*insert British accent here* I’ve been waiting to do that. Without further ado let’s address …
Earth & Health Conscious Feminine Products
Let’s face it. “The curse” keeps on giving whether we want it to or not. Even before learning about the health side effects using tampons and disposable pads (i.e. chemicals in pads can cause skin irritations and rashes, tampons can cause toxic shock), I wondered if there was a more efficient way to handle Aunt Flo. Thanks to experiencing negative side effects from my previous methods I talked to my gynecologist about options. I did research. Here are the options to minimize your foot print on the environment during the dreaded cycle and increase your health.
Wait, those are rags, right? Nope. Your great granny’s rags have undergone a huge upgrade. These come with snaps, crazy cute patterns, and are easy to wash and use. Not to mention they come with stylish carry pouches to stick in your purse. They are comfortable, versatile in size and absorbency, and ridiculously simple to reuse. It’s like your vagina is wearing pajamas. Yes, that soft. There is no side effect from chemicals. This is a great alternative to ladies who prefer pads or could use a safety net for their tampons. The dark fabric helps prevent stains and discoloration. Spray stain remover on them (or use a natural alternative), secure in an intimates bag and toss in the washer. And did I mention they are cost effective? Depending on the distributor, reusable pads can last 10 years… or beyond! So basically, you buy several packs and in one year’s time you’ve already saved money… and keep on saving for the next 10 years. A word to the wise: while there are many established brands, they can be pricey to start off (i.e. Luna Pads, Glad Rags, Party Pants Pads, New Moon Pads, Tree Hugger Cloth Pads, Taluluah Bean). That’s why I chose Hibaby on Amazon.com. Honestly, Amazon is the best place to shop for them. The smaller the size of the pad, the easier it is to keep the pad in place on the panties. If you are opting for a larger pad or for post-baby solutions, choose a pad with multiple snaps. If you are the crafty sort, create your own.
Whether you’re talking about Luna Cup, Diva Cup, Glad Rags Cups, Soft Cup, Lily Cup, or Lunette Cup, the idea is the same. Reusable cups are nature’s answer to limiting your waste foot print and conserving your hard earned cash. Just rinse and reuse. I have yet to try one, namely because I am not inclined to shove a tube inside (tampons were not a fun experience). However, there are many positive reviews for this sort of thing. I know a missionary in Kenya who swears by them for herself and the orphaned girls she has taken in. If you are a tampon lover, this could be your solution. Shop around though. Prices are similar for distributors but there are cup size differences. You may need to try several sizes to find the best fit for you. I should probably mention that menstrual cups are super cost efficient so no need to rub those pennies together.
“So, you think you’re sponge worthy?” was one of Elaine’s most famous lines on Seinfeld but this sponge is used for a different purpose. I haven’t tried this method either because I am adverse to tying a string around an object and inserting it. While users claim the string does not get lost and is just as easy to use as a tampon, I don’t feel so lucky. Cheers to those who do. The general idea is to purchase a sponge at your local store (again, different sizes for different women) or purchase a set that comes with little crocheted baggies online. You’ll be one step closer to achieving your dream of becoming a mermaid. Oh right, comedic sarcasm isn’t needed here. Moving on… Here’s how to care for and use the sponge tampon.
(Warning: you may laugh at intervals like I did. Not really sure if that was intended when the video was made. Hmm).
Organic Tampons & Pads
Companies like Natrashare produce organic tampons. You can also purchase organic pads for a little extra cost. Due to the location I live in and the scarcity of organic feminine products, I did not try these.
Because there are brave souls who choose nothing but panties. They can come in lace, boy shorts, thongs, etc. etc. Luna Panties, Knock Out Panties, She Finds, Dear Kates, and others sell such items online. I’ve yet to find them in stores but then again I don’t live in New York. It’s my understanding that even with period panties you will have minimal protection and still require a second method to absorb blood such as a tampon. Also, they promise odor zapping chemicals in each panty. Since I’m not a fan of chemicals in my feminine products I chose not to try these.
The Down Low on Options & Being Health Conscious
A History of Feminine Hygiene
I’ve come a long way from my little children’s book that vaguely mentioned something about periods. So has the development of feminine hygiene and menstrual products. There is no way I would have worn a menstrual belt. Check it out.