I love me some reusable menstrual items, so I've rounded up the arguments for switching (health, cost, comfort, eco-friendliness), as well as the reusable options available (cups, pads, tampons, and nothing at all). I describe each option and discuss the pros and cons of each.
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When I first got my period at age 12, all I knew about was the standard disposable pads and tampons, and I experimented with an assortment of them into my adulthood. I was never thrilled with them — the pads were goopy and crinkly and sometimes leaked around the edges; the tampons dried me out and trickled down the string and got painful to pull out toward the end of my cycle — but that was all there was. Right?
The first time I heard about alternative menstrual products that were reusable, I was intrigued but also a little icked out. Wouldn't it be gross to have to rinse out a cup or launder cloth pads?
Then I gave them a try, and there's no going back. Not just because reusable menstrual products are more sustainable — but because they're awesome!
Here's an overview of why to switch to reusables and what's available. I encourage you to give one or more a try, choosing the style that's right for you. Care for them is simpler than you think, and the increase in comfort is unbeatable.