Intro to Reusable Menstrual Care Products

Reusable Menstrual care I am often reminded how many people haven’t yet made the switch to reusable menstrual products, but I’m not really surprised. Menstruation, periods, that-time-of-the-month – whatever you choose to call it, is often a taboo subject. I think this keeps many from exploring other options and asking around to see what others have tried.

There are a myriad of different brands to try, but really most fall into one of two categories – pads or tampon-like items.

Pads are usually the easiest for most people to feel comfortable starting to transition to. Disposal and reusable pads are put on and used in a very similar fashion. There are small variations within reusable pads for how the absorbency part is attached to the holder, similar to the range you find with cloth diapers.

You have those with a shell and absorbency part separate that are put together to make a pad like LunaPads. Or you have those that have the shell and absorbency part sewn together like Pink Daisy.

They come in different sizes and different absorbencies, as well as different fabric options. If you are just starting out, 3 gives you a good feel for that size/style/brand while getting 6-8 medium sized ones can be a great way to get a day’s worth of pads plus a little cushion while you wash. Your full stash amount can really vary depending on your personal cycle.

Tampon alternatives are the more daunting of options. But they don’t need to be! Using one like Diva Cup or Lunette Cup can be an easy transition to reusable, or you can take it one step further and try the Sea Pearls Sea Sponge ones.

Making the switch can affect how you feel during your cycle. Many say that the switch has resulted in lighter cycles with less pain and cramping. Disposables are chock full of a plethora of chemicals and unsavory things. Then there’s the financial aspect to switching; average savings range from $200-250 over five years of use. And don’t forget some side benefits like knowing your body better.

I was cautious at first and wanted to make the switch much earlier than I did. I started out with 9 different average or medium pads from three different brands so I could see what I liked and what worked best for me. I then expanded and switched completely to reusable pads within a couple months.

I was still hesitant to try a Cup or, even more daunting, the Sea Pearls. But I finally took the leap and tried the Diva Cup. While there is a bit of a learning curve (it’s helpful to wear a light pad while getting the hang of using a Cup), I haven’t looked back. And I’ve been sharing my love for reusable products ever since!

So, what’s holding you back? Don’t be afraid to take the plunge and try them out for yourself!

TaiLeah Madill is mama to three and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She is passionate about volunteering with her local babywearing group and helping other families enjoy the benefits of wearing their little ones. 

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One Response to “Intro to Reusable Menstrual Care Products”

  1. Brigitta says:

    Is there concern about using a Diva/Luna cup with an IUD?