I started 'free bleeding' after giving birth, and I'm never going back to disposable period products
- Having children made me more conscious of waste, and I wanted to be comfortable all the time.
- I "free bled" after the birth of my first child and it was life-changing.
- Closely tracking my period has allowed me to plan and prepare for my flow.
After having my first child, I was sent home with a pile of adult diapers and maxi pads to contain my postpartum bleeding. These products rubbed my freshly sewn skin from my C-section and, on top of the pain I was already in, made moving uncomfortable.A quick Google search introduced me to the concept of "
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What is free bleeding?Free bleeding involves having a period without collecting your flow. That means not wearing any tampons, menstrual cups, pads, or period underwear.
Tracking my period closely has helped me a lot
My body doesn't get along with hormonal birth control, so for a long time, my contraception method has been a mix of condoms and tracking my cycle. I know a lot about it. It helps that I'm regular because I know what to expect and when. But having all this data has helped me with my free-bleeding journey.
I know that during my first and last days, I can live in black underwear and not stress about staining my clothes or going out in public. This also allows me to prepare for my heavy-flow days, which require more logistics in terms of what I wear. If I need to be out in public, I put on a pair of period undies.
Stains do happen
Despite being in my late 30s, I have stained my clothes, sheets, and towels regularly, even when wearing disposable period products. So I was used to stains. And thankfully, I have a laundry room inside my home, so I can wash my clothes ASAP to avoid long-term stains.I also try to wear dark-colored clothing or clothes I don't care much about because sometimes blood stains don't come out of certain materials or light-colored fabrics. I'm not brave enough to wear white jeans while free bleeding.
As a mom of 3 kids who menstruates, I want to normalize having a periodGrowing up, I was told regularly by my mom and sex-ed teachers that people who menstruate should hide their flow at all cost. This is terrible advice. Doing this is exhausting and stressful, and I wish someone had told me that it's normal to not want to hide menstruation.
I want my three kids to grow up with more body autonomy and liberty than I did. So I have no problem talking to them about my blood-stained underwear when they see me change clothes. Normalizing bleeding is the least I can do for them.
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