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a new cycle bookcoverIn celebration of the launch of A New Cycle, our period-positive guide to a healthier period, we’re introducing you to the contributors! We hand-picked our favorite women’s health experts to write chapters for A New Cycle on their area of specialty. Read on to get know this week’s featured contributor, or click here get a free preview of the book when you sign up for our newsletter!

 

 

 

Meet Emily Ruff, author of Introduction to Lunar Charting!

Why is menstruation important?

As women, our creative power is often symbolized through our menstruation. For generations before us, women honored this power personally and collectively … and at the same time, women were persecuted at many historical moments for this power.  Honoring the sacredness, sexiness, and simple power inherent in our menstruation gives us the opportunity to honor those women before us – both those who held this power up, and those who were held down because of this power.

What inspired you to write your chapter?

As women, our creative power is often symbolized through our menstruation. For generations before us, women honored this power personally and collectively … and at the same time, women were persecuted at many historical moments for this power.  Honoring the sacredness, sexiness, and simple power inherent in our menstruation gives us the opportunity to honor those women before us – both those who held this power up, and those who were held down because of this power.

Do you have a personal story about menstruation you’d like to share?

A few years ago, coming home from a vacation, I was in line at the airport and opted out of the x-ray scanner.  In a time of increasing security measures, this choice of course meant I would be physically screened.  At the time I was menstruating, and wearing my GladRags.  The security staff who conducted my screening seemed concerned after she patted me down.  I asked if there was a problem, and she asked if I was wearing a pad. “Why yes!” I said, quite excited, and began gushing about the wonders of cotton reusable pads.

Looking quite confused, the woman shuffled over to her supervisor, and from their kiosk forty feet away, I observed lots of conversation punctuated with quizzical looks my way.  Several male officers were called over, and pretty soon a small army had commenced.  The female officer walked back towards where I was standing, but would not make eye contact.  I asked her why I was still being detained, and if I could move along as I had a plane to catch.  She muttered something hardly distinguishable, and still would not look at me.  I asked her point blank if my menstrual pad was a problem.  She mumbled something that sounded affirmative, and I offered to take it off to show it to her.  She got quite flustered as I reached down to pull up the hem of my skirt, repeated the word “no” a few times, and scurried back to her supervisors.

Time passed and I continued to watch a half-dozen security staff talk to each other, look at me, look back at each other, over and over.  After nearly twenty minutes of waiting patiently, I discretely tucked my hand into the waist of my skirt, quickly unsnapped my GladRag, and pulled it out without anyone noticing.  I held it in my hand for a few minutes, at which time the security officer, and her suited male supervisor, began walking back my way.  When they got within a few feet of me, I stuck my hand out and asked “Is this what you were worried about?”  Much to their horror, my GladRag was presented in my outstretched hand.  (Disclaimer: I was also using my DivaCup, so my cotton pad was actually perfectly clean.)  Aghast, the woman grabbed a plastic bag, opened it and held it out for me to place the pad into.  She walked it over to the X-ray belt to be tested.

While she completed this task, I engaged her male supervisor.  I asked why I was detained for wearing a cotton pad, offered him some education on the environmental impact of disposable pads and tampons, and reminded him that he himself emerged into this world from a vagina that bled just like I was right now.  The entire scenario brought a touch of humor in its irony, but in reflected was also wrought with a deep sadness, sadness for the antiquated social norms of our culture, but especially for the female officer who found herself in such a state of shame and embarrassment when presented with the raw truth of another menstruating female.

After this experience, my gratitude deepened even more for the work of Tracy and GladRags, and other companies like DivaCup and Jade & Pearl, whose hard work gives individual women a powerful option to reclaiming a sacred trust of our own bodies, and through that work are creating ripples from each of us that help heal a cultural wound in our collective body, one moon cycle at a time.

What kind of menstrual protection do you use?

Over a decade ago I switched from organic disposables to GladRags or similar homemade versions coupled with a DivaCup.  I haven’t looked back!  These choices not only allow me to step into my power of environmental responsibility related to my menstruation, but give me the opportunity to harness the creative power of my menstrual blood and offer it intimately back to mother earth through using it to nourish sacred plants in my garden.

emilyruff

Emily Ruff is a community herbalist and director of the Florida School of Holistic Living in Orlando, which features a comprehensive curriculum, community clinic, and teaching garden. Emily studied herbalism across three continents under many indigenous healers, including herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, whom she credits as one of her biggest inspirations. Her academic studies include ethnobotany and women’s studies, and she is a flower essence practitioner.

Her line of products, Orenda Herbal, have been prepared since 2004 with love and locally grown ingredients. Emily has taught frequently at national conferences and regional events, and is also the organizer of the annual Florida Herbal Conference.

Emily stewards an herbal urban homestead in central Florida, where in daily practice of meditation and digging her fingers in the dirt, the plants continue to be her greatest teachers. A frequently published author and dynamic teacher, you can learn more about her work and projects at emilyruff.com.

a new cycle bookcoverIn celebration of the launch of A New Cycle, our period-positive guide to a healthier period, we’re introducing you to the contributors! We hand-picked our favorite women’s health experts to write chapters for A New Cycle on their area of specialty. Read on to get know this week’s featured contributor, or click here get a free preview of the book when you sign up for our newsletter!

 

 

Meet Ashley Annis, author of Chapter 1: Fertility Awareness!

Why is menstruation important?

Menstruation is important because it’s part of the female experience. Much of our culture is based on linear ways of thinking and being, and I think it’s important that women understand and appreciate their cyclical nature. I think if we understood and honored menstruation more, there would be less hatred between women and more respect for our needs, emotions, intuition, and differences.

Why do women need to know about Fertility Awareness?

Fertility Awareness is a wonderful gift! As a birth control method, it is effective and has no side effects. It can also help women and their partners enter into important conversations and balance responsibility for birth control between both people (the women chart their signals and communicate their fertility status to their partner, the partner has to be supportive and willing to work with the woman’s fertility patterns).

The more I use Fertility Awareness though, the more I find benefits other than natural birth control. I’ve learned to accept the different phases my body goes through and use my cycle to my advantage (i.e.: needing more rest during menstruation, writing and making to-do lists during my ovulation energy, cleaning and organizing and letting go during the pre-menstrual phase, etc.). One of the more important parts of understanding my cycle has been that I don’t try and push myself as hard when I’m bleeding because I know I am more sensitive and slow during that time. Instead of thinking, “Gee, why aren’t you being more productive right now? This is terrible!” I can now say, “It’s okay, Ashley. Be who you need to be today. In a week things will be different and everything that needs to get done will get done.” I’m much more at peace with myself now that I honor my cycle.

Do you have a personal story about menstruation you’d like to share?

I remember one day in junior high using a pad that was too small and having some blood soak through to the outside of my jeans. I was so embarrassed and frustrated and confused. After that day, whenever I got my period I would think, “This is so stupid. I never want to have kids and I never want to have a period and I hate being a girl. It’s not fair!” I kept this mindset with me for a long time.

I had been coming to appreciate my cycle more and more once I got older, but learning Fertility Awareness is what really solidified the change in me. Any hatred and anger towards my period was completely eliminated once I understood the bleeding was part of an even greater monthly cycle, and the monthly cycle was part of an even greater life cycle. I didn’t have the depth and connections I needed to love my body and my cycle until I learned Fertility Awareness. I’m so thankful to be a woman now, and even thankful for my bleeding. It gives me a chance to slow down, to contemplate my body, and let go.

What kind of menstrual protection do you use?

I’ve been using cloth menstrual pads since 2009 and a menstrual cup since 2011. I couldn’t believe no one had told me about reusable menstrual products sooner! They were more comfortable, cheaper, and gave me a much more aesthetically pleasing menstruation. There was always something sort of weird and disconnected about seeing my bright red blood on a completely white, sterile pad. It felt unnatural. It felt like something was “wrong” or that I should see a doctor. Bleeding on cloth feels much safer, as strange as that may sound. I feel much more at home with my body.

For awhile, I would mainly use the cup since it seemed easier and cleaner. I didn’t like feeling the blood, so the cup was great. Lately though, I’ve found that I have far less cramps if I use only cloth pads during my bleeding, and I also find that I am much more calm and balanced if I just let the blood flow and accept my menstruation. My period is always a learning experience, so I try to be open and do what feels right for me at the time.

ashleyA modern-day Xochiquetzal (goddess of fertility, female sexual power, pregnancy, childbirth, and household crafts), Ashley uses her knowledge and passion to educate and empower women at all stages of life. Along with natural birth control classes and selling handmade menstrual pads, Ashley also aspires to work as a birth doula, lead feminine healing retreats and young women’s circles, and become an expert on herbal medicine. To contact Ashley, please visit lovelyfertility.com.

menstrual hygiene day

 

May 28th is the first annual Menstrual Hygiene Day and we’re celebrating by talking about why menstruation matters!

In Portland we’ll be screening the award-winning short film “Monthlies” and having an in-person discussion. If you’re in the neighborhood, we’d love to have you join us!

So what is Menstrual Hygiene Day? It’s a day to start the conversation about menstruation. It’s time to break down the taboos about this natural bodily process so we can start solving problems that women and girls around the world face every month–problems that aren’t talked about due to the shame and fear surrounding periods.

We think menstruation matters because…

Every woman deserves access to safe, healthy menstrual protection. — Tweet this!

Girls shouldn’t have to miss school simply because they can’t afford sanitary pads. — Tweet this!

Your period means your body is functioning just as it should! — Tweet this!

Women’s bodies should not be sources of shame or fear. — Tweet this!

Your cycle is an opportunity to connect with your body’s natural rhythms. — Tweet this!

More ways you can help celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day:

  • Use hashtag #menstruationmatters to tell the world why YOU think periods are important to talk about.
  • Donate to an organization like Days for Girls that provides reusable menstrual supplies to women in need.
  • Read our book A New Cycle to learn about healthier periods. Bonus points: be seen reading it in public!

a new cycle bookcover

In celebration of the launch of A New Cycle, our period-positive guide to a healthier period, we’re introducing you to the contributors! We hand-picked our favorite women’s health experts to write chapters for A New Cycle on their area of specialty. Read on to get know this week’s featured contributor, or click here get a free preview of the book when you sign up for our newsletter!

 

 

Meet Barbara Loomis, author of Chapter 2: Align thy Uteri!

Why is menstruation important?

Menstruation connects us to the rhythms of nature. It connects us to the moon cycle and to the seasonal microcosm within each of us. Everything in nature has a season of budding growth, bloom, letting go and then going deep into the roots. I see the menstrual phase as a time to go within, cleanse and restore. Plants and trees aren’t expected to bloom year round, they need time to replenish and restore, as do we. I see menstruation as my Winter within my month and ovulation as my Summer.

What inspired you to write your chapter?

I wrote about uterine alignment because that’s what I do, I align uteri and I teach women how to align their own uteri. As the great Maya Shaman, Don Elijio Panti once said, “The uterus is the woman’s center. If her uterus is not in proper position and good health, nothing in her life will be right. She will be as out of balance as her uterus.”

Do you have a personal story about menstruation you’d like to share?

The first thing that comes to mind is when I just started my period. I reluctantly went to the corner store (which was also a liquor store BTW) to buy my first box of “sanitary napkins.” My heart sank when I saw two middle aged men hanging out at the check out counter reeking of booze and flirting with the cashier. I don’t know their names so I’ll call the guys Jerk and Dumb A** Jerk. I wandering around the 200 sq. foot store, hoping they would leave, but I could tell they weren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

So, I walked up to the counter with my big box of Maxi pads. The pads were so big back then that the box was about as tall as I was (or at least that’s how I remember it). Dumb A** Jerk looked at the big box of pads and then looked me up and down and said, “smells like fish in here!” All three of them (female cashier included) busted out laughing as I fumbled for my cash.

I felt shame and intense anger at a time when I should have celebrated the sacredness and power of being a woman. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize the sacredness of my cycle until my mid twenties. To this day, I believe the shame and anger contributed to my intense mood swings and menstrual cramps. Obviously, we can’t control the ignorance of others, but we can help young women feel empowered and positive about menstruation. This is one of the reasons why I do what I do. And why I send my nieces congratulations gift packs at menarche. Things to include in a menarche gift pack: a hand written note of congratulations and support (welcome to the club!), GladRags, chocolate (real chocolate) and a period book written for girls explaining all the things they want to know about puberty but are afraid to ask. A celebration dinner or ceremony would also be nice if you live near them. …and a gift certificate for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lessons (oh, if I only knew Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when I walked in the convenience store back in 1985!).

What kind of menstrual protection do you use?

I use GladRags! I’ve used them for a couple of years now. I feel more connected to my flow since I’ve been using them. I can actually feel when my uterus sheds my menstrual blood. It’s different than a cramp, it doesn’t hurt at all, its just unobstructed flow like nature intended. It feels like a release rather than the resistance I felt with tampons. It’s interesting how I feel at ease when my uterus is at ease, if she’s cranky and has to work against an obstruction, I’m cranky and nothing in my life flows. I’m not saying tampons cause physical obstruction (although in some situations they might), but tampons felt like an energetic obstruction to me. Aunt Flow needs to flow!

barbaraBarbara Loomis is a Restorative ExerciseTM specialist and certified practitioner and educator of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® as well as a Chi Nei Tsang and Visceral ManipulationTM practitioner. She combines abdominal therapies with Restorative ExerciseTM for reproductive and digestive health. Want to bring a workshop to your area or find out more about Barbara’s services? Visit nurturance.net, or find helpful reproductive and alignment information on her blog.

Did you know there’s a crazy variety of ways you can fold your menstrual cup? If you’re having trouble inserting your cup, try switching up your folding technique to one of these:

  • The C Fold: fold your cup in half, then fold it in half again so the rim looks like the letter C.
  • The Punch Down Fold: Use one finger to push part of the rim into the base of the cup, then pinch the sides together for a slimmer way to insert your menstrual cup.
  • The 7 Fold: Fold your cup in half, then fold one corner down to touch the base of the cup.

Need a visual? Check out Meagan’s video tutorial, which includes an “expert-level” folding technique!

Which fold is your go-to? Have you invented your own tried and true technique? Comment and let us know!

Ladies, let’s get real. Menstrual cups are revolutionary and a wonderful way to balance your carbon footprint in the right direction, but after a few years they can start to look more lump of coal rather than diamond. Due to the pH environment of the vagina, many women experience staining of their menstrual cups, no matter how clean it is. There are many DIY methods on the internet utilized by women to re-sparkle their cups, but many silicone cup manufacturers don’t recommend anything beyond a gentle soap and perhaps occasional boiling. I decided to risk one of my original menstrual cups on a popular stain removal method using something you probably already have in your medicine cabinet: 3% hydrogen peroxide!

My Lunette Diana (sadly, a limited edition color of the classic Lunette cup) came into my life a lively pop of spring green, but after 5 years had settled into more of a river-bottom, rusty green. Since it’s just a back-up cup these days, I was willing to risk it in an attempt for color rejuvenation… for science! Speaking of science, I referenced this Chemical Compatibility chart which allows you to select a material and chemical and see their compatibility under different environments. Seeing that silicone has an “Excellent” rating with Hydrogen Peroxide at the 10% strength, I was put more at ease with my little experiment because I only had HP at 3% and was going to be diluting it even further with plain old tap water.

After cleaning - it matches this spider plant!

It matches this spider plant!

My materials? A clean mason jar with lid, Hydrogen Peroxide 3%, and my dingy cup. I popped my Diana into the jar, filled the jar halfway with hydrogen peroxide, filled it the rest of the way with tap water, then placed the lid onto my jar loosely. This was left on my kitchen counter overnight. The next morning, I emptied the jar and rinsed off my Diana – my beautiful, sparkling, spring green Diana! I was amazed at how thorough the soak was. It even got the tiny suction holes along the rim!

After-

Another after shot, featuring a view of PDX

So that is why I’m totally OK with showing you my 5-year-old Lunette. Not all cup manufacturers recommend using this method of stain-removal, so please only do so at your own risk (and do NOT use this with the natural gum rubber Keeper Cup–it can cause corrosion)! I personally won’t use this method of cleansing often as I’m confident in the simplicity of gentle soap and water, but it’s nice to know that it worked well for old, stubborn stains.

Have you ever used a controversial stain-removal method on your cup? What’s your favorite cleanser to use? Are you one of the lucky ones whose cups don’t stain at all?

Until next time!

Absorbently yours,

Meagan

About the author of this post:

meagan b gladragsA menstrual cup user for five years, Meagan has been converting other women to reusable menstrual products since 2009. Occasionally accompanied to the office by her two pugs, she has been known to carry over twelve tubes of lipstick in her purse at one time. Outside of the GladRags office, she can be found infusing bourbon and practicing her enviable make-up skills.

glorious

Wonder why people assume
That blood always means pain?
Sometimes, it’s a celebration:
I don’t cringe at the sight of red,
Nor crawl into a ball and weep

When I get my periods…
I break into a merry,
Merry song, Drink to my very own good health,
And dance my way to the bed;
It’s a monthly reminder,
That my body needs Attention – love, care & rest;

It’s a philosophical reminder
That the same vagina
Through which
My baby will pop out one day
Is now running bedding trials;
It’s a glorious reminder
Of my femininity,
My purpose,
My identity,
My life,
And lives there after…

This post originally appeared on the Menstrupedia blog.

About the author of this post:

MaheMaheshwari Lakshmanan is a wannabe poet, when she is not a wannabe stoic.

If you’re new to cloth menstrual pads, you may think that washing them is difficult or complicated. Quite the opposite! Cloth pads are simple to care for, and once you’ve got your routine going, you’ll hardly notice the few extra minutes it takes to care for them.

Here’s a step by step list for caring for your cloth pads:

1. Presoak

organic cloth pad laundry kit

You can either drop your pads into a soaking container as you finish wearing them (just change the soaking waterdaily), or wait until the end of your cycle to do a presoak. Adding a dash of a natural enzyme cleaner will help fight discoloration or odor. Soaking helps prevent staining, but is not necessary as far as cleaning your pads. Don’t mind some staining? Skip this step!

2. Wash on cold

About 90% of the energy used for a load of laundry is to heat the water, so choosing a cold cycle is the best option in terms of efficiency. It’s also the best choice for your cloth menstrual pads: hot water will set in stains, shrink your pads, and ultimately shorten their lifespan. Cold water wash is all around better for all of your laundry!

You can add your cloth menstrual pads in with other laundry items, too, like towels or sheets; no need for a separate load. If you feel squeamish about washing your pads with other items, just make sure to select a small load on your washing machine so you don’t waste water!

3. Use a natural laundry soap

Most people can use their regular laundry detergent for their pads. Just make sure its free of bleach and fabric softener, which can both shorten the life of your pads and decrease their absorbency. It’s a good idea to choose a fragrance free option as well.

4. Dry on low or line dry

The dryer is the biggest culprit when it comes to shrinking clothing and shortening its lifespan. Make sure to choose a low setting for your GladRags in order to keep them around for many years! You can also choose to hang dry if you live in a place where they will dry promptly.

5. Put them away til next month!

Store your GladRags in a clean, dry area until it’s time to use them again. A basket in the closet, or even just a corner of your sock drawer works just fine.

For more in-depth examples of how to launder your reusable menstrual pads, check out the videos below! How do you keep your pads squeaky clean? Tell us in the comments!

My-mothers-reaction-on-my-first-periods

I was ten. It was the Parents-Teacher Meeting Day in my school and I was quite excited since I had topped a class test. I was sure I was my English teacher’s favorite in the class (much to the chagrin of others and yes I feel a tad ashamed to admit – I was that kind of a student).I knew therefore, that my parents had ample reason to be proud of me that day.

 It was a regular school day, and the meeting was supposed to take place after 2 pm. I was unusually jumpy in the morning but by lunch time, I realized I had an acute pain in my stomach. My legs were strangely wobbly and I felt very weak. It was as if someone was punching my insides. I had never felt drowsy in school before, and this in itself was quite strange since I was always known to be an athletic, energetic student who never stopped talking in class. My lower body felt numb and I found it difficult to concentrate in class. My teacher noticed me squirming in my chair and asked me what the matter was, but I couldn’t speak up as I really didn’t know what was happening to my body. After the last class for the day which was the Art class, I found the teacher staring at me. I had never really liked her before as she was very domineering and hated my clay work but she was acting very weird even by her standards. I was glad when the class was over and ran out. I had to meet my parents.

By the time my parents came to my classroom for the meeting, I was extremely tired. I had been so excited for the teacher’s comments, but somehow I couldn’t concentrate while she was praising me. My head was feeling dizzy and my stomach ache grew worse by the hour!

After the meeting, I found my parents whispering to each other. My mother approached me carefully and said, “Beta, do one thing. Go to the restroom and check your panty. If you find it’s soiled by blood, do not panic. Just come out and we shall take you home.” This freaked me out.

Was I unwell? Why was I bleeding? And from there? That’s where I pee from! No wonder the horrible art teacher was staring! Silly, wretched creature!

When I went to the restroom, I found that my white skirt had been completely stained .I felt like crying. It was my favorite school skirt! I hated the grey skirt we wore on the weekdays. I always felt that the white uniform was much better. Imagine my horror when I saw it completely ruined by the red blot. During the ride home, my mother and father kept reassuring me about how it was normal and how it happened to every girl. Of course what they didn’t tell me then was that it only happens to girls with a uterus (What if a girl/woman has her uterus removed?). Maybe they felt that the time was not right. I was already frightened by then and had started crying.

When I came home, my mother quietly took me to my parents’ room and took out from the closet, what I later found out, were some sanitary napkins. She gently explained how I should use them. She smiled at me, kissed my forehead and in calming tones said, “You are a woman now. Do not be scared. It’s a part of life. If you have any queries, I am there for you. I love you.”

I will always remember these words and somehow, they have been etched in my memory forever. At night, my mother gave me warm milk with haldi and sang me a lullaby, which I quite frankly loved although I felt that it was embarrassing since I wasn’t a small child anymore. The stomach ache, she explained did not really originate from the stomach but from the uterus. She drew me a diagram and explained how the menstrual cycle worked. I wailed and said, “So, that means that I’ll be leaking blood every month till I am in my late 40s?”

My mother smiled and kissed my hand

“It’s a gift, sweetheart. Be proud of your body. This means if you wish to be a mother someday, you can be one. Isn’t it simply fascinating?”

Yes. It is. Even now, after 14 years since my menarche, I still feel fascinated by how it works out so perfectly. I know that as a feminist I am not supposed to be so attached to my body and essentialize my womanhood by my genitals, uterus, menstruation and the like, but I feel very empowered when I menstruate. Although there is unrelenting physical discomfort, I make sure that I eat what I call comfort food, rest a lot and drink plenty of green tea. More importantly, I don’t crib about it. I love my body and having said that, I am sure I would continue to love it post my menopause as well. That’s why, in a way, I can never understand the shame teenage girls feel when they menstruate. That’s mostly because my Ma made things easier for me and was there for me to share my anxiety and problems with.

We, as a society, have a culture of silence where menstruation is seen as something that is dirty and something that should be kept a secret. My mother made sure that this did not affect me. Personally too, I disagree with this attitude and I feel that the more you talk about menstrual issues, the more powerful you feel as it helps remove fears and shame, particularly from the minds of girls who just begin menstruating. Additionally, it aids in increasing awareness about the different menstrual products available in the market which in a way, demystifies the whole phenomenon.

So to all you ladies out there, happy menstruating!

This post originally appeared on the Menstrupedia blog.

About the author of this post:

AindrilaAindrila is an I.T. engineer and has worked with an MNC . After realizing that Corporate world was not for her, she quite her job and worked as a volunteer for a few organizations. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Women Studies from T.I.S.S. Mumbai. Aindrila has a passion for poetry and she plans to publish her creations someday. Shewishes to make a positive difference in people’s lives and believes that a person needs to do what makes him/her truly happy. Following her bliss is her life’s ultimate goal.

While others live tweet the Academy Awards, here at GladRags we prefer to document our first experiences with various menstrual products. Read on for Meagan’s experience trying out the Long Pantyliner for the first time! 

8:00 am: Me and my first Long Pantyliner (in the Galapagos print, for those curious), ready to take on the day! I love the protection that my Moon Cup and GladRags Pantyliners provide during the day, so I’ve finally added the Long Pantyliner to my arsenal! We’ll see if it’s right for me when I’m out and about, doing my thang.

long pantyliner vs regular pantyliner

Long Pantyliner & regular Pantyliner in Moon Over Manhattan

10:00 am: Two hours into wear and I keep forgetting my Long Pantyliner is there. I’m only lightly spotting, so I expect my pad to last the work day. So far, so dry! It works surprisingly well with my VS Flawless Hiphugger underwear which is made of super-thin, flimsy material that doesn’t play nicely with the thicker Day and Night Pads.

2:00 pm: Still going strong! The extended length of the Long Pantyliner is hardly noticeable and it feels like I’m just wearing a normal Pantyliner (which I find to be incredibly unobtrusive!).

3:30 pm: OK, I can definitely say that I am a fan of the Long Pantyliner! It’s the perfect in-between when considering the original Pantyliner and an insert-less Day Pad. On my lightest days, I can see this being a good option to make it through an 8-hour shift with even more confidence given the longer surface area. Surely this would be good for daily general discharge as well. One in every color, please!

About the author of this post:

meagan b gladragsA menstrual cup user for five years, Meagan has been converting other women to reusable menstrual products since 2009. Occasionally accompanied to the office by her two pugs, she has been known to carry over twelve tubes of lipstick in her purse at one time. Outside of the GladRags office, she can be found infusing bourbon and practicing her enviable make-up skills.