Friday, May 16, 2008

Especially For The Ladies

A frugal tip with a little background...

After I wrote about using cloth last Friday, I realized that there's one thing that I don't use cloth for. And this is where I tell any guys reading that this is really a ladies post, Ok? So fair warning...

A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to try a product I had read about in the infamous "Tightwad Gazette" book by Amy Dacyczyn (a gift from my friend - thanks, Mistee!)...Something different...Something I had never heard about before.

It was called the Keeper. It is a menstral cup for a ladies mentrual cycle. It is designed to hold the mentrual flow and a woman just empties it and keeps it clean. It is reusable and very good at what it does. After learning how to use it properly (it takes a little practice), I really felt like I didn't need to dread this "time of the month" anymore. The first day I used it, I knew I was a convert. No more icky pads for me.

I had never tried using cloth pads, although they must be much softer than disposable sanitary pads. They just seemed to me that it would be kind of gross, but then again, that's what I think of disposables too. Anyway, after using it awhile, I realized (through another source) that I might be sensitive to latex. Since the Keeper is made with natural latex rubber, I was really heartbroken. Believe it or not, I continued to use it anyway for a few more months (I loved it so much).

Until one day, we were visiting my parents and they had a homesteading magazine that had an ad for the Diva Cup (http://www.divacup.com/). I think that I ordered one that day! The Diva Cup is a version of the Keeper, but made with silicone! Yeah! I was sooooo happy to find an alternative that my body could handle.

Just so everyone knows how frugal this little gem is...You can reuse it for years! Just think of all the money you could save. I even used it on our mission trip to Ghana back in 2005. No problem. Love it. Love it. Love it. Currently not using it as I am still nursing my daughter, but I have it just waiting for me. It is definetly a "keeper" for me. Cloth is still a very good option though (especially if you are saving up for a Diva cup). And if you prefer that, go for it, it still saves trees and lots of money too.

So check out the Q & A and the testimonials on the link above for the Diva Cup. If you decide to buy one, you can check the internet for better prices than those listed on their site. You'll never dread that "time of the month" after you become a "Diva"!!!

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6 comments:

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

I've been using the Diva Cup for about 5 months now... LOVE IT!!! You summed it up pretty well! :)

Tara said...

Wow, I never heard of anything like this! Have to think about this one lol Just goes to show you once you think you heard it all ... you learn something new :) Thanks for sharing.. I will definitely read more about the diva cup.

Heather said...

I was nervous about trying this so tried Instead (which are disposable and much cheaper to start) I love them and am eventually going to purchase a Diva cup.

Sarah Halter said...

Loretta, thanks for sharing this. A friend suggested the keeper to me before going to Africa the first time, but I knew I would be in a rural area using an outhouse without any running water and it would be difficult to clean discreetly. I'd really forgotten about it again until now. I was thinking of switching to cloth pads, but I would MUCH rather have something like this, as I've never been a pad kind of girl.

Loretta said...

I've used these in public restrooms and never had trouble. It might be helpful to take a bottled water with you or, at the very least, some extra tissue to wipe it out with.

LK said...

The Keeper now comes in a silicone version - I got mine a few months ago. I have a bit of trouble with leaks, but I think it's more me than the cup, and not that much worse than tampons. It's called the Moon Cup, not to be confused with the silicone Moon Cup that is made in the UK. Lots of options out there if you look!