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14 March 2008 @ 10:57 am
I did not intend my post about why I chose the keeper over the other cups out there made of silicone to cause a ruckus.  All I did to find the information on silicone was to google 'where does silicone come from?'.  I knew it was polymer based on silica, but I didn't know how it was made or what if any health risks are associated with it.  The information I was referring to had to do with breast implants and other silicone prosthetic items that are inserted into the body and how when pieces break off they become lodged in the body and are many times not removable even with surgery.  Maybe I'm too careful, but that is just who I am.  We get enough toxins in our bodies from just going outside and breathing the air.

I'm not too worried about becoming allergic to the keeper, as most people with latex/rubber allergies actually develop them as children via the use of latex in the health fields though much of that is being fazed out.  Latex and rubber are renewable resources too for those who are environmentally conscious enough to buy and use a menstrual cup in the first place.

I personally would like to leave as small a footprint as possible when I'm gone, so even that 'little silicone cup' as another poster wrote would bother me.

Good luck with whatever you choose.  I'm having to use tampons while I wait for my new keeper to be delivered and they suck (even the natural fiber non-bleached ones I chose) not comfortable and don't last all day at work.
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silly: hawtfourwordsapart on March 14th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
it wasn't too much of a ruckus, i don't think. but people get touchy when it's suggested that someone might not approve of what they do. not that you were acting high and mighty at all about using the keeper, but it's the same thing when i'm minding my own business using reusable bags at the store and people get huffy. people feel the need to get defensive about why they use silicone.
~: GOBBLE GOBBLEwoodgrained on March 14th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Er, what post? Did you delete?
ghoti_eghoti_e on March 14th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
I believe the OP is referring to this post:

To the OP, no worries, I saw no ruckus. Just an exchange of ideas and opinions. Exactly what communities are for :)
thornsandblades on March 14th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't see the post, so I don't know what was said or how it was responded to.

For me, I could see the possibility of having a slight issue with an assumption in your post (this one). That assumption is that all of us use cups for environmental purposes. I'm very glad that using a reusable cup rather than disposable stuff has a positive affect on the environment. However, that's not why I switched. I switched because research showed that the cup was healthier, more convenient, and even would help me to further embrace my own body.

I respect those who make the choice for environmental reasons, but that was not my motivation.
nomadicjack on March 14th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
The information I was referring to had to do with breast implants and other silicone prosthetic items that are inserted into the body and how when pieces break off they become lodged in the body and are many times not removable even with surgery.

A chunk of cup breaking off is as likely to happen with natural or synthetic rubber.

Also, Wikipedia has some good info on health concerns about breast implants, which is where the majority of research on medical grade silicone has been done. One thing to note about implants, though, is that the outside is rubbery silicone (like cups) and they are filled with saline or silicone-gel.
Dina Clare: dinasorlintilla on March 14th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Also, if a chunk of cup breaks off, I think it would be a lot easier to remove than, say, a chunk of knee replacement. What with the open nature of the vagina and all.
just2have1dream on March 14th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Just to clarify--I didn't mean to be touchy or start a ruckus. Everyone has choices to make and the choice to use a menstrual cup, no matter what it's made of, is clearly greener and more responsible than disposables. I too am trying to leave a smaller footprint. I always consider what I'm putting into the trash and recycle every last little thing that I can, even digging out the recyclable things my lazy ass husband sometimes puts in the trash. But before I found a cup, I was throwing away lots of stuff each month because I didn't think I had much of a choice. Cloth pads are nice, but what if you're traveling? Anyway, the companies that make menstrual cups are clearly trying to promote responsiblity. It's too bad you can't send them your old cup when you're done, so they could recyle it somehow.
4forrie on March 15th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm glad you posted your thoughts. I found it helpful in learning, which is why I enjoy reading/participating in these posts in the first place. We all get to have our own experiences, and to share that with other women is just another way to explore with one another. Knowing that you used your first keeper for for 12 years and then investing in another after the silicone cups came out had me curious enough to want to know more. I don't think I've seen many keeper posts and took advantage of getting to ask you to enlighten me/us through your own first-hand experience.

Enjoy your cup!