Glad Rags

OK, so I confess, I use organic but disposable menstrual pads.  Yup, I am adding to the garbage pile of the world. Now, in my defense, most of the time I use the Keeper Cup, day & night, no pads at all.

THE KEEPER® Gum Rubber Menstrual Cup

So today, I sucked it up and ordered the Glad Rag Cloth Pad Sampler Kit in organic, un-dyed cotton. I was going to order the deluxe kit but decided to slide into this change with a less expensive option.  What IF I do not like these things? AND, because I mostly use my beloved Keeper, I did not figure I would need so many cloth pads.

Now, I am looking forward to:

  • their arrival
  • my next period

And, wondering why I did not just cave and purchase some years ago.  I have had my keeper for 15 1/2 years.  It's not like the sustainable mentality was not part of my life?  Lazy perhaps?  I was in the heat of pregnancy #1, knowing I would be washing cloth diapers for years.  Perhaps I did not want one more thing to have to wash!

I will keep you posted:

  • when they arrive... Yippee!
  • what I think of them
  • if I recommend them whole-heartedly

By the way, I went with Glad Rags over the Luna Pads because the Luna Pads have a PUL lining.  I thought this was yucky and preferred the breathable option of 100% pure, organic cotton that was not dyed.  I know, dyed would be colorful and more fun. But, hey, who is going to be looking in my underwear at my cloth pads? happy face

 

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I also looked up this PUL stuff*.  It can be eco-friendly and if so, is breathable.  I contacted Luna Pads to ask them about this.  I will let you know this info as well. Perhaps I will end up with Luna's starter kit as well (organic, un-dyed cotton please).

Update: PUL info sent to me by Luna: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyurethane_laminate

Happy Moon Mysteries!  Paula

*The PUL information is from a diaper website.  I do not know that Luna uses this same "eco-friendly" version of PUL. But, with the sustainable philosophy of re-usable menstrual pads... I would assume that eco-friendly PUL would be part of their plan!

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