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« Reply #330 on: August 04, 2005 09:59:08 PM »

i do i use playtex gentil glide. they are wonderful.  Grin
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« Reply #331 on: August 04, 2005 10:01:59 PM »

i do i use playtex gentil glide. they are wonderful.  Grin
but i forgot to add, i do agree they are harmful to the earth and damaging to your body in a way.
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« Reply #332 on: August 04, 2005 10:11:40 PM »

Well... I think your idea is great and all, really creative, but I cannot imagine using one of those. I can't even stand pads, let alone reusable cloth ones. Ick.

I'm a tampons girl, obviously.  Tongue
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« Reply #333 on: August 04, 2005 10:48:28 PM »

Well... I think your idea is great and all, really creative, but I cannot imagine using one of those. I can't even stand pads, let alone reusable cloth ones. Ick.

I'm a tampons girl, obviously.  Tongue

i won't go long here, because this has been hashed over quite a bit in 53 pages, but i will say, as a former "tampons only" girl, that despite my general revulsion to the sight or smell of blood, i have been totally converted to the pads because i feel like i'm doing something nice for my puss, not punishing it for bleeding.  soft cloth feels so gentle and caring, and a million miles away from sweaty, itchy, plastic-y pads.  weird but true, i actually look forward to my periods now because using the cloth pads (that i made, yay!) seems like i'm doing something loving for myself and i actually do find myself slowing down and listening to my body a bit more in general that week.

i'm starting to wonder if it might be good to split this thread into  "faq and how-to for newbies", and "a more detailed discussion for the already converted", so that no one has to search 53 pages to get the gist or find specific things?  is that even possible?  just a thought.
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« Reply #334 on: August 04, 2005 11:25:16 PM »

I'm suddenly imagining the tampon industry looking like the tobacco industry, covering up the harm of their products...both have to be labled about their dangers but people use them anyway...

Exactly!
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« Reply #335 on: August 05, 2005 12:07:51 PM »

Well... I think your idea is great and all, really creative, but I cannot imagine using one of those. I can't even stand pads, let alone reusable cloth ones. Ick.

I'm a tampons girl, obviously.  Tongue

I used to be the same way. When I first started menstruating (22 1/2 years ago!) I hated disposable pads. They felt like wearing a big old diaper! I switched to tampons soon after; due to environmental concerns, I favored Tampax with cardboard applicators first, then o.b. because they had no applicators--the bonus there was they were less likely to leak than ordinary tampons. Then back in the early '90s I decided to try cloth pads because of environmental concerns and because of the cost savings. (I described mine earlier in this thread; they were modeled on some sold in a "green" products catalogue--Seventh Generation?--back then.) Turned out they were much better than disposables. They were thinner, didn't make me feel as if I were wearing a diaper, were comfortable, had no sticky tape to get twisted around. I used them until the late '90s (with occasional tampon backup on heavy days, especially early on) when I finally got around to ordering a Keeper. Now I like my Keeper better than anything, but I'm glad I used cloth pads for some years before I got a Keeper. I figure I saved a few cubic feet of landfill space.

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« Reply #336 on: August 05, 2005 02:19:13 PM »


not to sound TOO bitchy, or anything, but that is a very simplified view of things. 
It is not really sound to draw too much of a comparison between the two industries.  Tampon boxes have included warnings about TSS since I started my period 14 years ago (and probably before), their instructions clearly state that they should be worn for no more than 8 hours (and that high number is only a recent development).  While I understand people's concerns about the environment and their own gynecological health, wearing tampons is not even remotely as dangerous to your body as smoking cigarettes is.
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i agree!  Grin although, for the enviroments sake, i think i will try a Diva Cup. the idea is great!  Wink
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« Reply #337 on: August 05, 2005 03:48:35 PM »

Well... I think your idea is great and all, really creative, but I cannot imagine using one of those. I can't even stand pads, let alone reusable cloth ones. Ick.

I'm a tampons girl, obviously.  Tongue

ONE cycle with flannel pads and you'd be singing a different song.

Don't knock it till you've tried it. ALL of us converts were disposable product users at one time... and switched for a reason.
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« Reply #338 on: August 05, 2005 05:25:03 PM »

Does anyone have links to websites that talk of the dangers of disposable products? i've been trying to persuade a couple of friend of mine to switch to re-usable products, but they won't budge...however, one of them is really health conscious...and if i can show her some sites where the health implications are discussed, it might help sway her!!

That and i'm interested to find out what damage i've been doing to my body all these years...
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« Reply #339 on: August 06, 2005 12:19:32 AM »

http://www.seac.org/tampons has a lot of good information.... "menstruator's health" on the left is what you want, i believe




ooh! *exciting* i just discovered the beauty of flannel!! until a couple hours ago... i was scared to actually use my flannel, for fear of failure (i have, seriously, no money)... but i made the bloodsisters one... liked it alot, but did it wrong the first time (still useable though, thanks to random burst of genius)...  but flannel!!! oh man... i can't wait to use this one!

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