Letter from Erica H
In all the blogs I’ve read I havent seen a lot address feminine needs when there is no more store to go to. Sure people can stock pile, but what happens when that stock pile runs out?
There are several products which can meet the needs for women monthly.
Menstruation cup: is a cup which inserts into a woman vagina which catches the flow for up to 2 hours. there are several brands on the market, such as the diva cup. There are usually 2 sizes and recommendations on which size to get.
The one advantage of the cup is its less mess overall, and does not require the use of extensive washing of reusable pads. Overall this is a good sanitary method if you don’t want to deal with reusable materials you have to wash.
Reusable pads: these can be purchased (such as the luna pad, there are many brands out there to shop around for) or made by hand. The idea is you create a holder which snaps around your underwear and the pad inserts in the holder. Both the holder and the pad need to be replaced (about every 4- 6 hrs depending on flow).
For hygiene it is recommended to place the used pads in water with bleech to keep from staining (although many brands I saw were made of a black fabric). these then would be washed once enough were collected, at the frequency one felt comfortable with.
Sea sponge: was the tampon replacement. It is a natural sea sponge which once inserted absorbs the flow. Depending on flow it should be removed and cleaned every 4 hours or so. The catch to the sea sponge is it should be washed in bleach and dried before reinsertion (it is a sponge), so you will need a few on hand. They are reusable. Unlike menstrual pads which can be made from most absorbent materials, once the sea sponge is ruined it cannot be replaced, so order a few to ensure you have enough.