Okay, do you get a little overwhelmed when it comes to menstrual products like I do? There are so many different alternative menstrual products options out there now...which is SO amazing!
The first step is figuring out what works for you. You have to figure out what the best alternative menstrual products for you. There is no right or wrong to what you choose, it’s totally up to you! There are many eco-friendly options too. Check out our blog on various environmentally friendly menstrual products.
Alternative Menstrual Products
Okay, let’s get into the 411 on the best alternative menstrual products:
Most girls start using pads when they are new to the period world. You do NOT need to start with these, but it’s what most girls are comfortable with. You have a few options:
1) Disposable pads
This is what you would usually find in your local drug stores and grocery stores. There are all different kinds - from brands to sizes, depending on your flow. They easily stick to your underwear and when you’re done with them, you can toss it in the garbage.
They are really easy to use, which is why girls usually feel most comfortable starting with pads.
2) Reusable pads
These bad boys are usually 100% cotton pads with wings, so you can clip it under your underwear. They have removable inserts, which absorbs your flow. There are different varieties like panty liners to overnight pads.
You don’t want to toss these, as they are reusable - just wash and reuse! They are a great eco-friendly option. They usually last a few years, so you save you money, too.
Tampons are different than pads, as they are inserted and absorb your flow. If you are interested, you can find organic cotton, too. Here are your options:
The applicator helps you insert the tampon into your vagina. It is usually made of plastic of cardboard. Check out our blog if you want to know how to use a tampon.
2) No applicator
Some prefer no applicator, as it is easier for them, and eco-friendly, as you aren’t disposing of excessive plastic and paper. It’s the usual cotton part of the tampon with a string, so you would insert into your vagina with assistance from your fingers.
Menstrual cups are a great pad and tampon alternative, as you insert it, like a tampon, but it collects your flow, and then you dispose of the blood. If you are looking for a greener period too, this is your match! It takes some getting used to, but lots of women are switching to menstrual cups. Don’t worry, we did a whole blog post on how to use them, check it out. Here are your options:
1) Disposable cups
K these look intimidating, but once you master it, they work wonders! They are disposable menstrual discs that can be inserted for up to 12 hours long. They are said to hold over 3 tampons worth of moisture. Once you take it out, you can dispose of your flow in the toilet, then toss the disc in the garbage!
2) Reusable cups
These period heroes are made of high quality healthcare grade silicone. They can also be inserted for up to 12 hours, depending on your flow. When you are done, you dispose of the fluid, clean it and then insert again. Once your menstrual cycle is done, that’s when you disinfect it. They can last for a few years, so you will be saving the earth and lots of money!
Period underwear are an amazing option to wear alone or by themselves. They absorb 1-3 teaspoons of moisture, so on a heavier day, you can wear them as back-up, along with your usual menstrual protection (pad, tampon, cup, etc). They will save you from any embarrassing leaks! And on lighter days, you can wear them alone. But like anything, we suggest getting to know your period and the underwear together at home first. Check them out below.
If you are nervous about sleeping on your period, check out our Sleepover Short below. The gusset (area that absorbs your flow) is longer, so it will collect all the blood from the back too.
Reusable Sea Sponge
Umm this was news to me, but did you know there is such thing as reusable sea sponges...that you insert, like a tampon? They are 100% natural and free of chemicals, synthetic materials and dyes. They are reusable for up to 6 months. Since they grow naturally, they vary in size, color and shape. You can trim it with scissors to customize the fit. If you are looking for a very natural alternative menstrual product, this might be interesting to try!
And there you have it! Lots of alternative menstrual products, so you can decide which works for you and have your best period yet! Afterall, we can’t deny or ignore menstruation, so lets be friends with Aunt Flo.