Many dudes are keenly interested in female genitalia and blood, though not necessarily in that order. Therefore, you’d THINK these dudes would looooove hearing about menstruation. But no.
(Squeamish folk, that was your warning. Period talk ahoy!)
Every month, my crotch bleeds. Has for years.
As you know, I’m a big fan of Diva Cups. While using a cup has greatly reduced my monthly bleeding expenses, I’ve still been using disposable pantyliners pre- and post-period. If my crotch keeps up these bloody shenanigans for another thirty years, I’ll spend a small fortune stemming the red tide. Furthermore, the average disposable pantyliner may take centuries to biodegrade. This means that blood-soaked plastic may be my most lasting legacy, and thoughts like that could drive a girl to drink.
Washable, reusable feminine products are both planet-friendly and cost-effective, but until recently I wrote them off as uncomfortable; I had GladRags pads as a teen and found them bulky. But then, I hate pads and mostly wear thong underwear. When my best friend (also a thong-wearer) recommended liners from LunaPads, I checked Etsy for something cheaper.
Pleat (Editor’s note 2015: Pleat was an Etsy shop which has since vanished. Damn!) sells the most affordable, best quality washable pads, panty- and thong liners I’ve found. The drawback? Pleat’s merch is made of pale or bright fabrics. Fine for general, non-period discharge, but terrible for disguising potential bloodstains. Gotta think ahead, y’all. The shopkeeper was happy to make me a set of five custom dark-colored thong liners—
— and they’re excellent. I was afraid that washable pads and thongs could never coexist, but these are small, comfy, AND dark enough to mask future stains. Glory be.
Please note that I’m not affiliated with Pleat. I found the shop independently and paid for the product myself. No church and state issues here.
Have you ever tried reusable feminine products?