Share your story: Marisela
Hi Marisela! Can you tell us how did you find out about reusable pads?
I knew about reusable pads from my grandma, she used belts at the time that came with cloth inserts. When disposable inserts became available, my grandma switched over to them.
When I heard about cloth products from her I thought it was a good idea and I wondered if they made any still (I was around 10 years old then).
How did you switch over to cloth period pads?
Before switching to cloth pads I actually started wearing disposables 24/7 because of bladder leaks (these leaks started after my first c-section at 18 years old and got worse after the second c-section at 20 years old.
I was so embarrassed all those years! I then pushed the opinions and thoughts of my family aside and jumped into cloth pads.
What was your experience of using cloth pads for the first time?
I didn't have the rashes, blisters or broken skin within 2 days of using cloth pads!
I then stepped out of my comfort zone and started making TikTok content about cloth pads. And here I am today – advocating for cloth pads and helping so many people discover reusable pads and overcome embarrassment associated with their bladder leaks and menstrual cycles.
Do you use cloth pads exclusively or combine with other period products?
I use cloth and labia pads exclusively, I don't like internal menstrual products and cannot use them due to vaginismus (the body's automatic reaction to the fear of some or all types of vaginal penetration – it comes in many different forms).
What is your advice to someone who's not sure if they should give cloth pads a try?
I would tell someone who is new to the idea of anything that isn't disposable to definitely try cloth pads. You can buy just 2 pads at first, 1 moderate an 1 heavy (depending on your cycle ) and try them out. These pads over time can help you find out if you like them. You can also find out which wash routine works for you – with just 2 pads you won't get overwhelmed with the thought of washing them.