No More Disposables for Mommy
Submitted by Ella on December 3, 2007 - 00:00
And I'm not talking about those for my baby. I've finally switched to cloth mentrual pads and bought my very own menstrual cup. Wazzat? You say. Well I too was so clueless about any alternative to sanitary napkins, save for the tampon (which because of the big warning on the box about toxic shock syndrome has made me stay clear of it) until I got on a health forum and they started discussing about safer and healthier options.
I've only used disposable diapers for my baby a few times, this is because we did elimination communication and use cloth diapers. I chose these options because I believe in avoiding harsh chemicals found in disposables and caring for the environment. So it would be weird that my baby was not using disposables and I was.
And so I turned to the Diva Cup.
The DivaCupâ„¢ is very sanitary, comfortable, reliable and convenient. It holds one full ounce (30 ml). Since the entire cycle is an average of 3-4 ounces (90-120 ml), most women find that the cup is not even half full after 12 hours.
The vagina is continually self-cleansing, washing away dead cells and bacteria. Tampons absorb the natural fluids that we need to keep the vagina clean and moist. The DivaCupâ„¢ is non-absorbent and simply collects the menstrual flow, leaving the natural moisture level in the vagina undisturbed.
Depending on your flow empty the cup 2-3 times per 24 hour day, wash and reinsert. It can be worn up to 12 hours, even overnight. The DivaCupâ„¢ is ideal for all activities including swimming, camping, backpacking, and travelling. It is suitable for all menstruating women of all ages.
And unlike sanitary napkins or tampons, a lot of women who use it say that it doesn't leak. If you want peace of mind though, you can use it in tandem with cloth menstrual pads, and so I ordered Wemoon pads.
Wemoon pads are just reusable cloth menstrual pads, they are absorbent , leakproof, comfortable, lightweight, bodyhugging, healthy, safe, (since they are made with organic cotton), long-lasting, easy to wash and care for, and environment friendly. What more can a menstruating lady ask for?
You can actually sew your own pads, but my serger is not working, and I hate hate hate unfinished edges.:-P
People often wonder why I am so paranoid about my health and often go for "weird" alternatives (Aren't menstrual pads to panahon ng lola mo pa? Kadiri ang pasador no). This road towards a healthier lifestyle actually came from knowing that I had endometriosis which actually prevented me from conceiving for five years ( it can cause infertility) and created great pain (literally fainting from menstrual cramps).
Endometriosis is actually caused not only by retrograde uterus but also by toxins in the environment, (also found in disposable sanitary napkins or tampons) that's why more and more women now are developing endometriosis. I actually personally experienced that changing the way I eat, and my lifestyle helped improve my condition, and in fact I have a kid to prove it. I had two operations and the endometriosis kept coming back, only when I ate healthier and avoided toxins that caused endo did I actually feel less pain and was able to conceive. So I have this really strong urge to spread the word because I really feel if only I had known earlier I would've avoided so much surgery, fertility treatment costs and more so the feeling that I did not have control over my body.