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Base & Insert pads / Holder & Inserts / Shield & Inserts

obstar_neophytebaseset_purpleflower_thThese are basically a pad with no absorbency as the “base” pad, that comes with absorbent inserts that are placed on top of the base to complete the pad. Sometimes these inserts attach on by way of a snap, button or velcro located at the ends of the base and the inserts, some have the inserts slide under strips of ribbon/rick rack/twill tape on the ends and some have little pocket like ends on the base that the inserts fit into.

Advantages

  • Quicker to dry than an AIO as the inserts are removable
  • Can change the inserts while leaving the base on, so you can change more regularly to have a fresh pad on.
  • Inserts take up slightly less room than a whole pad does, so can be good for traveling.
  • Can be an economical use of waterproofed fabric, as the one base can be used through the day with several inserts.

Advantages of Strap version

  • Can usually be used with more than one insert together, and you can make additional inserts or use face washers etc. to add absorbency.
  • Can use inserts that are longer than the base pad

Advantages of Pocket version

  • Can usually be used with more than one insert together, and you can make additional inserts or use face washers etc. to add absorbency.
  • Inserts can’t slide out each end

Advantages of Snap version

  • No straps/pockets to get soiled
  • May feel more comfortable as there are no straps/pockets on the top

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Disadvantages

  • Have to assemble the pad prior to use (and disassemble to wash)
  • Some styles do not have waterproofing.
  • If you have a style that only works with its brand of inserts you may not have enough inserts to last all day.
  • Inserts usually not suitable for heavy flow, so you may bleed through them quickly, making a non-waterproofed base soiled quickly and losing the advantage of being able to keep it on.

Disadvantages of Strap version

  • You can bleed onto the straps

Disadvantages of Pocket version

  • Can be harder to fit more than one insert into.
  • Inserts need to be the right size to fit into the base

Disadvantages of Snap version

  • Only allows one insert at a time, and only works with their own brand of insert (unless you find other brands with the same size inserts with the snaps in the same position).
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