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Aunt Flow’s Gone Au Naturale: Product Reviews

Hey boys, just move on. No, really.

Full Disclosure: I am in no way being compensated by any of these brands. I didn’t receive anything for free nor am I being paid to review the products. Also, I’ve been using some of them for SIX years, so… I feel like you can actually believe this lengthy product review. Also, all photos have been borrowed directly from the manufacturers’ websites not because they asked me to, but because their images are much better than any I could take of my used products.

I’ve been using “alternative” ways to deal with my monthly cycle for years. It actually goes back to 9 years ago when I switched from an estrogen based birth control pill to a progesterone pill and as a result unwillingly lost my period for 2 years. It also, not surprisingly, coincided with being the heaviest weight I was outside of pregnancy (332lbs).

It wasn’t until 2 years later after I was off of birth control, joined a women’s gym, and dropped 30lbs did I get my period back. Oh no wait, I never got my period back. I got pregnant without knowing it was even possible! Fortunately, we have Cole as a result of my wonky body.

When I finally got my period back about a year after Cole was born (thank you, breastfeeding!), I was cloth diapering. It was a logical progression to not use disposable products for me. All the boards I followed and bloggers I read were doing it, seemed natural; all the places I bought cloth diapers sold women’s products too. Ever since, I’ve taken Aunt Flow seriously.

I never went back on birth control and I started researching natural ways to manage my menstruation. The results? I no longer have an unreasonably heavy flow, terrible cramping every month (the kind that had me going home sick from school in high school) or cyclical migraines and crazy mood swings. Don’t get me wrong, I still have mood swings… just much more predictable and comical ones now.

How did I fix all that crazy jazz? I have regulated myself to a perfect menstrual cycle using a nutrient dense paleo diet and natural menstrual products. Natural menstrual products? Yes. I’ve gone over the deep-end people, and I’m here to tell you it’s totally worth the effort for you to become a crunchy granola suburban hippy too.

Each woman has her own reasons for deciding to use non-disposable menstrual products. It could be she is aware of the environmental impacts involved in the production and waste disposal of the disposable products. Perhaps she is concerned about the toxic chemicals in the pads and tampons that she is exposing herself to. Or it could be a matter of wanting a more cost-effective product. Whatever the reason, more and more women are returning to the non-disposable menstrual products as a return to sanity in a world that is becoming more and more toxic and artificial. –

You avoid bleach & BPA in all other aspects of your life, why not this one too? Bleached tampons and BPA-plastic lined pads are about the worst things I can think of to put inside or next to your most sensitive lady parts. I certainly was unwilling to expose my body to that anymore once I thought about it a bit…not to mention, they’re awful for the environment!

I do come bearing good news, however. Don’t freak out and run away, there ARE other options! After years of trying out a HUGE variety of natural products, I’ve got some thoughts on what to recommend. And these are not just for extremist… every woman can do these! Remember, I’m a working woman with 3 boys who give me ZERO privacy. If I can do it, so you can you.

The good news for you is, I’ve been testing for 6 years and can give you an honest opinion and assessment of each.


Going into the woods and loudly whining for 2-4 days

I mean, I used to think this was a viable option. If this is you, skip to the summary below. Don’t bother reading my lengthy review, you need help and you need it fast.

Unbleached tampons

When I first when au naturale in 2006, unbleached tampons were the first product I tried. I found that after one or two cycles of using them I just completely lost interest in a disposable product, but they are a great “intro” to those using standard menstrual products today.

I continued to use them as a back-up plan as I transitioned into going completely disposable-free. Before I found and fell in love with Cups, they were my go-to swimming solution for years. They are also the only insertable product which are going to be mess-free (at least until you get the hang of the other products, which sometimes takes a few cycles).

What I found with any product that “plugs” the vaginal canal, however, is they it prolongs my period by a day. I think it’s because the momentum and flow your body would normally have is hindered by something literally stopping it up – which seems to take my body anywhere from 12-36 hours extra than if I don’t use anything.

Natural Sea Sponges

As I moved away from disposable unbleached tampons, the next thing I bought was Jade & Pearl’s Sea Sponge tampons. Admittedly, the #1 factor in choosing these over a Cup was the price. For about half the cost of a Cup, I got 2 sponges. Problem is, the set would only last me 6 months – so I kept having to buy new ones. I did, however, like that these can be cut and easily fitted by you at home. They are the only insertable product I’m able to wear and forget about, as I am able to get an extremely comfortable fit with them.

Granted, it does seem more natural to me to use a product of the earth than plastic. And… I was completely scared of a Cup. So I used and loved my sponges for years. In fact, when Cave Girl Eats talked about natural menstrual products, I was totally a sponge-pusher. And she hadn’t even heard of them!

Problem is, they are (by far) the messiest of all the natural products. There is absolutely no way that I could figure out, after years of use, to get these out without (sorry for being graphic here ladies) squeezing the sponge as you take it out of your body. This, of course, results in the liquid held by the sponge (blood & whatnot) to ooze onto your hand. I’m not one to be squeamish, but when you’re a working woman or on-the-go in public restrooms, this can result in more than a few awkward situations.

As an aside, for those of you who haven’t been married 11 years, supposedly you can have sex with sea sponges. So, that seems like a reason to keep ’em around sometimes… *Barry White music playing*

The Diva Cup

A few months after Wesley was born, my darn period returned. I was SO irritated with how unexpectedly early it was. I was completely unprepared and didn’t have any Sea Sponges in the house. I couldn’t find my cloth pads in the house and had to run to the store to get something. It was there I finally braved the purchase of a Diva Cup.

I had several friends telling me to try one for years, but I liked my sponges. But the real reason I wouldn’t use one: the idea of the cup somehow coming loose and spilling icky everywhere had me seriously scared. But, faced with few options at my local store, I grabbed a size 2, came home and figured it out. The good news? I’ve been using a Cup for a long time now and have never had a spill incident.

I have mixed emotions about a Diva. On one hand, it’s simple. Problem is, it’s so persuasive a brand in the US that it’s able to be an inferior product and still get name-brand recognition. Now, don’t get me wrong. If I had to choose going back to a sponge or Diva Cup I’d choose Diva. But, otherwise, I don’t use mine anymore.

Here’s what happened. After 3 days of yelling at Matt, “Leave me alone. I. have. A. Cup. INSIDE . OF ME!” I realized my period was then over. What? Did I count wrong? What just happened.. 3 days? That can’t be right. So another month came, and my tolerance level for the cup increased. My skill level with insertion and removal improved. I got it to be more comfortable. And then, 3 days later, it was over. Again.

What I realized was that by removing the “stoppage” of a tampon or sea sponge my flow allowed the fluids to exit the body faster. Essentially, the Cup effectively shortened my period by a whole day!

So, obviously, I’m a Cup girl. Problem is, the Diva Cup just never felt “right” to me. It either went up too far and made my cervix sore or it hung out of my vaginal canal a little so that the end piece poked me when I was sitting down. Also, the soft silicon material requires the insertion technique above, which means you have to twist it a full 360 degrees once inserted – something I never accomplished without getting messy. A couple of times I even dropped it into the toilet because I couldn’t get my grip right and it was too slippery. Talk about GROSS.


Lunette Cup

So, after I fell in love with the Cup, I wanted a 2nd. They’re not cheap, so I’d been using and washing it in between wearings for a few months before wanting to make the investment into a 2nd. This time, though, I had time to research online and look into alternative brands of Cups. What I found was that the review for Lunette were far superior to Diva. Women found it to be easier to insert and more comfortable to wear.

By choosing Model 2 in Cynthia (last one pictured above) it has a higher volume capacity, a wider circumference, a shorter length than Diva and thicker silicon that doesn’t have to be “twisted” at insertion. Everything I wanted changed about Diva, Lunette already did! Best of all, it came in colors – I say this because my Diva was turning a gross brown color after a few months of use. My Cynthia’s stayed a pretty maroonish-purple color!

What I found with Lunette was sheer love. I did have to learn how to insert it properly because it is different than Diva, which is what I was used to. The first month was nearly unbearable because I wasn’t wearing it correctly. However, once I got it deep enough, it now fits me so well I’ve gone swimming with it several times and had NO leakage (either in or out) of water!

Also (after some practice) insertion and removal is now nearly-mess-free! The stem is longer to grasp, which means I can grab it with toilet paper covered hands, rather than the tip of my fingers I had to use for the Diva. This is especially awesome because a good grasp means I’ve never dropped it into the toilet. I also love that, if in the event you do have to emergency clean it, Lunette makes biodegradable wipes to sanitize them on the go! Let’s not forget, either, that although it’s a hefty price tag on silicon Cups up front – these will last years and years and years – saving a lot of money in the long-run.

Admittedly, the only issue I have with Cups is that on the first and heaviest day of my period their capacity can’t really handle the 10 hours I’d like to go without emptying them. This means I try to work a shorter day and change them right before bed to keep it to about 8 hours between emptying. As an added protection, however, I wear a cloth panty liner (below) with them on that 1 heavy day.

Luna Pads

Don’t want to use an insertable menstrual product? Then Luna Pads “eco positive periods” are for you. They make the most leak-proof product that stays in place and holds up (I’ve had mine for 5 years) over time for full flow that I’ve used. I personally don’t like wearing pads, but sometimes I do it to give my body a break. For overnight and heavy days, I have to use Luna Pads Long Maxi or Overnight Pads. The link I’ve provided is for a whole set, including liners. Anything else leaks – for realz. I’ve tried A TON of brands and homemade items from Etsy.

The problem with maxi pads is the bulk. I mean, I get it, they’ve got to be thick in order to not leak… they’re not using plastic. But, ugh. It just feels like I’m wearing a diaper! Of all the brands I’ve tried, Luna is the most “sleek” feeling. There’s a nylon liner that I think allows them to be less bulky. Whatever the case, it lays nicely in underwear & stays put – plus it doesn’t leak. That’s about the best you can ask for in a not-too-bulky reusable pad. Bonus, it’s held up well over time and does NOT stain the way you’re imagining in your head!

Buyer beware: Other products use hemp, which are alluringly absorbent. However, if not properly and thoroughly washed (which is hard without harsh chemicals) they will build up an odor over time. I suggest just avoiding all that drama and going with Luna.

JazzyPads from Tamarack Creations

I saved the best for last. And I know this for a fact because I’ve had the same set of JazzyPads since 2006. Seriously. I’ve been using 1 set of JazzyPads for SIX YEARS and they still look just as pretty as the ones I’ve showcased above.

What I love about these pads is that they are seriously as thin as a store bought disposable liner. I wear these as a back-up plan on the heaviest day and night of my flow with the Lunette Cup, then again on the last day of my cycle when my period is at it’s lightest.

The problem with most cloth pads is the sheer bulk and discomfort of them. With these, that is NOT the case. And because they come with additional inserts, they’re super easy and discrete to carry and change on-the-go. You just change the pad, leave the liner and go. I don’t use these as a maxi pad, but rather a panty liner. Admittedly, I even wear them sometimes when I go running because I’ve had 3 kids and that thing that none of us likes to talk about sometimes happens…


Some final tips:

  1. Save the planet, save your health – go green with your menstruation, ladies!
  2. To shorten your period even more, avoid items that stop flow by “plugging” you up.
  3. Don’t be scared. If I can do it, so can you!
  4. Don’t buy hemp pads – they accumulate gross odor.
  5. Don’t drop your cup in the toilet: badness.
  6. Don’t get overwhelmed by choice.

Do you want insert something or wear pads? If you’re inserting, get a Lunette Cup and JazzyPads for a liner. If you want to only wear pads, get a set of Luna Pads. There, I made the tough decision easier – now, stop buying bleached and plastic products and help your body have the easiest, lightest, shortest period of your life with natural menstrual products and a nutrient-dense paleo diet!

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  • Deb

    Wow, this is a timely article!

    I did try a Diva cup and LOVED the cup – except for one major major problem: turns out I’m sensitive to silicon. 🙁 Causes horrific irritation, utterly awful. Trying to find an affordable alternative that I can get in the States. Looks like Meluna might be the way to go as it’s silicon-free but I’m still in the early stages of my search.

    • Radiskull

      Hi Deb – you could try The Keeper. It’s made out of rubber.

      • Lauren

        I always found that an unfortunate product name but hey, if it works

        • liv


  • ShannonB

    The running part…lol

  • Radiskull

    I got my first menstrual cup in 2000 (The Keeper) and absolutely loved it! After I had my first child, I had to buy the ‘after birth’ size and went with the Diva Cup because I could buy it at my local natural foods store. I had the exact same problems as you and it constantly leaked! I was so worried that I couldn’t wear a menstrual cup again. Instead of giving up, I bought the silicone version of The Keeper (The Mooncup) and it fits perfectly. Whew!

  • ED

    I’ve ordered cloth pads on etsy!! Love them!!!

  • Karen C.

    I like the cloth pads from Pink Lemonade. It’s an etsy shop. I hate my Diva. It’s so uncomfortable. I’m getting a Lunette, stat. Thanks for the info. I’ve never heard of it.

    • I love to support Etsy shops! Never heard of it though…

  • Jada

    I keep wanting to try the cups but my flow is incredibly hit or miss, and I’m wondering how easy they are to use when there’s not a lot going on? Totally agree with the “plug” issue-as gross as they are, going with pads or nothing usually speeds up my cycle as well.

    • Lauren

      mine is too, and I don’t have a problem with my Diva on almost-no-flow days.

      • Jada

        Sweet. I’m thinking I might grab myself one then. Thanks! 🙂

    • yes, that’s what’s great about the cup is that unlike a tampon it simply will or won’t collect however much fluid you’re releasing. It doesn’t “dry you out” like a tampon would. Good luck!

  • Angela

    Thank you so much for posting this, Stacy! I’ve been using cloth for about 5 years, and for 3 years off and on, I have used the Diva, but it always hurt and is really hard for me to get in and out, for all the same reasons you said! I am going to purchase the Lunette and hope for better. Thanks for putting this out there for all of your readers. 🙂

  • Stacy, I just laughed out loud so hard over this “. After 3 days of yelling at Matt, “Leave me alone. I. have. A. Cup. INSIDE . OF ME!” I”. still gettinging used to my cup and it’s been years of non use/ give it a try. But i have never been unaware of the cup! Thanks for posting this review!!! Patti

    • It’s great I can laugh about it now. The first time I wore Lunette I wasn’t wearing it right and it was so uncomfortable anytime Matt would ask me to do anything I’d just shout at him – “I CAN’T! I have a CUP. INSIDE of me. Would you want to go get the mail if you had a CUP INSIDE OF YOU?!” Looking back, he deserves an award.

      • Lynn

        I laughed my ass off at that comment too. DF was wondering what I was chuckling about…

  • Kate

    Love that you’re featuring great options here! I would share with people that I’ve had great success with the Diva, LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I don’t really have any of the problems you have had, so it’s a personal thing. Mine is still pretty close to the same color as when I got it 3 years ago, when I had to go to the second size (having had twins and getting older…after using my smaller size for over a year prior, closer to 2 years I think it was). I’ve emptied it in public restrooms, I’ve figured out that after the pregnancy I had to twist it differently (being in a squatting position has helped me much more than one leg up but it’s the same with tampons for me), and basically pull it out almost all the way after inserting it so that it creates a seal, and then push it back in…I don’t have to twist it if I insert and pull it almost out and hear the noise, but I do just as a precaution. Once I have it in well, I don’t feel it all day. And I personally HATE anything I can feel, so I wouldn’t put up with it if it was a problem. That being said, I know we’re all shaped differently, so I’m glad you found another that works well!

    I also think that the fact that your period was shortened directly after having another child speaks to changes in your hormones, not the fact that you were using tampons or the sponge–trust me, I read that part of your post wondering what I could be doing to make my symptoms and period length shorten, because boy do I wish I could! If you can show me science behind it, I’d love to see it! Having used tampons for 17 years before switching to the cup, and using the cup before and after my pregnancy, I can tell you it was the pregnancy and generally getting older that has shortened the length of my period, not the cup. Also, my pms is *slightly* better post pregnancy but my cramps still rage and every other symptom, so if the cup does that for you, that’s some seriously magic stuff…but I think you were just blessed after Wesley’s birth to have a shorter period.

    I have turned a couple of other people onto the Diva cup because I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and I’m glad there’s another option to tell people about, as well as other great options here. I’m glad to know about pads because I dislike bulk and need something to wear when my period might finally decide to show up, it varies by a day or two each time depending on my stress levels. Thanks for posting about this!

    • Kate, there’s lots of science for a paleo diet regulating hormones – which is definitely the majority of how I’ve become less crampy, moody, agitated, etc. That said, I have also seen an improvement (before Wes so not related to the Cup) since removing chemically-laded tampons. I had internal pain, dryness, cramping and generally awful badness happen when using them. But I felt they were my only option since I can’t stand wearing a pad all the time.
      Regarding a shortening period, I couldn’t find any scientific literature but lots of anecdotal responses from lots of women that when not “plugged” their period is shorter. So, whether that’s a pad or a cup, they often seen an improvement. There are always exceptions to the rule though… or maybe as you got older it was getting worse so the Cup did shorten it but you couldn’t tell since it kept it from getting longer?

      Who knows, the point is to find something that makes you feel the least awful and like going off to the woods to die alone 😉

      • Kate

        Thanks for the reply!

        Definitely agree that Paleo improves hormones, just the way the article was set up (when you get to the middle part) it looks like the point is that the cup is what shortened your period. Maybe it was the cup, who knows, our bodies are weird and wonderful, but the fact that it came right after your pregnancy probably had more effect on it, I would think (or, at least a combination of them). For me, it had been 6 when I was younger, and has shortened to 5 over time, the pregnancy benefit coming in at a much lighter 5th day, but otherwise, it had already been shortening over the years. But like I said, our bodies are weird and wonderful, so it could be! Just wish I could replicate it without the pregnancy, since I’m already using the cup, lol!

        Can’t believe I’ve already had my period for almost 23 years and far too many to left, because yes, I definitely feel like going off to the woods to die alone every month :-). And hopefully with Paleo, I’ll end my period naturally, instead of due to cancer or other disease!

        • Amelia

          I just wanted to chime in and say that I think that using the cup has also shortened my period by a day (I use Diva but think I may change to Lunnette). I used to use OB tampons and pre-paleo/post hormonal birth control, it was seven full days (4 of which extremely heavy and painful). With Paleo, it shortened to 6 days and became more normal in terms of flow and the cramps all but disappeared. PMS, once a monthly meltdown, went away almost completely. About a year into Paleo, I switched to the cup and I’m down to 5 days, only two of which are heavy (but not as heavy as pre-Paleo days). I should also mention that I’m 35 and have never had kids, so the pregnancy thing doesn’t apply.
          So, I should really give most of the credit to eating Paleo, but the change to the cup did seem to shorten it by an extra day as well. Regardless of the reason, I am so grateful to have my hormones under control and a much more peaceful cycle. Now, if all this hormonal healing would result in a pregnancy, I’d be all set 🙂

      • Kate

        Thanks for the reply!

        Definitely agree that Paleo improves hormones, just the way the article was set up (when you get to the middle part) it looks like the point is that the cup is what shortened your period. Maybe it was the cup, who knows, our bodies are weird and wonderful, but the fact that it came right after your pregnancy probably had more effect on it, I would think (or, at least a combination of them). For me, it had been 6 when I was younger, and has shortened to 5 over time, the pregnancy benefit coming in at a much lighter 5th day, but otherwise, it had already been shortening over the years. But like I said, our bodies are weird and wonderful, so it could be! Just wish I could replicate it without the pregnancy, since I’m already using the cup, lol!

        Can’t believe I’ve already had my period for almost 23 years and far too many to left, because yes, I definitely feel like going off to the woods to die alone every month :-). And hopefully with Paleo, I’ll end my period naturally, instead of due to cancer or other disease!

  • Audrey

    You. Are. Just. Amazing. Thank you so very much for this information.

  • Lynn

    I’ve been using Natracare and Seventh Generation pads for years. No thanks to dioxins and bleach! I also avoid tampons (whether from the natural brands or not) as I feel they are unhealthy. I tried the mooncup (like the diva cup) and I found it set off my intersistial cystitis. It just felt like it was hurting my bladder. Is the diva cup really different? Finally, how do you wash these reusable pads and do they come with wings? Are they long? I leak if I don’t wear long length pads, even though my periods are not heavy at all.

    • The Diva still hurt my insides, but I personally got a much better fit and lack of irritation on insides from Lunette. To each their own though!
      The Luna pads come in a variety of sizes, including long with wings – those are my favorite too. I used to by the “plus size” always pads and they were simply longer – I think if you have some meat on your bones you generally just need longer, wider pads since the area of exposure (so to speak) is also longer and wider… So, that said, yes – i think you’d like Luna pads – get the Long Maxi or the overnight.

      • Lynn

        I am not overweight, but I think I must move around a lot during the day or something. 🙂 Hence the need for long pads. How do you wash the reusable pads BTW?

        • I have a mesh bag I store them in and then do a small cycle washes – cold, hot then cold again.

    • liv

      i found my diva on ebay for just under 30 dollars. (NEW IN BOX OF COURSE!!!)

      paid for itself within months versus buying organic tampons.

  • Carly

    Rock on, I am so thrilled to read this review, Stacy! I have had a Diva Cup for several years. I tried it once pre-pregnancy and it was painfully uncomfortable with the poking and whatnot. Couldn’t deal. I couldn’t even tolerate it for a full cycle. Had babies, tried again thinking now it would go further in or something? Same problem. I think I may try the Lunette. I don’t like inserting as much any more because tampons seem to exacerbate my cramping and cause a lot of vaginal soreness. Anyway. I have some Luna Pads which I honestly don’t like as much as some cut up washcloths I bought specifically to use as pads. Might pull out my Luna’s again (mine did stain) for lighter days and give the Jazzy’s a go too.

    • I have the same problems with chemical tampons! If you like your wash clothes, use them – gotta all do what works for us best 🙂

  • AmyAW

    I’ve tried the Diva cup but you’re right, it’s so horrible to insert/remove. Guess I’ll look into the Lunette. I like the idea of a cup but had so much trouble removing the Diva, I gave up.
    Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s stuff we don’t really talk about but should!

    • Amanda

      Same here. I might just have to try the Lunette!

    • Katie

      I use the Diva, and basically, I have to slip a finger in alongside it and break the internal seal in order to remove it. Messy, but it works.

  • I am SO glad you mentioned Lunette. I’ve been using the Diva cup for years (I always trim off that end piece) and feel the same way about it. I am definitely going to try Lunette when it’s time to change them up. Awesome review, Stacy!

    • Thanks! I was so pleasantly surprised by Lunette, I was excited to share my find!

  • You are my HERO! This is excellent information!

  • Shannon

    This was an awesome post! I love the humor & info! I’ve been considering a Diva cup & Luna pads for awhile now. The thing that has stopped me is the cost! I’m going to start saving and looking for sales! Thanks Stacy

  • Michelle

    Such an awesome post! I just bought a Diva Cup, and I’m having problems with it for the same reasons you mentioned. I’m seriously considering going straight for the Lunette.

  • Lorissa

    Great review 😉 I <3 my Mooncup, and it shortened my period too. I have felt so lucky to discover the cup when I was only 22!!! It's been 8 years of nice periods since!!

  • Amelia

    Thank you so much for this post! I have the same issues with the Diva that you mentioned so I’m psyched to try the Lunnette. I also have been using regular panty liners so I will be trying the jazzy pads ASAP.

  • Sonya

    Oh goodness THANK YOU for this post! It’s as if you read my mind! I was incredibly reluctant to try a cup for fear of leaks! My fears are now gone!

  • Dana

    Thanks for this! I started with the Diva & now use the Diana Lunette *smaller* size. I discovered from reading customer reviews on a retailer’s website that some of us have cervixes that change position during menstruation to the point that it can dislodge the larger sized cups. Even though I have had three children and have an *extremely* heavy flow, I use the smaller cup and no longer have the problem with it being dislodged. On my heaviest days I fill the cup in one or two hours, so I always wear a cloth pad as back up (I use Party In My Pants pads). My flow is so heavy, though, that just wearing a pad (even a heavy flow pad) is not enough. So I really need BOTH to buy myself even a two-hour window on those days. Since switching to cloth pads and a cup, and then adopting a paleo lifestyle, I have found my cramps drastically reduced, and my intractable issues with vaginal infections have completely resolved! Not only that, but I love the fact that I can wear the cup or a pad “just in case” without wasting anything 🙂 I wish I had discovered these decades ago.

  • Wow, great information. Have been using the Diva cup but had the same problems you mentioned so will try the lunette. Do you have any experience with cloth thong liners? I have not seen much on them. Thanks!

    • I couldn’t imagine the thong liners working for me since I need wide with wings – so I’ve never tried. I know Luna makes underwear – boy shorts & thongs – that are built-in, try that?

  • Greetings from Finland, the Lunette home country! <3 my lunette! Great post 🙂 Checking out jazzy pads now. Thanks fir the tips!

  • Suzanne H

    I’ve been using a Diva Cup for years and love it. However, I bought a new one and apparently they’ve changed it because it leaks. So, I’m going to to try the Lunette. Thanks for the reviews.

  • Brianne

    Awesome post! Thanks for sharing this information — you introduced me to some products I was not aware of. I’ll definitely be sharing with my FemFusion Fitness followers!

    • Brianne

      And remember, Stacy — there is help for “that thing that no one likes to talk about that sometimes happens” when running, etc… 🙂

      • What thing 😉

      • Liz Smith

        what help?!? Please do tell! I am preg w/third right now, and it’s so bad, I have to take a change of clothes with me everywhere for fear of barfing (which of course then means I need a change of clothes…)

  • K

    So Amazing! I used my Diva for about a year before I found Lunette and I know it sounds crazy but it changed my life! I used to have MAJOR period paranoia as a teenager, and the cups have taken that away. Mine also went from being at least 7 days long to about 4. I had the same experience as you where the Lunette just fit and worked better – no spills or leaks with that one! Much cleaner! Thanks for sharing this!!

  • Ursula

    I’m using the Lunette cup for seven years and couldn’t be happier! My original reason for trying it was purely economical. But the real benefits of using a Lunette cup have been a very pleasant bonus. I have some very heavy flow days and always had to wear two big pads at night and still had leakage. With the cup I don’t have to fear waking up in a pool of blood, I go to the beach in the summer, swim and exercise normally and no longer need special granny-style “period panties”.

  • Carol

    I love this post. I learned about a ton of stuff. I just bought the jazzy pads. I am going to try them without tampons because 1.5 to 2 Days versus 2.5 to 3 days sounds awesome. Thank you for doing this post.

  • Debbie

    I just got on your blog and this is a great article! Maybe you already do, but if not, it would be great to see an article on alternatives to birth control. I use NFP and it works great, but so few people know about it, it is a shame! It fits in great with the natural lifestyle, though. I would love to read one!

    • Debbie, I don’t think you will be reading an article by us on that topic, as we have no familiarity with it and do not happen to be in a position where we would learn about it.
      I pretty sure Peggy from Primal Parent used NFP, but she also got pregnant while using it so maybe she wasn’t doing it right.

      • I’ve been using NFP since my fertility returned 5 years ago and it’s perfect and easy to do. The Take Charge Of Your Fertility book should be required reading for every 12 year old girl (and you should be required to review it every 4 or 5 years! Haha!) since it really blew my mind how little I knew about my own cycles. I highly recommend it for birth control.

        Plus, in regards to cups, I use the MoonCup UK with the tip cut off. I’m way happier with it than the Diva I started with. Curious about the Lunette. My first two heavy days are so heavy I can’t possibly get by without emptying every 3-4 hrs.

  • Amanda

    Any shorter and my period would basically be non-existent. I’m still trying to straighten out my hormones from being on birth control for 11 years. Its at 2.5 days roughly, and my hormone levels are still a bit off even with being paleo for well over a year and a half (I have other internal issues that are making it more difficult to get things leveled out). I have definitely considered the cup but the whole leak thing was a concern (pads are just not practical for me AT ALL) so its great to have a thorough review of a couple of the options and to know leaks aren’t an issue. I think I’ll give my body a bit to adjust to the Paraguard I just had inserted (single lady here, can’t be too careful) before I throw something new into its internal mix, I don’t even know what fresh hell I’ll experience during my first menstruation with the IUD. I’ll tell you the insertion was just one great day at the beach 😉 (some cramping…understatement of the century, doc.)

    • liv

      get the paraguard out, it is bad, caused me to have hot flashes and terribly painful cramps at age 20. i finally got it taken out and i am still recovering. it turned out to be crooked in my uterus, so they took it out, put it back in… TWICE and it hurt like hell, but it was still crooked finally i said take the damn thing out i got a bad feeling about this.

  • Melissa

    GREAT post! And I totally agree – have been using reusable for years! Both cloth pads & cup. And the cloth pads were so much more comfortable postpartum then any plastic pads!

  • Michelle DeWinter

    I found your blog searching for Paleo – I have been using the Diva Cup for year, and I trim off the stem…but I will definitely try Lunette next time (I had never heard of sea sponges!!) This was a great post – THANK YOU!!

  • My tip for cleaning reusable pads: pour hydrogen peroxide over them, let the bubbling die down, rinse and wring out, toss in normal laundry. The hydrogen peroxide eats up any spilled blood, effectively bleaching out most stains if treated before tossing into the laundry pile. I have bamboo pantyliners and flannel pantyliners I’ve bought from two different Etsy makers and I’ve been using them as backup to my MoonCup UK for many years very happily.

  • Debi

    I truly have never even THOUGHT about “natural” menstruation products! Where have I been?? Of course, now that I’m perimenopausal (thanks to Paleo, NO hot flashes or annoyances!!), I’ll need them less and less… but … you literally just blew my mind!!

  • Stacy, I have a question for you. I actually had a thermal ablation, so very minimal bleeding. But I still have terrible cramps to the point of being nauseated & hardly able to get out of bed & function. My dr. says a hysterectomy is the only way my cramps will go away & she will have to do a complete hysterectomy including ovaries. I am not really wanting to be on hormones. I’m just wondering when you started to really follow paleo if your cramps improved. I have pretty severe endometriosis. I’ve googles a few things & looked @ some suggestions on Robb Wolff’s site but haven’t really hit paleo hardcore yet. The bonus as well now is that I am having cramping about every 7-10 days. If you would like to discuss this off board I would love to see what you have learned & what your suggestions are. My email address is

  • Lauren

    Switching to a cup was one of the best decisions i’ve ever made. I’ve always had a short period, but now it lasts about a day or so. I use the Ladycup and I also have two MeLuna’s. I prefer the Ladycup because it is a softer silcone, where as the MeLuna is much firmer and I have a harder time inserting and getting a good seal. I trim the ends off because it irritates me and my cramps have reduced dramatically while using it. My flow was always very, very heavy and I hated using tampons because of the horrible cramps they gave me and all the leaking. I can go 24 hours between emptying my cup and the fact that I have only had it leak once or twice (the MeLuna’s, the Ladycup has never leaked!) is worth it for me! I love it!

  • Jenn Anthofer

    I’m still confused on what size to buy. lol. I bought some disposable soft cups to use this next period since I am just switching and definitely need something other than tampons, but I think you have sold me on the Lunette. Just can’t decide which size is better. I have pretty heavy flow on 1-2 days of my period, pretty light the rest of the time. I’m 27, no children, sexually active with husband, and overweight. Any suggestions? The sizing guide on the Lunette website didn’t give me a clear answer.

  • I love my Keeper Moon Cup the silicone version of the rubber Keeper. It feels much better than the Diva, and have also used Luna Pads since I was in high school! My new favorite cloth pad are made by Domino Pads, if you’re looking for something totally breathable, they use a thin layer of windpro fleece instead of nylon.

  • Angela

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been using the Diva cup for awhile and love the concept, but the twisting is getting to be more of a problem, and it’s getting more uncomfortable over time….so sometimes I’ve been skipping and using regular store pads for my whole cycle. I’m going to try a Lunette now!

  • Becky

    For help with cramping and other PMS issues try raspberry leaf tea.

  • Stacy

    So belated on this post, but I have a LadyCup that I bought off ebay in 2009. Actually, I have 2 since I bought a 2-pack. I wanted a Lunette, but at the time Lunette wasn’t selling in the US thanks to some strangeness. I’d researched the heck out of them beforehand and knew I didn’t want a Diva due to the length.

    I’ve been so happy with mine. I’m never, ever going back to tampons. Ever. I wear them in an emergency and they’re just terrible. But I love the cup. I’m also never going back to disposable pads. After my experience following uterine surgery when I had to wear liners for 2 months and the irritation, I couldn’t get cloth pads fast enough.

  • Kai

    Okay. So after reading this I ordered a Lunette Cup from Amazon and recieved it on Sat. I have been using it for 3 days and I absolutely love it!! I’ve had no trouble with it at all. I can’t even tell it’s there. No leaking and it’s comfortable. Thank you for laying it all out there for us. I’d wanted to change from using tampons for a while and because of this post I have. I’m sold, thank you!

  • Darcie

    Thanks so much for the useful product recs. I needed to replace my Diva anyway, so decided to try the Lunette instead. It just arrived in the mail and I can’t wait to try it! Well, I can, but YKWIM 😉 Thanks for all your hard work on this site and everything else you do 🙂

  • Heather McKay

    Hi, Stacy. I just got the Lunette cup and I was wondering what kind of cleanser you used for it during the day to day use. I didn’t buy the Lunette cleanser and wasn’t sure if you had any suggestions for a mild liquid soap? Thanks so much for this post or I would never have known or even second guessed the things I had been doing previously!! : )

    • Christine G

      Heather, I use a splash (a tablespoon or so) of hydrogen peroxide in a container big enough to fit my cup and then
      fill up with cold water. I let it sit for a day or so and it comes out
      perfectly clean every time. I have a Diva cup (which I enjoy) and I’ve
      never had a problem with it discoloring using the above.

  • Katherine

    This is a great post. I recently went off birth control and now have regular periods again. Just ordered the Lunette and look forward to trying it. I have always hated the waste of conventional products, but didn’t really know there was another option. Embarrassing but true. Since I live at the beach, this will be a HUGE game changer I hope! Thanks!

  • I use the LadyCup. It’s awesome! I would never go back, cups are SO much better than pads/tampons. I have had no leaking issues except one time overnight when it was ridiculously abnormally heavy. And even that leaking was much less than what would have happened with “traditional” products. I started using the cup before I had a serious boyfriend. I cannot imagine being in a relationship and still using “traditional” products — I always felt gross and icky and definitely not sexy during TOM before the cup, I would need to worry about secretly storing “products” at his place, I would be worried about accidentally staining his sheets, would be worried to cuddle in case there was a leak, etc.

    I never have to make emergency runs to get supplies. And I never need to worry about packing supplies when I go somewhere. And I pretty much only need to empty it once per day. And I never feel it or worry about it at all. I was nervous to use them because they didn’t seem like they would fit (see: not having had a serious boyfriend before the cup, if you know I mean) and also cups kind of look like plungers and I wouldn’t want to accidentally plunge my uterus out! But a friend used them and said they were awesome so I took the plunge and never looked back. (For the record: I have never plunged my uterus out. In case anyone else is worried about that too.)

    I want to tell the whole world about it. I want to put signs up and down the “feminine hygiene” aisle. I want to graffiti the bathroom stall trash receptacles! It is SO much better than the other options for me and most everyone else who has used one so I think every woman should at least know that menstrual cups exist and have the option of trying it!

  • Dawn

    I have a question about the Luna pads. My daughter is at the stage where she will be starting her period almost any day now. How, with a non-disposable pad, would you suggest that she be able to use these while at school? I’m curious because having her use normal pads does not set well with me, but I’m worried how she would do this at school, away from home.

    • PaleoParents Team


      Stacy uses reusable lined bags. Here is a link to some options. Hope this helps!

  • nancyfancypants

    I actually started using the Diva cup because I read somewhere that it helped with stress incontinence during workouts. So not only do I not buy tampons anymore, but I no longer wear pantyliners to workout. I can do double unders now without completely wetting myself- something I couldn’t avoid before no matter how many times I emptied my bladder beforehand. I am curious to try the Lunette now, sounds like it easier to use. 🙂
    But seriously- using a cup while working out has been a God-send, and my double unders have improved because I am no longer thrown off by the feeling of wetting myself. 🙂

    • Liese

      How would this help with Bladder leakage? Two different ‘holes’ completely.. *scratching head*

      • A quick Google search will reveal its nothing to do with the holes but rather support of the pelvic wall.

        • nancyfancypants

          Yes! It helps hold things up. There’s actually a new product out that does the same thing made by Poise- called Impressa bladder support. They are expensive though so I am sticking to my cup for now.

  • April

    I have a daughter who is on swim team who is close to pueberty. She seems so young for tampons, but I don’t want her to feel embarrassed and feel she can’t swim or do meets because of aunt flo. anybody know if the cups are a good option for you.ger girls?

    • PaleoParents Team


      There is an option for young women when choosing the right cup.

      Thanks for posting!

  • Tee Jay

    Oh thank Maude for your review! I’d just about given up on ever using a cup again. Years ago I had the Keeper, a natural rubber cup that was so great but… retained odour, yuck! Eventually I got a Diva cup but it’s so soft and flimsy, hard to position, didn’t unfold in there entirely so leaked and was uncomfortable when it shifted around. Not good. If the Lunette is a better design, and it does sound a bit more like the Keeper, then I’m a convert. I’ll be ordering one today, before I need it ;).


  • Erica

    Thank you for this review. I am a virgin and just purchased a Diva cup and tried it once…. there was no way I was going to fit it in. It was very tight and painful so I gave up. Problem is, I really wanted it to work! So I’m looking for help for women who want to do a resuable menstrual method but are virgins. Is it possible to use as a virgin, or do I have to wait until my hymen is broken? After reading this review I might try the Lunette- the consensus seems to be that it is easier to insert.

    • Traci Bowman

      I was wondering the same thing for my daughter. She keeps telling me she has a tiny vagina! lol it about killed her when she got an exam/pap smear a few months ago and the doc used the smallest thingy she had. so maybe the pads would be better for her. She is 18

    • Emily

      The Ladycup has a small size that is really small. I’ve used mine for several years and it’s held up well. They are available on amazon. It just folds in half to insert and pops out easily. I trimmed the stem right away. I have very light flow and only empty once at the end of the day, but some may need to empty more frequently with the smaller capacity. I think the Meluna is also quite small. I found some size comparisons on a website once when I was researching and I can’t remember the site, but you may be able to find it by searching.

    • Katie

      From a fellow virgin, I feel your pain. However, I persisted (the thing’s too expensive to give up on for me), and it got easier and easier to use. I recommend the “spiral” fold, as that makes it thinner at the insertion point, and make sure the cup is dry, as that prevents it from slipping out of the fold. It’s no trouble now. I think I might’ve broken my hymen with it.. Oh, well–it was bound to happen sooner or later!

    • Hilary
  • Jess G

    LOVE THE LUNETTE! I got it in a pretty blue. Never had a spill, but really the only thing is getting over the “ick” factor. I have a few hippy friends who havent transitioned to it yet simply because of that. You get over it pretty quickly.

  • Steph

    What about using the Luna pads for postpartum wonderfulness? Or what else is on the market that would work.

  • Tracy

    You should really try party in my pants….best cloth pads ever!!! So thin and nylon backed as well. :). Go for either the liners or the queen pad though.

  • Kristen

    How are all these products cleaned? That just kinds of skeeves me out as i am usually really clotty and heavy.

    • As am I, that’s why I like the cup because it just dumps right into the toilet so you never even see that stuff (inlike pads or even worse tampons that slow their exit). At the end of the day (in the privacy of my own bathroom) I rinse it out.

  • Christine

    Wow, I wish I had this when I had my menstruations. I am menopausal now and do not need this. I like all of it. I will pass it along to those I know can and will use this. GREAT ideas and products. Paleo is the way to GO,………………

  • Hilary

    I currently have a Diva cup and use lunapads as backup. But I’m going to try a MeLuna cup next. They have lots more options for size and bottom tabs.

  • Shannon

    I love Party In My Pants pads. Nice and thin too. I just learned about thinx period panties too. They sound cool.

  • Sandra

    Thank you for this article. I am 51 and am finding my periods can be different each month. Today being day 2 it was heavy and I had to skip my Crossfit class to an open workout. This way I could stop during my workout and take care of needs since it was heavy. I didn’t want to have an accident during class. I would like to look into this. I just don’t want to leak during class.