- What are the different types of Lunapads?
- How do they stay in place?
- Who uses Lunapads?
- Why should I switch to reusable menstrual products?
- What's it like to switch from disposable pads and tampons?
- How do Lunapads differ from other cloth pads?
- What are the environmental benefits of using cloth pads?
- How much money will I save using Lunapads?
- Will Lunapads leak?
- I have a really heavy flow. Can I use Lunapads?
- How long will Lunapads last?
- Can I use the same Inserts with Lunapads and Lunapanties?
- How are Organic Cotton Lunapads different?
- Can I use Lunapads for incontinence or light bladder leakage?
- Are Lunapads suitable during pregnancy and for postpartum use?
- Can teens use Lunapads?
- Can I wear Lunapads while swimming?
- How do I wash and care for my Lunapads?
- Are Lunapads FDA compliant?
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LUNAPADS?
PAD & INSERT Pad & Insert style Lunapads feature a leak resistant core and are adjustable to accommodate light, moderate or heavy menstrual flow. Add an Insert to boost absorbency as needed. Lunapads are available in Mini, Maxi, Long, Overnight and Postpartum sizes.
INSERTS Inserts enhance the absorbency of Lunapads and are available in both basic and wing styles. Tuck the ends of the Insert under the bands of your Pad or Lunapanty and refresh throughout the day as needed. Inserts are available in Mini, Maxi, Long, Overnight, and Postpartum sizes.
PANTYLINERS Pantyliners are our thinnest, most breathable product. They are an AIO (all-in-one) style Lunapad intended for daily use, light menstrual flow, or as back-up protection for internally worn products. Pantyliners do not contain a leak-proof lining making them super breathable for daily wear. Pantyliners are available in Thong, Teeny, Mini and Long sizes.
For more info on how Lunapads work and how to choose the right Lunapads for your needs, visit our Getting Started Guide.
HOW DO THEY STAY IN PLACE?
To secure your Pad or Pantyliner, simply wrap the wings around the gusset of your underwear, and fasten the snaps underneath.The soft , solid-colour fleece panel should be facing your body, while the tag on the outside of the Lunapad faces your underwear.
We recommended wearing snug fitting cotton underwear with your Lunapads, as this will help ensure that your pad stays in close contact with your body and doesn't shift during the day. Because Lunapads do not stick to your underwear the way a disposable pad does, you may need to readjust throughout the day. Unlike disposables, you can easily readjust Lunapads by simply pulling your Pad or Pantyliner forward or backward as needed - no unsticking and re-sticking necessary!
WHO USES LUNAPADS?Well, for starters, all of us here at Lunapads! The products that we make and sell are a reflection of our own needs and experiences. We are not some huge anonymous corporation here – just a group of folks who need menstrual products and think that reusable is the way to go.
Get to know other Lunapads users by visiting our Get Connected page.
WHY SHOULD I SWITCH TO REUSABLE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS?
Sure, it's a bit of a change from just throwing away used disposable pads and tampons, but here's the good news: using Lunapads can be an enlightening, freeing experience that may help you gain a better understand of your cycle. Being more present with your period by washing your pads can bring about surprising new feelings of self-acceptance that can extend to other aspects of your body, too.
Using Lunapads enables you to be self-sufficient and/or to incorporate a ritual of self-care into your monthly cycle. For many of us who have been washing our menstrual pads for years, there has been a profound shift in consciousness, and the idea of going back to disposables is unimaginable. What we once thought of as innocently “disposable” now seems like pollution, and what we once accepted as “sanitary” has become to us unnatural and even toxic. As for the “convenience” of having to repeatedly buy pads and tampons every month – it now seems like a hassle, when we could be doing something fun or taking care of ourselves instead!
For a more in depth look at the health, environmental, financial, ethical and performance reasons for making the switch, visit our Why Switch? page.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO SWITCH FROM DISPOSABLE PADS & TAMPONS
“Why didn’t I make the switch sooner?” is probably the most common thing we hear from our customers after they’ve tried Lunapads. While it's different for everyone, what we can promise you is that Lunapads are far more comfortable than any disposable Pad or Pantyliner you've ever used. Aside from how soft Lunapads feel next to your skin, the next best benefit is a wonderful feeling of freedom and self-sufficiency, which is often a surprise because many initially believe it will be the reverse. The perceived “hassle” of having to wash Lunapads is actually no big deal, and the "feminine hygiene" section of drugstores becomes a curious, foreign place that one is now free from having to visit.
HOW DO LUNAPADS DIFFER FROM OTHER CLOTH PADS?
Most washable pads have an all-in-one or “envelope” design where you put absorbent inserts inside the pad. With these types of pads, you have to change the entire pad when it gets saturated. Since you have to change the whole pad each time, you have to buy more, wash more and carry more around with you.
With our unique 2-part system, one pad will last throughout the day - just change out the absorbent Insert to keep dry and comfortable all day long. No need to change the whole pad, just swap the top! The leak-resistant pad base holds Inserts in place and keeps your underwear stain-free. Since you don't need to change the whole pad each time, you don’t need to purchase as much, and there's less to carry around throughout the day.
Lunapads offers incredible versatility and selection: with 6 sizes of pads and 4 sizes of pantyliners as well as fabric choices from undyed organic cotton to gorgeous prints. We use 100% cotton fleece for Lunapads absorbent core and Inserts - softer and more absorbent than just flannel alone.
WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF USING CLOTH PADS?
From a common sense perspective, the choice to wash and reuse cloth menstrual pads is a simple one, akin to using stainless steel water bottles, cloth shopping bags or rechargeable batteries in lieu of their single-use counterparts. In doing so, we reduce the gross amount of resources consumed and solid waste generated.
It is estimated that approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are being sent to North American landfills annually . On an individual level, each of the approximately 73 million menstruating people in North America will throw away 125 to 150kg of disposable menstrual products in their lifetime. Moreover, these products require hundreds of years to biodegrade, particularly if wrapped in the plastic baggies commonly provided for this purpose as part of their packaging.
Lunapads last at least 5 years with recommended use and care, as opposed to 3 or 4 hours in the case of disposables. While individual cases vary, we estimate that a single Lunapad replaces approximately 120 disposable pads or tampons.
HOW MUCH MONEY WILL I SAVE USING LUNAPADS?
One way to look at financial savings is to find out how much money you will spend on menstrual products per month and throughout your lifetime. For example: someone with an average flow may use 16 (light to heavy absorbency) pads during a 5 day cycle, which means they will spend approximately $5/month on disposable pads or tampons, or $280 over 5 years.
In contrast, you could invest $130 in a Lunapads Deluxe Kit, which includes enough pads and liners to accommodate a full menstrual cycle. Given the Deluxe Kit will last well over 5 years, the savings accumulates to $150 over five years. If we further extrapolate these savings over the average 35 years a person may menstruate, the total savings is over $1,000.
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WILL LUNAPADS LEAK?
When it comes to leaks, as with any other menstrual products, you need to change your Insert within a reasonable amount of time to prevent leaks. You also need to be practical about which product to use at which times (i.e. pantyliners are really not suitable for heavy flow!)
Our Pads feature a thin layer of leak-resistant PUL to help prevent soaking through. With experience, you will learn which pad style and how many Inserts will take you through a day.
Generally speaking, you should start each day (or night) with a fresh pad, then change Inserts as often as needed. On heavier days, you may want to change the entire pad at some point — on light ones probably not at all. Figuring out exactly when to change is part experience, part common sense and part good old-fashioned intuition.
I HAVE A REALLY HEAVY FLOW. CAN I USE LUNAPADS?
Lunapads removable Insert feature allows you to customize absorbency to fit your flow. If your flow is super heavy you can even stack multiple Inserts onto the pad base. Lunapads also have a thin, leak-resistant layer built right in, which provides additional security when you need it.
Read our How to Choose guide for product recommendations for heavy flow.
HOW LONG WILL LUNAPADS LAST?
Lunapads can last for many years, depending on how they're washed and whether they're washed and worn multiple times during one cycle. A safe bet is at least three years, but many of us have been using the same Lunapads for far longer than that – up to 10 years! Please do not use chlorine bleach to clean your Lunapads however as it will decrease their life expectancy.
CAN I USE THE SAME INSERTS WITH LUNAPADS AND LUNAPADS UNDERWEAR?
Yes! One of the best features of Lunapads is the versatility of Inserts. You can stack them to make the pads more absorbent (great for heavy overnight or postpartum flow!), or choose wing Inserts to add lateral protection. You can also use the same Pad Inserts in compatible styles of Lunapads Underwear. Maxi, Long, Overnight and Postpartum Inserts are compatible with MAIA styles. Mini Inserts are not compatible.
HOW ARE ORGANIC COTTON LUNAPADS DIFFERENT?
Conventionally grown cotton is one of the most pesticide-intensive crops in the world. Organic farming is healing the planet and promoting sustainable agriculture and communities, now and for the future.
Choosing organic cotton pads is basically upping the environmental benefits of an already responsible choice. Because organic cotton is made without pesticides and chemicals, we recommend organic cotton pads and underwear for those with skin allergies and sensitivities. While regular and organic cotton perform similarly in terms of absorbency, we feel that organic cotton is simply a lovelier fabric for you and the environment.
The organic cotton we use here at Lunapads is GOTS certified. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world's leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, ensuring that plants have been grown organically and that manufacturers meet social and environmental standards throughout the supply chain. Here's a summary of the requirements:
- Textiles must be 95% organic in origin to be GOTS Certified Organic.
- Toxic chemicals used in some conventional textile processing, like formaldehyde, heavy metals, and brominated flame retardants, cannot be used.
- From farm to factory, organic fibers cannot commingle with conventional.
- Dyes must be naturally derived or safe synthetics (as outlined in the GOTS).
- Manufacturers can’t use finishing methods that pose risks to workers (like sand-blasting denim).
- Manufacturers must have environmental policies and procedures to monitor and improve the environmental performance of their facilities.
- Organic textiles must be stored and transported in a way that prevents contamination by prohibited substances and commingling with conventional products.
- Packaging material must not contain chlorinated plastics (e.g. PVC).
- Any paper or cardboard used in packaging material for the retail trade of GOTS Goods (incl. labelling items such as hang tags or swing tags) must be recycled from pre- or post-consumer waste or certified according to a program that verifies compliance with sustainable forestry management principles.
- Transportation means and routes must be documented.
- Textiles must meet specific quality standards in regards to how they hold up to washing and color fading.
- Workers have to be treated well with safe working conditions, no child labor, fair wages, a cap on how many hours they can work a week, and more.
- In regards to personal care products like diapers, bandages, and feminine care products, the final product must be 100% organic fiber. Plastic barriers must be biodegradable and made from non-GMO (genetically engineered) raw materials. They also can’t include unnecessary dyes or optical brighteners – among other things.
CAN I USE LUNAPADS FOR INCONTINENCE OR LIGHT BLADDER LEAKAGE?
Yes! Lunapads are suitable for mild stress incontinence - the kind of light dribble when you sneeze, laugh or do strenuous exercise. These kind of light bladder leaks are experienced by 1 in 3 over the age of 35.
If your bladder leaks are just a few drops, we recommend Lunapads Pantyliners. Since our Pantyliners don’t have a leak-resistant layer, they are super breathable - perfect for every day wear. If your leaks are more than just a few drops, we recommend Pad & Insert style Lunapads, featuring a leak-resistant core to stop leaks. Lunapads are not suitable for bladder leaks that are more than a few tablespoons of fluid.
Visit our How to Choose guide for product recommendations for light bladder leaks.
ARE LUNAPADS SUITABLE DURING PREGNANCY AND FOR POSTPARTUM USE?
Throughout pregnancy, you may discharge an increasing amount of leukohria, making Pantyliners and Lunapads Underwear essential. During Postpartum, Lunapads, Lunapads Undies and Lunablankets are gentler and more comfortable ways to take special care of a tender perineum (compared to using sticky disposable pads that you get from the hospital or drug store.)
Check out our How to Choose guide for pregnancy and postpartum product recommendations.
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CAN TEENS USE LUNAPADS?
Absolutely! Lunapads are an excellent choice for teens. Whether it is for a first period, or for a teen wanting to try alternative menstrual products, we have a number of products that are particularly well suited for teens. We recommend starting with Lunapanties, Teeny Pantyliners or Mini Pads. Environmentally-aware teens love that there's no waste- plus who needs to deal with drama at the drugstore? Starting early with Lunapads helps young people feel proud of their cycles and get in touch with their bodies in a healthy, positive way. Those under age 21 are also at the highest risk for contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome due to their immune systems not being fully developed, so external products are a wise choice for health reasons as well.
CAN I WEAR LUNAPADS WHILE SWIMMING?
Unfortunately, pads in general aren’t great for swimming. Because Lunapads are externally worn, they will absorb any water that they are immersed in, leaving no room to absorb your menstrual flow. However, The DivaCup is a great option to use while swimming. Read this blog post for more information.
HOW DO I WASH AND CARE FOR MY LUNAPADS?
Lunapads can be washed by hand or machine in any temperature with your regular detergent. Pre-soaking or rinsing in cold water prior to washing is recommended (but not always necessary), particularly if the pads are heavily saturated.
Please note that if Lunapads are being soaked, soaking water must be changed daily. Lunapads should be completely air or machine dried before storing in a clean, dry place. With proper care, Lunapads will last several years.
We recommend natural cleaning products such as Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda for regular cleaning, and Buncha Farmers Stain Remover to perk up stained pads. Heavily stained pads may also benefit from occasional machine wash and dry in hot settings or air drying in direct sunlight.
Please avoid the use of chlorine bleach or fabric softeners to clean Lunapads, as this will decrease the performance and absorbency of the products and is harmful to the environment. Wash dark colored Lunapads with like colors.