Don’t Go All the Way (Reusables for Your Nether Regions)

Cozy, I tell you. Cozy.

Cozy, I tell you. Cozy.

You don’t always have to go all the way, you know. Heehee.

When I started using cloth reusable menstrual pads, I had an “all or nothing” mentality. I thought I had to quit using disposable products completely, as if I were trying to quit caffeine cold turkey. I didn’t realize that I didn’t have to go ALL THE WAY right away.

Ease into it, ladies. If you’re unsure, take your time. Buy a sample. Test the waters.

You could get a couple of pads to practice with at home, when you’re relaxed and comfortable, and keep using whatever you’re used to when you leave the house.

Or, you could just wear the cloth pads at night for a while to see how you like them, and continue with the old familiar stuff during the day. (I LOVE wearing the cloth pads at night – it feels like fleece jammie pants on my hoo-ha!)

You could buy the Diva Cup and experiment with it when you’re at home. You can leave it in for twelve hours, so you might find you aren’t afraid to leave the house with it in anyway.

I have a feeling that you would love the changes, and you would eventually use the cloth pads more and more. You would find that they don’t stink like disposables. You would find that laundering them is not a big deal like you thought it would be. You would find that you love not going to the store for more each month. You would find that you love not wearing plastic on your nether regions. You would find that you feel … cozy down there. You might even find that some weird irritations you were having might go away.

I have a feeling you would eventually just switch over all the way… but you can go slow at first. You have my permission to not go all the way.

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The views expressed here are my own and are not necessarily those of the Lunapads company. I am not a doctor and do not offer medical advice.

You can read more about my partnership with Lunapads  and my personal love of cloth menstrual pads.

I do not sell Lunapads, but I promote them. I am a Lunapads Ambassador and I receive a straight percentage of any sales I refer. If you would like to purchase Lunapads yourself, please use MY code 515013 (and, let’s be honest, to give me my kickback!). Enter 515013 in the “Ambassador Referral” box at checkout. (Don’t worry: you can still use other coupon codes in the “discount code” box, such as “AMBFIVE” for 5% off, in conjunction with my ambassador code.)

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Periods and Preparedness (What’s Your Period Gonna Do in a Zombie Apocalypse?)

Why do we never talk about periods when we talk about preparedness? I think reusable menstrual products should be a part of every preparedness kit and home storage. In a zombie apocalypse, would you seriously be able to get to the store for disposable pads?! Just kidding. Kind of. Mormons don’t believe in a zombie apocalypse.*

As an LDS woman, I follow the counsel of my church to be self-reliant. This includes being prepared for emergencies. We are financially careful; I have a year’s supply of food storage in the house; I have a 72-hour kit for each member of my family (including my dog). We are prepared to shelter-in-place or to get out of the house in seconds. And, yet, in all of that preparing, I never really thought about periods!

Sure, I added a few tampons to my 72-hour kits, but, umm, it wasn’t until I started using reusable cloth pads regularly that I gave any thought to long-term menstrual planning. (Heehee, that just sounds ridiculous!)

Even if you’re not down with reusable pads or the DivaCup (tampon alternative) in your daily life, let’s talk about scenarios in which it would behoove you to have them in your home storage or 72-hour kits anyway.

If someone in your home lost a job, you would be cutting expenses. Wouldn’t it be great to rely on your reusable products when your period comes? You could save $5-10 per month, easily, by switching during times of crisis.

What if there were a local emergency in your area? For example, if a tree fell on part of your house (which recently happened to two different friends of ours), or a hurricane or a flood came, and you were evacuated, you would grab your 72-hour kits and head to the shelter – or to your grandma’s house in the woods. And then your period might decide to start. Like me, you may have put a couple tampons in your 72-hour kit, but that wouldn’t be enough. Then what? The stores are closed for the emergency, and your grandma stopped keeping pads in the house about thirty years ago. Looks like you’re stuffing towels in your pants.

What if there were a larger crisis? A state-wide or nation-wide crisis? (Sorry, I’ve been reading a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction lately.) What if shipments were delayed? What if the store was out of tampons? Or, worse, what if the stores were closed permanently? What if you were trapped in your home and had to shelter-in-place? How long would your disposable supply in your house last?

On the other hand, how long would your reusable stash last? You guessed it: indefinitely.

Reusable products also take up less space in your kits than disposable products would. One DivaCup would take the place of several dozen boxes of tampons, since they last for several years. Reusable pads last indefinitely (I’ve been using mine for about five years and they are in perfect condition), and would take the place of a whole landfill worth of pads.

Even if you no longer menstruate due to menopause, surgery, illness, cancer, hysterectomy, or pregnancy, what about your daughters and granddaughters? What about your sisters? What about all the people in your life who aren’t prepared? Dang, just throw a couple reusable pads in that kit and be somebody’s hero.

If you’re the kind of person who believes in preparedness as much as I do, make sure you’re thinking about your period too! That’s all I’m saying.

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And, by the way, something rolling around in my head was a post about how reusable pads would save your butt in a zombie apocalypse, but someone beat me to it: 10 Reasons Menstrual Cups Will Save Your Ass in a Zombie Apocalypse. (A slight bit irreverent, but periods are a bit irreverent.)

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*Although the LDS church promotes self-reliance and provident living, it probably does not promote the idea of post-apocalyptic fiction. Or zombies. Or the use of the word “ass” (sorry). Or any doomsday scenarios whatsoever. We are simply supposed to be prepared. We cannot help others in any kind of crisis without first helping ourselves. For more info, visit www.providentliving.org.

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The views expressed here are my own and are not necessarily those of the Lunapads company. I am not a doctor and do not offer medical advice.

You can read more about my partnership with Lunapads  and my personal love of cloth menstrual pads.

I do not sell Lunapads, but I promote them. I am a Lunapads Ambassador and I receive a straight percentage of any sales I refer. If you would like to purchase Lunapads yourself, please use MY code 515013 for 5% off your total purchase (and, let’s be honest, to give me my kickback!). Enter 515013 in the “Ambassador Code” box at checkout. (Don’t worry: you can still use other coupon codes in the “discount code” box, in conjunction with my ambassador code.)

My First Giveaway Contest: Enter to Win $25 Lunapads Gift Certificate

My first giveaway! Woo-hoo!

To honor you, my dear readers, I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to Lunapads. To enter to win, you need to do TWO things:

1) Sign up (if you haven’t already) to follow my blog via email

2) Leave a comment below to answer one (or all) of the following questions:

Why do you need/want/deserve this Lunapads gift certificate?

What would you buy with the gift certificate?

Had you ever heard of reusable cloth menstrual pads before I blogged about them?

 And, even if you don’t get periods, there are products that can help all kinds of different women. They have products for incontinence (pads, pantiliners, or even padded undies), new/nursing mothers (nursing pads, flannel waterproof bed pads to absorb messes), “intimacy” items (!), baby care items, sleepwear, and more. I’m sure you could find something you like.

Contest Rules:

-Contest ends one week from today, on July 6, 2014, at midnight.

-Only those who actually leave a comment that answers one of questions AND are signed up to follow me via email are entered to win.

-I will randomly select a winner from all commentators, but will double-check that you are an email follower. If not, you will be disqualified and I will randomly select a different winner.

-Winner will be notified via email on July 7, 2014, so please check your spam folders and watch for an email from OkayestMom on that date. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be randomly selected.

-The gift certificate will be delivered electronically via a promo code and expires August 20, 2014. Use it quickly!

-The prize is from me, personally, but is part of this contest with permission from the Lunapads company.

 

A couple more things:

You can read more about my partnership with Lunapads and my personal love of cloth menstrual pads.

I do not sell Lunapads, but I promote them and receive a straight percentage of any sales I refer. If you would like to purchase Lunapads yourself, please use MY code 515013 for 5% off your total purchase (and, let’s be honest, to give me my kickback!).

 

 

[Girls Only Please] My Personal Lunapads Story

LunapadsWhy I do I use reusable cloth menstrual pads, you may ask? Well, let me tell you!

It started when my fertility doctor suggested that, because of my endometriosis, I stop wearing tampons. (Keep in mind that this was just one doctor’s opinion.) He believed that tampons could exacerbate the symptoms of endometriosis for several reasons. First, we don’t know what causes endometriosis, and adding the chemicals from tampons might not be a good idea. Tampons have some pretty controversial (i.e., toxic) chemicals in them. Second, endometriosis comes with painful cramps, so using my muscles down there to hold in a tampon might worsen the cramps. I had never thought about it before.

Ok, I thought, what do I do now? I had used tampons since I was about 14. Pads were gross and they were for babies. I reluctantly re-taught myself how to use pads. I hated them. It was gross, stinky, uncomfortable, and sweaty. Somehow, I came across the Lunapads site. I had never heard of reusable pads. For the cost of several months’ worth of disposable pads, I got enough reusable pads to last indefinitely.

They were super cute! I loved them. Suddenly, my period seemed a little more fun and a little less gross. They were so cozy. It was a little weird getting used to the whole thing, but I felt weirdly happy about it all. They were a little bulkier, but I got used to it. Now, when I have to wear a disposable pad or a tampon for some reason, I am pretty grouchy.

The Lunapads come in different sizes, shapes, absorbencies, patterns, and colors. Later, after I really got into this way of doing things, I tried the Lunapanties, which are padded underwear that can hold reusable pad inserts. Now I think all underwear should be slightly padded. Come on, let’s be honest, women are messy! The Lunapads company also sell reusable Diva Cups, which are an alternative to tampons.

When my first son arrived (via adoption: no postpartum bleeding from him), I continued to use the Lunapads. I switched to cloth diapers for my son for a little while, and, I must say, reusable pads are WAY easier than cloth diapers. And cloth diapers aren’t too bad, really, but they do have toxic poop on them. At least your Lunapads won’t have that fate. If you use cloth diapers on your child, why on earth wouldn’t you consider cloth pads for yourself?

When my twins arrived a couple of years later (via my body), I had ten weeks of postpartum bleeding. Ten weeks! While these soft flannel pads are much kinder to a postpartum body than disposable pads, I have to admit that particular time in my life was too upside-down for laundry. Unfortunately, I mostly fell off the reusable wagon for a while. Now that things have calmed down a little, I am now (happily) back in the reusable pad saddle.

And my health? I truly believe that quitting tampons has been good for my health. I am not a doctor, and this is *not* medical advice for you, but in my personal down-there life, reusable pads have helped me. I find that my symptoms of endometriosis are more manageable with Lunapads. Just as the doctor predicted, my cramps are somewhat lighter without the tampons. Additionally, I find that I am getting fewer urinary tract infections since I ditched all disposables. It might be a coincidence, but I don’t think so!

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I have never used my blog to sell promote something before, but I have been so excited about these things for so long and never knew how to talk to people about them. I finally have my chance. If you want to try them, please use the discount code below, which is linked to ME, and I will get a little kickback from the company for referring you. Win-win. If you are unsure if you want to try them, and you’re local to me, I have UNUSED, NEW samples of the products that I can show you.

What do you think? Would you ever consider reusable pads? Why or why not? I’m curious! I am happy to answer any questions you have!

Enter this code at checkout for 5% off: 515013

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Fine Print:

-I am not a salesperson. I do not sell any products, and I am not trying to get anyone else to sell any products. However, I am an official “Lunapads Ambassador”, which means that I promote their products. I do receive a straight percentage of each purchase I refer.

-My views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Lunapads company.

-I am not a doctor and I do not offer medical advice for anyone else’s body other than my own.

I am a Lunapads Reusable Menstrual Pads Ambassador (and I have a discount code!)

Okay, people, this is gonna get personal. And maybe gross. And definitely awesome.

If you are a man, especially if you are man who is related to me (brother, uncle, cousin, grandpa…), STOP READING NOW. This is about periods!

If you are a woman, especially if you are a woman who:

  • Has periods
  • Has a daughter
  • Is interested in natural products for her body
  • Is interested in the environment
  • Is interested in saving money
  • Is interested in preparedness
  • Uses cloth diapers on your child
  • Is wondering when in the world did menstrual products become so plastic-y and perfumey

….then please keep reading.

Here goes. I use REUSABLE, WASHABLE MENSTRUAL PADS. Are you totally grossed out? Don’t be.

Lunapads Reusable Menstrual Pads

Purty, huh?

Reusable pads are not nearly as gross as you might think. They are not as much hard work as you might think. And they are cozier than you might think. I’ve been using them for several years now, and I have now become an ambassador to the company Lunapads. This means that I can give you a code for 5% off their products, AND I get a kick-back for referring you. So, yes, for the first time, I am using my blog to sell promote something. I tell the world about something I love, and you and I both win.

The first time I used these reusable pads, I was surprised how much better it felt than plastic pads. It was like the difference between wearing an overly scented garbage bag between your legs and wearing a cozy pair of flannel pajama pants between your legs. I was sold.

Quick FAQs:

  • But how does it work? They are shaped exactly like pads, but instead of adhesive, they have a tiny snap. You wear a base pad, and then change the “inserts” throughout the day. Easy.
  • But how do you, you know, deal with them and wash them? Short answer: You can wash them in the washing machine and dry them in the dryer. You can pre-soak them or not. Long answer: I keep an opaque jar in my bathroom, with a mesh laundry bag in it. I fill it with water and just let the pads soak in there. At the end of the day, I either change the water, or I take the jar down to the washing machine. To wash them, I transfer the mesh laundry bag to the washer, and then the dryer – and I never touch them. I wash the whole bag with my other clothes. It doesn’t get anything gross – I promise! The pads don’t even stain if you soak them like I do.
  • Are they bulky? Yes, they are a little bulkier than plastic disposable pads, because you’re using real cotton instead of plastic to soak stuff up. I personally prefer to wear skirts, dresses, or a long shirt to cover my bum when I am wearing reusable pads.
  • Do they leak? Not any more than any other product. Like any menstrual product, change it!
  • Are you crazy? No. Maybe.

 I have never used my blog to sell promote something before, but I have been so excited about these things for so long and never knew how to talk to people about them. I finally have my chance. If you want to try them, please use the discount code below, which is linked to ME, and I will get a little kickback from the company for referring you. Win-win. If you are unsure if you want to try them, and are local to me, I have UNUSED, NEW samples of the products that I can show you.

What do you think? Would you ever consider reusable pads? Why or why not? I’m curious! I am happy to answer any questions you have!

Enter this code at checkout for 5% off: 515013

 

Fine Print:

-I am not a salesperson. I do not sell any products, and I am not trying to get anyone else to sell any products. However, I am an official “Lunapads Ambassador”, which means that I *promote* their products. I do receive a straight percentage of each purchase I refer.

-The views I expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Lunapads company.