While the most common style of cloth pads is to have wings (which fold around the gusset of your underpants to help hold the pad in place). Pads don’t need to have wings, and sometimes wingless pads can be preferential to having wings.
This type of pad can be any shape that has no wings. They usually rely on a contoured or hourglass shape (where the crotch is narrower than the ends) as well as snug fitting underpants to keep the pad from moving about. Sometimes these use fleece or other slip-resistant backing.
- More comfortable when riding a bike/horse etc. as there are no snaps to add bulk to the crotch
- When making them yourself you don’t need to attach fasteners (buttons, velcro, snaps)
- Contoured shape can mean more coverage at front/back without being too wide in crotch. This contoured shape is harder to achieve with a winged pad.
- Can shift about in your underpants more than winged pads
- Can slip out into the toilet if you are not careful!
- May leak off the sides if you’re prone to that, as there are no wings to catch the flow
- May bunch sideways and shift about
- Need to wear snug fitting underpants!
These have wings that secure around the crotch of your underpants like a winged disposable pad. May do up with a snap, press stud, velcro, button or other closure. These can be any shape, and the wings may be the same piece as the rest of the pad, or sewn on additionally.
- Less likely to move around in your underpants (though they can slip forward or back)
- Wings give extra leak protection for those who leak off the sides of pads.
- Wings can help keep the pad from bunching sideways
- Can feel bulky in the crotch due to the extra layers of fabric.
- Leakage onto the wings can travel onto clothing.
- The wing position will generally find the smallest point of the crotch of your underpants, and that may not be the best position for where you need coverage (A wingless pad might be able to be brought forward or back as needed because there are no wings to keep it in position)