Ladies only...of course, you fellas can stick around if you see fit. I wasn't raised to be the prim 'n proper southern belle that only spoke of such things in hushed tones, face flushing with embarrassment. In fact, there was very little we didn't talk about growing up. Could have been that Mom was a young mom or that there was 6 and 8 yrs between me and my older siblings or just that I have no shame...take your pick. At any rate, gentlemen...you have been warned.
So ladies, I gotta ask. What are your preps for good ol' Aunt Flo (aka the period, menstruation, menses, that time of the month)? Got a nice little stockpile of disposable stuff? What if you run out?
Planning on using traditional backups like animal pelts, mosses, rags and vegetable fibres? While effective, to a degree (hey, they worked for a good LONG time), I don't see many jumping back on this bandwagon.
Well, what are you going to do? I hear you asking. I do it already, so it's no big change. I use Sea Pearls. They last a very long time, are comfy and when compared to disposable products cost a heck of a lot less.
You can of course use cloth padsthat you've purchased, cloth pads that you've made (or this link, which I like a lot for more than the pad reason...ie check out the rest of the baby crafts), a Keeper, a Diva or get ambitious and make your own tampons. I realize that this is probably something that you may not have thought of, or maybe you have but didn't know your options or you just prefer not to think about it at all. Sorry, but you have to. Prep for everything, I tell ya!
You should research all your options, of course, and think long and hard about what you would like to try (warning: while some love one thing, others will hate it...just like everything else in the world). As I said earlier, I'm a Sea Pearls kinda gal. I have 4 sets, 3 of which are socked away in personal preps. I have a few cloth pads too, but I just can't get my mind over the whole "it feels like a diaper" thing that I've always had so they are socked away with the extra pearls.
Now I'm not trying to preach you out of your comfort zone (yeah, I am and you know it) but periods are a fact of life. They happen unless you are breastfeeding (sometimes even then), pregnant (again, been known to happen), malnourished or have been through the change. It really is an issue that you must be prepared to deal with in a SHTF (either minor or major) situtation.
Just a little food for thought! Sorry guys, back to the regularly scheduled programming now.
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