Oh, hey. I have kind of an embarrassing question to ask. I thought about just not asking it, but I really do need input. I'm preparing to make an expensive purchase and I think it's better to get recommendations about these things. But...this involves feminine hygiene products. So if that kind of thing squigs you out, now's the time to take a powder.
I cannot believe it was almost TWO YEARS AGO that I read these two posts by Jonniker talking about the, er, Diva Cup. And The Keeper. And The Moon Cup. Each of which, if you're not familiar with the names, is a little cup that is inserted into the tampon region for the tampon purpose, but unlike a tampon it is reusable. You, ah, empty/rinse it out periodically during the day.
The comments on those posts were some of the funniest I've ever read. By the time the discussion was over (it took a long time to die down), I was definitely planning to buy one of those things. I totally get how some people are grossed out but I'm just NOT grossed out even a little bit (I did the Fertility Awareness Method for YEARS, and that involves checking your cervical fluid), so ANYWAY it seemed like a good match for me. But I was pregnant at the time (!) and then I was nursing, and I didn't have much incentive to buy anything of the sort.
And now it has been two years. And I realized there is another reason I haven't made this purchase: I HATE tampons. I use pads. I'm not saying I LOVE pads, but they don't bother me either. So you know what makes more sense for me to try? Launderable pads.
You're a little worried, aren't you, that this means I'm going Environcrazy. Next I'll be eschewing launderable pads in favor of LEAVES from the BACKYARD. Would it be reassuring if I mentioned that I use an entire flush of the toilet to dispose of a bug? It's true. Also, I don't turn my computer off at night because it's too much trouble to push the on button in the morning.
In fact, I'm a little worried that the only reason I'm interested in this at all is that when I was searching for cloth napkins on Etsy I accidentally found a bunch of THE CUTEST reusable pads EVAR in this shop. I mean! Will you look at this?
Pink paisley, forthuhluvuhguh. And this!:
I WANT. I almost bought them without even investigating if they're any GOOD. I mean, do they leak? Do they stain? Do they shrink? Do they fade? These are the questions a person should be asking herself, rather than "Are they cute?"
Anybody still reading? If so, and if you have experience with this sort of thing, can you tell me what to look for or where to buy? I know I could also theoretically make my own, but that would involve theoretical sewing abilities, and really I am MUCH better at shopping.
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