This blog post originally appeared on My Red Tent. We thought it was just to cute and funny to not share with the GladRags community! Thanks to GladRags Guerrilla, Lafan, for allowing us to re-post it.
- Green Upgrader sings some praises in Reusable Menstrual Products Help Reduce Waste, Save Money.
A study finds that the presence of older brothers delays menstruation in girls. Learn more about why they think that is and how it relates to sexual activity here.
- I’ve always wondered What Causes Digestive Issues During Menstrual Periods. And now I know!
- Ashley at Domestic Chaos reviews cloth pads and the Instead and rates them according to effectiveness and comfort.
- A new study finds a link between stress and worse PMS symptoms.
- Life on Health brings us many reasons to start using menstrual cups in Wondering How To Forget About Menstrual Pains & Discomfort Of Constant Tampon Or Pad Changing? Menstrual Cups!
- Check out this laughable recent ad for douching How to Ask for a Raise: First, Wash Your Vagina. If only we could all feel comfortable with our own bodies silly shaming ads like this would not be a problem!
- Reasons to use a menstrual cup, let blogger Delta S count the ways.
- Evangelizing about the Menstrual Cup from “Let Me See,” a Christian Feminist blog. Learn why she loves menstrual cups!
- Elephant Journal has a great piece informing and advising you on how to Get Back on the Rag (see photo).
- Don’t forget! Shop GladRags.com for free shipping on all domestic orders until next Friday (8/6/10).
- Also ending next Friday is your chance to win the Uterine Health Companion book! Read our review and enter the contest here.
- Naked Faery shares her thoughts on why using a menstrual cup is one way that she can feel feminist in every day life on her tumblr.
- Blogger, Raising My Boychick, brings us a great review about Sea Pearls (menstrual sponges)!
- An interesting take on the Do Bears Love Your Menstrual Blood? urban legend that explores male fear of the unknown in a lighthearted manner from The Faster Times.
- Accidentally Mommy shares an honest, interesting blog entry about her thoughts and feelings regarding her period in That Cup Isn’t for Drinking, My Dearest.
- GladRags for Postpartum explains why and how GladRags are perfect during a time when you need some extra comfort and care.
Reviews and Giveaways!
- You have one more day to enter to win GladRags nursing pads and Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter from the Mommy Business blog on her Nursing Pad Review and Giveaway!
- The Moon Cup: for All Your “Feminine Product” Needs is a great article with a helpful list of all the benefits and downsides to using the Moon Cup.
- The Women’s Rights section of change.org has a very interesting article presenting the idea– Subsidised Menstrual Pads: Good for Girls, Bad for the Plant. What do you think? Should the India government be supplying cloth pads or menstrual cups or do clean water concerns get in the way? If you want to help girls in Zambia with their menstrual needs check out our donation partnership with Beth’s Girls.
- Diary of a Mom’s Green Topic #4: Going Paperless has a number a good ideas about different ways to have a paperless household.
- A design/art student named Hiromi Ozaki invents a Menstruation Machine so that everyone can have the feeling of menstruation! (picture from the Wired article on the subject)
- Sewing blogger SlipStiches brings us a great article on making your own cloth pads out of scraps that you probably have around the house.
- The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) will be airing a documentary about menstruation called “Seeing Red: A Cultural History of Menstruation” on June 14th & 21st. Hopefully we can find a way to watch it here in the States!
- CNN has a very fair-handed article about period-eliminating contraception titled Periods — Who needs them anyway? Women have mixed feelings.
- Endometriosis blogger EndoFriendo brings us two great article about why she loves the Keeper and GladRags!
- A short and sweet article from Today’s Natural Living on how Conventional Menstrual Products Get Revamped.
- This great, funny, interesting article, The Strangest Ads for Menstrual Products, from Rabbit Write is a must read! See the ad to the right for a teaser.
- Excellent article and lots of discussion from University of York’s student newspaper, Nouse: Increasing our understanding of women’s natural cycles is essential.
- Read the heartbreaking story of the 29 girls who were kicked out of their school for menstruating in Nepal School Expels Girls for ‘Being Accursed’
- RH Reality Check brings us another great article! Read Tampon Safety and Our Monthly Affair with Toxins to learn more about the chemicals used in tampon production and their harmful effects.
- Have you seen the Huffington Post‘s article about alternative menstrual products? You can read the interestingly titled Make Her Vagina Green here. Being mentioned on such a big news outlet is awesome, but I wish should would have at least tried our products before writing about them. What do you think about it?
- Amy Ziz in Austin writes about her experiences and first impressions of the Moon Cup in this article.
- Creative Madness Mama has a great article on using GladRags. She provides lots of tips on using and buying GladRags in GladRags- Menstrual Monday.
- The title of this funny and informative article says it all: Menstrual Cups: Why They Are Awesome and You Should Get One.
May Monthly Friend: Sarah Fauber
Name: Sarah Fauber
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Current location: Louisville, Kentucky
Occupation: Self-proclaimed Jane of all Trades: nutrition and supplement specialist, childcare and pet-care provider, jewelry designer, soon-to-be self-published cookbook author, and seamstress.
Interests: Bicycling, party and small event coordinating and participating, VH1 “reality” TV shows, cooking and food research, reading.
Dreams: I have always wanted to own my own shop. It would be a place that could incorporate all the things I love to make and do and share with people. GladRags would definitely be available at my store.
How long have you used reusable menstrual products?: 8 years
Reason for making the switch to reusables: I made the switch after 3 years of hesitation. Primarily I was looking for an alternative to tampons that would alleviate vaginal dryness, be cost-effective, and not contribute to waste in the environment. It took a couple of months to get used to The Keeper menstrual cup but then I was so happy with it I bought one for a friend and she’s been using it for the last 7 years. I am continually enthusiastic about other benefits such as the reduced risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, not having to remove my menstrual cup when I urinate, never having to worry about packing tampons with me because when I need it my menstrual cup is already on my person. And I love reusable pads as a cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative to my menstrual cup or just as added protection. I’m always informing women I know or meet about reusables.
Funny anecdotes, deep thoughts, or anything else you’d like to share: For years I’ve had bouts of Menorrhagia, excessive menstrual bleeding. Sometimes my periods would be so heavy I would have to use two super-plus tampons and an overnight pad just to make it 3 hours. Occasionally my periods would last for over a month. The first time I was diagnosed with Menorrhagia I had never heard of a menstrual cup but wished something like it existed. The third and last bought of menorrhagia occured about 7 years ago and having my menstrual cup made going through it so much easier. During this time I finally correlated weight gain and consumption of hormone enhanced dairy with my bouts of Menorrhagia. After weight loss and a switch to organic, r-BGH free dairy it has never returned. It would be an amazing opportunity for women to be consulted about menstrual alternatives at their gynecological check-ups. And I’ve often wondered what possibilities would occur if GladRags menstrual alternatives could be a part of sexual education for young women. Here’s a funny little anecdote about a time at work when I was informing a female co-worker about menstrual cups she exclaimed “that sounds right up my alley,” and I replied “literally.”
- The SF Weekly Heartless Doll brings us a helpful public service announcement with Dudes of the World: Menstruation Does Not Make Women Insane.
- A Columbus radio station brings us 5 Fab Essential Earth Day Accessories including the menstrual cup! See picture to the right for another fab accessory.
Also, we would like to thank everyone who has donated pads to Beth’s Girls so far. We already have almost 100 pads to give to girls in need in Zambia! But we always need more. Read about why you should donate here.
Hello and welcome to the newest installment of Menstrual Mondays, wherein we review this week in menstrual news, blog entries, art, activism, and more!
- The Chic Ecologist brings us an installment of the Environmental Impact of Everyday Things focused on the impact of menstrual products. She goes into some interesting detail about what happens to the menstrual products that are thrown away and the history of green-washing such products. (image to the left is take from her article)
- Check out this week’s Do Good of the Week from GladRags Guerilla, Marta, who runs Be Good Do Good Yoga. This week’s segment is all about natural birth control methods and why you should check them out.
- Girl w/ Pen has an impassioned editorial about the state of menstrual product advertising in Pop Goes Feminism: Does Your Period Make You Blue?
- Awesome blogger The Sexist has a hilarious article about the 5 Most Feminine Feminine Hygiene Products (note: they are not all menstrual products).
- Blog a la Cart shares a funny little story about her husband’s reaction to her excitement over first using the menstrual cup.