show your wife you love her buy buying her a reusable/washable menstural cup : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

y2k has the details about "the keeper" a reusable menstural cup.A must have for any long term prep plan.tampons are just too expensive/bulky!

-- zoobie (, August 01, 1999


Don't scoff without checking this 24 year old daughter got one and now all her friends have them and they love them. Comes in neat little case and just waits for you every more frantic trips to the drugstore....sure beats rags......

-- MUTTI (windance, August 01, 1999.

I bet they'd be great barter items!

-- biker (, August 01, 1999.

YUK !!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Chris (, August 01, 1999.

What's the shelf life?

-- Just (asking@out.loud), August 01, 1999.


Try not to mix the 'Keeper' in with your shot glasses.

-- Good (advise@4.U), August 01, 1999.

I prefer small sea-sponges or reusable flannel pads.

-- R (, August 01, 1999.

Manufacturer says shelf life is 10 years, but they can last much longer. How many years might you or she need one? At my age, the one I have will last me through to the big M; am ordering at least two for my daughter, one of each size (Before childbirth and After childbirth). Who knows how long before the local drug store reopens?

Yeah, you're right, Chris, Yuck. Definitely Yuck. But the whole business of menses is Yuck, from beginning to end, every single month.

One day when my husby & I were courting, the subject of sexual harassment among students in schools came up. His attitude was just off the cuff scoffing, what's the big deal, kids will be kids, etc. I gave him a 40 minute lecture, not the least of which was a technicolor description of what it's like to be a 12 year old girl sitting in Geometry class sweating bullets because she's afraid she might be having an 'accident'. Knowing that if she has had one, and it's visible, that the boys (and some of the girls) will have a field day with her.

I told him what it's like to have cramps that feel like a hand is inside you twisting your guts in its fist. I told him what it's like to have to worry more days than not that your 'period' will make an early appearance. I told him to take a few minutes and really imagine what it would be like for him if at the age of 11 or 12 he began to bleed from his penis every 4 weeks, for a week every time. Sometimes in copious quantities, sometimes not. And to have to deal with the mess, the humiliation, the agonizing fear of odors and stains. Oh, let's not forget the pain, the headaches, the back pain, the bloating, the aforementioned cramping.

I told him there were women who were lucky. They had regular, dependable periods that came and went like clockwork and gave them little pain and anxiety. Course these 'lucky' ladies still had to cope with the mess and inconvenience every month.

Well, by the time I was done with my lecture, he had a very different attitude. He'd not had much personal experience with women's 'problems' (they'd always been discretely hidden from him, or he'd managed not to notice). He's got a real knack for empathy, and when he really considered the stuff he was hearing, his view of women had been permanently altered. I love him for stuff like that. :)

Gack. Poor Chris. I didn't mean to gross you out. I guess I just get sick of the yuckiness myself.

Does St. John's Wort really help with PMS?

-- Arewyn (, August 02, 1999.

I'm sorry, but I just have to ask...

Where can you get them?

-- nothere nothere (, August 02, 1999.

Here in madison we have a hippy dippy(of course!)alternative pharmacy."" has more info on it

-- zoobie (, August 02, 1999.

-- Brooks (, August 02, 1999.

Please be very careful in the cleaning of these items. I've no idea if there are any studies on this, but given the problems which can be caused by wearing tampons overly long, I'd make very sure that the keeper were as clean as I could get it as often as possible. Otherwise sounds like a very good idea.

-- Tricia the canuck (, August 02, 1999.


I guess ST's have been as high on my list as loo rolls.Just loved your lecture.Seemed to have got all bases covered.I could go on but Have to get up early tomorrow.Sounds as though you have a good basis for young male teenager sex lesson.If they are grossed out that might not be a bad thing .HA Ha.

-- Chris (, August 02, 1999.


These concerns where not only the first "items" I started preping with, but also the first checked off the list "completed"...three years worth. Barter items? Ha, not in this lifetime. :-)

Actually, this is one item I don't know if we had mentioned in the bug out bag? Even if one didn't want to use this cup regularly, it may be a great solution for that purpose. I must check out the link and see what the price is.

-- Lilly (, August 03, 1999.

this may sound dumb, and the guys might not want to listen, but how are you supposed to get it out? does it have some kind of string?! or, or,....(EWW)

-- sarah (, August 05, 1999.

yes,sarah,you'll probably need to touch yourself,you know,"down there".If you find that upsetting,you might benefit by checking out the book "for yourself,a womans guide to achiving orgasm"by dr.Lonnie Barbach.It has many helpful exercises to help you get over genital loathing.

-- zoobie (, August 05, 1999.

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