My Autistic Daughter has Period Independence

My Autistic Daughter has Period Independence
Over the years, we've received a bunch of messages from autistic customers — and from the parents of autistic kids and teens, too — telling us that Lunapads are more comfortable and have helped ease the sensory issues sometimes triggered by conventional menstrual products.

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a mom who wanted to tell me about her daughter's experience using LunaUndies. In her email, she asked me to share her daughter's story with organizations serving autistic communities, and encourages us to work harder to "enlighten parents about this amazing product".

I thought sharing an excerpt of what she wrote here might be a good way to reach some of these organizations, and get the conversation started here, too -- so, with permission from the whole family, here it is:

Hi Lisa, I wanted to share a positive period experience with you.

My daughter started her period when she was 9 years old. She knew about the changes happening in her body and was ready when she started. We did not know about Lunapads at the time but a friend told us about them last year and guided us in our purchases.

The amazing thing about LunaUndies is that they give my daughter the independence to manage her period needs on her own.

She's autistic and has difficulty with the snaps on Lunapads. Disposable products bunch up, feel uncomfortable, and are difficult to change. LunaUndies give her the freedom to change the entire panty when needed!

Before Lunapads, we used big girl pull-ups at night and on road trips to avoid the stress of an uncomfortable pad and spill-overs. She knew they were "like diapers" and I really couldn't argue the point, but they did the trick. I'm sure this was hard for her to come to terms with, given that she's been using the toilet independently for many years and knows that pull ups are not typically used for periods.

I am so thankful to have Lunapads and LunaUndies in our lives. She calls these her "normal" pads (versus the throwaway, disposable ones) and her younger sister already has a starter pack waiting for her for when she starts.

For anyone unfamiliar with LunaUndies; they are multi-functional, protective underwear that can be worn for periods and light bladder leaks.

All styles include a built-in cotton panel to absorb light leaks. In styles designed for moderate to heavy needs — like our MAIA and BOXER Brief styles— we've added a leakproof lining and the ability to add & remove absorbent inserts as needed throughout the day.

If you're on the spectrum and would like to write a guest blog post about your experience with our products, we'd love to hear from you! And if you have any questions at all, or need help with product choices, feel free to email us at hello@lunapads.com or call 1.888.590.2299.

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