Delicate topic: what do you use during 'that time of the month'?
I was wondering, since this is a group focusing on resourcefulness, does anyone else use a cup? Tampons and pads are costly over time, and in 1997 my sister told me about 'The Keeper', which was the first menstrual cup on the market at the time. I bought one (for $35 then) and used it till I gave birth to my dd in 2003. Then I bought the second size (they have pre and post childbirth sizes). The new one was a Diva cup, made from medical grade silicone. The Diva cup cost me $50 (Canadian). I still use it.
Persoanlly, I love mine. I carry it in my purse the week I'm expecting my cycle (in it's carry pouch). It never leaks, no garbage to toss (hubby loves that part), no running to the store in a panic, and I only empty once in the morning and once at night. AT the end of each cycle I soak it in a vinegar/water solution to clean/disinfect it, and it's ready for the next time. Freakin BRILLIANT.
I understand that this is a very personal topic, but relevant all the same. I started adding up how much money I would have spent on tampons all these years and realized it was over $1,300. I was curious to know if anyone else had a) heard of them, and b) was using one.