Archive for September, 2012

Are you a menstrual cup user?  My daughter and I made the switch to using a menstrual cup approximately one year ago and we are so pleased to have “found” this fantastic alternative to tampons.  I say found as menstrual cups are not as yet a well known period product.  When I tell people that I sell menstrual cups, the first response is usually “What is that?… accompanied by a look of horror/confusion.  This response is understandable, as a menstrual cup does look much larger in diameter to a tampon, so its hard to see how such a thing could be comfortable at all.

In reality menstrual cups are very comfortable, I am not aware that I am wearing mine and have to remind myself to empty it throughout the day.  I did have to trim the stem of my cup initially – which not all women need to do – but is necessary for some as the stem should not be felt when worn.

The benefits of a cup are many including:

  • Not having to change as regularly as a tampon, as it holds more flow
  • Can wear the cup for up to 12 hours at a time depending on how heavy your flow is (the cup holds up to 30mls – this is alot when on average the total amount of flow is 90mls over your entire period)
  • No vaginal dryness
  • No waste or monthly costs – as is associated with disposable tampons
  • No risk of toxic shock syndrome – this is caused by tampons, particularly tampons containing synthetic viscose rayon.

If you are interested in using a menstrual cup, there is a wealth of information on the DivaCup website in regards to cup use – access via the following link: your first questions  

I use a pantyliner or sometimes one of my regular cloth pads as a back-up (sometimes at work I do not know how long its going to be between toilet breaks!).  I find that it does not leak at all, but as I remove the cup there can be a little bit of spotting left following its removal, so for this reason I wear a cloth pad.

Speaking of Cloth Pads, I have a couple of new products at the Cloth Pad Shop… I now have a trial set which contains one of each of the styles of pads in the Clothcycle range:

And wait there is more!  … some new Standard Pads in Natural Bamboo Velour and Citrus Flannel:

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