“This story/review came to us at such a great time. As we approach Earth Day, we’d love to hear what challenges you may take on to become more eco-friendly. Will trying an organic or reusable menstrual product make the list?” – The Be Prepared Period Team
My LunaPads story actually started with a challenge a friend gave me around Easter 2011. She told me to go garbage free (or only be allowed to use 1 bag of garbage from then until Christmas Eve. I was doing great until that time of the month came about, I got out my Always pads and said “Oh crap…um what do I do with 8 months of pads if I can’t use garbage?” So I began going online and looking for options. I found LunaPads. I liked the idea that they had the replaceable center. I ordered 6 pad centers and 1 of the pad. I got the cutest design ever, some flowers that looked like the 60s! (my favorite era) I excused myself for that week of garbage since they hadn’t arrived yet, and threw out the bag. (with actual guilt!) When my products arrived, I was so excited, even though I didn’t have my period I wore them for a week! I just wanted to see how they were. Read More… >>
I bet when you think about the words Feminine Hygiene you don’t think “Moldy Tampons.”
Well, neither did Danielle over at Parr For The Course. But to her surprise, that is exactly what she found when opening a new box of Kotex Tampons!! We’re not talking about an “emergency tampon” that has been buried in the bottom of your purse for who knows how long, this came “straight out of the box, in it’s sealed little packaging.”
As a public service announcement we thought we should share this story. You ought to be aware of the things you may be potentially putting in your body. Not only are you at risk of TSS with conventional tampons, but now you may need to be on the look out for MOLD! (Judging by Kotex’s comments this not an isolated incident.) So go ahead and pop over to Danielle’s blog to read her story along with Kotex’s reply.
As women, we have many “feminine hygiene” options. More options than most realize. We have the traditional products we are all familiar with “pads & tampons.” But today, we are fortunate to have additional options like organic/natural tampons and pads (products free of plastic and bleach) from great companies like Natracare & Maxim Hygiene, as well as menstrual cups like Softcup andDivaCup and cloth pads like Lunapads. There are lots of options, both disposable and reusable.
I used the Diva Cup for the first time a week ago and was very pleased. There was a learning curve in getting it placed properly and I had to trim the stem. If it was not positioned just right, I felt quite a bit of rectal pressure similar to the pressure I felt in the latter part of my pregnancy. Also, a few times it seemed to work its way down a little where I could feel it. Some adjusting remedied both of those. I did feel this after wearing it overnight but it was time to take out anyway. I am not sure if this is a common issue with DC users. Of course, it may just be the shape of my body. Since having my first child, tampons are extremely uncomfortable with similar problems.
I still have to get used to the emptying and cleaning. But my flow is light enough that I only need to empty 2x per day, even on my heaviest day. One of these times can be in the shower. So this is a plus!
Last week we gave away 5 Lunette Cups with our friends at You ARE Loved.org. In conjunction with the giveaway we asked women, “What is your #1 reason for wanting to try Lunette?” These are a few of their answers:
1. “I have already tried the Lunette, and it is amazing!! I would LOVE the opportunity to win one to give to my best friend for Mother’s Day!”
2. “I want to use Lunette because I want to use a reusable menstrual cup instead of pads and tampons.”
3. “I want to explore ALL my options now that I am having green periods”
4. “I want to try Lunette because I am interested in seeing if it’s a better fit for me (in terms of leaks) than the Diva Cup I’ve been using since the fall of 2010. Plus, they’re available in pretty colors!”
5. “I’ve heard great things about the lunette and I’d love to give it a try because I hate disposable products” Read More… >>
Expecting to start my period the day we were scheduled to leave for our camping trip I was “prepared” and decided to bring my DivaCup with me. I’ve never enjoyed the inconvenience my period has caused during a camping trip, the extra concern of being somewhere I could change my tampon or the early morning wake up calls from aunt flo. There’s nothing like waking up with that startling feeling of needing to rush to the bathroom, to be challenged with crawling out of the sleeping bag, bundling up in warm clothes, climbing out of the tent, to only have to walk who knows how far to the nearest bathroom in fear of a LEAK!
I am 54 years old but I have two twenty something daughters who get their periods and an 11 year old granddaughter who is definitely hitting puberty. Oh the attitude on that child!
Nowadays everyone is trying to be as green friendly as they can by using recyclable and sustainable products. I started to fool around with the idea of creating cloth menstrual pads and panty liners and used my daughters as guinea pigs! Let me tell you, they hated the idea and thought it was absolutely gross and disgusting. Some of their initial comments were “I’ll never wear that” and “How do I wash these things?”
Well, one day my younger daughter was out of disposable pads and it was too late to run out to the store. She was is dire need and she asked me if I had anything available. Of course I did!
She reluctantly used the pad and fell asleep. When she work up I asked her how the pad held up and she said and I quote ” That was the best night’s sleep I had while on my period. The pad was super soft and nothing leaked through!”
Hygiene products are something that most of us use but don’t really think very much about. However, there are ingredients in many of them than contribute to pollution of our environment. Since you don’t want to give up the process of good hygiene there is a better alternative to consider. This involves the use of organic products, and more of them are offered now than ever before.
The average family uses a large number of cotton swabs and cotton balls. They use them to clean their ears, to put on medication, and to clean cuts. These items can all be found in an organic product to help you keep your body as clean as possible. Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals so you can feel great about using such products.
There are many organic hygiene products made for women due to their menstrual cycle. These include both pads and tampons. There are also organic panty liners. All of them are made from 100% organic cotton. Women go through a large number of these products on a regular basis. You can easily see how that can contribute to too much waste in our environment.
Q: What is a menstrual cup and what are the advantages of using one?
A: There are two kinds of menstrual cups: the first is a soft, flexible cup that is worn internally, in the natural space under the cervix and behind the pubic bone where it conforms to your body. You can wear it for about 12 hours at a time, after which it is disposed and a new one is inserted.
Other menstrual cups are bell-shaped, and inserted internally to form a suction seal once inside the vagina. These are emptied, cleaned and re-inserted and the same one is used for each menstrual cycle. Both types of menstrual cups are designed to collect your menstrual flow rather than absorb it.
A study in the Journal of Women’s Health showed that women prefer a soft menstrual cup to their current form of protection in terms of comfort, dryness, irritation, odor, length of wear, and interference with various activities.
There are several advantage to both types of menstrual cups.
As odd as it may seem, for several years, I noticed every, single menstrual product advertising that came my way. Actually, I analyzed the ones that were out of my way, too. I bought magazines that I wouldn’t normally peruse and paid attention to television ads that I would usually mentally tune out. I wasn’t just obsessed; I was on a mission. My mission was to research and to shine a spotlight on the messages about menstruation that are routinely sent to girls and women.
Initially, this official investigation interested me one day when I bought a box of organic tampons from my local grocery store in Pennsylvania. The tampons were quite expensive (because they have dioxins left out, for crying out loud), but the biggest insult was that, at that time, I was charged a sales tax. Yes- taxed on something that is a necessity for over half of the population. In Pennsylvania, there is neither a sales tax on food (of course) nor certain clothing. That makes sense, but a tax on tampons- really? Those, or some kind of substitute, are absolutely a life necessity at some point for the female population. The inherent unfairness of this scenario sent me reeling, because what does that say about how the state views girls, women, and their worth? The bottom line is that to unfairly tax more than half of the population implies that the state doesn’t care or recognize that women live with a special circumstance. This got me thinking about how women and girls are routinely treated in the culture because of menstruation. What other “invisible” discriminations are imposed upon women?