Maybe around a year or more ago, a person in a private Facebook group I'm a member of made a post about switching over to cloth menstruation pads. I thought it was very interesting, but definitely not for me. I have OCD, one aspect of it being contamination issues. I often think even my own body is unclean and disgusting, and I thought I would have a hard time with the experience.
There were two aspects that changed my mind about this. One was a slow progression, and the other hit me very quickly. The first hurt me, but ultimately led to empowerment. Someone I knew once had issues relating to physical aspects of my body and menstruation, and it made me feel very badly about myself. Being the type of person I am, I would do things to try and "improve" myself for the person out of shame or hide myself completely because I felt even more disgusting than I did previously, and after realizing how wrong this felt, I slowly started making choices that felt right for me. What I didn't yet have was an actual product that made me feel more comfortable with the process physically, or something that helped me talk more openly about periods. I wasn't quite there.Read More