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Menstrual FAQsWhy is it beneficial to use alternative menstrual products?Alternative menstrual products will save you money and decrease your contribution to landfill waste. If a woman uses 3 tampons per day for 6 days of her period, over 200 tampons will be thrown away in a year. An average of 40 years menstruating during a lifetime means over 8000 tampons per woman will be added to landfills. You can spend less money and start going green with alternative options like reusable menstrual pads and cups.What impact do these products have on the environment?Tampons may have chemicals that are bad for the environment in addition to the large number of tampons used by women every year. Rather than contribute more waste to landfills, women can choose to buy reusable products that have much less impact on the environment and save them money at the same time. If I am afraid of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), what are my best menstrual product options?Because tampons absorb liquid from inside the vaginal canal, they have the potential to lead to TSS. Both reusable menstrual pads and menstrual cups have little chance of causing TSS and are your best options. Lunapads menstrual pads sit on underwear outside of the vagina and although The DivaCup sits in the vagina, it collects fluid rather than absorbs. What are the benefits of using a menstrual cup?The main benefit of a menstrual cup is that it can be worn for up to 12 hours. Tampons recommend a maximum of 8 hours. Thus, the DivaCup provides more freedom and less hassle because it can be left in overnight and when you are on the go without worry of serious problems like TSS. Also, because it is reusable there is a single purchase fee and no late night runs to the store for emergency tampons. The cup just needs to be cleaned between uses. Menstrual cups save you money and lighten your impact on the environment while giving you confident protection. Which DivaCup size should I pick?Size 1 should be used if you are under 30 years old and have never delivered vaginally or by c-section. Size 2 should be used if you are older than 30 or have delivered vaginally or by c-section.I do not like inserting tampons, what are my best menstrual options?Your best option would be Lunapads reusable menstrual pads. The pads attach to your underwear and absorb menstrual fluid as it leaves the body. Replace liners as they fill, about as often as you would a tampon, and change the pad every day.What are the benefits of using cloth menstrual pads?Cloth menstrual pads are reusable and can be washed by hand or in a machine between uses. Lunapads will last upwards of 5 years and will save you the money and hassle of having to frequently buy new tampons or disposable pads. Women that prefer pads but do not like seeing their wallet lighten as their waste increases will appreciate a cloth pad.What is the difference between Lunapads Pad and Liners and Lunapads Pantyliners?Lunapads Pads are meant to be placed on underwear with liners added by inserting their ends under the ric-rac bands on the pad. If you have a very heavy flow, multiple liners may need to be added to the pad. Replace the liners regularly as they become soaked through. A pad should last a day. Lunapads Pantyliners, however, include the liner on the pad already. Thus, use one pantyliner at a time and once soaked, replace with a new pantyliner.How many Lunapads Liners should I expect to use in one menstrual cycle?A liner should be replaced once full of fluid. For those with light flow rates it may be as often as every 8 hours, while for those with heavy flows it may be every few hours. You should use the same number of liners as you would of disposable pads. If you want to save some money, try buying enough liners for at least two days so that you can wear clean liners one day while washing yesterday's liners for use tomorrow.