Hey guys. I am new to livejournal but I wanted to say that the reason I joined is because I learned so much about cloth pads and cups through reading about everyone else's experience. I am estranged from my mother and don't have any close female family members or friends, so I am incredibly appreciative that there is a place like this where I can get my fix of "girly stuff" without feeling like I'm in the dark.
I bought my first menstrual cup (a lunette) about four cycles ago. Since then, I've been trying to use up my old disposable products (I hate for them to go to waste, it's too bad there's not somewhere I could donate them!) while steadily building up my supply of cloth products. I love them so much, it's starting to get annoying using my old disposables just for the sake of using them!
My current set up is this: I have one lunette cup and six regular charlie banana pads. I have a mini planet wise wet/dry bag that I can fit in my purse for emergencies and a large planet wise wet/dry bag that I keep in my bathroom (conveniently hooked to the tp dispenser). This setup is working great. I have a place to store my products and enough that I can alternate between my cup and pads depending on my mood. (I work from home so sometimes it's nice to just lounge in a pad, but I'm a runner and prefer the cup for more active activities)
For me, going to cloth and a reusable cup has been so addicting! But now I have a new pet peeve. I have always noticed that I go through a tremendous amount of toilet paper when I am on my period. My husband lovingly teases me that I go through a lot anyways (but then, he grew up in a house with only one female with three other guys, so maybe I'm just normal?) but on my period, it seems like it doubles!
I got to thinking that I love my charlie banana pads so much, and they also make items for babies like flannel wipes. Since I don't have children (I read a lot of women was their pads with diapers), I am always trying to put off washing our towels around the time that I am on my period just so that I can have a full load. I figured if baby wipes are good enough for a baby, and I am using reusable pads anyways, it might make sense to use them during my period to cut back on the amount of tp. I also thought it would be great for those times when I'm cleaning up after... ya know. Wrestling. With my husband. In bed. :) We're trying to get pregnant, so... ya know.
It seems like a no brainer to me, but I haven't been able to find anything about other women using this method, and that makes me a little nervous.
Another route that I have considered is investing in a bidet that attaches to the toilet seat. I've read lots of comments about how that works on the backend (apparently great, even if it is a little off putting at first) but have yet to read anything about women using it for clean up during that time of the month.
I know this has been a long post but if you're still reading, I appreciate it. I am really interested to see what everyone else's opinions are in regard to tp use during their period. Does it really go up, or am I imagining it? I guess it's not really a problem, but now that I've been spoiled with my super soft cloth pads, the tp is really starting to annoy me (not to mention, it's expensive!). Has anyone else encountered this and came up with a solution? Thanks in advance!