[size=-1]My family has always been very hushed about menstruation and any type of bodily function (the parents are very liberal farters, mind you!). So just now, after about a year of wanting to try cloth, reusable pads, I emailed my mom saying, [/size] [size=-1][/size] [size=-1]"These pads are supposed to cause less cramps because they don't use bleach like disposable ones. You can wear 'em longer and you just wash them when they're "full". http://www.thekeeper.com/pads/or http://urban-armor.org/urban-armor/products/pads.html "Most commercial pads and tampons are bleached using toxic chemicals (like carcinogenic dioxins and furans) that can be absorbed by your body. These chlorinated organic pollutants are a cause of numerous health problems including cancer, birth defects, reproductive problems, endometriosis and immune system suppression. Tampons may shed causing problems like yeast infections, chronic irritation and toxic shock syndrome (TSS)." Can I get 'em? (Also: No more having to go to the store at inconvenient times, no awkward crinkling noises, and they last a long time)."[size=-1] [/size][/size] She emailed me back saying, "I don't want to get them. Too unsanitary, plus you won't want to wash them...I'll talk to you when I get home." How can I convince her that, yes, I really want to start using them, I will wash them myself, and yes, they are sanitary? What's unsanitary about them? They're more sanitary than the disposable ones! The disposables sit in the garbage can for about a week, spreading and collecting all those germs, but the reusable ones, you just rinse and wash them right away! That's like saying she doesn't want to get me any new pants because when I start my period at school and get it on the inside of my pants, it's "unsanitary"! Also, I gave her a little testimonial about how safe they are! I've read that they are supposed to decrease the cramping quite a bit, and she knows I have very nightmarish crampings on the first day and have to sleep it off for about three hours! Not to mention, I told her about all the money it saves. So what can I do? I need the facts for this woman. No, "this one lady said this and this about using them, though!" for her. I'm 16 and therefore have no credit card, and I doubt thekeeper.com will take cash. Any suggestions?