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How do YOU talk to your friends/family about reusables?

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 Please notice that I am NOT asking for advice about how I should talk to my loved ones about reusables.  I want to open a discussion on how you talk to your loved ones about reusables.  Or maybe I should say "we".

When you made the switch, did you begin an active campaign, or do you wait for the right moment?  Do you feel it's just better to keep it to yourself?  Yes, this can include the men in your life, too.  I have friends who went on to tell their sisters and cousins about it for fear of TSS.

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Jessica
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I just started using reusable pads and the DivaCup about 1 and a half months ago. I love the products. I live with my mom and my sister and it is really easy talking about the products with them as we are really close. When I was looking into the products, I kept my curiosity to myself and just bought the products. But when I got them in the mail, I couldn't hold myself back and blurted out what they were and how they work because I was so excited. I am officially active in the pursuit of spreading the word about reusables because I am so happy with them. I've talked in depth about the products with a small amount of my really close friends and converted 4 other women! I made a facebook group conversation with all of my other (not as close but still closer than acquaintance) female friends but I think I just planted a seed in their minds. And I put pamphlets and coupons in my Christmas Cards! My sister called me crazy the other day. At first it was hard to bring it up to even my close friends but after talking to all of them about the products and period stuff in general and reading a BUNCH of articles on lunapads.com 's blog and the wider web it has become easier and easier to bring up the topic. My level of embarrassment has probably gone from 8.5/10 - 3.5/10 in just 1 and half months JUST by talking about it with my mom, sister, and best friends in more depth than we ever have before.

Just yesterday I had a conversation with a male family member about reusable menstrual products and I didn't get a very positive response from him, so I am a little discouraged. He basically said that if the pad is stained how can it be completely clean... I am doing some research to see if I can come up with an argument against this idea. So far I have found that this idea that a stained cloth pad or underwear is not clean stems from the long time myth that menstrual blood is dirty. Any data or opinions on this topic would be helpful as I am sure he is not the only person who will bring this up to me in the future.

I ranted quite a bit...

Thanks!!!

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Jennifer, I'd ask this relative if he minds reusing his clothes.  Technically, yes, any type of exposed blood is unsanitary, but it's contained in the pad.  The pad is washed.  His clothes are washed.  Does he mind that he's wearing something that he's sweated on before?  That's just my two cents.  ~Jessica

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I think its important to talk to younger ladies like its something to not be embarrassed about. I talk to my sister like its no big deal! Of course she blushes and its not the most fun topic for her but because she looks up to me, she follows my lead. Its important to do this because so many people do feel like this is a taboo topic and its somethign we allllll go through so why wouldnt we talk about it openly?!!

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Kylie Nelson
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 I started using the mooncup around 7 month ago now and it was the best decision I made. I told me mam about them, she understood why I would use them due to TSS and for comfort but could not understand how to insert them and the thought of washing them out grossed her out a little. My sister was completely against them she felt sick at the thought of using one as she would not like to wash them out. I know promote mooncups to all women as I love them. My friends are all open to the mooncup as many of them do actually use them. So it's great talking to them about it. I love sharing experiences and talking to women about this topic, I like hearing their opinions on the subject :-) the topic of the mooncup always comes up in conversation between me and friends xx 

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Ashleigh Patterson
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 I didn't know about menstrual cups until I was in my late 20s. My younger sister who was in the Peace Corp purchased one before her stay in in Cambodia. (There, they burn their garbage and and she didn't have access to plumbing so the menstrual cup with the perfect menstrual care alternative.) We were Skyping one afternoon and she was like, "I can't believe you haven't heard of a menstrual cup! It's so something you would be into!" Well....4 days later mine arrived in the mail. I haven't gone back since. Infact...I now work for Lunette!

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