bottle was a great help. I also used some Tiger Balm on my back as the cramps went all the way around and theres only so far my hot water bottle can reach. Tiger balm is a bit like Deep Heat and is really good for joint pain. It took the edge off a bit. IMG_1558

Once I was fully up I managed to eat some breakfast (just a bowl of cereal) and get ready for my day. I couldn’t relax as I was taking my family out to see the Laxey Wheel so I had a busy day ahead. I took more tablets before I left to keep things at bay and I swapped over to a TCS Eco moderate pad (the Daryl one!) which fit really nicely in my comfy Scrundies with the Unicorns. The comfiest knickers I’ve ever worn in my life! More need to be bought! I also love the fact that I paired up zombie killers with pretty unicorns, made me feel happy and bad ass at the same time!

I didn’t have a lot of pain but I did have a few twinges showing that if I’d not taken something I would have been worse off. I even made it through to lunchtime without needing to take anything else. I took some ibuprofen with my lunch though as I couldn’t take any more of the others just yet and my stomach was starting to feel a bit tender at this point.

Also swapped over to one of my Essence of Eve heavy pads which are amazing and hold a lot. I changed over to a fresh pad for the evening as I was pretty heavy today and wanted to be comfortable for the evening meal so I popped on my other TCS Eco pad, the Harry Potter print one. Today was a pretty heavy day for me and so I’m going to have a nice early night tonight and so I’ve put a Brigid’s Flame pad on for the night and have settled down with a nice hot chocolate and am watching an episode of QI.

Another bit of cramping this morning but I had to get up early for work anyway so at least it didn’t ruin another lie in. I was heavy again overnight and whilst I didn’t bleed through the pad, there was a little leaking down the wings onto my pyjamas, but the pad did really well. I had a quick shower before putting on my final TCS Eco pad for the morning.

I took some paracetamol with my breakfast to hold the cramps at bay for work. The tablets worked whilst I was at work and I had no issues what so ever, I swapped over to a Crimson Moon (Daryl) pad and had no leaks at all. I haven’t had much of an appetite today so whether that’s due to my cycle or not who knows but I really haven’t been hungry. After my shift I swapped over into my Pad Thai pad that is really comfy but my knickers were a bit loose so I felt a bit at risk of leaks. Thankfully I managed to get through walking the dogs and having some dinner and watching a bit of the Olympics without any issues. We won the triathlon though which was awesome! Time for an early night again I think as feel a bit drained today, so on with my Leak Freak pad and curled up with a nice cuppa and watching Huck Finn. What an exciting life I lead.

Friday, a day that was cramp and pain killer free. I’m really happy to report that I felt fine today, energy levels were a bit low but I think that’s because it’s been a heavy start and I’ve not had a very big appetite. Still not been very hungry today, craving sugary things which isn’t very healthy. I also had a bit of an upset stomach overnight so I think that has something to do with lack of energy today.

Things have slowed down a bit and I changed into my moderate Crimson Moon pad for work and it held all day, it’s probably a bit bad that I wore it straight from around 11am through to 8pm but i wasn’t very heavy at all today so didn’t really need to change. Besides my wolfy pads are very comfy so why swap? I have put on my second Brigid’s Flame pad for the night as they are very floppy and comfortable and I’m off tomorrow so don’t want a bulky pad keeping me up.

I was very light overnight and just had some spotting and again no cramps at all today! I have felt pretty queasy so I took some of my anti-nausea tablets which taste disgusting but seem to have helped a bit. In the morning I swapped over to my Star Trek Crimson Moon pad and had a few ‘bursts’ of heavier bleeding and had to change over to my amazon bought pad in the afternoon.

I’m not heavy today, in fact fairly light just with heavy spotting every now and then. Strange day as even though I haven’t done anything I still feel drained. Pretty normal for me at this point in my cycle though.

IMG_1541 For the night I have popped on a regular Mummy Coull pad as I’m not expecting to be heavy at all tonight.

I was right, not heavy at all, in fact I’m fairly light today. Swapped over to my Me Chai Designs pad which is one of my favourites and also tried out my new Daryl scrundies and I’ve had a nice comfy day. Still not much of an appetite so I’ve forced myself to go for a drive and wake myself up which gave me a bit of an appetite and I managed some dinner. Massive chocolate cravings today though, but not bars of chocolate more choc chip cookies and I did really want a Snickers bar earlier! II felt a bit ill after the two big cookies that I had to eat and so I sat down with a cup of tea and a few episodes of the Gilmour Girls.

Popped on my Leaping Pads pad, which unfortunately I discovered that the size just doesn’t suit me which made me feel sad. I will have to destash it soon unfortunately. I wore it for around an hour and swapped over to a Pretty Period liner pad that I bought from amazon and felt comfy enough to go to sleep in that.

This morning I swapped over to another Pretty Period pad for my long shift at work as I was down to just spotting this morning. I do feel quite achy today but not in a crampy way, more of a pulled muscle type way. It’s weird because I haven’t done anything over the weekend so I think it must be the hormones settling maybe? I’ve had a lot of energy today which has made a difference, although I did feel quite dizzy and queasy when I was sat on a different ward during my shift, food seemed to help for a while though. Made it through the shift on a high and had a really good day considering it was a long day at work but now I’m home I feel really nauseous and a little spacey. Hate this feeling. On the plus side the spotting seems to have stopped and so I have had a shower and not put another liner on. It’s a risk but I feel like that area needs to be free for a little bit. Not in a gross way, I’m just running out of space in my wet bag for used pads, almost wash day I think. Early night tonight and hopefully I’ll feel better by the morning.

That’s officially another cycle over, now all that’s left is to do the washing. If you’re interested I soak all my used pads overnight in cold water and a half scoop of Flash, then put them in the machine on a 30 degree wash. If anything comes out stained after that, I have an Ecover stain remover to try out. I was feeling a lot better today so it must have just been my body settling down again. At least that’s my hope. A full picture of all the pads I wore this month is below, 24 total:

IMG_1536And a picture of all pads that arrived this month and are now washed and ready to go:IMG_1564

Thanks for reading through this, if you aren’t grossed out by it then feel free to ask me any questions and I’ll try and answer them in my next period blog. For those that are grossed out, I did try and warn you at the beginning of the post so you have nobody to blame but yourselves. If you do have any questions or comments, then I look forward to reading them!

Until next time!

Charlotte x