>> Friday, May 14, 2010

Hope you all enjoyed the interview with Eco Yogini yesterday. I especially love her answer about why she "overshares" about her experience with the DivaCup, among other subjects.

So in the spirit of Eco Yogini, I thought we'd have ourselves a little overshare session today. First, I'll share a few things, and then it will be your turn to share in the comments - something you've learned on your green journey that you think would help others to know or something you've been embarrassed to ask, now's your chance. If you're not keen on the idea of an overshare, feel free to comment anonymously.

Okay, deep breaths, I think I'm going to die here...

Menstrual Cups

It took me forever to figure out how to use my Keeper properly. Several months, honestly, before I realized that my cervix sits low so where the diagram says my Keeper should be is not where it is on my body. If you're new to menstrual cups, figure out where your cervix is and realize that every body is different!

Crystal Deodorant

Some days the rock deodorant works better than others, and it doesn't seem to have anything to do with physical activity. Thankfully, even on those rare days where my pits fail the discreet sniff test, I don't think it's strong enough that anyone else would notice. At least my husband hasn't said anything.

Birth Control

We're still using condoms. I hate the pill and have contemplated the IUD but I'm just not sold on it. I'm intrigued by the idea of the Fertility Awareness Method (I even have the book on request at the library), but my husband says no way based on the fact that we got pregnant with each of our three boys without even trying.


A certain special someone in my life says he won't try the no poo method because of dandruff. Anyone have tips for natural remedies for dandruff?

Okay, your turn! Don't be shy! Don't let me be alone in this overshare!


Danielle May 14, 2010 at 1:40 AM  

Oh, I am the least shy person ever. I overshare ALL OF THE TIME. I had an IUD removed on Monday. I HATED it. If you get one, strongly consider the copper option over Mirena, which has hormones. I didn't get my period, but I had insane PMS because you still ovulate.

Now I am back on the pill and I am going to buy my diva cup this weekend so that I will be prepared when my period returns.

I do use regular poison for sweat, but I live in Vegas and summer here is unpleasant, especially if I have to wear a suit for court.

Yay, I love being invited to overshare!

Eco Yogini May 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

yay overshares!!!!

I had NO idea that the position of your cervix could affect placement of a menstrual cup. Huh. My cervix "wanders" (lol, isn't that wonderful). I wonder if people who have problems with leakage should consider the cervix aspect of the equation?

I considered the IUD too (Mirena actually, so it's good to know what Danielle's experience was like). I decided against it- mostly because I am a wimp and was afraid of the pain (seriously low threshold of tolerance).

We use condoms too, and I'm a bit too paranoid right now to try the fertility monitoring method. although I know it's much more than just counting- temperature taking and such.

dandruff..... hm. tea tree oil? I had read somewhere tips for dandruff- since I'm currently procrastinating at work- I will come back here tonight with my arsenal of BOOKS :)


Anonymous,  May 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

I love my menstrual cup(s) and cloth pads! I've become somewhat addicted to cups (I have five...whoops?).

I am considering going off the Pill because none of them work for me, as they KILL my libido, and thus part of the connection and happiness in my relationship.

Vinegar is apparently very good for dandruff, as it neutralizes the ph of the scalp.

As for deodorant, I make my own, and I'm going to start selling it on Etsy this weekend!:)

Condo Blues May 14, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

If you find a solution to dandruff please let me know. My hair dresser suggested I use a shampoo with tea tree oil but it's too harsh for me and tea tree oil made my situation worse and my scalp break out into a rash.

As for oversharing, I tried a natural deodorant and it gave me a rash under my arms - in summer. I walked with my arms in second position and like a linebacker until it cleared up. I'm trying baking soda and corn starch. Now that it's getting warmer I'm not a fan - gritty pits :(

Erin aka Conscious Shopper May 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

@Danielle - Regarding the Diva Cup, one thing I wish I'd known before I got my Keeper is that each of the brands is a little different shape so some work better than others for different body types. My Keeper works all right for me, but sometimes I do have leakage and I've read that a Lunette might be better for my body shape. This site is helpful with a bunch of reviews of the different menstrual cups.

@Eco Yogini - The main thing that intrigues me about the fertility awareness method is that Umbra Fisk said in a column recently that Planned Parenthood says it's equally as effective as condoms. And Planned Parenthood definitely doesn't people having more unplanned pregnancies, so that's a pretty reliable source, I think. I'm still going to read the book and see...

Anne May 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

I wonder if dandruff would go away as the natural oils balance themselves out? Of course one probably wouldn't want to try this if they're going to work each day because things would probably get worse before better. Perhaps during a vacation around people you'll never see again?

Brenda Pike May 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

I overshare regularly. Oddly enough, I think the things I've been the most embarrassed about have been trying makeup and hiring a housecleaner.

I love my Mirena. Granted, the insertion wasn't fun, and I sat in a coffee shop for two hours afterwards rather than going back to work with cramps. But I'm a wimp when it comes to cramps, because I don't usually have them. Since then, no problems, no periods, no recognizable PMS—it's so freeing.

And after reading about you and everyone else doing it, I tried Crystal deodorant, and I'm hooked. I do sweat, especially after riding my bike to work, but it never smells, and it doesn't stain the armpits of my shirts. We'll see how well it works this summer, but so far, I can't believe I was brainwashed into thinking I needed antiperspirant.

even-star May 14, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

I have a copper coil and it was the answer for us. No hormones, no worries, effective for five years. No long term health issues. Used to be condoms and getting the coil has made our love life more spontaneous and fun (bit of an over share there). It is more effective than condoms by quite a margin. As effective as the pill in fact. And no low libido that you get from the pill. Yay!

Julia (Color Me Green) May 14, 2010 at 12:11 PM  

i'm trying FAM, but really it's more like using condoms most of the time. i don't feel like i have a good grasp of tracking my cycle yet, but i'm hoping i will within a year to only need to use condoms half a cycle instead of most of it.

Eco Yogini May 14, 2010 at 1:42 PM  

@Julia: really? you still use condoms?? hmm, maybe I should read more about this method.

It would be nice to be more spontaneous, other than- WAIT we need to go get condoms. (lol, sorry if TMI!).
@Condo Blues- Andrew and I are STILL fighting this ridiculous rash-fungus crap from trying the crystal MONTHS ago (and we got crazy steroid cream from the doctor too!). UGH. I regret the day we ever decided to use the rock. sad eh?

Lina May 14, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

Okay Erin, you all have totally inspired me. I'm trying the Diva Cup. Today in fact (there's my overshare :) So far so good. I've been circling around it for awhile now and this gave me the push I needed. I love the idea of buying less!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper May 15, 2010 at 9:30 PM  

@Brenda - I think it's funny that you were most embarrassed by trying makeup and hiring a housekeeper. :)

@Lina - Yay! Hope you have a good experience with it. I love my Keeper!

Anonymous,  May 16, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

Trader Joe's has a really good tea tree shampoo that also has rosemary and peppermint oils which really works for combating dandruff. I have it really bad and live in a dry environment and it's working well for me. The conditioner doesn't do much for me though. It's only $4 so it's worth a try.

Three Little Brown Kids May 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

I love my IUD!! Would not use anything else!!! It is the only way to go. The only.

Marya May 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

Sign me up for the oversharing...

I too had real problems with my Keeper/Diva cup. I had to switch to the Diva because the keeper was too hard and I was constantly having to pee! BTW, thanks for the link about the cervix/cup issue, it was super informative.

I'll speak up for FAM. I use fertility awareness and have been for almost 3.5 years now. I hated the pill and disliked the idea of all the chemicals it puts in the ocean, and condoms tend to irritate me and leave me with yeast infections. In the time that we've been using FAM we had one slip that led to the morning after pill, only because my partner didn't check in and assumed it was a safe time and I assumed that he was aware of the fact and didn't say something sooner. That was 3 years ago. FAM can work, but you have to be on top of it. But my cycle is very regular. I don't know that I'd recommend it to anyone who had irregular cycles as it's a bit harder to figure out when you're fertile. I love it and find it very reliable.

Leigh May 19, 2010 at 6:02 PM  

Overshare: I was forced to go green on the deo because I developed major rashes all of a sudden from the mainstream antiperspirants. I probably stink a lot. Now using Trader Joe's Cotton Deo. But you all live far away and can't smell me.

You really do need a different size Keeper after giving birth. And Erin after reading your comments, I might go back to the Keeper, as I bought a diva cup to save on shipping and because I wanted it right now, but it doesn't seem to fit as well as the keeper did.

Is it oversharing with my neighbors to leave cloth diapers drying on my porch?

82andsunny May 20, 2010 at 2:24 AM  

I never quite got the hang of the Keeper. I've been using sea sponges for seven or eight years now, and love them! And cloth pads for heavy days/nights, also love them. I've never tried an IUD, but I'm starting to reconsider after reading all these comments. Maybe I'll consider it as an option again.

Been no poo for two years, use baking soda and vinegar, and it works great. I've off and on used baking soda instead of deodorant. it has worked well in the past, but has also given me severe rashes. I tried recently mixing with corn starch and wasn't entirely convinced by the results, but not entirely disappointed either.

DownDoggin in MN May 25, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

Just got back into town and had to overshare too! Love the new banner by the way.

I got my DivaCup because of EcoYogini's overshares and I love it. This was my second time using it and I was on a beach vacation, it was so wonderful not having to deal with tampons in the pool and ocean. I think my husband got sick of my constant DivaCup praise :) I swear I have little to no cramping with the cup where I use to have some pretty bad cramps, we’ll see if that continues because some months are worse than others.

I'm with you Erin on the dandruff, I will keep checking back in but here's what I've tried so far. Before I went no poo I tried Head and shoulders then Selsun Blue neither worked. Then I moved on to more natural remedies, I've tried the baking powder and vinegar rinse and that seems to have been the best solution but it did take a while and some patience as I went through the no poo oily mess. I don't use the baking powder or vinegar every day, I usually use it one day then just rinse in the shower the next two days and follow that cycle. So far it's been working for me, my hair is definitely getting use to it, when I got back from vacation I pampered myself and washed with shampoo and conditioner and my hair felt terribly greasy from the conditioner and my natural oils. I still have some dandruff and might try Trader Joes tea tree oil shampoo with an apple cider vinegar rinse. I'll check back in if I try it. Just so you know, my hair is long, to my waist and going no poo with the apple cider vinegar has been a pretty good challenge. I'm glad I "committed" to Erin's no poo challenge or I may have given up after a week but now that it's been over a month and I've only snuck shampoo and conditioner in once (with poor results) I think I'll stick with no poo and see if the dandruff keeps gradually going away on its own. Hope to hear more about dandruff remedies though.
Thanks for the overshares everyone!

Ashley,  May 29, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

Yay for oversharing! I have the Mirena, too. The insertion was awful but I would do it again tomorrow to have FIVE years of no bc worries (although this time I would take a Xanax:). I had forgotten how hellacious my cramps were, but really? FIVE years of worry-free sex is worth it. I don't know how much packaging resulted from the Mirena, but it had to be less than five years worth of condoms and Nuvarings going into the landfill.

I use homemade cotton pads with terry liners off the Hillbilly housewife pattern. Super easy, and so little waste! I cringe when I think of the fifteen years worth of feminine plastic waste I created. The cups sound great, but my period has tapered off to one day and may end soon altogether. It's definitely in the cards when I can get my tubes tied in four more years. (Too much information yet?) Thanks for starting this discussion!

sora_ke June 1, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

thank you everyone for you comments! i have been debating getting a cup and cloth pads for awhile but i had questions that the website wasn't quite answering (like, doesn't anyone ever leak? and what do you do about it?) and you all gave me lots of great info. THANK YOU! and thank you Erin for pointing me starting so many conversations that are helping me to change my ways :)

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