Prepping for your period – A sensitive topic

Prepper's Will - Prepping for your period  Many preppers are stocking up on tampons and menstrual pads thinking that these items could come in handy when having to deal with a serious injury. Only a few of them acknowledge their mundane use, while others seem to ignore the reality about how a woman’s body works. No one talks about their basic monthly use and it’s like the period, moon time or menstruation doesn’t exist and if they ignore it, eventually it will go away. This article will make most guys feel uncomfortable and if you can’t handle it, it’s better to pass it on to the women in your life.

The period topic is sensitive for some of the men and there isn’t much they can do about to help in a crisis situation. We are used to see the ladies in our life go to the drugstore once a month and pick up a convenient box and that’s it, that’s all the period mystery for us. However, in a scenario where drugstores are out of the picture, the period can become a real issue for a woman. This is why is better to be well prepared for your period and to know how to deal with this situation.

The information gathered in this article will prove useful during a bug out situation, a natural disaster or during a long term scenario when becoming self-sufficient is the only way to survive.

A first solution for dealing with the period is the Menstrual Cup

Prepper's Will - Menstrual Cup 2  These are small, portable, medical grade silicone cups that are built to last for years. They were initially designed for environmentalists, but nowadays, these items are perfect for preppers. The menstrual cup has become so popular that there are now several competitors on the market such as the Diva Cup or the Dutchess Cup and Amazon is full of these types of products.

The small silicone pouch has to be squeezed up inside the vagina, as close to the cervix as possible, as soon as the period starts. The cup has enough room to contain several ounces of fluid and it can be left in for up to 10 hours.

It is recommended to have two cups so that when you go to the bathroom, you dump the blood in the toilet, you clean yourself up and you stick the clean cup in. Once you’re done replacing the cup, you can clean the used one in the sink. It takes some time to get used to it, but the people who managed to do so, are satisfied with this choice and recommended it as a long term solution for the period.

The menstrual cup would be a real advantage in a bug out situation as you will not have to worry checking on it for 10 hours and you will be able to focus on other priorities. You will not have to worry about your clothing getting stained or figure out how to deal with other hygiene issues. It is a great addition to your bug out bag and you should really consider about getting one.

Tampons, the most common solution for a period

Prepper's Will - Homemade tampons  Since not all women can wear a menstrual cup, tampons are their second best choice, offering the most comfort and familiarity. You should stockpile from time and your best choice should be the OB brand. They are small and they don’t waste precious space, since they don’t come with applicators.

Even if you stockpile on tampons, you might find yourself in the situation where you have run out of these items. In that case you will have to make your own tampons and you should try making some reusable ones from cotton. You can use pillow cases, sheets or any other type of used bedding that is made of cotton or linen. You should avoid synthetic fibers, as they can cause infections and cannot be rolled or compacted like cotton fibers can. The best thing is that tampons have other uses that can help you in a survival situation and you can find more about these uses by reading this article.

How to make your own tampons:

  • Rip out the seams of your pillow case and lay it vertically in front of you, looking at the narrow end.
  • Cut a three inch wide strip across the base and repeat until you run out of fabric. You will end up having more than 15 strips of cloth, three inches wide and a foot and half long.
  • Roll your strip of cloth like you would roll up a cigar. Fold one end of the fabric diagonally so the corner point stretches past the bottom of the cloth. Starting at the pointy end, roll the cloth as tight as possible. When you run out of cloth, tie it twice, once at the top and once at the bottom, with a small spare scrap of cloth.

Once you’ve used the homemade tampons you can clean them by boiling them for at least 20 minutes so that all the blood gets out. After you’ve boiled the tampons, hang them up to air dry and they will be ready for your next period.

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There are some women who might have problems wearing homemade tampons and the solution for their period will be homemade sanitary pads.

Reusable period cloth pads

Prepper's Will - Homemade Sanitary pads  One option to stockpile on reusable sanitary pads, would be to buy them from Amazon, it will save you a lot of work if you don’t like sewing. You’re going to need a pad with a removable interior liner since it is an important factor for cleaning and long term maintenance.

If you prefer the make your own, you’ll discover on the internet an incredibly diverse variety of patterns. The best ones will be shaped like the hourglass, like the ones you bought at the store and they will have wings. The center should be easy to open in order to remove the lining. The wings should snap together under the bottom of your underwear. In a time of crisis, if you are caught unprepared you can still make your own by using washcloths or worn out towels. Here is how you can do it:

Fold the towel until you get a rectangle about 3 inches across by 10 inches long. Use safety pins to attach the rectangle to your underwear. It will be a lot bulkier than the sewn models you find on the internet, but it will get the job done.

Just like the tampons, if you need to clean your homemade sanitary pads you have to boil them for at least 20 minutes. Once you’ve boiled the pads, make sure you unfold them and hand them up to air dry, in a sunny spot. The UV rays will also help disinfect the pads.

There are some other methods you could use to improvise an absorbent pad, but it requires the use of moss and other material growing in the forest. It is not sanitary and I do not recommend using such methods for your period.

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6 thoughts on “Prepping for your period – A sensitive topic

  1. I just wanted to add a little known thing about the cups. For some women this is not a solution. If a woman has a history of yeast infections, or vaginitis (bacterial non-std type infection) this can make it worse. Also, please remind women that Toxic Shock Syndrome is just as real a risk with home made tampons as with store bought ones, and they really need to sterilize them as thoroughly as possible because while tampons are made in a sterile environment, home made ones can be just as dangerous as home canning when you don’t have proper sanitizing procedures. Thank you. Good article!

  2. There is a little bit of misinformation here. Not everyone can just put their cup in and leave it for 10 hours. It really depends on how heavy your period is. If you are going to use this for a bug out or emergency, you definitely want to have used it before hand so you know what to expect. As for washing pads and tampons, if possible, rinse with cold water first so they won’t stain. Boiling them without washing or rinsing first is going to set them, and then it’ll be near impossible to get out.

  3. I wanted to question your stated need to boil reusable pads. If you make pads yourself or buy them it is not necessary to boil them. Washing them as you would wash you underware is sufficient. As a woman myself I don’t know ANYONE who boils their underware (or anything else) because they got period blood on it.

  4. I use reusable menstrual care products and would just like to point out a couple of errors here. You’re doing a great job getting the wordbout there! It is not necessary to have two menstrual cups. You remove and dump the cup then wipe it out or rinse it and pop it right back in.

    Disposable pads and tampons are not sterile, contrary to popular belief (it doesn’t state it on the package anywhere, so not the marketers’ faults). Reusable ones do not need to be boiled, just washed with detergent and water. The heat will warp resin snaps, melt PUL (optional waterproof layer), felt wool (an optional water resistant layer), and potentially melt any other kinds of optional synthetic water resistant layers. It will also set stains. Cold or room temperature water is what is needed to remove blood stains. Hot cooks the stains into the fibers.

    The organization Days for Girls has a marvelous free pattern for donation or personal use purposes. It is an easy-clean, fast-dry style and it very simple to make and use. Great in emergency situations.

  5. I just want to point out that UV rays, while potent and good for stains and freshness, do NOT disinfect anything. If they did, there would be no germs outside. I repeat, sunning laundry does not disinfect it. A good wash routine is sufficient but if you want to disinfect, you use bleach or peroxide.

  6. Thank you. This is the only site I’ve seen that even bothers to bring this up.

    What I REALLY want to know about is contraception. Even in a SHTF situation people will want to make love/have sex/f**k, and a pregnancy can be dangerous in such times. Added to that, pregnancy will cut down on heavy physical work; I don’t want half my able bodies unable to do what needs doing for fear of a miscarriage! Plus, some women should NOT get pregnant at all.

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