You see, I have some cloth pads, but, while extra adorable (treasure chests and tiny cherry prints!), they...have gotten to be a bit of a hassle. Only one of them is totally dark, and the rest, no matter what I do I can't get the damn stains out. I wash them thoroughly every time with COLD water and I use an eyedropper full of peroxide solution to get the stubborn spots, but at the end of the day, I spend way too much time worrying about how clean I can get them. Call me weird, but that's it! So...while I'm not going to outright STOP using them (they were an investment, and they still work), I'd like to know more about other, "greener" period products.
I've considered a cup, but they're also an investment. The idea sounds awesome, but I don't want to buy one just to figure out that I don't like the way it feels. Also, I know there are "organic" tampons and such, but I don't know all that much about them and I'd still be concerned about the waste factor. The Insteads have caught my eye, especially after I saw an ad about them saying they have a new once-per-cycle-use Softcup, instead a bunch of disposables.
(The potential of having less messy period sex with one in sounds appealing as well, since I'll be seeing my boyfriend in 4 weeks and we'll probably be together when the Crimson Uterus Banshee arrives.)
So, what I ask is this.
Does anyone have any alternative menstrual products they use and want to recommend? They can be cup brands, different cloth pads (I got mine off Etsy), or something else.
Also, does anyone here have period sex using Insteads? How well do they work for you with that? Have any tips for less messy sex that isn't a disposable cup?
I'm all ears! Or...eyes. Yeah. :)