October 11th, 2010

It's Lizzie

Another reason I wish cups were more mainstream

I keep seeing this commercial on tv and it frustrates me.

http://drugstore.liveclicker.com/v/8274/rephresh-brilliant-ph-tons-absorbency-online-drugstorecom/

(Sorry for not linking to a video site, this is the only place I found the ad, although there is another 01:30 ad, this is the one getting wide circulation which is what really frustrates me).

Our bodies are designed to bleed for a certain amount of time with regular frequency. People that get irritation from tampons have the problem, as we've discussed before, in part because the tampon absorbs both the blood *and* the natural pH/flora of the vagina. I fail to see how these tampons are going to refrain from absorbing the good things but not the blood. And considering the original rephresh product is similar to a douche, which throws off the pH of the vagina already, if they've included that as part of the tampon it seems like it will only make things worse. It doesn't help they've got a gynecologist backing this up. They don't really explain *how* this works, the whole commercial rankles of "I have letters behind my name and I say this product is better than your old one because blah blah Science terms pH blah, so buy it".

I know we discuss here some of the reasons we like cups is because the natural flora of the vagina stays there, rather than being absorbed by a tampon. I was wondering if anyone else had the irked reaction based on things they learned here?
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Autostraddle post about periods - featuring menstrual cups

Hey friends,

Just wanted to share a post I helped write on the queer women's website Autostraddle: Period 101: Toxic Shock Station Stomps Out the Tampon Industrial Complex.

Hope you enjoy it! :) (I'm Dina in the post, BTW, which should be fairly obvious if you read it... ;) )

ETA: Also, I should point out this comment - she's talking about you folks here! :D I can't take credit for menstrual_cups on my own - it wouldn't be half as amazing without the people who post here. Thanks for being part of/contributing to such an awesome resource.
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Fleurcup for sale

Anyone interested in buying a used Fleurcup?  I have one (a large lilac one) that I've used once.
There are a lot of features that I like about the cup:  nice grip rings, large capacity, tab stem that didn't need to be trimmed (at least not for me), a shape that is very comfy (for me).
My large Lunette also has all of these features, though.
The things I don't like about the Fleurcup:  it's not as stiff as my Lunette, and it's more see-through than the Lunette (that part wouldn't be enough to turn me away from the Fleurcup, but it's just my preference).   Some people seem to actually prefer the softer, squishier cups since they are more comfortable to them.
I did not purchase the bag with it, but I can put it in the cotton bag that came with my mooncup.
$20, including shipping.  However you want to pay is fine with me.