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Cuplee Menstrual cup review

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Cuplee Measurements
Cup Length: small 47mm
Large 53 mm
Stem Length: small 21mm
Large 17mm
Total Length: Small 68mm
Large 70 mm
External Diameter: Small 40mm
Large 44mm
Capacity to the holes: Small 14.75ml
Large 24.5
Capacity to the rim: Small 20ml
Large 29ml
Material: Medical grade silicone
Country of Origin: Russia

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Cuplee
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Large fleurcup and large Cuplee

This is my large pink Cuplee, it is one of the softest cups I’ve come across being even softer than the si bell cup, the silicone feels high quality and is very smooth and shiny which makes it easy to insert/remove tho it can be a bit slippery, the grip rings at the base aren’t very pronounced but do offer some help and aren’t at all irritating if you’re sensitive down there. The stem was hollow and flexible with slightly more pronounced grip rings than the base of the cup, I had to cut my stem off as this is quite a long cup for me but it is comfy at the size I’ve cut it to, I would say my cervix is neither particularly high or low it stays in the middle ground of average though it is a little lower on the heaviest days of my period but I still don’t struggle with this cup.
It has a rim similar to the Lunette cup with the rim being a fairly abrupt band which is slightly stiffer than the rest of the cup and and the 4 holes spaced evenly around the circumference of the cup but it’s much longer and thinner than the lunette.
What attracted me to it was the high capacity with a relatively small rim diameter in comparison to most other cups, as I am 25 with no kids I don’t usually get the large size but I decided to give this one a go, it does work for me and is very comfy but unfortunately it does leak slightly even on my heaviest days, my theory is that while the diameter isn’t that wide, because it’s so soft (and I have quite strong pelvic floor muscles thanks to years of tae kwon do) it doesn’t ever quite open properly so there’s always a tiny gap for leaks which is a shame because I really like this cup but I’m going to save it for after baby ( me and my partner are hoping to have our first in the next couple of years) then maybe it’ll fit me a bit better!
I really do love this cup and would highly recommend it to anyone who has a sensitive downstairs and a medium to high cervix, as long as your pelvic floor muscles aren’t rock hard you should be fine!

Etsy Seller: Rebecca’s Reusables Cloth Pad Review

Made In the US, Rebecca’s reusables are sold via etsy store http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Rebeccasreusables?ref=shop_sugg

The pads she sells are a standard 2.5″ wide though they all come with an extra snap, and they come in 8″ liners 9″ regulars and 10″ supers, although if you custom order she is happy to put higher absorbency into shorter pads or vice versa. I decided to try these out due to them being topped in suedecloth which I had preiviously enjoyed with my terrapads and the pad design looked like it would suit me better. She has very few ready to ship items on her etsy store so chances are you will be doing a custom order as I did, but don’t worry she took less than a week to make and ship each of my two separate orders so turnaround time is fast and there are plenty of fabric choices on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RebeccasReusables?fref=ts which is linked on her etsy. You are able to choose the suedecloth colour you want and the cotton print for the wings, as far as I’m aware she uses plain black anti pill fleece for all her pads. Rebecca was lovely to work with on my order and kept me updated on their progress making sure I was happy with how the fabrics suited each other etc which it found very helpful I really can’t fault her customer service! My first order with Rebecca was one 10″ super, one 9″ regular, one 8″ liner, and one 8″ ultra thin liner, so essentially I got one of each standard size and absorbency that she does.

The super has a top layer of suedecloth, 2 absorbent layers of zorb a layer of flat cotton or flannel and an anti pill fleece backing for water resistance.
The regular has a top layer of suedecloth, one absorbent layer of zorb, a layer of flat cotton or flannel, and a backing of and pul fleece for water resistance.
The liner has a top layer of flannel a core of flannel and an antil pill fleece backing for water resistance.
The ultra thin liner has a top layer of cotton and a bottom layer of flannel.
The pads themselves were very comfy, I found the super absorbency pad felt very secure and had a slightly cushiony feel which was nice when chilling out at home and not too bulky to wear out of the house. The regular was thinner and less noticeable while wearing I really liked both though. I’m in love with suedecloth at the moment its really soft without being sweaty and it has much less risk of staining than cotton or flannel as it’s synthetic.

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I always do a ‘water test’ on my pads after washing them, I use my small Lunette menstrual cup (approx 20 ml capacity) and count how many cups the pad can take, I do this over the course of 10 minutes so pads with a core that is not a ‘fast’ absorbent core are likely to get a lower score in this test but may in fact hold more if left longer. I pour the water from a full small Lunette cup over the length of the pad, let it settle, then check the underneath and sides for leaks, the heavy pads could take 6 cups worth of water before leaking and the regular could take 4, both tops remained fairly dry until thee last cup or two which is very good going. For reference I do the same test on an overnight Always disposable pad, this pad can take 5 cups worth before leaking.

Overall these are great looking pads, absorbent, comfy and stain resistant, and the customer service was brilliant, will definitely be ordering again!

photo 3 (1) Bought these two 9 inch heavy pads after writing half of this review, really love them!

Environmenstrual

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Environmenstrual modern cloth pads are made in Australia, they are made with a back layer of print cotton, a waterproof layer of PUL, an absorbent layer of bamboo fleece, and a top layer of either, cotton velour, cotton velveteen, bamboo velour, microfleece, suedecloth, minky, bamboo terry and possibly some others I’ve forgotton. They are sold in sizes 7.25″, 8.75″, 9.25″, 10.25″, 11.5″, 13.5″, and 15.75″, all come with a second snap. I bought one 8.75″ cotton velveteen topped regular and two 7.25″ suedecloth topped regulars.

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These are the thinnest pads i own and I love them! There is a huge variety of options to choose from, personally i love suedecloth for its stay dry properties and would love stash topped just with this but the hand dyed cotton velveteen pad was so pretty i couldn’t resist! These are not only thin but also perfectly stitched, they feel so sturdy, i don’t feel a shred of doubt that they’re going to last. The customer service is great and the pads fit like a dream, I prefer the flared design as shown in the 8.75″ pad but she offers a straight maxi pad style cut though for those who don’t like flares.

I always do a ‘water test’ on my pads after washing them, I use my small Lunette menstrual cup (approx 20 ml capacity) and count how many cups the pad can take, I do this over the course of 10 minutes so pads with a core that is not a ‘fast’ absorbent core are likely to get a lower score in this test but may in fact hold more if left longer. I pour the water from a full small Lunette cup over the length of the pad, let it settle, then check the underneath and sides for leaks, the 8.75 inch regular pad could take a full 3.5 cups before it started to leak, which for its size and absorbency level is not bad. For reference I did the same with an overnight Always disposable pad, it could hold 5 cups.

I love these pads and would happily have just this brand in my stash, they are in my top 3 favourite brands! You can buy them on the etsy store, https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Environmenstrual?section_id=12364880&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2 and follow her on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Environmenstrualmodernclothpads?fref=ts

Update!

I bought 4 custom pads at 8.75 inches and they’re so pretty!

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Pampered mama

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Pampered Mama pads are made in the US, with a high quality water resistant fleece, and a variety of top fabrics to choose from these are some of the most popular brands in the cloth pad world. They offer pads in sizes 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″, 15″, and 17″, the absorbent core is bamboo fleece, the backing is thin fleece, and the choice of top fabrics include, jersey, bamboo velour, bamboo terry, flat cotton, sherpa, minky, flannel, an cotton velour. The two I bought are shown in the pictures below, the blue is a jersey topped regular 9″ pad, and the red is a jersey topped heavy 9″ pad, you can tell the different absorbency by the colour coded snaps; blue is for postpartum, red is for heavy or overnight, pink is for regular and white is for pantyliner.

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These pads are some of the comfiest I own, they’re so thin they conform to your body and are barely noticeable. I love wicking jersey, that’s the main reason I decided to try these pads as she is know for minky topped pads, which I have found that even living in the UK, minky is way to warm and unbreathable for me, I was unaware of the fact that she did so many different top layers until i watched a youtube review on them and the reviewer mentioned this. The fabric and stitching are all the best quality, the label is stitched behind the snaps to reinforce them against the fleece.

I always do a ‘water test’ on my pads after washing them, I use my small Lunette menstrual cup (approx 20 ml capacity) and count how many cups the pad can take, I do this over the course of 10 minutes so pads with a core that is not a ‘fast’ absorbent core are likely to get a lower score in this test but may in fact hold more if left longer. I pour the water from a full small Lunette cup over the length of the pad, let it settle, then check the underneath and sides for leaks, the 9 inch day pad could take a full 4 cups before it started to leak, and the 9″ heavy took 5 and a half cups which for its size and absorbency level is brilliant. For reference I did the same with an overnight Always disposable pad, it could hold 5 cups.

I would definitely buy from this brand again, the customer service was great and the pads are such great quality I would recommend these pads to anyone apart from side bleeders as there is zero absorbency in the wings, this is fine for me but obviously would be trouble anyone who is prone to bleeding to the side.

You can buy Pampered Mama pads at her shop http://hyenacart.com/stores/PamperedMama/index.php?c=22 she also has a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/apamperedmama?fref=ts

Menstrual Pad Fabrics Comparison

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So here I’m going to talk about the different qualities of the fabrics used for cloth pads and my personal preferences.

TOP LAYERS

Cotton: I’m sure we’ve all experienced cotton before, it’s very breathable and comes a lot closer to the feeling of regular underwear than higher pile fabrics, it can stain more easily though so its probably best to go for a darker colour. I prefer cotton tops for my light pads and pantyliners to be used in the last day or two of my cycle, this is because although it is breathable it tends to be quite tightly woven which makes it more difficult for the fluid to get down to the absorbent core. So if you have a heavy or gushy flow you are more likely to experience leaking while wearing cotton topped pads as the cotton will be overwhelmed and the fluid will just roll off the sides.

Cotton Flannel: This is one of my favourite toppers, its breathable but is woven in a way that will still let liquid through easily, it’s very soft and natural feeling. It does however show more wear than any of the other toppers generally do, so make sure to only wash at 40 degrees and only use each flannel pad once per cycle to keep them looking their best for as long as possible. I use flannel topped pads from mid cycle to the end for slightly heavy flow to very light flow. It’s quite a versatile fabric and comes in a wide range of colours and prints.

Sports Jersey: I have 3 pads topped in sports jersey all from the same seller (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TerraPads) an they are the best pads for my heavy days as they absorb super fast and feel dry and not sweaty. They aren’t made from natural fibers but I don’t mind this personally, they also don’t stain very easily and don’t really show wear.

Cotton Jersey: I have only got one pad with a jersey topping but I will definitely try to find more! It’s not a very common fabric for cloth pads, I’m not sure why because it works brilliantly. It’s very breathable and feels as flat as cotton and stands up to repeated washing about as well (much better than flannel does) but it absorbs moisture far quicker than either cotton or flannel because it is knit instead of woven, and feels drier for longer. I would probably use this on all my pads apart from the super heavy ones but as I said I only have one pad and have only found that one seller that uses it. I’m not sure if you can get it in different colours or prints, my pad is plain black as are all the other soya jersey pads on the sellers website ( http://www.angelpadz.co.uk or a site she supplies to http://www.luxurymoon.co.uk ).

Cotton fleece: A natural fabric, not really widely available in prints, a little warm for my taste but is very soft, I gave away my pad with this top fabric as I found it too warm, I did find it absorbed well though.

Microfleece: a wicking fabric, can be a little warm but has slight pile so is good for heavier flow.

Cotton/bamboo velour: Is a natural pile fabric, very soft, available in different dyed colour ways but no prints that I’m aware of, is good for heavy or gushy flow as the pile grabs the fluid before it can roll off.

Minky/Minkee: man made synthetic pile fabric, stain resistant, available in lots of prints, soft, but can be very warm.

Suedecloth: synthetic fabric which mimics suede, very low pile, very quick at absorbing, rarely stains, this is another of my favourites for heavy days as it absorbs so quickly and is a naturally stay dry fabric.

ABSORBENT CORES:

Cotton jersey: same kind of material that t shirts are usually made from, not very absorbent and a PUL backing would be crucial as moisture tends to sink right through jersey.

cotton battling: the same fabric they use in duvets, so can be quite warm and bulky, is not particularly effective for an absorbent layer.

Terry cloth: most commonly either cotton or bamboo terry is used, it has a towel like look about it so it can get bulky with more than 2 layers but is quite absorbent and nice if you like a squishy pad.

Cotton flannel: very thin and flexible but not ideal for heavy flows as it doesn’t absorb very fast.

Bamboo fleece: very absorbent and slim, is a good option for women who have a heavy flow, want a slim pad but want to use natural fibers.

Hemp Fleece: similar to bamboo fleece but has been know the get stiff and smell with repeated washes.

Zorb: a man made fabric designed specifically for cloth diapers zorb can hold 10 times its own weight in water, it is the most absorbent fabric available for this purpose at the moment however it can be more susceptible to compression leaks.

WATERPROOFS/BACKINGS:

Cotton/Flannel: only used as a backing for liners or if a layer of PUL is behind it as it is not water resistant but offers a variety of prints that some may find appealing

Polyester anti pill Fleece: man made fabric is naturally water resistant and considered more breathable than PUL but can add bulk to a pad and some also find it quite warm.

Wind pro fleece: man made also but much thinner and slightly more waterproof than anti pill fleece.

PUL: Polyurathene Laminate is a man made waterproof fabric, some prefer this as extra safety, some find it inhibits breathabitity, and some find that pads of the same brand and absorbency level e.g. heavy, are in fact less absorbent with a PUL backing then with a fleece or wool one, it’s personal preference really, I don’t mind it myself but know of many who hate it.

Nylon and/or Procare: are similar to PUL but is not quite as waterproof but still has the same issues of breathability as PUL.

Wool: A naturally water resistant fabric, it is not as water proof as fleece but is more natural though may shrink in the wash and may cause allergies for some.

Etsy Seller: Figleaves Cloth Pad Review

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Made in the US by a lovely lady who’s youtube videos really helped me when I was first looking into cloth ( her name on youtube is cake fate ). These pads are usually topped in cotton though I think she sometimes has flannel topped pads, the core is of cotton flannel though I don’t know how many layers in each absorbency as it doesn’t specify on her shop, her pads are backed with water resistant fleece of varying colours, the close with snap which are sometimes in the shape of a star or heart as well as the usual round.

I bought 2, seven inch light pads which I use as cup back ups and 2, ten inch heavy pads. The prints are gorgeous and the cotton feels really soft and good quality, I’ve had no pilling with these either and the have not shrunk or warped in the wash.

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These pads are super thin an flexible, this means they can be worn under tight clothing without them being visible through the clothes. They also move with your body and would be comfy for active people who move around a lot during the day (or night). Unfortunately these don’t quite fit me perfectly as they are 2.5 inches across the gusset regardless of length and I only seem to be able to wear this width witgout it bunching if the pads have more of a contour, like popples pads, or pads that are a bit thicker and less flexible, like terrapads. So they do bunch a little for me although I may add an extra snap to make it narrower for my comfort. Regardless of this one issue I have I still wear these regularly especially the liners, and I have no other criticisms of these pads, they are good quality, slim, cool in the summer, breathable, and the customer service is exemplary! the lady who makes the pads answered all of my silly questions and was very friendly and genuine.

I always do a ‘water test’ on my pads after washing them, I use my small Lunette menstrual cup (approx 20 ml capacity) and count how many cups the pad can take, I do this over the course of 10 minutes so pads with a core that is not a ‘fast’ absorbent core are likely to get a lower score in this test but may in fact hold more if left longer. I pour the water from a full small Lunette cup over the length of the pad, let it settle, then check the underneath and sides for leaks, these medium to heavy pads could take about 3 and a half cups before they started to leak, which considering their inner layers are of flannel and they are so thin its actually really good. For reference I did the same with an overnight Always disposable pad, it could hold 5 cups.

oveall I would recommend these pads to anyone who wore fees slimmer, more breathable cloth pads in really cute prints!

Etsy Seller: Trojacek Farms Cloth Pad Review 2013

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Made in the US by a lady called Patti, these are excellently made pads, they consist of a top layer of either minky, OBV, or flannel, an absorbent core of either flannel, cotton terry, or zorb, then a backing of either water resistant fleece or PUL and flannel.

For my order I chose 2, narrow width, 10 inch heavy pads with OBV tops, zorb cores, and PUL with flannel backs so they’re really thin.

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Her normal with pads are 2.5 or 3 inches wide when snapped but mine are just 2.25 inches which perfect for me, she has a wide range of fabrics available, the top fabrics available include cotton flannel, OBV, and minky, they have cores or flannel for liners or light pads, and layers of terry or zorb cores for regular and heavy pads. you have the option of either PUL and flannel backed pads or fleece backed pads, I chose PUL as I only have a couple of PUL pads and I don’t have any issue with them plus I wanted super thin pads to wear with tight jeans.

They have the absorbency on the back which is useful and done very professionally, the stitch work is flawless and i’m very impressed with the construction of these pads they feel like they will last a long time. I have used these pads for about 4 cycles so have a good idea how they cope and they’re amazing! Despite only having the one layer of zorb when most of my heavy pads have 2 layers, these pads lasted almost as long as the dual zorb pads, a full 6 hours on my heaviest day! I attribute this performance to the excellent construction and stitch work of these pads.

I always do a ‘water test’ on my pads after washing them, I use my small Lunette menstrual cup (approx 20 ml capacity) and count how many cups the pad can take, I do this over the course of 10 minutes so pads with a core that is not a ‘fast’ absorbent core are likely to get a lower score in this test but may in fact hold more if left longer. I pour the water from a full small Lunette cup over the length of the pad, let it settle, then check the underneath and sides for leaks, these 10 inch medium to heavy pads could take a full 5 cups before they started to leak! which s great considering she sells even heavier duty pads! For reference I did the same with an overnight Always disposable pad, it could hold 5 cups also.

I love these pads, they’re beautifully made, use high quality fabric, they’re comfortable, thin, and very absorbent. The UK shipping for 1 pad is less than £2 which is a good price for an american made pad. I highly recommend these pads very highly!