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« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2008 09:44:31 PM »

Karia, i wish every woman in the world was comfortable enough with their bodies and vaginas to use menstrual cups. i also wish everyone had the resources to be able to safely sanitize reusable cups. sadly, we have a long way to go before that happens. the Good4Girls site speaks to that idea too, and explain why they are focusing on pads. http://www.goods4girls.org/2008/02/faq.html
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« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2008 10:06:09 AM »

Karia, i wish every woman in the world was comfortable enough with their bodies and vaginas to use menstrual cups. i also wish everyone had the resources to be able to safely sanitize reusable cups. sadly, we have a long way to go before that happens. the Good4Girls site speaks to that idea too, and explain why they are focusing on pads. http://www.goods4girls.org/2008/02/faq.html

You need less water for hygenic use of reusable cups than you would need to wash reusable pads.
You can use your own urine (a sterile fluid unless you have a blatter infection) to rinse a reusable cup. Only after the period it should be cleaned with water and a mild soap.
I guess it would be more difficult to let them use cups, I guess they would have problems with that in Islamic cultures, since the woman wouldn't bleed during the wedding night.
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« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2008 08:49:45 AM »

Actually I make these pads for my own use and for donation to goodsforgirls. I use old flannel shirts and plastic bags for the waterproof barrier. I layer (from the bottom up) one large piece, plastic layer, two small pieces to soak it up and another large peice on top. The plastic is surrounded by fabric so it won't get torn, but it still prevents bleed through. I use snap buttons but I may switch to regular buttons 'cause I'm concerned about the snaps rusting. Other waterproof fabric options would be the "picnic" cloth which is coated on one side.
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« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2008 08:02:08 AM »

Thanks so much for posting this --- I'm making a bunch of these for Xmas gifts (and for myself) and am totally on board with making extras to donate.
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