Lunapads Mini Pad and Liner – Special Offer!

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We’ve got some gorgeous fabrics in the Lunapads Mini Pad and Liner range so to tempt you into trying them yourselves, we’ve reduced the price to only £7.95!

Mini Pads are 20cm long by 16.5 cm wide. 2 layer 100% cotton flannel base topped with a central pad made of 1 layer of ultra-thin nylon and 2 layers of 100% cotton fleece, plus ric-rac bands to hold Liners for added absorbency. They are suitable for light menstrual flow and compatible with Mini Liners for added absorbency. Includes 1 Mini Liner.

We love these liners as they are so discreet and can be used as a back up for your Mooncup, Pink’s Sponge, or tampon.  They are also fab at the beginning and end of your period when flow is lighter.

Why can’t everything be this pretty?  Check them out here!

Intro to Women’s Health

This post was written by Philip, one of the founding members of the Pink Robin team.

As a ConsultanHealthy woman reusable menstrual productst Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, I spend a great deal of my time talking to women.  It is clear that patients are often confused by what health professionals are saying and that they do not understand fully their own bodies, how they work, what can go wrong and what the options are to help when this happens.

There is a traditional assumption that doctors and nurses are “all-knowing” and that patients are “all-ignorant”.  This is still largely the case, legally, in the UK – the professional should know what to tell you and have done so and a patient may not have understood what was said to them, even if it was documented that information was given.  Usually, and hopefully, common sense prevails.  Actually, doctors don’t know it all – in fact, the more senior one becomes, the more one realises that things taught as being clear cut and black or white at medical school are either out of date already or were just plain wrong.  Sometimes we (still) do not know the answer or the correct management depends on individual circumstances, both with regards to the patient themselves or the health environment they are being treated in.  This confuses some patients as it is not what they generally expect at all. 

How to communicate the consequences of different options and ‘uncertainty’ in any given clinical situation can be very difficult – I struggle with this all the time.  When it is unclear what is going on, or what to do, and when there are several possible management plans or treatments (including doing nothing) the patient’s input to the decision making process is crucial.  This forms the basis of modern ‘informed consent’.

Over the coming months, we will try to add pages about different gynaecological conditions and treatments, starting with a bit of structure (anatomy) and function (physiology).  Since these form the basis for much of what follows, you might want to read these first.  We are aiming to give an understanding lying somewhere between the traditional lay patient  information leaflets and a medical textbook and we will try to give links to interesting examples of both these within any section, as well as patient groups or societies.  The explanations are similar to those we might use in clinic, but with the sort of embellishment afforded by the internet (time and an ability to import illustrations).  You will understand that we cannot discuss or describe individual cases.  The information is designed to arm you with enough understanding to make sense of what is being said to you by your own health professionals, so that your consultation with them is more useful for both parties.

Two important links that feature highly are the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (Government-run, giving guidance and assessments on medicines and technologies): www.NICE.org.uk and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: www.RCOG.org.uk.

This is not a definitive guide and no medical advice can be taken or implied – it is always best to check the latest information and what is available to you locally.  Like all of you, we are constantly learning and change advice based on individual circumstances.  Our aim is to debunk some of the mystery that you encounter in medicine so that you are in charge of your bodies and what happens to you.

Please note that the clinical pictures shown are from patients who have given their permission to use such material for teaching.  Where patients can be identified (rarely) they have given express permission for publication on a public web-site.  Please mention the web-site when using such material.  The photographs have been collected over the last 25 years – if there are any errors, either in content or inadvertent copyright issues, please let us know and we will seek to make any corrections and acknowledgements immediately.

Other sites that you might find useful are:

The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine – based in Oxford:
http://www.cebm.net

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP) database:
http://www.tripdatabase.com/obsgynae/specialismhomepage.html

Menstrual Sponges

What are menstrual sponges?

These are natural sea sponges that can be used (and reused) as a tampon. Sponges

 How do they work?

They are used like tampons, and can’t be felt at all when they are worn.  They feel slightly hard and scratchy when dry but are soft and malleable when wet.  You rinse them under the tap before inserting, like a regular tampon.  When they are ready to change you feel a slightly heavy sensation – just change one for the other and rinse in water then leave it to air dry.

If you want you can tie some dental floss around them to aid removal but to be honest they can’t ‘get lost’ as they gradually move downwards as they absorb the menstrual blood.

At the end of your period, you can disinfect your sponges in vinegar and then store your sponges in the cotton bag.  Each sponge lasts around 6 months.

 Are they safe to use?

Just like regular, disposable tampons, sea sponges are not sterile.  They are as safe to use as single use tampons if you follow the same hygiene guidelines and change them regularly.  As they are natural, you will need to check them before first use for bits of coral or grit.

 “Pink’s Sponges”

This year, we are launching our very own range of menstrual sponges – “Pink’s Sponges”.  We had trouble with our previous sponges from Florida as these were affected by the oil spill a few years ago and so we have sourced our sponges from the Mediterranean.  This should ensure reliability of supply as well as reducing the carbon footprint of our stock.  It also means “Pink’s Sponges” are competitively priced – an important consideration for many in the current economic climate.

 Which ones are right for me?

We currently have two sizes of sponge – regular and large.  The regular are 2-2.5 inches and the large 3-3.5.  The regular are suitable for women with average flow, the large for heavier periods.  In response to feedback from customers, you can also choose to have one of each size to accommodate your unique needs.  In addition, you can trim your sponges for your comfort.

We love the sponges as they are easy to use, environmentally friendly, natural and cost-effective.