Reusable Pads: Your Questions on Creams, Anti-Fungals, and Witch Hazel Answered!

Whether you’re brand new to the world of reusable pads or an old pro, you might have questions - and we are here to help! Cloth menstrual pads not only to reduce waste but also to offer a comfortable and safe alternative to disposable products. However, transitioning to reusable pads comes with its own set of questions, especially regarding their compatibility with various treatments like witch hazel for postpartum recovery, anti-fungal creams for yeast infections, and other vaginal creams. Additionally, the proper care and maintenance of these pads has been known to raise an eyebrow or two.

Let’s demystify these concerns and provide you with all the information you need about using Lil Helper Hypatia Reusable Menstrual Pads.

Witch Hazel and Cloth Pads: A Safe Combo?

Witch hazel is widely recognized for its soothing properties, making it an excellent choice for postpartum care. When it comes to using witch hazel in conjunction with cloth pads, the good news is that it's generally considered safe. To avoid any adverse effects on the pad's absorbency or material integrity:

  • Use witch hazel sparingly.
  • Opt for alcohol-free witch hazel formulations.
  • If possible, apply directly to the skin rather than soaking the pad in it.

This approach ensures that you get the soothing benefits without compromising your reusable pad's effectiveness.

Anti-fungal Creams and Reusable Pads: What You Need to Know

Dealing with a yeast infection can be uncomfortable enough without worrying about whether your menstrual products are compatible with your treatment. Anti-fungal creams can indeed affect the absorbency of cloth pads due to their oily bases. To mitigate this:

  • Apply creams minimally and allow them to absorb into your skin before using your pad.
  • Consider a disposable pad during treatment if concerned about residue.

Remember, thorough washing (which we'll cover shortly) can help maintain your pads' absorbency over time.

Caring for Your HyPs Reusable Pads

Proper care extends the life of your reusable pads and ensures they remain hygienic and effective. Here are some tips for washing your HyPs if you’ve used a cream that you’re concerned about:

  • Pre-Washing: Using Dawn dish soap (or any grease-fighting liquid soap) can help remove excess oils from creams. Apply sparingly directly on spots if needed. Rinse all the Dawn out before your main wash. Remember, if you aren’t using creams etc. all you have to do is rinse in cold water until it runs clear, then store for wash day!
  • Regular Washing: Wash your pads with your regular or diaper laundry. Avoid fabric softeners as they can decrease absorbency.
  • Drying: Air dry when possible. If using a dryer, opt for low heat to preserve the PUL integrity.

Freezing Padsicles: Innovative Postpartum Care

An intriguing use of cloth pads is creating "padsicles" for soothing postpartum relief by freezing them after lightly dampening or applying witch hazel/aloe vera mixtures. The key here is moderation; ensure the pad is not overly saturated before freezing to prevent damage.

Yeast Infections: Can I Still Use My Reusable Pads?

Yes, but with caution. While treating a yeast infection:

  1. Change your pad frequently.
  2. Ensure thorough cleaning after each use.
  3. Consider temporary alternatives if managing cream residue becomes too cumbersome.

Reverting back to cloth pads after treatment should pose no issue provided they have been properly cleaned.

It is likely that your HyPs will require treatment with bleach to stop the infection from recurring.

Any questions? You can always email for more help!


Transitioning to reusable menstrual products like Lil Helper's Hypatia Reusable Menstrual Pads offers both environmental benefits and personal comfort options not found in disposables. With proper usage—mindful application of treatments such as witch hazel or anti-fungal creams—and diligent care routines involving pre-washes and regular cleaning practices, these sustainable alternatives prove both practical and beneficial in managing menstrual health and postpartum recovery effectively. Remembering these guidelines ensures that you maximize both comfort during sensitive times and longevity in your sustainable menstrual product investment.

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