WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE REUSABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS A GO THIS YEAR
We are all about sustainability here at TMC HQ and we are also all about periods! We thought we would share our experiences with reusable period products, we definitely think 2021 is the year to give them a go! We are sharing our favourite reusable period products and ones we think you will love too.
REUSABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS
As someone who had used tampons for many years (with a preference for the ones with the plastic applicators, as I found these more comfortable). I wanted to try and be more environmentally friendly, so I purchased a Moon cup (which is a silicone menstrual cup, designed to sit in your vaginal canal, so not as far up as tampon), which I successfully used for about 4 years. There are lots of other brands available that all do similar things.
I do remember finding it rather awkward to insert to begin with, even with the origami instructions supplied, and a little messy so would definitely advise first attempts at home. I was also insanely paranoid that it would leak and or get stuck and I would require some hideously embarrassing medical intervention. Obviously neither was an actual issue and I managed to master it within a few days, mostly thanks to YouTube videos.
It can collect a LOT of blood probably 3 times more than most tampons, so great on the first heavier days of my period, so for most days it works really well as you don’t need to change/empty as often. I can feel it there unlike with a tampon but it isn’t unpleasant or uncomfortable. The downside is if you do need to empty it while out, particularly in public is that you need to wash it out in a sink before reinserting, personally i have not had to do this as would leave it till i am home or if I knew I would need to take it out at work I would empty it into the toilet, and then use some reusable wet cloths and bag them to wash at home and a bottle of water in my bag to help clean (luckily our work toilets have sinks in the locked compartment next to it, so easy to wash hands).
I haven’t used it since having my son as it only comes in two sizes, one size for younger vaginas (under 30’s) and one size for over 30s or those who have had a vaginal birth. So i used to be the former and am now the latter, I haven’t yet got a new one as I have found a lot of things uncomfortable down below since giving birth until recently but writing this has actually just tempted me to think about ordering a new one so fingers crossed! – Rachael
The idea of the diva cup still freaks my sister out, she doesn’t like the idea of the blood, but I’ve found I really love using it. They’re very easy and surprisingly not that messy, you never need to worry about having enough tampons in your bag and you can even use it on the day you’re worried your period will start, without feeling like you’re wasting a liner or worrying about TSS or something else. You just fold it to insert, with a similar principle to remove and empty, just carefully and less folded. You don’t feel them once inserted, and you can empty them as often as you like. My friend introduced me to them and I’ve loved them ever since! Have to say I don’t recall the first time I used it, I guess it must have just seemed so natural to me that it doesn’t stand out in my mind! – Elle
The reusable cup*. Why oh why didn’t I use it sooner! Around a year after having my little boy my periods went crazy. I was bleeding for 8 months straight. Endless test, swabs, smears and blood tests the doctors came back with no answer. Anyway, as you can imagine I was spending an absolute fortune on sanitary products! So I did some research on reusables. I wasn’t really sure what to try first, but went straight for the cup. The instructions were so easy to use and after a few days I was well on my way. Can keep the cup in my bag for whenever I need it. I only have to change it twice a day which means I never have to worry about any plans I make. I really do wish I had found this sooner and won’t go back to using disposables again! Saving money and saving the planet. Can’t ask for anything more! – Demi
At the start of this year we, as a family, decided that one of our goals would be to try and be a bit more sustainable and put more thought into our purchases. I have been aware for a while now about how much sanitary waste one woman will produce in her lifetime and I have been looking for the right swap for me, as it’s such a personal choice. I did lots of reading online, and decided that the best choice for me would be a period cup. I went onto the Moon Cup website after this brand was recommended by a friend and found it very easy to choose the appropriate size. Once it had been delivered, I watched the videos for the correct way to insert it and how to clean it and store it etc. I was a bit nervous to use it at first as I had images in my head of it over spilling and leaking everywhere, so I got some reusable pads to wear at the same time-just in case! So far, I have used my cup for one cycle only, but I can’t tell you how pleased with it I am. It was so easy to insert and there was no leaking! At first, I found it a bit uncomfortable and felt like something was digging into me when I was walking, I realised that this was coming from the stem and read that some people will need to trim the stem a bit depending on the individual fit. Once I’d cut off a small part of the stem, I found it so comfortable to wear; it was no longer digging into me- in fact I couldn’t feel it at all. – Sophie
After having my son my periods returned at 7 months post-partum. I had heard lots about reusable sanitary items* and I had pretty much decided to try them, but after having an episiotomy I wasn’t particularly keen to start trying to use a cup! I did a bit of research and spoke to some friends and eventually settled on reusable sanitary pads. I found a brand that seemed right for me and had a starter pack at an affordable price. After my first period I loved them so much that I bought a full pack. The reusable sanitary towels are so comfortable and much easier to use than I first thought! I recommend them to anyone who will listen and it makes me feel great to think about all the towels I’m no longer putting in the bin! – Rachael
I was gifted some reusable period pants* by Modibodi shortly after having my second baby in February 2020, my periods came back around four months post partum, which as someone who has breastfed for almost four years, I felt ROBBED. I was slightly sceptical about leaking and whether they would feel gross (?) but holy shit I am a complete convert. I cant imagine ever using anything else and I have since purchased multiple pairs. They wash incredibly well, are super comfy and don’t feel at all exposed when wearing them. They keep you completely dry and leak free. They aren’t just fab for periods, but also discharge & bladder leaks. I honestly can’t recommend them enough.
Have you tried reusable period products? Let us know which you love!