Thank you for choosing Minivivi pads. We have several pads available for different needs.
Our Original 11" ContiPads are specially designed for bladder weakness and leaks. With non-wick wings and charcoal impregnated microfleece backing to absorb any smells, ContiPads are topped with your choice of bamboo velour or brushed cotton against the skin, and have a very thirsty organic cotton/hemp blend core (holds approx 150ml when fully prewashed) with a hidden waterproof layer for extra protection. ContiPads are available in a LITE version, which has a thinner core and can hold up to 80ml when fully prewashed, and a SHORTI version which is 8" and also available as LITE.
Our ViviPads are made from the same materials as the ContiPads and are excellent for heavy to very heavy menstruation, post partum bleeding and other medical conditions. ViviPads are also available in SHORTI and LITE options.
ViviNITE pads are a longer version of our Original pads, with a more flared shape for greater coverage, and a unique "tongue" that can be rolled or folded and placed where extra absorbency is required. For our ViviPad users, the tongue can act as an interlabial guide, or for ContiPad users the tongue adds extra protection where needed most.
When your pads arrive, they will need several washes to "fluff up" the organic cotton and hemp fibres, enabling them to become fully absorbent. This is faster if you can dry between washes. You can use them after 2 or 3 washes but remember they will become more absorbent the more they are washed.
The pads can be washed at 40 or 60 degrees with your usual detergent. We strongly recommend washing bright pads separately or using a colour catcher as they are hand-dyed. Harsh products such as vinegar, napisan or bleach could damage the materials and fabric conditioner should be avoided as it reduces absorbency. We recommend line drying your pads but they can be tumble-dried on low heat if required. To retain their shape and length, give them a gentle tug when damp and flatten before drying. Repeated tumble-drying, or drying on high heat, could shorten their lifespan. Bamboo can also be damaged by direct heat so we recommend avoiding direct contact with a radiator if you have chosen bamboo velour topped pads.
Once prewashed, to wear your pad, place the grey side down against your underwear with the longer end at the front, then fold the wings round the gusset and snap together underneath. There are two size settings to suit different widths of gusset and you can adjust the position of the pad by sliding it forward or back once you have pulled up your underwear. If sitting or lying down for longer periods, you may prefer the longer end of the pad at the back. To remove the pad, reach under the gusset and unsnap the wings. We have added a special tab to make this easier to do. You can then fold the pad and pop it in a wetbag/waterproof bag or container until ready to wash. Do not soak your pads as this may damage them or reduce their lifespan.