Period Products: Tampons, Pads, Period Pants, Menstrual Cups And ...

Products for Menstruation
Menstruation is inevitable for women. There are so many various aspects of menstruation that a woman has to deal with, from managing PMS and cramps to choosing the right menstrual product. When choosing the perfect menstrual product, there are several factors to consider, comfort, absorbency, our flow, ease of use, and feasibility.


Do you remember the first time you started menstruating? The very first menstrual product you used? Have you tried out other options, or do you swear by the product that you are well-acquainted with? It is only human nature to stick to a product that we find comfortable and are familiar with, so why should one bother to venture into the realm of menstrual health and explore other products?

In recent years, the introduction of various menstrual products has led women to explore more sustainable options; some are easy on the wallet, some have a learning curve, and some require work.

So, let's take a look at the several menstrual products available to us.

Disposable Tampons/Pads

Tampons and pads are the most commonly used menstrual products. They are hassle-free and easy to use. They are both made of cotton and rayon (wood pulp) and function by absorbing the menstrual blood.

Is pads good for periods? The pad rests on the inside of your underwear and absorbs blood after it leaves the body. Sanitary napkins or pads come in various sizes, quality, and absorbency. They are super easy to use and manage. The only downfall is that the material may be harsh on the vulvar skin, leading to itching and redness.

Tampons rest within the vaginal canals, where they absorb menstrual blood before it leaves the body. However, tampons also absorb protective vaginal secretions, which leads to vaginal dryness, irritation, and discomfort. Depending on the absorbency, tampons can remain inside the vaginal canal for up to eight hours. However, when left inside for longer than eight hours will increase the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

Reusable/Cloth Pads

Long before the introduction of disposable pads, women relied on cloths to absorb the menstrual blood and maintain menstrual hygiene. Utilizing reusable pads is an economical and environmentally friendly option.

The only downside to reusable pads is that one will have to put in the effort and time to wash the cloth pads after each use.

Our pads. We have a selection of pads you can choose from when ordering. Here's a quick summary of each pad⁠ ⁠ 👉 Mini Flo pad is a lightweight daily liner for those barely-there, no-drama period days. Also, perfect for bladder leaks, and non-period days when you just want to feel a little fresher.⁠ ⁠ 👉 Medium Flo pad is your go-to for those in-between, business-as-usual period days and can also be used for leaky bladder days.⁠ ⁠ 👉 Mega Flo pad is your go-to for those heavier-than-usual days or those business-as-usual days, a bit of extra confidence when you need it most.⁠

Tampon Applicator

Most tampons are not biodegradable, and they usually come with a cardboard or plastic applicator. The packaging, tampons, and applicators all add to the plastic waste, which is why some of us may prefer buying tampons without an applicator. Inserting a tampon without its applicator may be troublesome, but this is where a reusable tampon applicator comes to our rescue! Combining an organic tampon and a reusable applicator is another environmentally
friendly option.

Organic/Plant-based Tampons

Another option for tampon users is organic or plant-based tampons. These tampons are biodegradable and are even compostable!

Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups have been recently gaining popularity, and rightfully so! Made from medical-grade silicone, latex, or rubber, they are reusable, and one cup can last for up to ten years! The menstrual cup can remain inside the vaginal canal for up to 12 hours. They are essentially a container that collects blood; therefore, a menstrual cup will not absorb vaginal secretions or lead to TSS. The initial cost may seem a lot, but they are economical long term as one doesn't have to buy menstrual products every month.  

“My favourite zero waste product ♻️ • Let me introduce to my all time favourite zero waste product: the cup 🩸. It's something that I've used for several years now and something that I always recommend for menstruating people who look to reduce their waste. • Honestly, after the first two days of trial and error this cup has never let me down. It took several hours and several desperate texts to my friends to figure out how to put it in. It took another few days to learn how to insert it in a way that it doesn't leak. But ever since then it has been MAGIC 🎆. There hasn't been a single leak and I've never had to worry about forgetting to buy period products! It's also super comfortable and needs minimum care. • I got a @mooncupltd (not sponsored) and for me it's been the perfect cup. I had to cut the stem shorter to adjust it to my body but apart from that it's been magical enough for me to never feel like I needed other products. That's why I've never tried period panties or reusable pads!” •

Menstrual Disc

A menstrual disc is similar to the cup except for one significant difference; a menstrual disc allows for sexual activity. The downfall? It isn't reusable like the menstrual cup.

Pantyliners

Pantyliners are just like pads, except they are smaller and thinner. They function to absorb a minimal amount of blood or any other fluid. They are commonly used for the last days of the menstrual cycle (during spotting), vaginal discharge, or urinary incontinence.

Period Underwear

These are just like regular underwear except that they have multiple layers, and thus, the capacity to absorb menstrual blood. They are commonly worn during light flows or as a back-up for heavy flows and are a great alternative to the non-sustainable pads and panty liners.
The use of menstrual products is an unavoidable reality for all of us. However, menstrual products have been contributing to the plastic waste problem for decades now. Whether they are wrongfully flushed down the toilet or end up in the landfill, it takes years for menstrual products to degrade.

"I have so much more freedom, even on my heaviest days. I am also sleeping through the night which is a wonderful thing! Unlike pads, there is no bunching, no crinkly sound, and far better coverage. If you are even considering this product, you have to buy them. You won’t regret it." - Darla P. Click the link to shop our Super Cotton Brief in Guava. 🧡 💖

 

Thankfully, we do have sustainable options available. Period underwear, menstrual cups, reusable pads, and organic tampons are all great alternatives. Not only are they the green solution, but in the long run are also pocket friendly.

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