Yeah, yeah, yeah, this will be a (somewhat) gross post. So I started my period and I used my son's bamboo blend diaper inserts and thought I'd update my readership on my experiment.
I knew she was coming, but I hoped (and prayed) that she wasn't. Aunt Flo. Sigh. That means that I did not conceive in my last cycle. Crap!
Anyway, the morning began with Aunt Flo making her most unwelcome entrance. And by entrance, I mean she strolled right out of my vadge with her very own red carpet. GRRR!
Impossibly frustrated by the start of my day, I began to grab my Diva Cup. Then I remembered yesterday's blog post and I decided that I'd try my own version of mama cloth. So I grabbed a handful of my son's old diaper inserts. I happened to grab the bamboo blend.
Stuffing bamboo blend inserts in my panties felt a little odd, but I guess that's because I don't use maxi pads. Well, that and because they had been a part of my son's diapers. Oh my, they were very soft and very comfy. I must say that they were so soft and comfortable that I almost wanted to love them. But they were freaking big and, since I don't use pads, they felt really weird against my labia. Plus, I wasn't sure that I needed such a long "pad." So I folded the insert in half, found the sweet spot of my panties, and went about my day.
It could have been worse. But I definitely have a new appreciation of the phrase, "riding the cotton pony." Neigh! Neigh!
You know, it was weird, but it wasn't horrible. I mean, I'd rather not deal with a "pad" every single time that I urinate, but it wasn't unlivable. I took the insert, rinsed it in the toilet using my diaper sprayer/bidet, sprayed it with Bac-Out, and tossed it in a plastic bin. I actually used an old diaper wipes container and it worked really well.
I went through 6 inserts within around 8 hours. I was sure that I destroyed a couple of those inserts with Aunt Flo's ugliness. But I'm happy that I didn't. I washed them and they came out perfectly clean - no stains or anything weird. I finally broke out my Diva Cup and called an end to my experiment.
I'm happy that I tried something outside my comfort zone. I'm pleased that I found an interesting way to reuse something that I already owned. And I'm glad that I learned that I could live with my periods if all the drugstores closed down and my Diva Cup was out of commission.
Mama Cloth periods? I could live with them. Of course, I won't be tossing my Diva Cup any time soon.