GladRags is an American cloth menstrual pad brand, and have been around since 1993. They are a woman-owned brand and have continued to champion period positivity, making sure to stamp out menstruation as a taboo topic. I’m all for brands who challenge menstrual taboos so of course, I was super keen to try GladRags cloth pads.
Sizing & Absorbency Details
I was sent the Nightand the Day Pad Plus.
Day Pad Plus (Regular/Moderate) – Length 10.5″ | Width 3.5″
Night (Heavy, Night & Postpartum) – Length 13″ | Width 3.5″
Materials – Topper: Cotton Flannel | Core: Cotton Terry | Backing: Cotton Flannel
How The Pads Performed
Both of the GladRags pads came with 2 inserts and no waterproof layer. I have to admit, this lack of waterproofing made me a little nervous. I can be quite heavy on my first few days so I wasn’t sure how I’d get on.
The Day Pad Plus was absolutely fine when worn on a moderate flow day. It lasted me approx 4 hours before I changed, and it was nowhere near leaking. I did find that whilst the length was great, the width was a little cumbersome. I love heavy pads to be wide but not regular/moderate pads. But, that’s just my preference.
The Night pad was a little hit and miss for me. The width, length and shape is perfect for me. However, the absorbency was an issue. When used as a heavy pad, it’s fine. But as a night pad, not so good. It simply doesn’t have enough absorbency as it comes and I had to change it part way through the night. But with that said, the pads by GladRags are customizable when it comes to absorbency. So you can purchase more inserts and that would do the trick.
I found that the pads were easy to snap into my underwear and they didn’t move or bunch. The cotton flannel topper was so comfortable against my skin and kept me feeling nice and cool.
Both of the pads washed up really well and dried pretty fast. That’s one of the things I love about two part systems – the ease of washing and drying. Especially great if you don’t have a tumble dryer and need pads to dry fast in the colder weather.
Overall, I really like the GladRags cloth pads. They were comfortable, easy to use and wash. And, no leaks!
I would like to see the Night pad itself be a little thicker or have an extra insert but that’s just my opinion. You can buy extra inserts should you need to boost absorbency of the pads.
The pads are well made and are reasonably priced. If you’d like to learn more or make a purchase, hop over to the GladRags website.
If cloth pads aren’t your thing, be sure to check out my review on their XO Flo Menstrual Cup.