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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Natural Alternatives to Tampons and Pads

10% of first order of three or more lunapads
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exp 4/08

I’ve been totally natural for over four years! I first heard of natural products over nine years ago on natural family living internet forums. I don’t know what took me so long to switch. Perhaps, not knowing anyone personally who used natural menstrual products kept me procrastinating. Finally, when the constant use of disposable postpartum pads left me irritated, I switched. I already decided to cloth diaper my third son so he wouldn’t rash, and it finally made sense to use natural menstrual products myself. I have had no more outside irritation or vaginal dryness since switching.

I like the softness and comfort of Lunapads. I like the choice of prints. They feminine prints make me feel proud to be a woman during a time when popular culture says, "gross." I like the option of the extra soft organic pads. I like having my familiar and personal supply of various size pads and liners to meet the needs of my cycle. I know the right size is always there. They real work. I don’t have to go to the drug store for personal products anymore. (And I don’t have to guess what “new and improved” means in terms of absorbency.) They don’t fall apart in my purse. My Lunapads are always fresh and clean. I don’t have to be concerned about how many years a found tampon or pad in my draw, purse, or suitcase has been carried around.

My funny husband seems to know my cycle. Every twenty-eight days, "Let’s take the boat out, swim etc…" Committed to natural, that’s when I began using the Divacup for our outings and travel. I like the flexibility of internal and external natural products to meet my moods and needs.

Now being in the style of medical work that I do, I tend to attract women who have discontinued using, one-time-use products for a variety of reasons: financial, environmentally friendly, comfort, medical. I am not such a loner. Many women get rashes, infection, and irritation from disposable products. Lunapads has a website and now I am one of their distributors for pads and divacups.

I will not go back to disposable products. I wish I knew of them when I was a teen and could have benefited from natural products over the majority of my menstrual years. I feel good about using Lunapads and the Divacup.

If I had daughters they would use these products, too. But its really cool that my boys have an awareness that natural is normal and they don't know about the artifical options.

Originally posted 11/29/07


Catalina said...

Oooh! I just bought one and found out quite a few people I recently met use them and LOVE them! :D Thanks for the suggestion!

Becky R said...

I am now using cloth menstrual pads as well. I love them. I never even thought of it until reading about them on your blog. My skin has always been sensitive and the cloth pads really help with that. Plus for the environment it is great and also for my wallet as
I will now not have to buy any new pads for years. I bought about 24 pads and this is enough. I only have to wash once during my cycle, no big deal. I use about 6 pads a day for my 7 day cycle,(total 42 pads)I have a very heavy cycle. I am now keeping 42 disposable pads out of landfills every month. YEAH!My tip, open up the disposable pad that works best for you, and measure it, buy a cloth that is very similiar in size and length. Plus I love microfleece covered
pads, they are so soft.

Nikki said...

Thanks for posting this, Denise. I'll admit, when I first read it back when you first posted it I thought NO WAY! But I have been getting more and more interested and went back to read this post a week ago and decided to go out yesterday and buy the divacup! Haven't tried it out yet, but I think I will love it! Your post even sparked the idea for my April Charity of the Month, raising money to ship reusable pads to girls in Haiti.
So thanks for this!!

Permission to Mother said...

I've heard from several women who have tried these products. It's time for me to send this post to the top of the blog!

pearly1979 said...
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Permission to Mother said...

Remember that postpartum women need pads. It is actually the irritation of continous use of those large pp disposable pads that made me try cotton. I stuck a handy diaper doubler (I had a ton of them) in my panties desperate for relief. I never went back. I didn't need large doublers all the time, so that's when I looked into getting pads the best size for me, that stayed in place with snaps, had a leak proof backing etc...

They seem to be catching on now. Many more woman are receptive.

Sarah, thanks for being such a faithful reader and contributor. :)

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Lauren said...

I just picked up a Diva Cup today and will try it out in 2 weeks. Unless...

Karen said...

Denise, thanks to your post, I have ordered & rec'd my first set of cloth pads. I have struggled monthly with pain due to my IC & using disposables were horribly painful! I am actually excited to get my monthly this time around to test out my new products!!

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