Man friends… go read another post. Wait! Get your wife first and have her read this. Now get outta here.
Okay, good. Now that the men are gone we are free to have our candid girly talk.
Ladies. It comes whether you like it or not. Whether it’s a convenient time or not. Whether you are prepared or not. Your period does not care what is going on in your life at the moment. It just comes and goes as it pleases. Some of you may be on pills or something that regulates your menstruation, but eventually it will come.
What would you do if you ran out of pads in the midst of your cycle, and you were stuck in your home due to severely bad weather, or civil or economic unrest? What if your period decided it wanted to rear its ugly head at a moment when you had no money to buy the feminine hygiene products you desperately needed, or the store shelves were bare?
It doesn’t really matter which scenario you prefer to prepare for… not having something to protect your clothing (and your dignity!) at that time of the month would be a real pain to deal with. What would you do?
I know what you would do. You’d improvise. You gotta do something, right? You’d end up wadding paper towels or washcloths, or cutting up an old shirt for an impromptu rag. But that would be pretty uncomfortable, wouldn’t it? And you’d need a lot of these things to get you through the week.
Doesn’t preparing for this inevitable inconvenience just seem like a good idea? Especially if there are teenage daughters in the home as well!
Being prepared to cover your period in times of an emergency doesn’t take much at all. And you actually have a few options…
Washable Cloth Pads
If you can sew, making your own would be most cost effective. Check out this link to a whole slew of homemade cloth menstrual pads tutorials.
If you can’t sew, and you don’t have much money to spend on cute, premade pads, you can always purchase some inexpensive terry cloth dishtowels, fold them longways, and safety pin them to your undies. Wash cloths would work like this too, in a pinch.
The down side to using cloth pads is having to wash them. In an emergency situation you may not have a lot of water and/or soap to scrub these in. In which case your sanitary pads would end up being not so sanitary. Nevertheless, a few of these would be nice to have on hand.
Reusable Menstrual Cup
I know some of you ladies can’t stand the feeling of bulky pads, nor do you want to deal with the mess. I’m with ya! For those who prefer tampons, there is a washable alternative for you as well. It’s called the Diva Cup. Though I’ve just found other very similar products along the same lines; The Moon Cup, Lunette Menstrual Cup, and Instead Feminine Protection Cup.
Personally, I chose to order the Diva Cup. Basically, it’s an insertable cup that can be left in for up to 12 hours, rinsed in hot water and then re-used. It’s latex-free, made of top-quality silicone, and has had no reports of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Obviously I’m pregnant and thus haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but from the reviews I’ve read if you don’t have trouble with tampons, the Diva Cup is very much the same (though it does look a little scary to me in all honesty!). Overall, I have heard a lot of great things about this product.
There are different sizes for pre-baby ladies, and post-baby mamas, as well as for women over the age of 30. So make sure you get the right size.
I chose to purchase a Diva Cup mainly as an emergency back up for several reasons:
1. It’ll save you lots of money.
2. You don’t need a lot of water to rinse it.
3. It’s reusable, so you only need ONE per lady.
4. It doesn’t take up much room at all to store. It’s small, and weighs practically nothing.
Stocking Up On Your Favorites
You can also choose to stock up on your favorite supplies. Often you can score tampons and pads for free or very little money paring coupons with weekly sales. If disposables are more up your alley, make sure to store these items in a plastic bucket or container to protect them from any water damage or rodents seeking a comfy bed.
Remember that sanitary pads can also double as bandages (or firestarters!) in an emergency situation, so they are definitely a good thing to have on hand.
The down side to stocking up on disposables is the valuable space it takes to store them. I do keep a stash of pads that I get for nothing with coupons, but I’m not building a stockpile of them as my primary source of feminine hygiene, in which case I would need a lot of them.
Of course, you can always decide that you’ll just take it as it comes, and not have a back-up plan for a time when you might not be able to get your hands on the feminine products that you’ll be so desperate for when caught unprepared.
And then you’ll remember reading this post and kick yourself for scoffing at me. Can’t say I didn’t warn ya!!
Anybody else have anything to add to this?