Im traveling to India, Nepal, Mayanmar and the likes for an extended period of time and I was wondering if anyone out there has traveled with the Moon Cup or the Diva Cup.
I lived in Nepal and am a very experienced third world traveler. I usually bring a crap load of tampons and they take up too much room and are hard to find in Kathmandu sometimes and they're sometimes way more money than I want to chock up.
I hate pads - abhor them.
I'm all for green alternatives. I even heard about using sea sponges?? But I must say that there were times in Nepal when I didn't even have a pot to piss in, so I'm sure running water for the cups and sponges might not be accessible. Also hygienically, are we safe enough to wash out the cups and sponges (with giardia running rampant through the water)?
Do any of you fine traveling women have any suggestions or methods you use for period pampering?
danyabad, ani namaste!
Im hoping that, though there have been 57 hits, the reason no woman has helped me yet is because I put this post in the wrong place or because most women have not used any of these products. I'm hoping and hoping that it's not because women are afraid to talk about their periods or something as real and important as absorption choices.
Independent women, I'm asking for help in an area that is very important for EVERY woman who still has their period. I am genuinely in need of help from an experienced woman who knows the ropes in roping their tampons overseas in harsh conditions. I know that there are women out there.
If anyone has any advice, please help me. You can email me if you don't want to post. I'll take any help you can offer.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 29, 2008, at 1:19 PM by saragrayce ]
My guess is there haven't been any replies because not many people know of alternative menstrual products like the Diva Cup (the Keeper is another one I've seen). I just heard of them in the last year or so. I haven't done any 3rd world traveling on them, but am planning on it next time. I think cleaning them with bottled water or boiled water is probably a good idea. Since tap water is not always safe to drink (even for locals whose bodies are more used to the local bacteria than travelers' bodies are) I wouldn't imagine it's good to use to wash something you then put inside you. So, if you will be carrying potable water around with you anyway, that's probably a good bet.
Hope that helps!
Mine are so light that one small box of OB's will get me through four or even five periods- therefore space isn't an issue. OB's are very small. You didn't say what kind of tampon you use, but if you decide to keep using tampons... OB's take up a LOT less space- half at least.
Also, depending on how long you are traveling and if you are on the pill, you could just skip a month. Its generally ok to skip a month no matter which pill you are using, I believe (although I'm not a doctor.) Just don't take those sugar pills the last week and tear into the next month early. Admittedly this doesn't work well for me, as I usually end up bleeding a little anyway.
I hve no experience of travelling adn using anything else ...however as above, if you are on the pill can you not just skip a month or two. I have done this a few times and it's had no effect.
Again i'm not a doctor but if you do skip a month that then rulse out alot of problems.
Thanks for replying. I really appreciate the help.
Think I'm going to just hack it with tampons again...
Moon cup leaks and i don't put hormones in my body so birth control is out.
Thanks again so much.
If i find the answer to the tampon conundrum, i'll let everyone know.
Just went to the pharmacy, and thought I'd add that the box of OB's was actually more than 4 x's smaller than all other boxes, (with the same number in each).
Oh, lordy, I'm starting to sound like an ad. (Cue smarmy grin, holding up box, pointing finger.)
ok girls i donr to appear to be stupid but what are OBs?
I think the equilivent of OB's in the UK is Lil-Lets or any other no applicator tampon.
I have travelled for longer in third-world countries and I did not consider it too much of a hassle to bring enough tampons to last me the whole trip. Granted, I use them in combination with pads (I have a very strong period) but a package of 52 non-applicator extra-strong tampons lasts me for 5-6 months. The package takes up the same space 3 pairs of rolled up socks do. If this is too much space for you then I am sorry.