10 Period Products That'll Revolutionize Your Period
Menstrual care is a market that has been overlooked for FAR too long considering that almost half the world’s population will need menstrual products on a regular (in some cases, not so regular) basis during their lifetime. Brands are finally catching up and offering some revolutionary alternatives to the standard pads, tampons, and basic painkillers. From nano-tech devices that banish period pains to a tampon-panty liner hybrid, these period products are changing the game and could transform your period experience.
1. Thinx Hiphugger, $35
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly and more economical alternative to Tampax, then consider investing in a pair of Thinx, aka period underwear that can hold up to four tampons worth of blood. While the idea of free bleeding into a pair of underwear is kinda foreign, they’ve garnered thousands of rave reviews. Many menstruators claim that while wearing Thinx, they couldn’t even feel that they were bleeding thanks to the figure-hugging, superabsorbent fabric. Plus, the benefit of not having to worry about tampons, leaks, or strings is another major win.
Thinx underwear is available in a range of styles and absorbency levels, so regardless of whether you have a heavy or light period, you’ll be able to find a pair of underwear that meets your body’s needs. Just think about how much period waste you can save with just one pair of pants!
If you’re concerned about the level of toxins that are found in many sanitary products, you’ll love Here We Flo. They make sanitary products including tampons, pads, and liners out of natural, plant-based, biodegradable, and hypoallergenic materials like organic cotton and bamboo. Plus, the company donates its products to fight period poverty in the UK through Red Box Project and provides menstrual products to asylum seekers and the homeless via Bloody Good Period.
3. DAME. Reusable Applicator, $23
The reality is, plastic tampon applicators contribute to a huge amount of plastic waste that’s sitting in landfill sites or worse, in the sea, polluting our planet and harming aquatic wildlife. DAME. provides a reusable, eco-friendly solution that’s already managed to save three million plastic applicators. The reusable applicator is made from medical-grade materials, infused with naturally occurring Sanipolymers to keep it antimicrobial at all times. Simply slot a cotton tampon into the mold and insert it like a regular tampon. For more deets, read our full review.
If you’re sick of leaking into your undies, gynecologist Alex Hooi has developed the ultimate solution: A tampliner, AKA a combination of a tampon and a panty liner. After discovering through extensive research that most women find liners wasteful, she created an eco-friendly and practical solution. The 100% cotton tampliner, which is designed to provide mess-free insertion and removal, as it wraps itself on the way out. Genius!
5. Bellabeat Leaf Urban, $99
Knowledge is power and this is definitely the case when it comes to your period. Learning about your menstrual patterns can tell you so much about your body, from underlying conditions to when you’re ovulating. The Bellabeat Leaf Urban wellness tracker will help you track your sleep, stress, meditation, and reproductive levels, helping you understand your body better. Another major bonus? It’s a super cute piece of jewelry!
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If you haven’t seen a menstrual cup, meet the OG: TheDivaCup. Made from flexible silicone, it’ll create a seal against the vaginal wall just below the cervix to collect blood rather than absorbing it. When it’s ready to be changed, simply tip waste down the toilet, then simply wash in a basin and re-insert. You can, in fact, reuse it for up to a year making it an eco and economically-friendly option. There are also two sizes to choose from, depending on your age and whether you’ve had children.
7. Livia, $199
If you suffer from intense period pains, Livia is about to become your BFF. The device uses nano-wave technology to ease period pains by stimulating nerve endings. The FDA-approved device has been proven effective in several clinical studies. For instance, in an independent clinical study, 163 women who suffer from significant menstrual pain trialed a Livia device, and 80% said Livia allowed them to significantly or completely eliminate the use of pain medications, which is amazing!
To use, two gel pads attach to your skin near the area of pain. You can then clip the device underneath clothing when you’re on the go. Plus, one charge lasts for 15 hours.
Ruby Love offers another bomb alternative to tampons and pads, which can also be worn alongside your tampons, pads, or menstrual cups for 100% protection. The underwear is available in several cuts, colors, and absorbency levels, as well as sleepwear and swimwear. We love the underwear fabric, which is 82% knit blend and 18% spandex, it’s super comfortable and feels really supportive.
9. FLO PMS Gummy Vitamins, $32
It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with beauty vitamins, and that includes these amazing PMS Gummy Vitamins. The chewable vitamins are enriched with anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic Dong Quai that helps rebalance estrogen levels, as well as lemon gummy, which is proven to reduce period pains. It also features chaste berry, another amazing natural period pain reliever. As a result, not only will they help combat period pains, they can help ease mood swings, as well as beat bloating. Plus, thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties, it can even help soothe hormonal acne. They’re also vegan, cruelty-free, and non-GMO.
10. Flex Disc Starter Kit, $15
If you’re sick of tampons, pads, and liners, consider trying this Flex disc: a one-time use period product that sits above the vaginal canal (like a tampon or cup) and allows you to enjoy a mess-free (ish) period, without worrying about leaks or discomfort. Plus, because it doesn’t sit inside the vaginal canal and moves with your body, it can’t be felt once in place and can even reduce cramps. While it may look intimidating to insert, when you squeeze it together for insertion, it’s no bigger than a regular tampon and can be worn for up to 12 hours. It can also be worn during intercourse!
… And before you go, check out this period post and see how you can make a difference to menstruators around the world who don’t have access to period products.
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