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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[Girls Only Please] Jenn Learns to Use a DivaCup, A Reusable “Tampon”

So maybe you’re into my rantings about using reusable cloth pads, but you just can’t bear the idea of switching to pads? Did you know there is a REUSABLE TAMPON?! Well, kind of… it’s actually not a tampon, but it is a reusable internal period catcher, a silicone cup. I have been too chicken to try one out, so I had one of my loyal followers give us the low-down on what it’s like to try the DivaCup for the first time. She might just convert me!

Here’s Jenn:

Since my fourth son was born in 2008, I felt this need to do whatever I could to help our planet. I realized I couldn’t do much just by myself, but I decided to try using cloth diapers. As I was researching which brands were the best, I discovered the DivaCup. To be honest, when I first found it, I thought it was absolutely disgusting.

Years went by and I was discussing my monthly period with my sister-in-law, who is from England. I have extremely heavy periods. We are talking like the first two days I can’t go anywhere because I’m running to the bathroom every 45 minutes – and they have only gotten worse the more children I have had.  She then told me I needed to try the “moon cup,” which is similar to the DivaCup.

A few months went by, and after one particularly grueling period, I decided I had had enough and was going to try it. Can I just say: I absolutely love it!  No nasty tampons that gush when they leak! I still have to wear a back-up pad on my heavy days, but I can last about two hours, versus 45 minutes with a regular tampon. You don’t feel it at all, and when it’s full you take it out, wash it, and put it back in.

The best part is you can leave it in for up to twelve hours. No more worrying about leaving it in too long on your lighter days and risking getting TSS. You can also put it in before your period, if you think you’re getting ready to start, and not have to worry.

And not to be graphic, but it is fantastic at catching the “leftovers” after sex. My sister-in-law and I are on a mission to convert as many women as we can to using the DivaCup. Best invention ever!

 

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Mrs. Okayest says: I absolutely love sharing Lunapads with others! (I mean, sharing ABOUT Lunapads- not actually sharing Lunapads. Eww.) 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 or the DivaCup? 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.

 

 

[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.