Tampons are not everyone’s cup of tea. Have you found yourself becoming increasingly disgruntled with using a tampon during your time of the month? The good news is that there are alternatives you can replace tampons with. These alternatives are not only cost-effective and safe to use, but environmentally friendly as well.
Menstrual cups have been around since the 1930s but it wasn’t until 1987 that this period product was introduced to the U.S market. Still, it took several decades before menstrual cups became a popular choice for women looking for alternative menstrual products. In recent times, women have switched from tampons to menstrual cups, and for various reasons.
But first, what exactly is a menstrual cup? As the name suggests, a menstrual cup is a small cup made from silicone or rubber that you insert inside your vagina to collect blood when you are on your period. A menstrual cup is inserted in the very same way as a tampon, except you don’t use an applicator. Ideally, you should insert it when your period is about to begin, so you can be prepared to catch those first drops before they stain your panties. If you have a regular flow and can predict when your period is about to start, then it becomes easier to use the menstrual cups.
Menstrual cups are advantageous in many ways: they are cost-effective and friendly to the environment since you can use the same cup for up to ten years, and you’re able to leave in a cup for 12 hours, unlike a tampon which requires changing every four to eight hours.
If you don’t fancy inserting period products inside your vagina, you can use reusable pads. There are several brands available in the market, and they feature a variety of styles and different thicknesses to cater to your flow, be it light or heavy. If you don’t want to spend money buying reusable pads, you can easily make some of your own at home. An important thing to remember when using reusable pads is to clean them thoroughly using cold water and soap.
If you find tampons, menstrual cups and pads uncomfortable, you may want to look into period-proof underwear, which is underwear customized to absorb your period. An advantage of period-proof underwear is that you’ll feel as if you’re wearing regular underwear during your period but without the additional worry of leakage. It’s best to try period-proof underwear at home first so that you can monitor your flow and any potential surprises until you get comfortable enough to wear it to work and for other occasions. Period-proof underwear is reusable and is easily washed with cold water and soap.
Do you prefer traditional period products but worry that using them is detrimental to the earth? Well, worry no more. With organic pads, you can be sure that your period products will not spend years in a landfill, being hazardous to the environment. Organic pads are made from cotton, which easily disintegrates after being exposed to the elements. Organic pads work in the same way as other types of pads, except they come with less discomfort and allergies since they’re made from friendly materials.
The stigma associated with menstruation means that particular topics such as free bleeding are highly controversial. Still, it’s something worth checking out. With free bleeding, you will not need to use any product. You’ll just sit back and let nature take its course. Of course, free bleeding works best when you’re relaxing at home on a lazy day as you don’t want to be bleeding out on the subway while other people share the same space with you. If you want to free bleed in public, consider coupling this with some period-proof underwear just to be safe.
There you have it—if you’re growing tired of tampons, why don’t you try out one of these alternatives and see how you feel?