It’s that time of the month again, basically, you not only have to worry about bad skin but also the PMS symptoms which always happens with irritability, bloating, laziness, pain, pain and, more pain. After ages of relying on disposable sanitary pads or tampons, many women are in search of alternative options, including some reusable ones as well.
There are two basic types of period products; external protection, and internal protection. Both protection is safe. Just like we know there is a minor risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome with tampons, there are minor risks with all the other products as well, neglectable when they are used correctly.
Here are 5 sanitary products options you can use…
1. Reusable Menstrual Cups
Menstrual cups are another alternative to tampons. An internal protection use. This is a bell-shaped cup which actually is flexible and is inserted into the vagina to collect, rather than absorb menstrual blood. It is placed inside the vagina by folding the cup and inserting it into your vagina, where it will open up a few inches below the cervix. Depending on your flow, you will likely have to remove and rinse the cup at least every 12 hours, to prevent leakage. Some women may feel squeamish about emptying the cup but it’s just blood, and don’t worry it looks a lot but it’s actually the normal amount that sheds. Also if you can deal with that, you can deal with anything.
Also called ‘Sea Sponge Tampons’. Harvested from the sea floor, has an irregular shape to it. Alternative to synthetic tampons. They are first dampened with water, then squeeze it tightly in your hand, and then gently insert into the vagina, where they work in the same way as a tampon. It does not have a long life, lasts probably 6 months. A menstrual sea sponge should be thrown away and replaced if you notice that it rips apart while you’re inserting or removing it from your vagina. It’s reusable and needs to be rinsed out about every 3 hours and nearing the end of the menstrual cycle it needs to be thoroughly cleaned, dried, and properly stored.
3. Reusable pads
This too is a natural alternative to the regular synthetic pads. Reusable and washable. You’ll have to change the pads as often as you would a disposable pad. There’s a bit of a trick to it but nothing impossible for using some of these, they are not like the synthetic one which sticks to the panties. Although expensive, girls with sensitive skin or allergies may prefer cloth pads made with organic cotton.
4. Period panties
Very absorbable and very reusable, obviously. Made with several different layers of fabric that are designed to absorb blood, more specifically like 4 layers thick. This clearly is an external protection for those who are uncomfortable with the internal insertion. Also, the layers aren’t on the entire thing, just the crotch to prevent leakage and to not make you feel uncomfortable.
5. All cotton pads and tampons
Environmentally friendly. Disposable, kinda expensive but chemicals free. At the same time, that being said, we can never be sure of that. But it’s a better choice if you want your area to stay healthy and breathe freely.
Here you have it. Options that you would want to try or just expand your knowledge about. Some options do scare me but it’s better than not having any options entirely. Basically, these are all very high maintenance, keep that in mind, especially the ones which are reusable. Always, always take extra hygiene care, it only helps you and no one else. Think for yourself first, the world comes after.