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Good for you for looking out for your daughters' health. And so long as your money is paying for their menstrual products, you have every right to say what you're willing to buy!
|ODOR: I feel that cloth pads, changed frequently, have much less odor than disposable pads. They even have less odor than standard tampons. I always felt a bit fragrant with a Playtex tampon. Menstrual cups are virtually odorless. I mean, take into consideration that there's blood, and it does have a scent, so when you remove it, you will probably smell it. BUT I feel that it's much much much less stinky than any other option.
My hierarchy of stinkitudel, from least smelly to most smelly:
|I've never tried sea sponges. Some people who really want a squishy insertable like them. There are some that are available online (hmmm, from the maker of Lunapads or the Keeper?) that are pre-shaped.|
|When I was a teenager, I was very worried about whether anybody could *see* a pad - I felt like I was wearing a mattress, and it seemed crinkly to me, and I felt like I walked funny. I'm sure nobody could tell, but I felt like there were banners flying from my nether region announcing my state. My Diva cup is very worry-free, I actually feel it less than I ever felt a tampon. And I also feel cloth pads less than I felt disposable pads - they seem to conform to the body better.|
Erika, mama to three beautiful kids (plus one gestating), and wife to one fantastic man.
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