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July 05, 2006

Girl Talk. . . GladRags

Caution: Men, I'm giving you fair warning. Skip this post.

If you are a guy and still reading, scroll on past this on. I'm serious, guys. . . It's about menstruation. See, I warned you.

I've been wanting to try out some body-friendly and eco-friendly products for my monthly cycle. Now that I haven't been preggers or breastfeeding for awhile, it's a more immediate need than it used to be.

I've been wanting to order a DivaCup for awhile. Other menstrual cups include the Keeper, Mooncup, and disposable Insteads.

Along with these, I've been insterested in trying out some mama cloths. We did cloth diapers--this seems easier and cleaner.

I found out today that GladRags, one of the best known companies for mama cloths, is having a special promotional--I no longer have to procrastinate or wait for a little extra $$ in paypal!

So, I'm blogging about GladRags today in exchange for a sample GladRags menstrual pad to try.

A dear "Titus Two" woman told me when I was a teen, that our monthly periods are wonderful reminders that God has created our bodies with the gift of fertility. I know some people may think that is hokey. But for me it was encouraging. These cloths look so soft, pretty and feminine, very much in line with viewing our fertility as a gift.

Update: Got my sample--just in time. Wow! After just one day using it, I'm a believer. Now I know why other women have been so encouraging to go this route. (And Bowden--they'd definitely be great for helping your daughters during the transition into adolescence. . .)


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Excellent! While I haven't menstruated in a year and a half, I used GladRags while healing from childbirth. They were great, as far as pads go. I prefer The Keeper in "normal life", although now I need to buy the post-childbirth size...!

More people need to learn that there are more options than disposable tampons and pads. I think a lot of people aren't even aware that they have a choice. Thanks for posting on it, by the way.

Not only are cloth and cups more eco-friendly, they are a great economic choice as well.

Spread the word!

Posted by: a. borealis at July 5, 2006 11:26 PM

Way to go! I just ordered my first batch of LunaPads and I'm waiting for them to arrive now. I'm almost looking forward to my next period so that I can try them.

Posted by: Hannah Im at July 6, 2006 02:36 AM

Way to go! I used a few cloth ones right before I got pregnant this time and am hooked. the comfort is outta this world (in comparison). I'm not sure it I'll try the cup, but am willing to give it a try. I'm going ot order (or make) some mamapads for healing after the birth of this baby. I'll be using cloth diapers on the baby anyway, I can just throw them in with the washing of those. I've always had some form of side affects with all those other store bought products out there, but with the last few cycles before we concieved I suffered none 0 it was wonderful to just "experience the cycle of the fertility gift." Because that's exactly right - it is a gift! I just posted something along those lines and the slightly courageous belly shot I took and made public.

Posted by: the SmockLady at July 6, 2006 09:36 AM

Last fall, I sewed myself some "mama pads" of flannel and terry cloth--basically 6 layers of flannel, or 2 layers of terry between 2 layers of flannel. Very easy to sew--stack the layers, sew around the shape a quarter-inch in from the edge, and then overcast the edges with a zigzag stitch. For me it was easier to cut them to shape after sewing, cutting as close to the zigzag stitching as I dared. They work well--better than expected, and are very comfortable.

Posted by: Peggy at July 6, 2006 09:53 AM

Consider this a gentle confrontation.

As a guy, I'm not particularly interested in a post on feminine hygiene products. As the father of three daughters, I think I'm better served when I know these things. Not, that I will likely be the one to talk with my daughters about these things; I'm happy to leave that to their mother. It's just that I don't believe it's in the best interest of fathers to be happily ignorant of something that is a regular part of their daughter's lives. (Besides, some of the men reading TulipGirl may be single dads.) There is no excuse for dads to wonder through their daughter's lives confused and confounded by "mysteries" that don't have to be so mysterious.

So, please don't excuse men from reading these kind of posts.

Thanks for letting me get on to you!

Posted by: Bowden McElroy at July 6, 2006 10:32 AM

I'm a diva cup girl myself, I tried cloth pads for a few cycles but decided I just do not like pads...cloth, synthetic, whatever...but am practically IN LOVE WITH my diva cup.

Posted by: Makeesha at July 6, 2006 11:09 AM

Enjoy the GladRags... be warned, you'll love cloth pads. ;) I usually use the Mooncup but cloth pads are fabulous for postpartum bleeding or for anyone who dislikes internal menstrual products.

Your Titus 2 woman had it right, we are blessed!

Posted by: busybusymomma at July 6, 2006 03:05 PM

I've uses the Keeper for closing in on four years and really like it. I also have cloth pads (though from http://tlc-pads.com instead of Glad Rags) and like them. These reusable options are far more comfortable than the disposable items I used before, for sure!

Posted by: Beka at July 6, 2006 03:19 PM

Bowden, thanks for the gentle chiding. Point taken. Yet, I'll leave my warning up for those who are just too squeamish about female functions.

I'm so happy to hear these great reports about mama cloths! *grin* Can't wait to try mine out!

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 7, 2006 12:30 AM

i don't know that i could blog about it to get a free one, so good for you!

Posted by: greenemama at July 7, 2006 01:14 AM

Diva cup is out of this world if you are active at all. I can go my whole cycle cramp and stink free, and I hardly even remember that I am on my period. For me it is also fabulous for traveling, especially when bathroom situations are iffy. In a pinch I have emptied and cleaned it while in the shower when there was no good toilet/sink availablity.

I have done flannel pads for some time, but I found that for being active they were really problematic, and if you don't have a convenient place to put them until you can launder them they can be messy and time consuming.

Looking forward to hearing how this turns out.

Posted by: Rebecca at July 8, 2006 12:15 PM

I've used cloth and the Keeper since DD3 was born, almost four years ago, and I'll never go back!!

By the way, I hope you're having a wonderful time in Arizona! :)

Posted by: Chewymom at July 9, 2006 05:03 PM

After using tampons all thru my youth, I've decided that internal protection is probably not the best thing when it comes to our health. I've been a homemade cloth pad user for about 10 years, and my 13 yo daughter is now a fan.

The whole monthly cycle with it's accompanying mental states is quite a remarkable thing. The focus and industriousness of the early part of the month, the self-confidence and flirtiness of the fertile days, and the dreamy inward focusing of the end of the month.

Posted by: FavoriteApron at July 12, 2006 08:28 AM

Good luck! I've used a Keeper for about 5-6 years now (when I'm not pregnant), and love it. As a previous poster said about her Diva Cup, it leaves no smell or products that you need to launder. I've also noticed a SIGNIFICANT reduction in the volume of my flow over time. While some other people report this as well, I guess I can't scientifically relate this to using the cup, but I think it is related.

Posted by: Jenn at July 12, 2006 11:19 AM

Some great mama cloth made by WAHMs can be found at hyenacart.com I found HC a week ago. Cool stuff! =)

Posted by: Kelly at July 15, 2006 09:12 PM

Woohoo! Got mine in the mail just in time to use it. I must say--I like it WAY more than I thought I would. After one day, I'm a convert. Seriously. If I had a daughter, this is the what I'd supply for her and use to teach her about caring for herself.

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 17, 2006 11:37 PM

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