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...so just in case anyone reading this was not aware, there's this… 
27th-Feb-2009 01:26 am
...so just in case anyone reading this was not aware, there's this thing called the menstrual cup aka, the non-sucky alternative to tampons and pads. They are made of silicone, and you can even get them in color. There are many brands (Diva cup, Moon cup, Lunette, Lady Cup, etc...).

Every once in awhile I forget that the majority of the female population doesn't know about these things and keeps using either leaky pads or leaky/dry tampons just because they don't know that there's anything better out there. You can go swimming with these! You don't have to worry about leaking after only an hour or two! You can't run out of tampons while traveling! You don't have to deal with lugging tons of disposable sanitary products with you if you go hiking! They last 5-10 years = tons of money you save.

So yeah, go get one of these. Apparently they're also sold at most Whole Foods. Guys, buy one for your girlfriend or something.

They even come in a cute bag. What's not to like?

[I realize that for not writing anything in months, this is really random, but whatever. It's better than thinking about distillation columns.]
27th-Feb-2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Umm wow, random.
27th-Feb-2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's just me (and feel free to correct me on how the cup works), but I've always found the idea of non-disposable sanitary products really gross. The thing I like about tampons is you can take them out, drop them in the toilet, and never see them again, never come into contact with any fluids, never stick your hand up there, never touch anything icky... whereas (though I guess I'm not 100% on how it works) when you pull out the cup and it's full of stuff, don't you have to... clean it off? Do you do that like, in the sink or something? How does that work in public restrooms?? Hell, having to touch it at all seems squicky, and it doesn't seem to have a string that makes it easily pull-out-able from the exterior...

My comment is really random and also probably TMI, but hey, you opened this can of worms in the first place :P
27th-Feb-2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
you can just dump the thing out into the toilet and then wipe it off w/ toilet paper if you're in a public restroom and don't want to bring it to the sink. yeah, you have to touch it, but it's just a piece of plastic - it is slightly more squicky than tampons, but only slightly
27th-Feb-2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Mmm, been hearing a lot about these recently. Any awkwardness with changing/emptying in public restrooms?
27th-Feb-2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
wow, weird coincidence... i just bought one of these on wednesday - up until like a month ago I had never heard of them at all and now people keep mentioning them on the internet.
1st-Mar-2009 02:33 am (UTC)
I have heard about these actually. I agree with the second comment -- seems kinda gross to deal with. I prefer whatever is the least messy. Also, you can swim in tampons.

Great that you like them, and I see your points, but they aren't the best for everyone.
16th-Mar-2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
I thought I'd tell you that after hearing about these from at least two other people in addition to this post (all of whom love love them), I've decided to try. Just gotta wait for it to come in the mail... :)
20th-Mar-2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Yay! What kind are you getting?
20th-Mar-2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I got a Divacup! It came in the mail yesterday and so far so good... it's not nearly as difficult to use as I expected :)
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