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24 September 2007 @ 05:43 pm
Hi ladies,

I'm a co-director of the peer sexual health group on my college campus. We give at free condoms/dental dams/lube etc. and give out information and referrals. It's really a pretty kick-ass organization, we've been around since the 60's and used to do all sorts of protests and what not. Anyways, I want to run a workshop on alternative menstrual products, and I was wondering if anyone has ever attended one of these and has some ideas. I'm also curious as to if I can get information from some of the menstrual cup companies and from some of the cloth pad distributors to have available. So, if you've ever attended/ran one of these puppies, or just have some ideas from me, it would be much appreciated.

Thank you much!
unnarrator on September 24th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
About 10 entries down is me asking the same thing, lol! Here's a link that helped me: is normally useful but right now they seem to be in the midst of a web redesign. Good luck and have fun! :o)
Ellie Mentalagenda on September 24th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I've never been to a seminar, but I did a speech on alternative menstrual products last semester. Divacup and the Keeper sent me samples of their cups (for the Keeper, I got a latex cup and a silicone cup).

Lunapads sent me several sample cloth pads and liners, along with a newsletter, fliers, and coupons to distribute with discount codes. Jade and Pearl sent me two sea sponge tampons, along with some brochures and fliers.

All the companies allowed me to keep the samples for myself when I was done. In the case of Lunapads and Jade and Pearl, they said I should feel free to use their products for myself, but I decided to keep them for display purposes.

I definitely suggest writing to them -- they were very accommodating!
recuntulousrecuntulous on September 25th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
My college had one of these meetings every year at the womyn's center. It was the first place I heard about alternative menstrual methods and I soon after ordered my diva cup. One thing I'd suggest is passing around the samples (if your group isn't tooo big I guess) and really making everyone play with them. I feel like even just picking it up and handing it to the person next to you would help someone who was intimidated or anything. In addition to cups and pads, we also passed around sea sponges, and I think they just told us about organic tampons. I think we actually started by talking about traditional tampons and pads and all of the scary things about them.

Another thing you might do at another meeting (it takes a little time) is make cloth pads as a group. The womyn's center bought a bunch of pieces of flannel in different colors and designs, some snaps, got together some needles and thread, and printed out a pattern for a cloth pad online. Then, everyone picked out some fabric and someone gave instructions and we all sat and sewed our own cloth pads together and chatted. I'm not sure if that's getting kinda far from "peer sexual health" or what kinds of resources you have, but it's a lot of fun AND everyone gets their own cloth pad!

good luck and have fun!
i'm heremal_in_np on September 29th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
A group I attend on campus called the Feminist Majority Leadership alliance is holding an event/workshop called "The Red Tent" this wednesday. It's going to be all about periods, alternative menstrual products, and so on. I let you know how it goes.