Ahhh, that time of the month. Most of us were not told to celebrate our periods, rather to be ashamed or keep them a secret, as they are “inconvenient”.
But there are so many wonderful things we can do for ourselves, as our menstrual cycle is a good reminder to not just take care of others but also ourselves.
Over the past few years I have been seeing more and more woman owning their cycle and experiencing a positive transition towards all that comes with it.
Now, let's talk about menstrual products and the wonderful alternatives to disposable menstrual products that are available these days.
DID YOU KNOW? The average woman will use 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, panty-liners, and tampons in her lifetime.
WOW! That is a lot. Expensive and so much waste!
We all know the bleached white disposable options. Did you know they can contain plastics, artificial fragrances, adhesives, and chemical gels? Do you really want those artificial and not really good things that close to your most sensitive parts?
So let's look at the reusable alternatives. First up we have reusable menstrual pads. These are perfect for women who previously used the disposable pads. They have a waterproof outer layer and several absorbent inner layers.
They clip around your undies to stay in place. They usually come in several sizes depending on your flow needs.
These are the option that we sell on our website in the Mama section. All our reusable menstrual pad packs come with a small wetbag so you can pop your pad in there when you're out and about. Our pads also come in small, medium and large sizes depending on how heavy your flow is.
As each of us women has different preferences of what we like to use it is good to know what other options are out there.
Period undies are also amazing. They are an all in one kind of product working similar to menstrual pads. Personally I love them at the start and end of my period or during the heavy days as a back up in case my menstrual cup over flows. Which brings us to the next option, Menstrual Cups.
Most of them are made out of silicone. They collect your period at the end of your cervix and all you need to do is empty them. You can rinse them out under a tap, while in the shower or wipe them out if out and about.
Reusable menstrual disks work the same way but are a different shape. Both need to be inserted in your vagina which not everyone is comfortable with. However once you have figured out exactly where they have to be its pretty easy. They are great for heavy flows and for active people.
We just need to do what makes us as women feel the best. Reusable products usually are more comfortable, last for years, are better for our body and the environment and will also save you lots of money over the years.
Don’t forget to put your feet up and feel proud of the amazing things your body can do.