Menstruation and how to care for your body.
When it comes to that time of the month, knowing which product to use, or thinking about changing to a new product can be daunting.
So I’ve created this chart to show you the good and the bad about the available products.
I cover pads, tampons, moon cups, and period underwear!
With so many choices, it’s understandable that you may choose to use the same product as your mother, sister, or friend. But when you dig deep into the types of products, what you are really spending each month, and where your products end up, you may find yourself wanting to switch to a more eco-friendly option.
Many women cannot use tampons or moon cups due to a variety of factors including; it can be messy, past trauma, inability to insert. If you are one of these types of women, you are most likely using pads and may like to browse the period underwear ranges available. Or try reusable pads for peace of mind.
When it comes to using either tampons or moon cups, in my opinion, moon cups win hands down! Why? Because moon cups sit around the cervix and let your period flow, if you are changing it before it gets full then the likelihood of retrograde backflow is minimal. While with tampons, they may be causing a blockage that makes retrograde backflow more likely and may contribute to heavier periods and excess clotting. Plus you need to purchase tampons at the end of each cycle, but with the moon cup, it’s a one-time purchase *as long as you get the correct size first go.
Period underwear is one of my favourite menstrual care products, they come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and absorbency – so you can choose the level of protection you need, without the bulkiness of a pad. They can be pricey compared to the other options, but will last for at least a year so is relative to the cost of a moon cup but cheaper than tampons.
Are you looking to switch? Have questions? Head over to the Facebook group and ask away!
About the author:
Jessica is a degree qualified naturopath and medical herbalist at Jessica Sherwood Naturopathy. Jessica is currently based in Auckland but does online consultations as her main form of consultations, she also has a home clinic for those that are unable to use the internet or would prefer a face-to-face consultation.
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