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So back to my not using tampons. I haven’t used them in years except for on those rare occasions when I go swimming during my moon cycle. It is especially important to let your Aunt Flow just be on her heaviest days. Tampons are bad for you and have been linked to vaginal irritation, cervical dysplasia, and vaginal infections . Women are meant to bleed and the blood nourishes the vaginal walls. It’s part of healthy, natural living. The unacceptable alternative to tampons these days is disposable pads; they have a similar environmental impact as diapers, and a similar rashy effect as well.
It makes me think of a saying I know – Wisdom, when you have it, seems like common sense. I think everyone knows what I know, but apparently I’m wrong.
I’m prompted to write this bit because we had our laundry done at one of these great wash-n-fold places. One of my old rusty colored (I don’t believe in using bleach unless it’s an emergency) hemp pads got in the wash and none of the ladies at the Laundromat knew what it was. They didn’t even know what it was! They asked if it was something I put in my shoe. So, this is for all of you (and I think it really might be all of you) who don’t know about cloth menstrual pads.
I think I’m so advanced, but I must be really old-fashioned or something – everything I discover that I think is soooooooo cool is just what people did for 60,000 years. Once again, I make my point; women historically have worn rags – hence the term.
But here we go again – the cloth menstrual pad. I love them. If you try them, you will probably love them too. Unlike their plastic and chemical conventional counterparts, they breathe and don’t cause rash or chafing. On heavy days you can double up and change often. No biggie. I have some that are cotton and some that are hemp and I don’t even know which is which. I’ve had them for about ten years. Just like cloth diapers, there’s an initial investment, but then you save boatloads over the years to come. They cost about $13-17 for a set, and you’ll need 3-4 sets. I recommend 2 regulars and 1 nighttime pad. I found mine at a little Eco-store, but you can get them online. Another really novel idea is that of actually sewing them yourself — ooooh.
When you change your pad, just have a bowl of water to toss it in. Whenever you’re ready, wash them on hot. I recommend washing them every 2-3 days. If you wait any longer, you’ll see why.
Now, I may not need to be going here, but here I go: something cool you can do with your cloth pad moon cycle water is give it to the Earth. Blood is very nourishing to the soil. It’s one of those rare gifts you can give to this Mother who gives so much to you. Sorry dudes.