From Mooncup news letter...for UK members

Okay, so anyone getting the Mooncup news letter knows about this, however it does not hurt to pass the message on to those who don't have the news letter. A good little one for those of us in the UK, just copy and paste the sample letter, change as you see fit, and send off to your local MP using to search on your UK post code. A quick little piece of action that could make some difference.

X-posted to menstrual_lib and menstrual_cups

Jo Swinson, MP, is calling for the Government to encourage use of reusable sanitary protection in an Early Day Motion. Early day motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons and are useful in drawing attention to specific events or campaigns and for demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view. The massive surge in awareness of real nappies over the past few years is, in part, thanks to similar Early Day Motions bringing the issues around disposable nappies to the attention of the Government. Jo Swinson's EDM is an important first step in putting reusable sanitary protection on the political agenda. You can help in this process by emailing your MP and asking them to sign the Motion. For a sample letter, contact details for your MP and to read the Motion please click here.

More women becoming eco-period friendly?

This article seems to think so. Maybe a positive sign?


More women changing their choice of sanitary protection 

09 May 2008

Alternative sanitary protection products are growing increasingly popular among women in the UK, experts say.

Peter Kilvert of Alice Kilvert Tampon Alert said that more women are trying alternatives to tampons such as re-usable cups, which rule out the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, as well as being more eco-friendly than disposable options.

He commented: "Cups like the Mooncup are excellent, a lot of women are concerned about the environment and don't like disposable sanitary protection, so these are far more environmentally friendly. They are also cheaper in the long-run."

Half of all cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome reported in the UK each year are associated with women using tampons, public health statistics reveal.

While Toxic Shock Syndrome is very rare, approximately 40 cases are reported in the UK each year.

In response, women's health specialists claim that education and awareness is key when it comes to choosing feminine hygiene options.


On the Rag Forum Night

Here is the official post!

What is it? A forum night about the history of disposables, the problems with them, and alternatives women can choose. Cloth pads will be raffled off to lucky winners!

Where is it? SUNY Albany, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany NY. Room: Humanities 116.

When is it? 7:00PM Monday, April 14.

Who is running it? I (Marwin) will be giving a talk and a discussion opportunity will follow. It is hosted by the Campus Greens.

Why: Because women need to know this information!

How: Thanks to everyone who donated pads, I will have lots of beautiful items to raffle off!

See you there!



Hope this is allowed...I've been looking all over and cant find cool icons to use on my LJ for when I am on my period. Can you please post your fav period icons (that I would be allowed to steal for my LJ) in the comments here? Thanks in advance.
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"protecting futures"

I've seen the commercials and now I've come across the website for Tampax and Always' "Protecting Futures" campaign.
Just out of curiosity, what are your opinions of this effort?

"How we're protecting futures

What if you couldn't go to school when you had your period? As amazing as it may seem in the 21st century, that's the reality for some girls in Southern Africa.

Tampax and Always are doing something to help protect those girls' futures. In partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA's HERO campaign, we established the Protecting Futures program.

Your purchase of Tampax or Always helps us donate $1.4 million through 2008 to the United Nations Association's HERO campaign to help provide feminine protection and education to girls in Southern Africa. That money will be used to provide health, hygiene and puberty education. It's also going into building classrooms, toilets, wash stations and dorms. And it's being used to provide the students with meals and clean water. In addition, we'll be providing pads to these girls to help them not miss school when they get their period."


(cross-posted: cloth_pads, menstrual_cups, menstrual_lib)

Luna Pads sale-20% off-including DIVACUPS!

Just thought some of you would like to know.

"The Annual International Women’s Day sale!
Friday March 7, 12 noon PST - Monday March 10, 12 noon PST get 20% off everything on the site.

Yes, that’s right: 20% off everything from Pantyliners to DivaCups to Lunabalm to Kits to...well, you get the idea. Sorry - Promo and Buying Club codes will not be valid during this time. So stock up, tell a friend about the sale, have fun shopping and don’t forget to celebrate yourself!"

"Do you have your period? "security guard asked high schooler


I found this story through women's health news
though it was great that boys acted in support ,too.

Grahamsville — Several television news crews from New York City are camped outside the Tri-Valley Central School following the story in today's Times Herald-Record about what question a school security guard asked a 14-year-old female student.

The girl was called out of class by a security guard during a school sweep last week to make sure no kids had backpacks or other banned bags.

Samantha Martin had a small purse with her that day.

That's why the security guard, ex-Monticello cop Mike Bunce, asked her The Question.

She says he told her she couldn't have a purse unless she had her period. Then he asked, "Do you have your period?"

Samantha was mortified.

She says she thought, "Oh, my God. Get away from me." But instead of answering, she just walked back into class.

At home, she cried, and told her mother what happened.

It appears that at least a few other girls were also asked the same question.

On Sept. 21, Martin and other girls were called to the office of Principal Robert Worden. Lisa Raymond, the assistant superintendent for business, was also there, Martin said.

"They just asked me what he (Bunce) said. I told them, and they said thanks for coming," she said.

The small Sullivan County school has been in an uproar for the last week. Girls have worn tampons on their clothes in protest, and purses made out of tampon boxes. Some boys wore maxi-pads stuck to their shirts in support.


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Menstruating in Rwanda

I found another disturbing article today reminding us of what life is like in some parts of the world. We know about social problems around the world: poverty, AIDS, oppression, famine, disease, lack of clean water, etc. But one of the overlooked problems of people in these stricken situations is the systemic injustice of women who have no menstrual protection at all. Affording pads or tampons is a pipe dream. Many women are bleeding all over themselves because the rags they use can't absorb. Many don't attend school while on for many reasons, which means loss of education in school, loss of production at work which means loss of wages, and loss of community interaction as women stay home to bleed instead of being a part of the community. They live in embarrasment, fear, disgrace, and humiliation.

What can be done about this? Sending disposable pads and tampons that will outlive us in a landfill is not the answer. If we could get menstrual cups that could be reused as long as women were trained, maybe that could be done. But getting this word out is what we could do best, so those of you with blogs and message boards could get this word out.

Oh yeah, the story: