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I'm not that adventerous - washing a bag full of pee and poo diapers I can do, washing blood soaked pads - not sure I can go there... But I have to admit it sounds like a good idea, I just think it is a little too "natural" for this mama.
OK, here's my TMI answe
I have tried the cup - worked pretty good but was super messy to remove, hard to use in public becasue yes, it can just be rinsed out and re-inserted but you have to hide out in the stall waiting for the bathroom to be empty so as not to freak out other patrons, meanwhile you are unprotected unless you carry an extra with you or wad up with tp while you do that, or wear a liner, then you have to throw that away - and I still needed a liner for just in case so not for me.
I get a rash from pads, and a yeast infection from tampons. What I have been doing was alternating with a couple brands of pad so I would use tampon and liner, then next change use a pad, then next change a different combo - to try and keep both the pad rash and the tampon irritation at bay.
It wasn't until I started CDing that I really thought about mama cloth. I have bought a selection for when I start my cycle again, not the FB or HH kind, they have PUL and I read they bunch up and make you sweaty. I got Ama'z Padz, they came highly recommended. Even though I don't need them yet, I'm still EBF, i wore one to see how they felt - soooo comfy. No pad rash from those! I even soaked them with water to see how they held up - great! No experience with using them for a menstrual cycle yet but I'll do a review when the time comes
I plan to just store them in the bathroom cupbard in a tupperware of water and wash them all at once after my cycle ends. Or maybe store them dry, i don't know. Mine have microfleece and velor tops in bright patterns and colors so I'm not worried about staining. I'll figure that part out later.
After 4 kids, nothing really grosses me out, so washing them desn't seem a big deal. My kids and I are nosebleed-prone, I am used to washing blood
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I plan to try them when my cycle returns... I am also ebf right now and don't usually start my cycle until I stop bfing completely... so it will be at least another 6 months. I had never heard of mama cloth until I started cloth diapering. It's a totally new thing to me, but makes total sense. I'm a pad wearer anyway because I can't wear tampons, they give me sharp shooting pains. I haven't bought any yet... I may even try to make some of my own.
Yup, I've made the switch. The things I read about tampons and disposable pads made me sick, so I bought a diva cup and some cloth pads. I'm not a fan of the cup, but I love my new pads!
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)
I did for the few months I had af before getting pg again, and I like them way better than the paper ones. They are actually comfortable and don't feel so hot. If you are interested at all, you should get a couple to try. They really are much more comfortable.
I'm thinking about it. I like my tampons as they make it so I can wear thongs... but I have a somewhat irrational fear of TSS, lol. And, like Beth said, I think they're giving me yeast infections (TMI moment... I just had a really long period, probably due to getting a IUD put in recently, and I used tampons through it all and now I'm super "itchy"... and I think its from the tampons, grr).
But, like mommytothree said, "washing a bag full of pee and poo diapers I can do, washing blood soaked pads - not sure I can go there... " which I ditto.
I agree with Susan. Right now a bag of pee and poop is enough. Maybe in the future I might try it, but (TMI warning) part of my periods are really heavy for 2-3 days at least. Not sure how I feel about the cup anyways.
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I have the DivaCup, but generally only use it when at home since I don't like the idea of having to wash it in a public bathroom. Works really well. I've never used cloth pads, but I'm not a big fan of pads in general.
i dont like pads either. i havent worn one in about 8 years, until postpartum. I will definately get mama cloth pads for the next postpartum period, even if it costs me more i think they would be WAY more comfortable. Regular pads are bunch and itchy and scratchy, and i find they amplify odors...sorry TMI.
but for my period i will probably still use tampons. I love tampons, especially OB cause they dont have applicators and they're flushable! Ideally, i would like a set of washable tampons! Not sure if they make those though.... let me know if you ever see any....
I have friends that have tried the cup, and i just hear horror stories about them dropping them en route to the sink and so on !
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