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DancingSunshine
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Hey, I know a lot of you use Keepers and stuff. But what about Instead? Do they work? And where can I find them? When I was getting pads at the store with my mom, I looked for them but didn't see them.

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Heather
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Voila!

Here is their website: http://www.softcup.com/, which includes a store locator.

And you can get a free sample sent to you by calling 1-800-INSTEAD.

Personally, I tried them a couple of times when they first came out and found that they leaked for me, a problem I don't have with washable pads, menstrual sponges or cotton tampons. And since when they leaked, there wasn't even that much in there, it's hard to say what's going on, but usually the case with something like this (including a diaphragm) is getting the art of inserting it just right down pat, so it's possible I didn't have that going.

Too, the nice thing about the keeper is that it's more environmentally friendly. but I'd consider Instead kind of like a test drive for entry-level cup users, so it's worth a try.

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Milke
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It's nice to keep an Instead in your purse, so you don't have to be afraid of losing the Keeper, and they're a smaller initial investment, but they're nowhere near as good, IMO.
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LilBlueSmurf
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I tried those once. My mom bought them b/c she wanted to try them too ... we called them showercaps

But i don't use them. Getting it in was no problem and it didn't leak or anything ... Altho, when i went to take it out, i spilled the darn thing all over me. All over the toilet seat, my undies, eww ... what a mess that was. And i was at work ... I think i'll stick to tampons


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emsily0
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yeah, i've always wondered how you avoid spilling blood all over yourself. my mom tried insteads, and she said it was gross.

i am the clumsiest person on earth. maybe i should stay far far away from little bowls of blood.

em

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Lucky1402
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Actually, I've never tryed them. I stick to pads only, cause tampons seemed a little odd feeling to me. My body is very intolerant. But I guess I would never try them, either. They sound a bit gross- little bowls of blood and bodily secretions contained inside of me? Uh-uh. I think I'll just stick to pads, thank you. And like smurfy said, accidents do happen, and for clumsy people like me, everything would end up a mess.

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alaska
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quote:
Originally posted by Lucky1402:
But I guess I would never try them, either. They sound a bit gross- little bowls of blood and bodily secretions contained inside of me? Uh-uh.

Lucky, why would it be gross? Okay, making a mess and spilling the cup migth be a hassle. But wearing it - I mean, it's your menstrual blood, so where's the big deal? And does it really make a difference whether your menstual fluid is collected in a plastic or rubber cup or whether it's absorbed by a tampon or pad? I really don't think so.

Menstrual blood is natural and normal, and while I don't expect everyone to be in love with it, it certainly is nothing to be grossed out by. And it's not an attitude that should be promoted, I think.

[This message has been edited by Alaska (edited 04-12-2001).]


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Lucky1402
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OK, I see how you feel, but in my own opinion I find having my own menstrual fluid kept inside of me gross. It seems different than having on a pad or a tampon because they absorb, but in my own personal opinion I would not want my own bodily fluids kept inside me. Please feel however you would like to feel about it because that is your opinion, but I myself would not want to try it and that is my opinion. I never said that menstrual fluids are gross, I said that I wouldn't want them kept inside of me.

I'm sorry if you misunderstood.


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I think I kinda know what you mean Lucky...it is just a rather odd idea to begin with. I personally haven't tried it yet, but whenever I think about it, I get this odd mental picture of a china teacup full of menstral blood, lol.

I do want to try the Keeper one of these days though...assuming it's comfortable. But then I won't know until I try, will I?

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alaska
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No worries, Lucky.
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Milke
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It's odd how having liquid blood inside of you seems so different from having blood-soaked fabric inside of you. It's got a lot to do with what we're used to, I guess. I actually like seeing how much blood's in my Keeper, and knowing that it's still liquid; it seems more like menstrual blood that way to me. But a tampon always reminded me of first-aid.
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Wow never heard of that before! I just this year got my first period and have only tried pads. What other choices are there? I didn't know there was a lot of stuff you can use lol guess i should of looked into this stuff more. Hmm go figure and i always thought it was tampons or pads lol.
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alaska
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Hi Rachel,

unfair that no one tells you about all the alternatives you have, eh?

You basically can choose between:

*mass-produced tampons (the stuff you can buy everywhere, Tampax and all, many contain rayon)
*organic cotton tampons (made from pure cotton), available at natural health food shops)
*mass-produced pads (like always)
*organic cotton pads (same as with the cotton tampons)
*washable pads
*menstrual sponges
*Instead (one use menstrual cups)
*The Keeper (re-usable menstrual cup)

You'll find info on the whole deal on menstrual hygiene alternatives on page 5 of our "On the Rag" article.

For more info on washable pads and mentrual hygiene alternatives, have a look at ManyMoons;Gladrags and Lun a pads.

And all about theThe Keeper can be found right here.

Have fun exploring and learning about all the alternatives that you do have.

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