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INDEX: Menstrual Information, Natural Sea-Silk Sponges, The Keeper, The DivaCup, BTL Cloth Menstrual Pads, Mama Hemp™ menstrual pads, Natracare Menstrual Products, Bravado Nursing bras, Decent Exposures bras, Bra Extenders


MENSTRUAL CUP VIDEOS:
  ♥ Women Try A Diva Cup For The First Time - It's like a phantom in my vagina.
  ♥ LEASEN Menstrual Cup - Customer Review: Excellent Cup, Well Made, Comparison to Diva and Sckoon
  ♥ Luna Menstrual Cup - Customer Review: SO Much Better Than Diva Cup! Significantly Less Cramps Than Tampons!!! Excellent Value
  ♥ 5 Alternatives to Tampons (Beauty Break) - Feeling like you're in a nasty feminism funk?! Well, snap out of it! Today, our ladies are discussing a usually taboo topic: PERIODS! They say things you've been thinking, test feminine products you didn't know existed and have a bloody good time doing it!! #GirlPower
  ♥ More menstrual product videos - Puns about the menstrual cycle aren't funny...PERIOD, Menstrual Cramps Reliever but also just as great for body aches and pains, How to Relieve Menstrual Cramps with Acupressure, Herbal Treatments for the Menstrual Cycle, Symptoms of Menstrual Migraine Headaches and more!


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Natracare Menstrual Products
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LENA Feminine Hygiene Cup
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CONGRATULATIONS! to all of you who have already made the switch to organic, dioxin-free or reusable menstrual products!
For those of you who haven't switched yet, be sure to read these articles:
  • Menstrual Products and Health - breast cancer and other illnesses have been linked to some menstrual products - by Kirk and Stacey Johnson
  • Feminine Female Ecology Notes - information on menstrual products - by Born to Love
  • Women Taking the Women Taking the Initiative For a Safer Environment - information on dioxin-free menstrual products - from Natracare
  • Fast Facts from Whitewash - environmental information
  • Backgrounder: What Are Organochlorines? And Why Are They So Dangerous? - environmental concerns about disposable menstrual products and diapers
  • What Women Can Do What Women Can Do To Stop the Whitewash - toxins in menstrual products

Menstrual Statistics:

  • Number of women in Canada between the ages of 12 and 45 (in 1988 was) - 6,949,300. 1
  • Number of disposable pads estimably used by women in Canada per year is over TWO BILLION!! (Based on each woman using 26 pads per month)
  • Amount spent per FIVE years on disposable pads by one woman is $360.00 (Based on a woman using 26 pads/month @ $6.00/box)
  • Amount saved over FIVE year period by purchasing one dozen washable, reusable cotton pads is $300.00!
  • The saving on our environment is worthy of consideration also. Cotton pads will last for several years, and are not harmful to the environment as the disposable pads are.
1. From Catalogue #91-210. Post Enfal Annual Estimate of Population by Marital Status, Age, Sex and Components of Growth for Canada, Provinces and Territories. 6/88

The Dioxin Issue:

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Cloth Menstrual Pads
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Women are being exposed to poisonous compounds when they use sanitary protection products:
  • A chlorine bleaching process is used in the production of sanitary napkins and tampons... only to give the products a pure white appearance.
  • The same process is also often used in paper towels, disposable diapers, coffee filters and milk cartons.
  • Chlorine bleaching of pulp and paper products (such as sanitary napkins) generates dioxin, one of the most lethal poisons ever created. Measurable dioxin quantities remain in the paper products produced.
  • Dioxins can enter our bodies by passing through the skin. The risks include: changes to the immune system, birth defects, reproductive problems and production of cancers.
  • Women have regular and direct contact with chlorine bleached sanitary protection products; yet, this issue has been neglected in the dioxin debate.

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Tampon Risks:

A study undertaken by Drs. Eduard Friedrich and Kenneth Siegesmund published in the February 1980 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports: Visible alterations in the vaginal surface have been identified among tampon users. Such alterations include mucosal drying and micro-ulcerations.

These findings are significant, since researchers believe the bacteria causing Toxic Shock Syndrome (staphylococcus aureous) can only cause infections when access is gained to the bloodstream through a wound site. Healthy tissue has a natural immunity to most forms of bacteria. Sea-silk sponges (used as menstrual sponges), The Keeper, and The DivaCup (latex-free), are found to be non-abrasive and do not cause the excessive drying of the mucous layer protecting the vaginal surface.

 

This article compliments of Born to Love.


More Menstrual Resources:

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Books to Read
Charting Cycles
Articles
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Menstrual Articles

• Menstrual Products and Health
• Feminine Ecology Notes
• Women Taking the Initiative for a Safer Environment
• Fast Facts from Whitewash
• Backgrounder: What Are Organochlorines? And Why Are They So Dangerous?
• What Women Can Do to Stop the Whitewash
• More On-line Articles


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