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

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

 

Product Image

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!