While many of my posts are appropriate for both sexes, guys, you’re probably gonna want to pass on this one today. And if you don’t, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.
And ladies, today’s post may freak some of you out, too, so here’s some lavender, which is supposed to be calming…
And now the guys believe me and they’re out of here.
Good! Now that it’s just us, let’s talk, mamas. Most likely, if you’re using disposable menstrual supplies, you are spending a small fortune every month on these things. And now some of you are thinking, ‘if’? Yes, mamas–for I am about to introduce you to the sanity of reusable menstrual supplies. Let’s talk ‘why’ first, then move to ‘what.’
More lavender? Okay.
They’re affordable: You can make or buy these quite cheaply compared to disposables.
They’re reducing your chemical exposure: My understanding is that most disposable supplies are laced with bleach, fragrances, petrochemicals and other things that aren’t great to have that close to you. (You can read more about that here.)
They’re good for the earth: Because if you trash our planet, where will *I* live?
There’s been some kind of innovation wave that I completely missed until a kind missionary friend told me what she used. Personally, I had no idea there were so many options out there! So here we go.
Cloth reusables: these are like regular maxi pads, but they have snaps instead of glue. They’re usually made of cotton or bamboo. I’ve found lots on Etsy or Amazon and even patterns for making them on Pinterest. In my opinion, it’s better than washing cloth diapers; they’ve come out very clean.
Menstrual cups: these are small silicone cups that catch the blood like a tampon would. Most are reusable for a long time, and there’s now a huge variety of shapes and sizes! Between you and me, I don’t know much about specific brands, so if anyone’s had a positive experience, please chime in!
Six ways to fold a menstrual cup
Sea sponges: I know, right? Weird? Maybe. But if it works, a game changer.
Leakproof underwear: Apparently, this is a real thing. It’s build right into it, in a variety of absorbencies. Neat.
What do you think, mamas? Am I rocking your world or is this TMI? Share your experience with us, if you dare.