Period Pads

Finding the Right Reusable Period Pad For You

Finding the Right Reusable Period Pad For You - Mimi & Co

If you're shopping for reusable period pads, you'll notice the options are numerous and can be overwhelming.

From length to materials, absorbency and shape - the permutations are endless. With so many choices, how do you decide which is best for you?

It is important to consider several things when buying reusable period pads. Absorbency is a major concern for many women, but what do you need it to absorb and how quickly? In this post we look at the materials used in period pads and the absorbency capacity of each size.

Finding the right absorbency: Determine your flow.

Did you know, menstrual bleeding lasts about 4 to 5 days and the amount of blood lost is small (2 to 3 tablespoons). However, women who have menorrhagia usually bleed for more than 7 days and lose twice as much blood.

You expel more than just blood during menstruation. In fact, one study found that a period flow is 36 percent blood and 64 percent other elements [mucus, tissue etc].


Some guidelines say a period is “heavy” when you lose 60 milliliters of blood; others put the number higher, closer to 80 milliliters

Our Heavy/Maternity Reusable Pads are appropriate for Heavy Flows, Overnight, Light Bladder Leakage or for Postpartum use.


Our Medium Reusable Pads are appropriate for every day average period use and some light bladder leakage.


Our Light Reusable Pads are appropriate for spotting, onset of period and daily discharge. 

Size  Suitable for Layers
Light Spotting, Onset of period & discharge, Light Flow 2 absorbent + TPU Outer & AWJ Inner
Medium Regular Flow, Light Bladder Leakage 
3 absorbent + TPU Outer & AWJ Inner
Heavy Heavy Flow, Postpartum, Overnight and Light Bladder Leakage
4 absorbent + TPU Outer & AWJ Inner


Pads come in a lot of sizes, thicknesses and absorbencies, which can make choosing them seem overwhelming. If you're having a hard time figuring out which absorbency to choose, take have a think about what size disposable tampons or pads you might currently use. 

  • A fully saturated light tampon can hold up to 3 milliliters of fluid.
  • A fully saturated super tampon may hold up to 12 milliliters of fluid.
  • A fully saturated regular daytime pad may hold around 5 milliliters of fluid.
  • A fully soaked overnight pad may hold 10 to 15 milliliters of fluid.
If you're still confused we offer a Trial Period Sanitary Pack to get your started. 

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