Updated: Dec 12, 2019
According to Quartz, 49.55% of the global population were women. What do most of us have in common? Our monthly period. When your period arrives, it’s natural to grab the most convenient product to help deal with everything. Tampons and pads are easy to find and, when on a weekly or monthly budget, cost-effective. However, we’re well into the 21st century, and technology is flourishing. We no longer have to rely on the conventional and, let’s be honest, disgusting way to deal with our periods.
Here are 3 alternative natural menstrual products to replace your pads and tampons with.
What are menstrual cups?
Menstrual cups have made their way into the woman-agenda since the turn of the century, though they were originally patented in the 1930s. Menstrual cups are cylindrical-shaped cups, made of silicone and can be kept for multiple uses. Menstrual cups have different sizes, with specific recommendations for different ages.
Some pros to having menstrual cups around instead of your typical pads or tampons are the cost-effectivity. A menstrual cup would cost you somewhere in the range of $30-50 but can be used for 5-10 years. They can be easily and safely placed and quickly removed every 4-12 hours, depending on your flow.
Menstrual cups are a natural alternative to tampons and pads, and many women are making the switch over to this product.
What is period underwear?
Period underwear sounds a little out there, but give it a chance. Period underwear or leak-proof underwear, which is more socially acceptable, is exactly what it sounds like. The underwear is lined with several ultra-absorbent materials that absorb an average of 2 tsp or up to 2 ½ tampons.
Concerns about feeling like you’re sitting in a mess all day are legit, though anyone who has worn period underwear would attest that this is not the case at all! The multiple layers wick away the mess and allow for a comfortable, stress-free period.
Period underwear allows you not to have to give a second thought to what’s going on during your period.
What are reusable pads?
Again, don’t bash it until you try it. Washable pads have surfaced as a popular, cheaper, and more efficient means of dealing with your period. These reusable products can either be purchased or made.
Reusable pads come in many different sizes and need to be changed in about the same amount of time as a disposable pad. The main benefit of these is the money-saving aspect. Additionally, many people find them to be more comfortable than regular disposable pads. Reusable tampons are also a thing that has surfaced recently.
The cons of reusable tampons seem to outnumber the pros, however great. Reusable tampons are, like reusable pads, cheaper in the long run. Other than that, there aren’t many differences between disposable and reusable tampons.
You are a strong, beautiful, independent woman and you are entitled to being as comfortable during your period as you are off of it. If using pads or tampons is a hassle, make the switch to one of these natural, alternative products!