One thing that has really bothered me as I go through this IVF process is the massive amount of waste I create. Each box of meds had multiple cardboard and plastic pieces to keep everything tamper-proof. The needles had individual sterile pouches and then needle caps and of course the needles themselves. Tiny vials of menopur and solution and little caps on each of those. Disposable alcohol wipes in little disposable packages. Cotton balls. The gigantic product monograph package, even through I've already bought 4 packages of that medication. Plastic Endometrin applicators in little plastic wrappers to deliver individually-wrapped pills. And then the four billion panty liners to soak up my green leakage.
This is not a process that considers the environment. I recycle what I can, but still. PILES of garbage and recycling. PILES.
Well, I can't do anything about the way the meds are wrapped, so I decided to try to take control of one thing I could -- liners.
First I went to London Drugs and stared for a long time at the various products on offer. I could buy 40 liners for a couple bucks or a few organic liners for a lot more bucks. Ugh. I picked up the kind that isn't individually wrapped and still felt guilty. Then out of the corner of my eye, high up on a shelf, I saw "Lunapads". They're reusable cotton liners (they also carry pads) that you can throw in the washing machine.
Now, washing my menstrual blood is a bit much for me at the moment. Not sure if I'm crunchy granola enough for that. But my progest-goop? Yeah, that I can handle.
But first I decided to head online to check out some reviews. I learned that people actually like them quite a bit...and they're a local Vancouver company! Neat!
Best of all, when one types "Lunapads" into google, google suggests, as a possible search, "Lunapads free sample". Oh really?? Yes. FREE SAMPLE. I LOVE FREE SAMPLES.
So for the price of $5 shipping, I now own one Lunapad liner.
It's super cute. I love the foxes. And it's made of some cozy, soft flannel stuff.
Now these liners don't have a leakproof core so if I was really wet, they wouldn't completely address the problem. But for my rather thick progest-goop, it worked amazingly well! I found that having cloth next to me, as opposed to whatever the heck disposables are made of, was so much softer and more comfortable. No edges that can sometimes be a bit...sharp...on the disposables if you stick them down in the wrong way. And it breathes nicely too, so I didn't feel as hot and sticky, even though it was flannel. Super impressed!
Mid-day, I was able to wipe up some of the goo that had kind of rested on top (sorry...but if you want an honest review, I'm your girl). It came up pretty well, with only a little bit of the red flannel fibres getting disturbed in the process.
And it washed out quite nicely in the sink.
I also found Party In My Pants, which ALSO had a free (just pay shipping) sample. So I ordered that too, but that one hasn't arrived yet. Stay tuned for another review soon!
I think I will buy a few more so I can rotate and not wash every day.
This is SOOOOO much better than disposables. Good for the environment,
fewer chemicals near my lady-parts (and maybe-baby!) and all around a
better choice. And I think overall a savings too, if the life cycle of these things is 5 years as advertised.
Is anyone else concerned about the effect their IVF cycle is having on the environment? What are your tips and tricks?