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As Kim from Dirty Diaper Laundry once said, “If you can’t laugh about menstruation you may just cry instead.” With that in mind, we stuck our heads together and I got to playing… with pixels — one of my favorite things to do. < Enter Vera > Vera is a self-proclaimed vagangelist who just loves telling her friends about non-toxic menstrual products, like cups & cloth pads. Her friends think she’s crazy, but they usually come around ;)

Vera Vagangelist Episode2If you’d like to learn more about reusable menstrual options Kim and I both have great resources. Kim’s video is a YouTube favorite — it covers cups in depth, and her new post on cloth pads is fantastic!

As always, you can check our my menstrual care resource guide for links to all of these, and more! And be sure to check out my cup comparison chart. It can be a big help when trying to narrow down what cup to choose.

If you’re just meeting Vera, be sure to click on over to Kim’s website to see episode 1!

Click below to read episode 1 at DirtyDiaperLaundry.com!

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You can find more information about cups via the Safe Feminine Care Resource Guide.

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Menstrual cups really aren’t hard to use, I swear! However, since most of us are first introduced to tampons or pads, there is a bit of a learning curve. They do not function the same, so it makes sense that you’ll need new info to get it down. Once you figure out what works best for you, you’ll be golden. These tips should help!


First things first! You’ll want to decide what cup might work for you. I have a handy menstrual cup comparison chart with some additional information. Once you’ve got your cup in hand, you’re ready for a test run. Giving your cup a test run is one of the best ways to get use to inserting and removing the menstrual cup — without the stress or hassle of being on your period. This gives you a chance to figure out what works best for you so that you can be more comfortable when it matters most.

As the video mentions in tip #3 a lubricant can be helpful. While some may find that a bit of lubricant is needed to get comfortable with their cup, I find that water is enough for me. You always wash your cup before inserting, so simply wash, rinse, give it a little shake to remove excess water, fold, and insert. That bit of water will help but doesn’t require extra supplies or fumbling around in the bathroom.

Do you use a cup? What advice would you give to a cup newbie or someone considering one?

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clapWe’re about to get up close and personal.. with vaginas.. all week long. We’ll be discussing reusable feminine care products!

Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry and I are passionate about this topic. We are so passionate that we often find ourselves bringing it up to our readers, our family, and even strangers. We are true vagangelists. We spread the gospel about reusable menstrual cups and are expanding our horizons to cloth pads too. Women shouldn’t have to wear uncomfortable disposable pads or tampons — and parents deserve to know about safe options for their daughters — there is a better way!

Check in with us all week long. We’ll be posting informative (and fun!) articles, videos, and graphics to help you and entertain you!

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This event is made possible by the support of Diva Cup, Pink Lemonade Shop, Lunette, Lunapads, and Bummis. We invited select brands from the feminine care industry to take part in this event because trust, excellence, and all around awesomeness is vital to this topic. Women deserve safe options and these companies deliver in so many ways.

Diva Cup makes menstrual cups that offer 12 hours of leak free protection (depending on your flow). Made from medical grade silicone, it contains no latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, Acrylate, BPA, pthalate, elastoner, polythylene, and is free of colors and dyes. They are even cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada. The DivaCup is clear for a great reason, and it happens to be the first cup I ever tried!

Lunapads  is a Canadian based company that specializes in reusable menstrual pads and more! They believe in making products that empower women while being ecologically responsible. Madeline Shaw, a fashion designer and all around amazing woman, began the brand in 1993 after solving her own concerns about disposable menstrual products. In 1999 she partnered with Suzanne Siemens and together they expanded the brand to reach even more women. Not only do they create pads of many sizes/absorbencies, they also have a line of period panties that work cohesively with their pads! One4Her is their way of giving back- by purchasing through this program they match the purchase with one for a girl in need with a Uganda-made AFRIpad to support her education.

Bummis are most well-known for their quality cloth diapers, but they have expanded to the fem-care realm! Their Fabulous-femme line (not sold in the US YET!) pairs great PUL prints with their soft and absorbent cotton to create a perfect match for women’s needs. They’ve also solved storage problems with their Fabulous Flo bags- they close up small but open like a wallet- one side stores your clean items and the zippered pouch is for the dirties. How perfect is that?!

Lunette is a menstrual cup manufacturer based in Finland who has found a lot of love from the US! Lunette cups are made from medical grade silicone, with no rubber or latex. Lunette cups can be found in a variety of colors – even limited edition colors! Colors can be an enticing option for women who worry about staining. Lunette also makes cleansers safe for the cups and portable wipes that make public changing easier.

Pink Lemonade Shop was started by a WAHM named Sue who took her passion for reusable menstrual pads and sewing skills and created a successful business. Sue is a self declared “fabric snob” which is why you find such luscious and stylish fabric choices and prints, from bamboo velour, soft minky, and designer cotton wovens. DDL and EFF readers can save $5 on $35 with code VAGANGELIST at checkout on their store from 11/3-11/16 too!

GladRags began in 1993 in Portland Oregon as a home-based business and has expanded to become a leading name in the industry.  Inspired by the simplicity and function of cloth diapers, they took that principle and tailored it to women’s care items.  Not only do they sell reusable menstrual pads, they also sell the Moon Cup and the Keeper Cup.  You can find an array of start kits including post-partum sets and menstrual cup starter sets.

Kim and I are so excited to be bringing you this week of informative articles, with the support of these amazing brands. To make it even better, we get to give their products away to our readers! You can enter below to win prizes from all of these companies mentioned and each winner will also get a free copy of my cloth pad pattern pack,valued at $5!
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If you poke around my site, you may quickly find that I am #vagangelist. What is a “vagangelist,” you ask?

Vagangelist: \vuh’j'an-jə-list\ noun  1. a person who seeks to convert others to reusable menstrual products by preaching the gospel.

 

amandahearn_3Why on Earth would I want to talk about this stuff? To be honest, I’m a fairly private person when it comes to my life, but the bottom line is that this is extremely important for women’s health. Period.

Traditional products contain toxins, and girls (and women) aren’t getting the information that they need. Big companies have big dollars, so that’s what most of us are exposed to. That is not the only way. There is a better, healthier way. Many of them actually, and that’s what this event is all about!

Starting Monday, I will be costing an event with Kim from Dirty Diaper Laundry, about all things… menstrual. We’ll have great posts, videos and more.

As part of this special event, we invite you join us as we chat live with our readers to answer questions and discuss safe options. Grab your laptop or tablet, a set of headphones and join us Thursday, November 6 at 9:30 PM EST on G+.

If you’d like to ask a question to be addressed during our live chat you can submit it anonymously by clicking the link below.

https://clothdiapers.wufoo.com/forms/anonymous-menstrual-cup-form/

To help make this chat extra fun, Dream Diapers is providing prizes to 4 lucky winners, that will be given away during our chat.

1. 3 pack of Pink Lemonade Pads and a Colibri Mini Double Duty wet bag
2. 3 pack of Tree Hugger and a Colibri Mini Double Duty wet bag
3. 2 Post Partum Cloth Pads (1 Pink Lemonade and 1 Tree Hugger)
4. $20 GC to DD for Cloth Pads

In addition, Kim and I are giving away a Diva Cup for 1 winner too!

Be sure to check back next week! We will have even more giveaways to look forward to from brands like Pink Lemonade, Diva Cup, Lunette, and Luna Pads!

To be eligible for prizes you’ll need to RSVP to the chat and join! When we pull winners we will be verifying attendance so please only enter if you are confident you can attend! The prizes are to encourage you to join and reward you too! Winners will be notified after the chat via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Thanks Dream Diapers for sponsoring such an awesome chat!

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