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Hi everyone! I've been thinking for a while about taking the plunge and buying some reusable cotton menstrual pads, but I have one question - what does one do if she is in public and needs to change her pad? Do you have to roll up the soiled pad and stick it in your bag/purse until you get home? That would seem a little unsanitary and stinky to me. Thanks!
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Robin Lee
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hi Roxie,

Doing that really isn't unsanitary if you put the dirty pad in its own bag, either just a regular old plastic bag or something that can be closed securely and washed later. The pad company I use, Lunapads, sells vinyl storage bags which close securely and are easily wiped out.

There also isn't generally much of a stink, particularly if you do take care to put the dirty pad in a separate bag. I've found that menstrual blood doesn't smell nearly as much once it dries.

I do admit though that my experience with this is limited as I've usually been able to change my pads at home or in a hotel room. other people may have different perspectives or more input.


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I usually carry a ziploc bag or similar with me and put the used liner/pad in there until I get home. The vinyl storage bags that Lunapads sells do the trick as well, and when I used one (until I misplaced it) I never noticed the smell to be an issue.

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