30 responses

  1. Danielle
    February 7, 2011

    this couldn’t be a more “appropriate” post for me this morning. Last night (during Superbowl of all times) my friends and I sat around talking about the Instead menstrual cup. One was a longtime faithful user who had recently made the other a believer and they were trying to convince me. We actually passed one around the room (if you can imagine that scene with our husbands in the middle of it). Well, I came home with a sample and will be trying it out when the time comes!

  2. Aleka
    February 7, 2011

    I LOVE that you are writing about what is often a subject not written about…and you write with such honesty, candor, and wisdom. It’s refreshing. I really had no idea about some of the statistics (jeez that’s a lot of tampons :) Two thumbs up for the diva cup and glad rags!!! Moon time for me is also a time of heightened intuitive knowing and clarity.
    Thanks for the series Laura!

  3. Stacey
    February 7, 2011

    Great post! so much info I did not know. I want your moon print… pick me, Clara…. pick me!!!!!

  4. Gabrielle
    February 7, 2011

    Thank very much for all this information……I also never looked into this….but had an natural aversion against “tampons”……10 years ago….lol
    It is so troubling that this chemical exposure, danger doesn’t even stop here in our most pirvate parts. It is so sad.
    You wrote a fabulous post and this should be made public, so that mothers, girls at least have the knowledge in order to decide which way they personally would want to go for them and their daughters……xoxoxox

  5. de
    February 7, 2011

    Wow. Very enlightening. And scarey! Thanks for sharing this important information!

    I am a huge believer of the power of the moon myself. I love its symbolism and find myself drawn to anything that has to do with it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. michelle
    February 7, 2011

    Wow, thanks for posting this information. I had forgotten all the stats on tampon use, but it was good to read it again, as I feel all women should know this, especially young girls who are just starting. I’ve been using the cup for 15 years now and can’t imagine ever going back to tampons. The glad rags are especially wonderful after having a baby! And I use them when my cycle is heavy, which isn’t very often anymore! I’m getting close to peri-menopause, so tracking my cycle every month is very important, since that is how we got #3!!! So thanks for posting this, as I will recommend this to all the women I know! Thanks for sharing!

    I love all of your moon paintings, especially nighttime frolic! I have always been super connected to the full moon, am deeply moved and energized by it. I can stay up almost all night on full moons! And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as my 3 girls are also energized by the moon! We call our little ones ‘the werewolves’!

  7. Kim Budash
    February 7, 2011


    Itsme again, still reading and loving your blog and loving the birdhouse that I won!! Thanks for all the great information, you continue to be an inspiration in my day!! And I especially love, love, love all the moon paintings and would love to have just one. Thanks for the chance to win yet another wonderful item from your blog.



  8. Aurora Roesler
    February 7, 2011

    Wow!!! I am in shock right now! It makes so much sense, but all too many of us just blindly follow what we are told to do and wow!! My mind is blown and I will DEFINITELY be looking into all of these things! I am a bit wierd about germs and sanitiation so I may have to buy a weeks worth of the GladRags or something and wash them all before reusing, but maybe I just need to learn a little more. Thanks for educating us Laura!

  9. Sherry Livingston
    February 7, 2011

    Thank you for the great post. I’ve thought about trying the diva cup for a long time, but never got around to it. Now I’m feeling inspired! Thanks!

  10. Megan cliff
    February 7, 2011

    Very interesting post. I’ve never heard of the diva cup or even the idea of a menstruation cup, but I will be definitely looking into it. Thanks!

  11. Stephie
    February 7, 2011

    It is absolutely unbelievable that I have never heard of the Diva Cup before. Just goes to show that corporations with big money control the world. I will be going to get my Diva Cup tomorrow, and some GladRags to carry in my bag in case of surprise emergency. Thank you a hundred times!

  12. Susan
    February 8, 2011

    Great information Laura – Thanks! When is the book on woman’s health coming out…..:)?

  13. Nicole
    February 8, 2011

    Wonderful information. My daughter started menstruating nearly a year ago. She has decided she prefers to use tampons. I have suggested the Diva Cup only to be answered with, Eww! I feel better prepared to approach her again on this subject now that I know more about the damage she can be doing to her vagina and the waste she is creating: 12,000! that’s a lot of tampons. Thank you, Laura.

  14. Nicole
    February 8, 2011

    Can you please explain a little further why you don’t suggest the Diva Cup for virgins?

    • laura
      February 8, 2011

      Sure! Absolutely they *can* use a Diva cup, but if there is a hymen in place, I think the Diva cup might hurt as it passes through the more narrow opening. The Diva cup works but forming a cup up inside the vagina… you can fold it in half or fourths to insert it, and you can reach up and sort of compress it smaller when you pull it out, but it is still going to have a wider diameter then a tampon. For some girls, this isn’t going to be a problem at all, it depends on the hymen. Some hymens go across the opening (instead of just the sides) so that might be painful. Which might not be such a bad thing… if you can use the Diva cup once, you can use it forever. You could purchase one and play around with it, show it to her and show her the instructions… see what you think. I said I’d start my daughter on the Glad Rags, but honestly if she wants to move on to tampons, we will for sure be trying the Diva cup instead. I’d rather her hymen rupture and be done with it instead of put those toxic tampons inside her for years and years. Of course the ulimate decision is hers!!!! Let me know if you have any other questions!!! Thanks so much everyone for the awesome comments! xoxo, Laura

  15. Crunchy Beach Mama
    February 8, 2011

    Loved this. I’ve been using mama cloth since my last baby and I’m loving it. It is made of soft minky that I get from a mama who makes them off Hyena Cart.

    I have never tried the Diva Cup but have heard great things. It’s on my list :)

  16. Alison Price
    February 8, 2011

    Amazing information Dr. Laura. I have thought many times about the waste I am generating with tampons and pads but had no idea there was an alternative out there!!! I watched the video on the homepage of Diva Cup and it sounds fantastic. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for the post!!!

  17. Alison Price
    February 8, 2011

    By the way… for anyone in Charleston I just did a search on the Diva Cup website and both Earthfare and Wholefoods carry it.

    • Megan
      February 8, 2011

      They were all sold out at Earthfare tonight! I am going to try Whole Foods in the morning.

  18. Sarah
    February 8, 2011

    Thanks to the moms on Family Playtime, I also am a Glad Rags and Moon Cup (works better for me than the Diva Cup) convert. I also never would have known about charting your cycle before learning about the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which helped us get pregnant with our daughter!

    Thanks for such a great blog – you are so inspiring!

  19. Callie B
    February 8, 2011

    Thanks for posting this article. I never even tried a tampon until last year, but had some negative experiences with it. I get extremely thirsty and feel really weird not too long after insertion. I thought it was just me, but it could have been a reaction to the chemicals.

    I have seen the Diva Cup in Whole Foods and thought that it was just a weird product. But, after reading your blog post, I think I will give it a try. I am a little concerned about possible messes, but will be brave and try it out.

    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Patty
    February 8, 2011

    Fascinating! Wish I had this information years ago. I am so glad to hear about your creative spurts and their connection to your cycle. I too am an artist, and have found what you said to be absolutely true. I also had the most beautiful, creative dreams at these times!

    I love reading your posts full of wisdom. Dr. Craig is lucky to have you i his life and so are we!!!

  21. Kate Pyne
    February 8, 2011

    Very informative and honest…and scary! Thank you for writing with such honesty.

  22. Cindi
    February 8, 2011

    I discovered the Diva cup years ago and highly recommend it to women who prefer internal protection over pads. My mom warned me against using tampons; I rebelled, thinking she was just old-fashioned. Imagine my surprise when I had “undertermined” fertility issues in my 30s, finally conceiving after 7 years of treatments. I can’t help but wonder how all the weird fibers/dioxins/deodorants/etc may have contributed.

    Now I’m trying to prepare for my 9 year old’s rapidly oncoming pubescence and find your posts very timely, especially since I can no longer share the experience with her. I required a hysterectomy three years ago for severe prolapse; it was a tough decision but it seemed like the most rational option at the time for someone “my age”. I used GladRags during my healing time and will definitely introduce them to my daughter when the time comes. My periods were always irregular and painful, so i can’t say I’ve missed them. But my uterus – yeah, I do miss that, and of course I’ve suffered the negative effects of a disrupted system. Your wonderful hubby has been a godsend, listening and working with me to create a new level of physical and emotional balance using natural supplements and hormones. I’m sorry I’ve never met you, but I’m glad to know you a little through your blog. You and Craig are the ultimate Dynamic Duo!

  23. Mary
    February 8, 2011

    Thank you for sharing this information. I did not know about these alternatives and I will certainly share this with my daughters.

  24. Elaina
    February 10, 2011


    I am 24 years old and read your blog, which I loved. Very informative, inspiring and motivating to try something new. I agree that using tampons or pads are such a waste of trash, but I never really heard of an alternative. Reading your blog opened my eyes and having my period the time I read it, I totally wanted to try the DivaCup. I ordered it online at vitacost.com (which is by the way one of the cheapest places to buy natural supplements) for only $23 which was the cheapest I could find and they delivered it to me the next day and I was able to try it right away…..I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. NO trash, I don’t have to cary around tampons, no plastic wraps, no mess, I don’t feel it what-so-ever, can’t even tell I have my period and the best thing……I can’t wait for summer time going to the beach…..I won’t have to be afraid that the stupid blue little string may show :-). Thanks so much for sharing this. You are truelly inspiring. I love you beautiful pictures, you are a great artist. Makes you want to follow your dreams as well.

    Have a wonderful day.

    • laura
      February 10, 2011

      Thank you so much Elaina, for sharing your experience with it! And especially for sharing the link of where you bought the Diva cup… that is a fantastic price and so awesome that you got it delivered so quickly! Reading your experience will help so many others, and is the BEST testimony to my post! THANK YOU so much! xoxoxoxo

      • Elaina
        February 10, 2011

        Your welcome. Here is something I want to share with you. It might be a good idea for a blog.


        Applied to the biggest organ, your skin. Your skin absorbs everything applied quickly and smuggles it into your body, cells etc. Whether good or bad. While we think it will supress our bodily odors, we harm it more than we think…..One of the ingredients in most deodorants….PARABEN….,which is already a concern for breast cancer and being applied so close to your breast….should be a big NO GO for ALL WOMEN. Also, alot of deodorants act as antiperspirants using aluminum salts to prevent sweat from leaving the body at the place of application. Aluminum is absorbed through the skin much easier than it is absorbed through oral ingestion, making prolonged use of deodorants a concern. Not only does it prevent a natural function of your body to sweat in order to get rid of “trash”, aluminum is known to be highly toxid and unhealthy (also try to find alternatives to aluminum foils).

        Here is an alternative….Weleda Deodorants (also cheaply available at vitacost.com). They are made from completely natural essential oils, smell heavenly and neutralizes your body oder instantly. It’s free of damaging paraben or antiperspirants. I have been using it for a while and can only recommend it to cherish your health, especially as a women. You can buy it in different flavors, Citrus, Wild Rose and Sage. They all smell awesome.


      • laura
        February 12, 2011

        Thanks Elaina! I totally agree!!! No anti-perspirants at all! This is a topic I go into great detail about in my skin e-course… one of several skin related products that I dislike aggressively, and discuss alternative options. Thanks for highlighting this important issue! xoxo

  25. Star
    February 11, 2011

    I have been doing an internet search on different menstrual product every couple of months after a horrible period mishap. Usually a heavy, change my super plus tampons every 2 hours kind of period. I finally switched to applicatorless tampons, but they aren’t cutting it for me either. I find they leak more than my old applicator ones. Even if you ignore all the toxins, I have to buy all the different sizes, and you still end up leaking or have the painful “dry” removal. This post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. With everything I have read, I think I will be making the change soon.

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