I am someone who doesn't typically enjoy dealing with my menstrual flow every month. I typically use a Diva Cup to collect my flow so I don't have to use tampons (which I find drying and not great for my body) or most pads (since I typically don't like the feeling of moisture and being able to see my menstrual flow while wearing pads. However, I was drawn to using PIMP pads a couple times when I got my period unexpectedly while working at the store, and now use the pads on days when my flow is lighter and I don't want to insert a cup, or at night when I'd like my body to just release my flow naturally instead of collecting in a cup.
I think the design of the PIMP pads is super smart, and the pads snap easily together under my underwear (even my short boxer briefs) and stay in place. My only two complaints are that I can't wear these pads with any of my boxer briefs that have longer legs (just with the ones that have a super sort--a la booty shorts--inseam), and that the snap that keeps the pads in place tends to be uncomfortable while I'm riding my bike...which I do every day. The snap seems to be just enough to put pressure on my vulva, and there doesn't seem to be a great solution for that issue. That said, PIMP pads have turned me from a bit of a pad & period hater to someone who is a bit more comfortable with both of the above. Sweet!
(Posted on 2/22/13)
I heart these things so bad, even though the idea of reusable pantyliners/pads sounded just bizarre at first. I have 2-3 different sizes, some with flannel, some with cotton, in all sorts of patterns. I'm wearing one right now, actually, and love that they save my undies from getting stained. Sure my undies usually cost less than the PIMP pads, but I loathe having "period underwear," those pairs that are relegated to that certain time of the month because wearing them on normal days makes me feel icky and unattractive. Sure, there are disposable pads that have "wings," but PIMP pads provide wrap-around coverage without plasticky annoyances. And they're prettier. I don't even mind having to wash them because then I know I'm not throwing anything in the garbage. Sure, they are a wee bit bulkier than a thin pantyliner, but they're no more obtrusive than a pad (maybe even less so). I kinda-sorta wish they cost a little bit less (even though I KNOW they're worth every penny) only because it would be easier to convince other women to try them. "It'll cost less in the long run" is sadly not a winning argument for far too many women. I built up my PIMP arsenal by getting one or two every few weeks, and keep one in my purse, one in my gym bag, etc. It's worth it to me 'cuz they rock. Just try one!
(Posted on 8/7/12)
I LOVE these. There is something about having a mermaid, butterfly, or seahorse on my pad that makes me smile when I put it on. I use mainly the mini and small sizes for the days I'm spotting and also those that I'm bleeding so hard that I might bleed through what's inside me.
(Posted on 9/13/10)
I waited forever to try these because I felt like it was "gross" somehow. One day I was working at TSK, my period snuck up on me and I decided to give the PIMP pads a shot.
Now I'm into it. I hate my period, but these feel more like not wearing anything. I totally agree with the Period Hater review on this product.
One last thing. Try out the sizes before you order a bunch. I assumed I would like the overnight, but it doesn't work for me because it feels like it moves around too much.
I like the large and medium the best. Not too big, not too small.
(Posted on 5/12/10)
I'm not a fan of "that time of the month" and I became even less so when tampons started giving me cramps. I switched to pads but kind of felt diapered, then I tried the keeper, which felt like it pinched.
The PIMP pads are the best thing I've found, and though I was reluctant at first, washing them out really isn't that big a deal. Plus ultimately you save money and don't destroy the earth with your millions of plastic-y pads.
Their tagline says "for the princess on her period" I don't feel like a princess, but I do feel slightly less shitty about the whole process and for me that's worth buying a bunch of them.
(Posted on 3/8/10)