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I wanted to have a discussion about menstrual cups and survival situations. Feminine Hygiene is a big issue in a post-apocalyptic or even regular survival situation. But yet it seems to be glossed over in the media and even on some survival blogs. In alot of the popular end of days shows TWD, Fallen skies, they never address this issue. We see the characters hunting for food, water, etc but never a tampon.

Cloth pads are great don't get me wrong and disposables are nice for convienence, but in a long term (weeks or months) situation either product seems like it would be difficult to manage.

The issue with disposables would be finding a regular supply. In a major calamity the stores will be stripped of that sort of thing. And Cloth pads have to be washed and dried and can be bulky.

So I'm wondering do we have any MC LJ users who prep or are thinking about long term survival (weeks, months, years). What do you plan on using? Does anybody have suggestions for storing a unused menstrual cup for long term? And if you're forced to pack out what would be your go to product, a few disposable for convinence, a menstrual cup for reduced bulk?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 9th, 2015 10:22 pm (UTC)
A few years ago, hubby was in a bad crash just in time for the floodgates to open for me. And lemme tell ya, I had quite a few "kiss my cup" experiences. While he was bouncing from trauma unit to trauma unit, I never knew when I would get to a bathroom next. I never passed one by and I always emptied my cup, no matter how full or not I thought it was at the time. I'm sure I would have had disasters if I had been relying on disposables. Happy ending, he's fine now. 90-95% full recovery.

As for an apocalyptic event, I hope it happens right on top of me so I'm one of the first to go. But if not, cups and reusable pads would be my methods of choice.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 9th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
Interesting thought! But I would also imagine that the stress of it might cause a lot of women to stop bleeding (particularly if there's a famine as well). In general I would probably hope that the cup factories were not destroyed and I'd distribute cups to anyone who wanted one. All those wholesale factories in China could be useful!
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 9th, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
It's possible to hand-mould silicone if necessary. They wouldn't be as finished, but it could work.
failsafe8failsafe8 on July 9th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
Seriously? I didn't know you could hand mould silcone. I would definitely do this if it was the only option, life without my cup would be terrible.
selofain: Nuclear apocalypseselofain on July 10th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Yes, you can, but most of the ones on the market (that I know of) aren't food safe, and the ones that are food safe aren't safe for internal use. (At least, they haven't been tested for it.) They're all porous, at any rate.

I don't know how much of a concern that is in a post-apocalyptic world though.
failsafe8failsafe8 on July 10th, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
I am loving your icon, like seriously. It's awesome!
selofain: Otilia- mad grinselofain on July 10th, 2015 04:45 am (UTC)
A true classic. I thought it was quite appropriate given the topic! :)
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 10th, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yup. You can even buy kits to mould your partner's personal bits, if you like. (Finding the equipment and knowing how to do it is another problem, but if you've outlived the raided supplies of cups from your local coop you've probably had time to find the materials!)
m03m on July 10th, 2015 09:56 am (UTC)
I don't prep, but I can't think of any reason why I'd not use my cup in a long time emergency situation. I don't actually consider disposables more convenient.
In my view, if you're a cup user and maaaaaaaaaaybe have one spare cup, you're all set for the next 10 years.
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on July 12th, 2015 03:57 am (UTC)
I'd definitely stick to using my cup. I wouldn't even know how one could survive with being dependent on disposables. I have a few so I'd be good in a post-apocalyptic world.
yayforcupsyayforcups on July 12th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
I have a go-bag next to my front door, ive just figured out my heavy and light day goldilocks cups so im getting one of each for the bag :) i have lubricant in a contact lense case and milton sterilizing tablets for 5l of water (one full tablet) with the cups at all times so purify the water to rinse the cups once a day minimum post apocalypse :P