Going with the Flow…Cloth Pad Options for Heavy Menstrual Flows

*We are going to get very personal in this article: warning I am not shy and will be talking about menstrual issues.

So we now know why cloth pads are so awesome, but they aren’t always so awesome if you have a very heavy flow or large clots. Leaking off the wings, the front or back or just leaking right through the pad are all issues lots of women face with cloth pads and heavy gushy flows. But fear not there are options!!

First is the P-add On. It is a cloth pad absorbency booster you can use with virtually any cloth pad you already have. It works for most pads 9″ and longer. They are reversible and have elastic loops that slip over each end of the cloth pad. I like these because I can make one of my heavy pads twice as absorbent as it was on its own. It’s nice to use the pads I already have and I like to be able to choose what side of the P-add On I want to use that day. 17760142_1564243806933518_3389231133993436020_n


Link to sewing pattern for the P-add On:


So now we’ve seen how to utilize the cloth pads we already have now lets see a new option for heavy flows.

This is a Heavy Flow Pad. It has raised sides with gusset absorbency to help catch gushy flows to stop it from running off the wings of the pad and helps keep flow directed toward the center of the pad. They wings are under the pad on this one so there’s less chance of wicking to the wings. 18010973_1581679825189916_8210427382669948021_n

These patterns are available in 10″, 12″, 14″ and a whopping 18″! They are prefect for heavy flows, incontinence and postpartum.

Sewing Pattern Links for the Heavy Flow pad:

10″: https://www.etsy.com/listing/532181120/heavy-flow-cloth-pad-pattern-10-with?ref=shop_home_active_1

12″: https://www.etsy.com/listing/545987635/heavy-flow-cloth-pad-pattern-12-with?ref=shop_home_active_3

14″: https://www.etsy.com/listing/545986375/heavy-flow-cloth-pad-pattern-14-with?ref=shop_home_active_4

18″: https://www.etsy.com/listing/545988293/heavy-flow-cloth-pad-pattern-18-with?ref=shop_home_active_2

If you sew these are great options for us heavy bleeders or incontinence, if you aren’t so handy with a sewing machine there are makers (like myself Teysha’s Creations) who would gladly help you get set up with the perfect pads for your flow.


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