They Are Here!!

DSC01418 The Glad Rags package of reusable menstrual pads, I ordered, arrived yesterday!  On my Birthing Day for Jake.  Sweet 'lil Birthing Day gift for Momma!

I am so excited for my next period which is 3 weeks away. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas!

The pads are so soft. I am now lamenting not making this switch YEARS ago.  I have had a period for 37 years! This is many years I could have used the soft, cottony, earth-friendly pads. Glad Rags started in 1993, I was 28. 21 years I have missed out on this organic, cottony softness!

I am wondering, at 49, how many years I will get out of these things

AND

What is one to do with their cotton, re-usable pads when menopause is my life? Sell used menstrual pads? To whom? Is there a market for used Glad Rags?  Let me check Ebay... I will be right back.

OK, lots of them for sale on Ebay but no "used" ones. Hmm, reminds me of the days, years ago, when 3 girlfriends (Myself included here) passed around our different menstrual cups. We wanted to check them all out and see which one we like the best: The Keeper, Moon Cup, La Luna Cup, Diva Cup, etc.

So, before you get totally grossed out, we cleaned with hot, soapy water and then soaked them in a vinegar and water solution infused with lavender and tea tree oil.  All clean and free of bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. before we used each others.

I was, still am, a Keeper fan!

Stay tuned to learn more about my thoughts on these sweet, soft pads AND embracing menstruation for the magical, creative force it is!

Looking to buy Glad Rags or The Keeper / Moon Cup?  Go to my Shop page at www.PaulaYoumellRN.com and shop away! You will receive a discount, from the companies, as a "gift" for entering from my website.

Happy Menstruating!

Blessings, Paula

I LOVE my menstrual cup!

My menstrual cup is a Keeper Cup.  I had a Diva cup, not sure what happened to it, think I passed it along to a friend.

For years I did not use it.  It was not comfortable, in my vagina, after the birth of my first son.  It was pushing, in weird ways, against the rectal and bladder prolapses I sustained (that is another story!) from child-birth.

Anyhow, guess I forgot about it.  I used my organic, non-chlorine bleached pads and my sea sponge tampon.

Ok, so recently I was inspired to try the Keeper again.  Funny, my son is now 15 years old!  Anyhow, love the thing.  So much nicer than cotton tampons AND a bit nicer than the sea sponge tampons.

Feels good, seals nicely (no leakage), and works like a charm.

Upsides to using a reusable menstrual product  Click this link and read on females!

Looking for education on all things female to do with the menstrual cycle?  Diva cup has much information.

Downside, public bathrooms with multiple stalls.  It is hard to pull it out, empty it, and rinse it off to re-insert when you are in a stall.  People do not appreciate you cleaning out your bloody cup in a public sink.  Solution:  Bring a bottle of water in to the stall with you (preferably in your reusable water bottle from home).  In a pinch, I have held it in my urine stream to rinse it off.  Urine is sterile and acidic. The vagina is acidic.  No problems here.  Rinse off in your pee stream then rinse off with your bottle water from home.  Uses less water!

Grab yourself a menstrual cup:

  • save money
  • use much less disposable paper products
  • help the environment with less waste
  • healthier for vaginal tissue that cotton tampons
  • comfort

Blessings, Paula