Lupron Therapy," I realized that proceeding within the Western Medical Model came with great risks. I needed another way to fight this disease. It was at this point in my research that I stumbled upon some information about monthly menstrual products.
I learned that both disposable pads and tampons were full of highly toxic chemicals that could be contributing to my monthly pain and infertility. I also learned that some women had claimed their pain had been all but eradicated by the use of alternative menstrual products. Terrified to put anything inside my body, post hysteroscopy/laparoscopy, I immediately purchased some cloth pads. My pain was greatly diminished almost immediately and I credit cloth pads with a large part of my recovery (along with diet and lifestyle changes) and continue to use them to this day. (I will further address the issue of cloth pads in a later post.)
Toxic Shock Syndrome.
This is the menstrual cup.
Menstrual cups are not new. They have been around for about 80 years and, of particular note to this former professional actress, were developed by an American actress looking for exactly the same sort of product that I was.
Basically, they are little bendable, flexible cups that are typically made out of natural gum rubber (latex) or silicone (appropriate for those with latex allergies) that a woman folds up and inserts into her vagina during her menstrual period. Once inserted, and with a little positioning, the cup opens/blossoms out and creates a seal within the vagina, where it remains to catch the menstrual flow. The woman is encouraged to empty the cup, about as often as she would change a pad (but some women find they can wait for up to 12 hours), directly into the toilet. She then would wash her hands and rinse out the cup (or wipe off with toilet paper, if in a public restroom) and reinsert. The cup can be boiled to sterilize and it is reused with each flow. Menstrual cups can last up to 10 years, so the financial savings is immense. Because they are made from materials that have been time tested and medically approved for use in the body, menstrual cups are safe and, from what I understand, extremely comfortable to use.
FAM). As an additional bonus, many women claim that use of the menstrual cup actually shortens their days of menstrual bleeding. It has been hypothesised that this may be because of a "vacuum" effect that is involved in the seal of the cup in the vagina. This would help to "draw down" the blood so that the menses becomes more efficient. For religious Jewish women who are ovulating a day or so before the mikvah, this would certainly be worth looking into as a way of remedying this particular "fertility problem." I do want to add that no company that I am aware of who manufactures the menstrual cup makes this claim, but anecdotal evidence seems to abound both on popular web forums, reviews and even amongst my own friends and clients.While there are no guarentees that it will make your period shorter, it is certainly worth a try.
All of these reasons really make the menstrual cup the ideal internal menstrual product for those who are trying to conceive (TTC) with the methods recommended by Wise Woman Fertility.
And now it gives me great pleasure to announce the first Wise Woman Fertility blog giveaway, open WORLDWIDE.
The Diva Cup, has graciously offered to donate one of their famous silicone menstrual cups to Wise Women Fertility blog readers!
To enter, please follow these 3 steps.
1.) First head on over to the Diva Cup page and "like" them.
2.) Then, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the "follow" button for Wise Woman Fertility in order to follow us on our blogspot.
You get a bonus entry if you like us on facebook. You get an additional bonus entry if you "share" this link with others. This can be on your facebook page, twitter, my space or your own blog!
3.) Finally post a comment under this post with your name and an email address where I can reach you, in the event that you've won. Be sure to state within that post if you applied for the bonus entries, telling me specifically that you liked the page on facebook and where you shared the link to this post, and I will add the additional entries to your name. Only one post per person.
One winner will be picked at random (using random.org) on Monday, March 7th, 2011.
(Fun factoid: this date corresponds with the first day of the new Hebrew month of Adar, the month of "joy.")
Thanks to The Diva Cup for their generous donation and also for donating a Model 1 Diva Cup, for demonstration purposes, to the "Wise Daughters" and public speaking lectures offered by Wise Woman Fertility.
And thanks to you for entering!