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I actually make my own (and have considered selling them if I can find the time to build up an inventory of them!). My favorite are velour topped, either cotton or bamboo. The only sliding issue I've had is during workouts, and it's usually the bulkier pads that tend to do this. My little flannel liners don't move so much, my thick ones that are natural velour with 4 layers of hemp fleece, those are puffier and more willing to move.

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Here's a link to one of my recent ones (for personal use).
I also cloth diaper and keep a diaper sprayer, so I tend to spray them off and throw them in with diapers on a prerinse then full wash cycle for heavier duty cleaning. Because I don't wash everyday, I need 18-20 pads (very heavy flow). As backup for diva cup 10 would probably cut it. As a side note, I have washed them with my regular laundry and they came out fine, no problems with other clothes staining or anything. But because I already have a "bodily fluids" load it makes sense to throw it in there.
I've found this to be a great alternative for me, since my son I can't use tampons, and natural absorbent fibers feel soooo much better than plastic. The waste reduction is just an added bonus!

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So glad I no longer have to deal with this! Sorry if that sounded snotty!



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- I forgot that this thread is actually supposed to be about cloth pads, but everyone seems to have good all around advice :) I will look into Luna Pads in case I need some backup for the DC.

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I bought a Diva Cup a couple weeks ago for the first time. A few people I worked with used one and they love it (we even snorkeled and went scuba diving regularly and my friend loved it for that), in fact, I have never seen or heard of anyone not liking it after getting one. I am supposed to get my period in the next day or two, and this might be the first and only time that I am excited to get my period, hahaha. I don't know if it sounds weird but I'm excited to start using it. Besides being green I think in the long run it saves money. Its good to hear too that people use it for more than a year- it recommends in the packaging to replace it every year and I didn't like the idea of doing that especially if it seems to still be in good condition.

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1/18/10 2:26 A

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I find this topic very informational! I've never heard of a DC until now!! I was looking for an alternative and this might be it for me!! I am going to have to seriously consider investing in one...

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I have never boiled my DC yet. I think it is a suggestion for sterilization, especially if it has a smell, but mine does not have a smell. I wash it with soap and water and then I will rub it with alcohol, which should kill pretty much anything anyway.

I <3 my DC and highly recommend it!

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I've used the dc for almost three years now, I don't think you "have to" boil it every month. not to sound gross or anything but, I've only boiled it once by letting it sit in a container of boiling water. I might boil it regularly if i had a small pot just for it but both me and my mother dont really like the idea of boiling it in a pot that we make food in. I always just wash it as frequently as possible with soap and warm water and so far I've been fine, dont know if that helps :)

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It's not that I don't have kitchen access, it's that the family uses the kitchen as their social room. At night they have 2 hour sit down dinners that use the whole kitchen to prepare. I just feel awkward whenever I'm in there.

The water boiler idea is a good one. I should have considered it before. Thanks!

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You could get a water boiler. I use mine for tea at my desk, but it boils water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_water
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I have one where the entire top comes open, so it could easily hold the DC.

Also have you asked for kitchen access? I've been on both sides of that, and always been able to work something out.

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Hi Everyone. I've been thinking of switching to the DC for awhile now. However, I read on the website that it needs to be boiled every month. To save some money I am currently renting a room from a nice family and it's very difficult for me to get into the kitchen at all (I usually only eat salads when I'm at home, since they don't need to be cooked!). This is the main issue I have with making the switch. Am I overthinking this?? I'd like to make the switch, but definately don't want to compromise my health because I can't do this right. Any suggestions?

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WOW! Didn't even know DC or cloth pads existed, I thought I was doing a good thing by using some green pads...I must look into the DC, I'm a bit skeptic. Not sure about putting anything "UP" there, I couldn't even do the tampon thing. But maybe the Luna pads will be a fit for me...thanks for the insightful info... emoticon

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I LOVE cloth pads!!

I am not much for using a cup, but I should just grow up and use it :p

For those of you interested in cloth pads, I have for sale on etsy, some that I made that the fit isn't great for me (they have never been worn)

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I plan to visit the Diva Cup website, but just a thought, is it something like a diaphram? Years ago, I used one of them for birth control and per the instructions you had to leave it "in" for 6 hours after having sex. When you were on you period the diaphram would fill up. Is that how this DC works? Do you insert it in a similar way? I'm 40 and thankfully don;t have very heavy periods, but if they last for several years, I may be through menopause before I'd need a new one.

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I just visited the diva cup website for the first time. still a bit wary but losing scepticism.

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I used GladRags for 10 years before they came out with the Diva Cup. I found that I had a sensitivity, so I got the Moon Cup. I love both products.

I've never had a problem with slippage, because the GladRags pads have "wings" that snap underneath your panties to keep it in place. Having said that, I've found that if I place the pad closer to the front of my panties, I feel more confident that there won't be spillover from the "blurbs" when you're in a sitting position.

I usually soak my pads in a small garbage pail of cold water for a few days. Then I pour the water on my houseplants. I usually wash the pads with towels.

Over the years, I've found that pre-soaking isn't necessary (I got a better washing machine) and would just wash them when I did towels. The result was the same as I had when I presoaked.

Congratulations on switching to a product that won't take up space in our landfills and is much better for you!

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Wow, I used Seasonale (birth control, but needed for the hormone stability for my migraines). You only get your period 4 times a year for maybe 3 days. Very light too. It took me a whole year to use 1 box of pads. My daughter used less than a box a year. Very green, in hindsight.
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I'll definitely look into the luna pads. Had never heard of them. Thanks for the tip!

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I use a DC with cloth pads for backup. I have about 7--a combination of homemade ones and Glad Rags. The Glad Rags I purchased as part of a "starter kit" years back, which comes with this little bag for use outside the home, to store dirty ones in. Here's the link:

www.gladrags.com/category/carrybags

I highly recommend this, as the bag is water-resistant and odor resistant. And it's really inconspicuous. I bring it to work and when I need change pads, the dirty ones go into the bag until I get home, to be rinsed.



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My first couple periods using the Diva I had some leaks too. I had to learn what a good seal felt like and how often I needed to empty it, so my recommendation would be to try again.

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So I tried to use The Keeper before and only tried it for a few days but I had leaks... should I try it again or could the Diva Cup be that much better?

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Haven't tried the cloth pads, but I've been using the DC for 4 years. Every once in awhile it leaks, but it's better than anything else I've come across. I travel a lot in developing countries where it's hard to find tampons or pads so the DC works great. Looking forward to getting some cloth pads. Sounds like Luna are recommended. Any other brand suggestions??

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Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. I've used OB tampons for years because they have the least amount of packaging, but I will definitely investigate the DC and other suggestions.



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I have a friend with a dc and she loves it. I'd love to get one too but I need the money to get one.

I'm kind of afraid to switch, but they seem so convenient.

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I use glad rags, but I had a roommate who used a DC, and she boiled it after her period every month.

On the GR issue does anyone have suggestions on biking comfort while using Glad Rags?

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ok, that's pretty much what I do, but I've been using Hydrogen Peroxide, since it's supposed to be a good disinfectant.

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I just use soap and water and then occasionally I'll wipe it clean with alcohol, too.



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Nicole, I'm with you on ladies needing to be less grossed out by our bodies. Let's face it, it is what it is no matter what method we chose in dealing with our "monthly bill"!

I've been using the DC for about a year now and love it. I did have a few leaks in the beginning and was grossed out when I had to empty it, but doing so in the shower in the morning is the easiest thing to do and then before bed. And really, I forget about it for the rest of the day.

Funny thing is that I had a few tampons left over and thought I should just go ahead and use them up...it really made me appreciate my DC. Tampons are so much more work since you can't leave 'em in nearly as long.


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Ok Ok Ok, I will look into it a bit more. Thanks for the info and reassurances. You also answered a lot of questions that the site did not answer when I was reading it. emoticon

So, about size, it says us over 30 gals need the bigger size, but I KNOW I am not very loose because emoticon is always a bit... anyway... so...what size do all of you go with? I am 31, childless, and tall.

I also thought the idea of making your own pads was a good one.

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I agree with everything that Coach Nicole said about DivaCup. I used to leak like crazy with tampons but the DC is far superior. And I love the fact that you can leave it in for 12 hours.

It does take a little bit of practice to get the hang of it. The key is to make sure that it opens up to get a sort of vaccuum seal. Twisting it can open it, or sometimes pinching it. The instructions are very good.

On the topic of cloth pads - I have about 10. Ideally, I'd like 15, but 10 is just enough for me.

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I am hoping to switch to the diva cup in the future.

I make my own cloth pads. They are very easy to make and there are even instructions on the web. (try searching with blackle.com)

To make mine I just traced around a pad that had wings and used that for a pattern. I made the inserts out of Microfiber rags and stitched them up.

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The diva cup website will explain how much it holds. I can't remember if it's 1 or 2 ounces. To give you an idea, I also used to have (and sometimes still have) very heavy periods, where I'd go through a super tampon in an hour or two. The diva cup holds MUCH MORE than a tampon. I usually have to change mine like every 5-6 hours on a heavy day, and every 12 hours on a medium/normal/light day.

I was also scared about using it at first. I kept waiting until I could be at home, like on a weekend. So I started like that and would just get used to it when I was home. Then I started using it more even when at work, etc. Everyone deals with it differently. Sometimes if I'm going to be out or away from home for a long time, I will bring other means (like tampons) b/c you never know what sort of bathroom situation you might run into.

Mine cost about $40, but they last for several years. You'll find tons of info on the diva cup website, and it also does come with detailed instructions.

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ETA: I wanted to add that I experience few if any leaks since switching from tampons to the DC, too!

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uh...how much "waste" can it hold, i guess the question would be.

i've had the unfortunate ability to have the most explosive and sudden "leakages" at some point in my first few days.

Also:

1. how often would you have to change them out?
2. how well do they work if you're in public all day long--how do you deal with them?
3. where do you get them and how much do they cost?
4. does it have instructions telling you how to use them?

i have a fear of screwing up (wish they'd name the darn phobia already), but this is one instance that screwing up is not an option i'm willing to consider! and i think i'd be great to get off of tampons and pads (or at least drastically reduce and only use overnight on my heaviest days)--and not have to see dad go into spasms when i say the word "Tampon" (that was funny when i needed him to get me some ONCE because i was sick and he was going to the store anyway--i'd never seen a grown man freeze like that before, it'd never occurred to me that that could happen).

anything on this would be great--i hate wearing diapers if i don't have to and taking more baths than usual to feel better.

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Nicole - I have two and I think I need two more since I end up having to do midweek laundry because of them. I think 10 should be plenty unless your life is super busy. emoticon

Sid - Haha! My sister had the same reaction when she first read about them, but she's on her 3rd month using one and now says she'll never go back. Once you get the hang of it, it's actually a lot *less* mess than tampons or pads.

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I know how you feel. I never thought that I could use something like the diva cup b/c it sort of grossed me out. But you know, it really is not bad at all. In fact, I feel way cleaner and more sanitary using it than using tampons, which are laden with chemicals and create a lot of waste, too. I find that the DC is way easier to use overall. I think that women need to stop being so afraid and/or grossed out by their own bodies, although I know that is easier said than done! :-)

Everyone else- thanks for the tips so far. One last question: How many cloth pads do you have? I ordered 10, but I have no idea how many I would need.

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I have never heard of a Diva cup or luna pads. I would never have even thought of it as there is nothing I hate more than being unclean and messy at that time. I always use paper applicator tampons and thought that was the best thing environmentally.

What is a diva cup and what is so great about it? Is it messy? How does it work?

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EDIT update: I just looked it up on the net and I think that is crazy! NO WAY! emoticon

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Thanks for starting this thread! I've been a fan of my divacup for a couple years or so, but was not aware of washable pads. I'm busy browing the luna website now.

Also thanks Nicole for the work you are doing on the bootcamp.

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I've used reusables (Lunapads) for about a year now and I like them.

I don't find they slide around too much, as they fit around the crotch of my panties pretty snugly.

What I've found works best for me is to put them in a container with a lid (like a diaper pail) with cold water, baking soda, and vinegar until I do my next load of laundry. They will stain a little - but their job is to prevent stains from appearing on your clothes, so I don't mind that at all.

I usually wash them with my towels.

Good for you for making the switch! (P.S. I'm also a Divacup fan - it's the best!!!)

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1/18/09 4:58 P

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I use LunaPads as a backup to my cup for heavy days and karate classes (because when do I NOT want a leak? when I am dressed entirely in white) and they have little wings and a snap to close them. Once they are in place, they don't move much. (They are also flannel, which probably helps.)

I usually wash them in with my exercise clothes since those go in on a stronger wash cycle than everyday clothes, and have had no issues even when they go in with regular clothes. On the other hand, I bought them in dark colors on the assumption that they would stain more than they have, so your mileage may vary.

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Hi everyone-

I have been faithfully using my diva cup for several months now and I love it! I can't imagine going back. But I've been using disposable panty liners as backup, and I'm ready to break that habit! Today I finally bit the bullet and ordered some washable panty liners (from etsy). I haven't used cloth pads before, so I was hoping to get some tips from anyone who has. Namely:

Any tricks so that they don't slide around while you wear them? I've heard this can happen since they just clasp together but don't "stick" to your underwear.

Can I wash them with regular loads of laundry or do they need to be washed separately?

Any other laundry tricks?

Thanks so much in advance. I can't believe it, but I'm actually looking FORWARD to using these.

Nicole



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