Want to know what is really fun? When you type out posts ahead of time, schedule them to post, and then realized you messed up the process. Serious PEBCAK (problem exists between chair and keyboard) issues. At least that gave a little space so I can add in the warning that things are about to get personal on here. If you are squeamish about girly stuff and that time of the month, you may just want to hold off on this site until Friday.
I have a few things in my life that tend toward eco friendlyish. I'm going to blame my sister for this current product obsession though. She was the one who turned me onto the idea of cloth diapering. Now that is a product for another post, but seeing how well his skin did with fabric instead of something near absorbent paper, made me curious about similar products for me. A little internet searching resulted in my discovery of Party In My Pants. This business makes reusable feminine pads and they even come in cute patterns. I might have ordered a few more recently just to add the PERIODic table of elements and sharks to my collection. The pads come in a variety of sizes and can even be ordered with extra snaps to fit a thong. I like the little ones for backup during heavy flow times, and the larger ones for overnights when I don't have any internal collection assistance.
More recently I decided to try other reusable feminine products and I bought a Diva Cup. I'll admit that I have made fun of these things for as long as I've known about them, and I bought one with every expectation of hating it. I was wrong. It is so comfortable that I have had to set alarms on my phone to remind me to rinse it, I can't feel it at all. I'm also one of the lucky ones who gets cramp relief by using it (not uncommon). It did take a couple tries the first time to get it inserted correctly, and I've thwacked the heck out of my cervix by it opening enthusiastically at least once, but I'll pick this thing over tampons every time.
These items definitely aren't for everyone. You have to be pretty comfortable with your body and menstrual blood to not just throw away something saturated with it. I keep my used pads in a separate container from laundry until wash time, but I wash them with my underwear and socks. The cup I wash with soap before and after each use, and boil about once a month to disinfect, so it is pretty easy as well. If you want to try something new, and a little more earth friendly check these items out, you might end up an advocate as well as user like me.
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