4 Feminine Hygiene Alternatives To Tampons and Pads

Posted February 26, 2021 by in Health + Fitness

Tampons, can anyone say they actually enjoy using them? Dry and uncomfortable, and not to mention that string that hangs down that makes being discreet in public places like spas and pools very difficult.

Then, of course, there’s the question about safety, are tampons and disposable pads really that safe?

A Better Period

Periods are still seen as a sensitive and even taboo topic in most cultures, but let’s face it, around 50% of the world’s population will have periods, and they will continue to have periods throughout their lives, and that could result in around 9100 tampons used in the average lifespan of a woman.

There has to be a better way!

If you’re looking for a better alternative for your period, look no further than these four options below and up the comfort level of your period today:

Menstrual Sponges

Sponges have been used by women for millennia as a safe and convenient way to deal with the monthly cycle.

Just like tampons, they are easy to insert, easy to take out, and many can even be rinsed out and reused, making them an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution for dealing with menstrual blood during your cycle.

Most sponges, like the Beppy Sponges, are even safe and convenient to use during sex on your period, making it less messy and fuss-free. Do remember, though, that while a sponge will help reduce the mess, it won’t help reduce the risk of STDs or even the risk of pregnancy (which, although small, is still a risk even if you’re on your period), so if you and your partner don’t have a clean bill of health, it’s no glove, no love.

Menstrual Cups

Coming to prominence in the 1930s, menstrual cups are having a bit of a revival in today’s health-conscious and eco-conscious world.

Menstrual cups are usually made from medical-grade silicone and come in many different shapes and sizes, but usually, most follow the cup shape with an extending stem (pro tip: cut that off for a much more comfortable experience).

Cups are safe, reusable, and comfortable to use, but be warned you will be a bit more up close and personal with your menstrual blood than with a regular tampon or pad.

Reusable Pads

Another eco-friendly period alternative that is gaining popularity, the reusable pads! A quick search online will bring up all kinds of reusable pad options and reusable pad evangelists who say they’ve changed their lives. 

Check out some of the benefits of using reusable pads if you’re still worried.

Period Underwear

Sounds pretty gross, but period underwear are no different in grossness than using sanitary towels or menstrual pads that line your underwear.

Period underwear look like regular pants, but they have an absorbent gusset to catch your flow. For most women, around 7 pairs will be needed, and they can last anywhere up to 8 hours before you begin to feel wet. 

The underwear can be washed with a regular load of washing (without fabric softener) and air-dried.

Have you ever used any of the above mentioned alternatives to tampons and pads? Let us know in the comments below!