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Reusable Feminine Products

Posted Jun 10 2009 12:19am

After that title, I'm assuming you are reading because you are interested in reusable feminine products and not embarrassed by discussing them, or you think I'm a loon and want to see how far I will go to be frugal. Either way, if you somehow missed the title and are still reading and don't want to read about feminine products, please stop now!

For those of you who are still with me, I've been thinking about reusable feminine products for about two years now. The first place I ever even heard of such a thing was Hillbilly Housewife. I was repulsed at first, but after reading what she has to say in Ok, but EWWWwww (scroll down for this section) it started to make sense. After all, how much different was it really than washing the cloth diapers I'd already been using for years? Poop? Blood? Which is really more disgusting if you think about it?

Around the same time I saw several blog posts about cloth pads and also about The Keeper. The Keeper is a small rubber (available in silicone also) cup that is inserted to catch the flow. I prefer tampons to pads, and thought this might be a winner. I was pregnant at the time so I didn't really need to worry about it though.

The baby came, the baby nursed, and eventually my cycles started again. Now, after several months of being back in the market for feminine products, I have had it with shelling out the bucks for disposable supplies. Then someone I know posted about making her own pads. I also saw several other posts, which I forgot to bookmark, about the topic of reusable feminine products.

So why reusable? Frugality of course is a big motivator. The Keeper is $37 with shipping. It can last up to 10 years. It is a green alternative, and many of the reports I've read claim the cloth pads and Keeper are actually more comfortable and work better.

So I did it! I ordered the Keeper over the weekend. Obviously I can't report how it works yet, but I thought I'd open up the discussion now. Have you thought about using these type products? Do you use any of these products? What do you think? Of course if you are shy, you can leave an anonymous comment. If you have already talked about this at your blog, or would like to, please leave a link for us all!

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